Feb 15

Electric Ladyland

Good Show Sir Comments: “Freeze! Or the little ET gets a paintball round.”

Thanks to Ryan for sending this in!

Published 1972

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 5.33 out of 10)

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15 Responses to “The Regiments of Night”

  1. Francis Boyle Says:

    Another of those covers where I have no idea what’s going on buy I’m absolutely certain it’s someone’s kink.

  2. JJYoyo Says:

    This is the Battlestar Galactica / Fritz Lang Metropolis mashup we’ve been waiting for. Starring Peter Lawford.

  3. MaxBathroom Says:

    A Freas book cover with no disembodied floating head in the foreground? Standards are slipping…

  4. NomadUK Says:

    Weird Science is a lot weirder than I remember it.

  5. fred Says:

    Brian n’ Ball. Most apt for this particular ep.

  6. Tat Wood Says:

    @JJYoyo: I was thinking a little lower down the cinematic food-chain – something made by Amicus in 1965, with Laurence Payne and Jennifer Jayne. Only two robot costumes and a lot of mirrors.

  7. Bruce A Munro Says:

    “Want to keep your Femme Fatale in shiny, perky condition for a millennium or more? Get the Tesla Coil Suspended Animation Fanserviceocitor! Don’t make the mistake of the guy on the bottom right: buy Tesla Coil!”

    @MaxBathroom: well, there’s at least a disembodied head being carried around…

    I somehow imagine said robot head keeps annoying Laurence Payne with snarky commentary on the situation. (I watched an awful lot of MST3K)

  8. fred Says:

    The skeleton in the lower right must be the dead emperor of the dead empire who died firing a dead cannon.

  9. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @FB: Or possibly as many as four people’s kinks.

    @JJYoyo: Perfect! GSS!!!

    Although @Tat has a good point too; the man’s head is rather more etiolated than Lawford’s IIRC.
    @MaxB: That’s only for the LASER books. (Of which I have sent many, many more in, but they have yet to appear. Also a whole bunch of even more terrible ones). It was the house style.

    Kelly largely painted to order for book covers; must keep the publishers happy and hiring you. Even so, he hadn’t the money to pay all his first wife’s medical bills at the end of her life, and we had many auctions and donations at cons to raise funds for him.

    His work for himself wasn’t quite so… so… and prints of his portraits of the TOS Trek crew are still in some demand.

    The buxom babe is all him though. He had an eye for the female form. Once I was holding down a dealer’s table for a friend and he came by with his second wife. They were pleased to buy some Bettie Page photos (with BP in her Jungle Girl outfit).

  10. Tor Mented Says:

    So this was published in 1972 and depicts a skeleton on a large bit of ruined machinery.
    Does that remind anyone of a scene from a certain movie that came out in 1979?

  11. fred Says:

    @Tor….The Fish That Saved Pittsburg?

  12. Tat Wood Says:

    @Tor: Porridge?

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:


    Oh, I got it — Galaxy Express 999!

  14. MaxBathroom Says:

    Thanks for the heads up up about Freas. I know he was a really big deal in American SF art, but he’s kind of obscure over here. I suppose a UK equivalent would be Chris Foss, who was all over Grafton and Sphere covers for the best part of twenty years but doesn’t seem to have travelled across the Atlantic at all.
    (And say what you will about the disembodied floating heads on the Laser Books covers, he seems to have had a real knack for faces and expressions, so if that’s what they wanted, Freas was obviously a good match.)
    I do find myself wondering, though, if those Bette Page photos were research materials, because his second wife was refusing to model a leopard skin bikini for him…

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Max: Kelly was really an exceptional painter of portraits. He had a long and storied career. All the Chris Foss I’ve seen is blocky constructions. I suspect Laura had NO objections to wearing a leopard bikini; I know she didn’t mind Kelly’s eye for pretty ladies; IIRC, she was the one who pointed out the Bettie Page pics to him!

    I miss seeing him around. He was fun to talk to. Mr. xn has some autographed posters.

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