Jun 01

His head is always in the clouds.Click for full image

Phil’s Art Direction: We don’t want people thinking he’s odd just because he’s tall and thin, so let’s have someone else tall and thin in the background. Then give him really odd hair.

Many thanks to Phil!

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: 8.95 out of 10)

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14 Responses to “Odd John”

  1. SI Says:

    I’m not quite sure this is actually that bad. The women’s nakedness is almost covered. We can’t see the mans waxed chest and muscles. You know, all the things sci-fi readers usually look out for.

  2. SophaLoaf Says:

    Option 1: Odd John refers to the man who looks like a gay alien in disguise.

    (Note the shape of head/eyes and his avoidance of the ladies).

    Option 2: Odd John refers to the toilets on the island.

    (Note the looks on both of the people’s faces…”I’m not going in those”).

  3. Parker Says:

    I’m surprised that gentle breeze isn’t blowing the waffer thin women away.

  4. James Lovegrove Says:

    I’d say that’s 35 cents worth of anyone’s money well spent. In fact, I’d willingly pay more. 36, even 37 cents.

  5. DeadRobot Says:

    “And this is my son, John.”

    “Holy crap he has no pectorals!!”

    John weeps

  6. Tom Noir Says:

    What a relief that this copy is “complete and unabridged.” I actually read the abridged version back in the eighties, and they left out the crucial scene where the hero, a disturbingly effeminate black man, fails to notice either the phallic island emerging from the sea or the naked woman practicing auto-asphyxiation on the beach behind him.

    Totally ruined the book for me.

  7. NickG Says:

    “But Alice–”

    “Right, John, what’s wrong with her? She’s tall, beautiful, tall, and she’s got huge tracts of island?”

    “I don’t like her.”

  8. CSA Says:

    Alistair Darling: Make love to me
    Obama: Okay, but if there is an illegitimate love child, I want him named “Odd John”.
    Alistair Darling: Fine. But if labour lose our election, Odd John is being abandoned on a desert island.

  9. Iron John Says:

    I can see his forehead from space!

  10. Leo Lorenzana Says:

    In the movie “Odd John”, john can be played by Ken Foree from Dawn of the Dead.

  11. DeadRobot Says:

    @Leo Lorenzana HAHAHAH!!!! gasp! HAHAHAHAHA!!!

    Good Show, Sir!

  12. David Cowie Says:

    The Beacon Books edition of ODD JOHN has this blurb:
    He had to be stopped, for all women were his playthings, and all men his pawns!
    It also has a cover showing “a naked man chasing a naked woman.”

    I know this from reading GHASTLY BEYOND BELIEF by Neil Gaiman and Kim Newman. It’s a book of quotes from SF and Fantasy books and movies, and if you love this site, you will surely love the book too. Good luck finding a copy.

  13. vampy-ra Says:

    Is the island a reference to Bocklin’s “Isle of the Dead” or am I demented?

  14. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Consider how much nudity they could get away with back then, if it was shown from very far away.

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