Oct 12

Being chased by mice riding dogs... what a fetish...Click for full image

Glen Comments: It’s a naked man, holding a ray gun, being chased by dogs controlled by evil alien parasites from Titan, which agrees with the plot of Heinlein’s book. But why the red trilby hat? You would think that boots be more useful than a red hat, if you’re in an unclothed state on a hillside…
Published 1969

Males bums don’t need censored, right?
Many thanks to Glen!

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: 8.43 out of 10)

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19 Responses to “The Puppet Masters”

  1. Phil Says:

    Pan had a prohibition on nudity in 1969, that’s why he’s wearing a trilby.

    I thought the dogs were wearing their brains on their backs – you know, like some people wear their heart on their sleeve.

  2. Dave Van Domelen Says:

    Any plan where you lose your hat iz bad plan.

  3. Tom Noir Says:

    I’ve noticed that when these cover designers are instructed to ‘illustrate a scene from the book’ they always go straight for the nudity.

    I mean, I’m not saying I blame them. Just pointing it out.

  4. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The style of the cover just screams “Pastoral Idyl” despite the horror of being chased by dogs… very weird.

  5. SI Says:

    “I know how to escape the dogs.. first I take off my clothes… then I… uh oh…”

  6. THX 1138 Says:

    To be fair, long stretches of this book contain nothing but nudity. The Puppet Masters hide under clothes, so everyone has to go nude, and… oh, you’d have to read it.

  7. SI Says:

    Where have all the commenters gone? It’s quiet in here 😛

    That bird also doesn’t seem happy! Maybe it’s because he can see the front!

  8. Repton Says:

    Is that a dog with two heads at the bottom?

    ..a Heinlein book with nudity? Say it ain’t so!

  9. Nix Says:

    That’s OK, this book contains no incest. (It is fairly early Heinlein, after all.)

  10. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “You can’t come into our nudist colony… you’re wearing a HAT, dammit! Scram! Let loose the dogs!”

  11. Tom Noir Says:

    Maybe if this guy laid off the spray-tan it wouldn’t be so easy for dogs to track him.

  12. Bibliomancer Says:

    Unknown Artist you say? It looks to me like a late period Grandma Moses. After she went insane.

  13. Ray P Says:

    I hear the William Tell overture while looking at this. And You can leave your hat on by Joe Cocker.

  14. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I am by NO means versed in firearms or even ray guns, but it seems to me it is impossible to look down that sight and pull the trigger at the same time. Of course, that might not be the biggest problem this guy’s got to deal with.

  15. fred Says:

    I don’t remember building sized Daleks being in this story, but if it also includes certain nude Doctors companions I’m game for a genre mash-up.

  16. GSS noob Says:

    @fred: Sadly, the same is not true for most of the Doctors. I shudder at the thought. Captain Jack was always keen to get his kit off, though, phwoar.

    Why’s he wearing the hat, anyway? Seems an ideal spot for a brain parasite to hide under. Maybe that’s why he’s been forced out of the city. He was a dudebro who refused to give up the trilby.

    @B. Chiclitz: You’re right. Dudebro doesn’t know firearms either. Probably trying to tell the dogs “well, actually, it’s about ethics in…”

    Let us leave him to his well-deserved fate and get back to the city, where Capt. Jack is attempting to charm the giant Dalek and a companion of @fred’s choice is competently using a laser.

  17. Francis Boyle Says:

    That’s not just a giant dalek. It’s a giant dalek wearing a Pickelhaube. Which somehow makes the whole 10 times better. Did I mention that I like this cover? Insane Grandma Moses (or on acid)* – what are the downsides?

    *Grandma Moses on Acid – my new band.

  18. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The most dangerous game, the least appealing design choice.

  19. GSS noob Says:

    @Francis (17): It’s several giant Teutonic Daleks. Are they saying “VER-NICHT-EN!” over and over?

    @Dave (2): If you’re still with us, good comment! (And the correct accent to go mit der Pickelhaube)

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