Mar 11


Good Show Sir Comments: If that’s the Omega Crew behind him they seem like some bad-ass dudes.

Thanks to Ryan for sending this in!

Published 1978

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: 6.00 out of 10)

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18 Responses to “Invisible Death”

  1. fred Says:

    His Omega Crew is a total sausage fest, which might explain Zarkon’s lack of a wedding ring.. Hard cover back cover.

  2. MaxBathroom Says:

    Every year the mimes at cirque soleil put more effort into their costumes and less into the invisible box thing…

  3. NomadUK Says:

    Indy opens the fridge door and realises he’s not in Nevada anymore …

  4. Tat Wood Says:

    Donald Fagan’s team-up with Iron Maiden didn’t pan out.

  5. Tor Mented Says:

    What did they eat to make the chamber pot at lower right glow like that?
    Maybe the title refers to the smell.

  6. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Going in for one’s health exam hasn’t been quite the same since Medicare was sold to the cultists of Hastur the Unspeakable in the last round of privatizations.

  7. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Good Show Sir Comments: the guy with the hood and the gang of floating heads being the hero while the chap in the jumpsuit is the Invisible Death they’re battling is certainly a fresh take on a tired genre.

  8. Ryan Says:

    I had to put this one down carefully and slowly back away, as frankly the combination of Lin Carter tales and this cover was VERY hard to resist.

  9. Tor Mented Says:

    @Bruce: I thought the cross-legged statue had no head until I realize that it has eight heads. Note the long, snake-like necks.

  10. Francis Boyle Says:

    I would have thought our two fisted hero’s chances of defeating the Grim Reaper really depend on him not being invisible. But maybe there’s a twist. “Yeah, I met Death the other day. Totally punched him out. The old tin of paint on the door trick. Yay, immortality.”

  11. B. Chicltiz Says:

    “Say, Zarkon, just where is your kingdom?”
    “Don’t know.”
    “How big is it?”
    “Don’t know.”
    “What’s it near?”
    “Don’t know.”
    “How’s the climate?”
    “Don’t know.”
    “What are your major imports and exports?”
    “Don’t know.”
    “Jeez, I guess you really are the Lord of the Unknown!”
    “If you say so.”

  12. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @fred: Oooh, a hot-tempered Irishman who likes to punch people. So original. But why does he have a doofus face? He’s gonna punch his way out of the invisible box, no looking sad and just pushing on it like the mimes do!

    Why is there a small cauldron with a green light and some dry ice? Why are ZARKON and the Omega Crew (next band name) peering through a window at his back, and over some kind of sideboard? And doesn’t ZARKON have a pretty cheery multi-colored palette to his decor? It doesn’t scream Lord of Unknown Death; more like Grandma’s Sitting Room. Check the furniture for plastic covers.

    @Bruce (7): The blurb really is that unspecific.

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    We see a little silhouetto of a dork
    Scaradouche Scaradouche why d’you have a camel toe?

  14. Emster Says:

    Blunderdolt in tight jeans, why is he in fighting stance
    Blue jean Zarco’, Blue jean Zarco’, Zarco’ Lord of the Unknow(n)

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:


    Grim Reaper has a cover for his book, AIIIEEEEE, AIIIEEEEE!


  16. A. R. Yngve Says:

    Zarkon (played by Max Von Sydow): “Who are you?”
    Death: “I am Death.”
    Zarkon: “Have you come for me?”
    Death: “I have long walked by your side, Zarkon.”
    Zarkon: “So I have noticed.”
    Death: “Are you ready?”
    Zarkon: “My body is ready, but my Omega Crew is not.”

    I assume Zarkon then beats the Grim Reaper at chess. Or Twister.

  17. Gazzh Says:

    The early 80s rock’n’roll revival ran out of steam with Shakin’ Stevens still contractually obliged to produce several more albums for his record company. One change of stage name later and he’s back in business – nice one Shaky!

  18. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @ARY: We were watching that fillum in my college “History of Cinema” class (which counts for history credit, because California).

    At one point, Death does something dramatic — possibly revealing a skull, I don’t remember, it was the late 80s — and the jock in front of me said “Whoa!” in the most stereotypical way possible. Like, Bill and Ted would have thought it was OTT.

    This rather broke the mood, of course, as the entire class cracked up. It was certainly a unique reaction. You know Bergman wouldn’t have expected that. He was still alive at the time, but we had no way of contacting him with the news.

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