Oct 01

Stop protecting your hair mate. I'd be more worried about yer gibblets!Click for slighty bigger image

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Anne’s Art Direction: It’s a book of short stories by one of the most lyrical authors in the universe? I know, we’ll put a ripped blond naked guy on the front with something or other covering his nibbits. How about a tiger head? That sends the right sort of message, don’t you think? Then we’ll surround him with some dobermans for good measure. To top it off, we definitely need three different fonts but also distract everyone with an aurora border.
Published 1978

Many thanks to Anne!

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: 8.49 out of 10)

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26 Responses to “Still I Persist in Wondering”

  1. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Ugh! Seriously, that layout is so grating you could cut frozen fish with it!

  2. SI Says:

    He’s just like action man. In the end, his groin is an empty void.

    I love this cover though. It’s just so epic! If someone saw you reading that they would definitely think you are a man of high tastes and caliber.

  3. A.R.Yngve Says:

    If fancy fonts will make a bestseller — then take a gander at these beauties, and imagine them rendered in the above style:




  4. Phil Says:

    It’s hard to maintain your balance while sitting astride a tiger’s head.

  5. Adam Roberts Says:

    His body sort of melds into the tiger’s head. It’s like the tiger is his thighs.

    Or am I thinking of that Survivor song, ‘The Thigh of the Tiger’ …?

  6. THX 1138 Says:

    I think he’s wearing an enormous pair of tiger print underpants.

  7. Terry Says:

    I’m wondering too . . . and not in a good way. They were really very cruel to shrink the actual art work down. You can almost make out the important parts. The story, of course.

  8. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Ozzy Osbourne made this painting, to explain what went on inside his mind during the bad old days. Scientists are not sure what the tiger represents.

  9. Tom Noir Says:

    Still I persist in wondering what the hell is going on with this cover.

  10. Tat Wood Says:

    The sunflower thing on the side says ‘Dell SF’. Does the ebook edition smell of cat-wee?

  11. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The Man-Kzin Wars Volume √(-1).

  12. FeärofMusic Says:

    For a man whose lower half consists of a giant tiger’s head , he seems unduly alarmed by the presence of a trio of half wolves. Mayhaps tis why the tiger is snarling.

    “Turn us around you daft bastard! I’ll show you what you do with those yapping dog heads. Aaah! Would you quit squealing in my ears and turn around already!”

  13. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    At least it’s not a darkling world.

  14. GSS noob Says:

    Is the background a rug/bathmat, or some sort of pile of legumes?
    (I had to avert my eyes from the “artwork”.)

  15. Francis Boyle Says:

    I can hardly believe that, in the 12 years this has been here, nobody has mentioned the sorry lack of a full moon. Though, I suppose from the wolves’ perspective. . .

  16. Ryan Says:

    The feral child from Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior is now all grown up.

  17. Tor Mented Says:

    I’ve got a tiger in me loins.

  18. Tor Mented Says:

    (Loins and tigers and bears. Oh, my.)

  19. Bruce A Munro Says:

    The man-eating tiger is obsessively imagining his next meal. Meanwhile, the wolves suggest going for pizza instead.

    (BTW, I kinda like the title lettering. Has that old pulp SF pizzaz. )

  20. Hammy Says:

    That looks like a rug to me…

    …and in the background of the photo, too. 😉

  21. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tor (18): Heh.

    @Francis: I think the moon has been purchased as an advertising platform for DELL SF. It does seem to be up in the sky with the nebulas.

  22. fred Says:

    Renamed ‘Tiger Boy’ for the German printing. The dogs must have been lost in translation.

  23. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I found and read the story “Tiger Boy” last night; you will be unsurprised that the tiger is a regular size and shape, and isn’t ridden. It’s a guy — not buff, pasty white, or blonde — walking around with a tiger.

  24. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @GSS ex-noob: even bigger letdown than the comic!

  25. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Bro, you can stop wondering, it’s a bad haircut.

  26. Emster Says:

    Who can resist the cheesy deliciousness of a Flashback Friday?
    I’m blaming @Adam Roberts, with apologies to ABBA:

    (V) Anne found this book, a cover to share
    Released by Dell in ’78
    Post by GSS a decade ago, and on Flashback Friday we still agree

    (C) Dude with big hair-doo, junk hidden from view
    By a big tiger
    Snarlin’ right at you, look out – behind you!
    Head of the the tiger

    (V) Still I Persist in Wondering… about this odd scene
    Anne’s Direction is really clever
    Is the cover based on a story from an old magazine? – we’ll see!

    (C) It’s topless blond dude, might become dog food
    Head of the tiger
    Who might that guy be, and who set those dogs free?
    Head of the tiger….

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