Jun 12

Gaze upon my pommel!

Good Show Sir Comments: “Hey, the Moon Called. They want their sword back.”

Thanks to Ryan for sending this in!

Published 1983

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: 4.50 out of 10)

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31 Responses to “Moon Called”

  1. fred Says:

    As Bonnie Tyler sang, it’s a total eclipse of the art.

  2. NomadUK Says:

    Grasp my sword and polish my knob!

  3. NomadUK Says:

    If you thought George Lucas went too far with his last round of CGI meddling with Star Wars, wait’ll you see what he’s done this time to Luke, Leia, and R2-D2.

  4. Tor Mented Says:

    In this era, “pulling out the sword” was the only means of contraception.

  5. Tat Wood Says:

    The stone head to the right of the giant sword looks oddly like my grandad.

    That’s the nearest to comprehensibility this vignette has to offer. Why is the pearl pommel projector displaying all of his cloak but none of his body? Can either party see the other – if so, why are they looking at different things? If the holo-sword is really between her hand and the votive bust of my grandad, is it (a) real, (b) made of glass and (c) really so grotesquely big for her as to be a nuisance if she uses it for anything beyond images of emo-looking Roman Emperors?

  6. fred Says:

    This book seems to hit a lot of fantasy tropes. Variant cover w/back.

  7. MaxBathroom Says:

    Is the cover girl unusually small, or is it just a really big sword?

  8. Ryan Says:

    Moon called, it wants to talk to you about your sword’s extended warranty.

  9. GSS ex-noob Says:

    GSS Comment is perfect.

    And a hearty GSS! to all. Everyone’s on top form. Especially @Tat, and for @fred starting us off so well.

    I think we all saw this as a Star Wars hologram.

    That sword is too big for her and Emperor Emo Maximus; what purpose can it have?

    I do give the artist credit for putting the damsel in sensible clothes and boots for traipsing the fields.

  10. Bruce A Munro Says:

    “This is Moon King. I’m not in right now, but if you leave a message I’ll return your sword call as soon as I can.”

  11. Cornelius Says:

    The latest thing for your caving adventurer, the combined sword and torch. Be the envy of your raiding party. Available from JML at a very reasonable £19.99. Batteries not included.

  12. Tor Mented Says:

    Is a moon call anything like a booty call?

  13. Tat Wood Says:

    @Cornelius: almost perfect, but surely this, of all things, would be brought to us by bu-bu-bu-bu-Bulbhead (Aaaahhh).

  14. B. Chiclitz Says:

    There’s just no ting going on with this cover.

  15. Tor Mented Says:

    (Sgt. Schultz voice:) I see no ting. No ting!

  16. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Cornelius: still not as good as torchspear.

    (Warning: most of oglaf is far less SFW)

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Cornelius: But you’d have to hold the sword backwards, which defeats the whole pointy thing. Torchspear is better.

  18. Leak Says:

    @B A M: that made me immediately think of another Oglaf strip (also SFW) regarding swords – turns out it was exactly the one before yours… 🙂

  19. Hammy Says:

    “Hey, Moon called.”


    “Yeah, she said ‘Like, tell Chrissy to stop polishing Jimmy’s sword(so grody, fer suuuure) so we can go to the Galleria for some 501s or a bitchin’ miniskirt or something. Gag me with a spoon….'”

    Not coincidentally, I think, hhe movie “Valley Girl” was released in 1983.

  20. Tat Wood Says:

    “Moon called. He says Daltrey and Tonwshend ordered him to apologise.”

  21. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tat: So that’s Keith coming in on the sword-form OtherSidePhone? The male version of the Princess Phone?

    @Hammy: The odd thing at the time was that the girls I went to high school (and the mall) with had totally been talking like that for 4-5 years before then, fer shure. And we lived in the flyover states so the thought that this was a brand-new LA-only trend was like, huh?

  22. Hammy Says:

    @GSS-xn (#prev):

    I bow to your superior knowledge of such subjects. I was not one of those fortunate enough to do things like hang out at the mall with friends (assuming that I even *had* friends at that time).

    I just thought the timing was less-than-coincidental. 😉

  23. B. Chiclitz Says:

    In another astounding harmonic convergence, Zappa’s daughter, Moon Unit, recorded his song Valley Girls in 1982, a song basically responsible for the whole world thinking that way of talking was unique to the San Fernando valley. This factoid seems to tie everything mind-blowingly together.

  24. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Also, Keith Moon appears in Zappa’s legendary film (one of the very first feature films shot on video) 200 Motels, though that was a decade earlier.

  25. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @BC has tied it all together.

    Come to think of it, Janis from Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem said “fer shure” all the time, despite the band being a 60s/70s concept. The Muppet Show was late 70s.

    Moon Unit just grabbed the credit. Bits of that vocab survive to this day. IKR?!

    Maybe Keith is telling the girl to knock off the uptalk and vocal fry.

    (Like, I have totally been to the Galleria once. I was in the Valley on business and it was like the closet mall to my motel. My friends and I took it ironically, fer shure.)

  26. Bruce A Munro Says:

    The good ship Good Show Sir seems to have run aground: perhaps we need a tow?

  27. GSS ex-noob Says:

    At least we’re afloat unlike all the times we have database errors!

  28. Tor Mented Says:

    @Bruce: No, that ship has sailed.

  29. B. Chiclitz Says:

    We’ve been taken over again, perhaps?

  30. GSS ex-noob Says:

    We have no time!

  31. A. R. Yngve Says:

    Now, I want to emphatically deny rumors that fantasy book covers deal in cheap symbolism. There is nothing going on “between the lines” here, except in the filthy imagination of basement dwellers.

    This is just a sword the young damsel is lusting after. Nothing more!

    I also believe in the Easter Bunny, chem trails and Flat Earth.

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