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Feb 21

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Emster Comments: What happens when you light the entire box of fireworks at once? Tom was not going to stick around to find out!

Published 1991

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: 5.80 out of 10)
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19 Responses to “The Black Dragon”

  1. Tat Wood Says:

    This is what happens when Americans try to make tea https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-68085304

  2. fred Says:

    “Look at me, I’m Moodoggie.”, Tom said nostalgicly.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnJswrBEVww

  3. Francis Boyle Says:

    The artist seems basically competent. You’d think they could manage a crudely drawn holographic shark.

  4. Bibliomancer Says:

    Needs a “casually surfing away from an explosion” tag

  5. MaxBathroom Says:

    Does something terrible happen to Tom’s black leather jacket in the course of this novel? All of the later ones he seems to be sporting a rather less snazzy pale blue nylon number.

  6. fred Says:

    When Tom puts on his pants, how does he decide whether to put on a belt as well? Yesterday not wearing one, can’t see on the first.

  7. Tor Mented Says:

    “Dude!” Tom said cowabungaly.
    (This site might now be the only result when people search for “cowabungaly.”)

  8. Emster Says:

    @Tat – that’s horrifying. Hor-ri-fying. However, I can use said research to support/hide my salted pistachio addiction… a little (properly prepared – I’m not an animal) tea to sip would be delightful.

  9. Bruce A Munro Says:

    With every invention he makes, another chance he takes, odds are he won’t live to see tomorrow.

  10. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Also, Marty McFly called: he wants his hoverboard back.

    That mouseover is really quite appropriate, given that Tom Swift had been around for 8 decades at this point.

    No, no. That’s not how you do a Tom Swift title. It’s “Tom Swift and his”, or, more rarely “Tom Swift in” or “Tom Swift and the”. “Tom Swift: the Black Dragon” is franky jarring.

  11. fred Says:

    A dead lion surrounded by bees, and it wasn’t a GSS cover?

    https://www.cnn.com/2024/02/21/style/lyles-change-lion-logo/index.html

  12. Emster Says:

    @fred – oh boy… obviously the original logo was not designed by a mom. Or an apiarist.

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Emster: Where did you find this series of books?

    GSS to the mouseover text.

    The guy shaking his fist seems to be complaining about These Kids Today, and the girl’s simply shocked.

    Why is his aerial surfboard leaving a blazing trail? Is it atomo-rocket-powered, or just on fire?
    And indeed, where is said Black Dragon? Inside the building what Tom blowed up real good?
    And why is some portion of Tom’s body always at an odd angle?
    And why is he trying to look like Michael Knight here? Did he lose the leather jacket (cf. @MaxB) in a lawsuit by The Hoff?

    @Tat: This finding was rejected by every other American. The embassy even disclaimed representing it as policy. Rather like this guy was on an Impossible Mission that failed and was disavowed. He’s been non-personed by every other tea-drinking American.

    @Tor(7): We’ll take it.

    @Bruce: Secret In-ventor, secret in-ventor, he’s taken McFly’s skateboard, and given it a nuke.

    @fred (11): Could you even tell they were bees if you didn’t know the Bible story? The new logo is much easier to spot and has both the lion and the bee, neither of which seem to be dead. It’s not like the stuff has anything to do with honey either; it’s all from cane or beet sugar.

    Me, personally, seeing a dead lion with insects buzzing around it, I’d immediately think of rotting meat with flies and maggots and all. Not a liquid sugar.

  14. Tat Wood Says:

    @Fred: Aristotle’s theory of Spontaneous Generation no longer taught in schools? It’s Political Correctness Gone Mad!

  15. Tat Wood Says:

    @ ex-Noob: where’s the Black Dragon? Playing Twister, apparently https://www.goodshowsir.co.uk/?p=3823

  16. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “That’s cow-a-BOOM-ga,” said Tom explosively.

  17. fred Says:

    GOOGLE ‘Tom Swift CW 2022’ for a surprise.

  18. Emster Says:

    @GSSxn: the used bookstore in my ‘hood had a batch of them. I could not resist. I think it would be fun if all used books had those library card holders so we could write mini reviews for other enthusiasts – might be better than the books themselves in some cases.

  19. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Emster: I’d love to see used books having cards that were dated and reviewed, passing along from person to person through bookstores, with comments from far and wide. If I come across any that still have holders, I’m going to do that.

    “Gosh, tracking the books would be swell,” Tom said literarily.

    @fred: The mind boggles. I don’t remember ever seeing anything about this, let alone seeing it. Which isn’t surprising, given how long it didn’t last.

    @BC: GSS.

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