Jan 26

With jeans this high and a t-shirt this tucked in, how couldn't the pack accept me?Click for full image

E’s Art Direction: I want it to look like West Side Story in space, only make most of the Jets werewolf people with absurdly large guns.
Published 1992

Many thanks to E!

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: 7.51 out of 10)

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25 Responses to “A Call to Arms”

  1. Parker Says:

    Ok, so two things that freak me out a little.

    1. The werewolf(?) or should I say, teenwolf, on the left hand side is completely cross eyed.

    2. That guys arm is huge! His elbow to hand length is long right? Could just be me.

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    Oh, I know this one… the Backstreet Boys, right?

  3. Michael Says:

    …and I want the only human to look like Ryan Reynolds and Seth Green had a love-child.

  4. SeriesFive Says:

    Isn’t there a sying about werewolves and the size of their guns? 馃槈

  5. Evad Says:

    @THX – you’re right. That’s one of those tiny keyboards slung on Human Boy’s shoulder.

  6. Tea and Tomes Says:

    Do you think they’re compensating for something?

  7. Kris Says:

    Wait a second, I’m pretty sure those are just M16s with orange attachments those werewolves are holding. Because, you know, space werewolves have to rely on their cache of weapons from the 1960s. Also, the human’s gun kind of looks like an mp5 navy minus the magazine.

  8. Dalton H. Says:

    Team Jacob

  9. Adam Roberts Says:

    ‘Coz this is thriller, thriller night — And no one’s gonna save you from the beast about strike …’


  10. NGpm Says:

    Boy, the Shangri-La’s are getting long in tooth.

    “I met him at the candy store … He turned around and smiled at me … You get the picture? … That’s when I fell for the Leader of the Pack”

  11. SI Says:

    It’s nice to see they updated the concept for this later novel:

    I have to say though, I like my werewolves with t-shirts tucked into their jeans!

  12. Phil Says:

    From a distance, those wolfy creatures look like rebellious gorillas from CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. You know, the ones with the cheap over-the-head ape masks, because they could no longer afford the latex prosthetics of the earlier films in the series.

    Speaking of cheap prosthetics, I think that is the only plausible explanation for the human protagonist’s disproportionate forelimb.

    The crosseyed wolfy guy is probably looking at a housefly which has landed on his vulpine snout.

  13. Nix Says:

    The cover is worse than it looks. The characters look like they’ve been crudely stuck onto the front because they *have*. They are *textured*. They stick out of the paper!

    I cannot imagine whose idea this was, but it was a really, really bad one.

    Surprisingly the next printing used a different cover, much more boring-typical-SF.

    (Even plotwise the cover is exactly backwards. Looking at the cover, would *you* guess that the wolflike creatures were pacifists who were at war only because they could just barely stomach it? They look like slavering werewolves! Maybe this was a cunning attempt to mislead the reader, but I sort of doubt it.)

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  15. Jonesey Says:

    The subtitle sums it up nicely…

  16. Tom Noir Says:

    Man, I miss the eighties.

  17. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Go on, fire your macho guns right in front of a flimsy window in a space station…

  18. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell What’s On The Cover” policy.

  19. IZ Says:

    Anyone with a dress sense like that surely is Damned!

  20. blah Says:

    In the story it describes them as rodent like. I don’t think the artist read the book.

  21. Tom Noir Says:

    I had no idea Dane Cook was starring the Teen Wolf remake!

  22. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘Today on Art by Xerox, we’ll be learning how to paint the same werewolf’s head four times, and how to turn a serving of beans and onions into low-lying mephitic vapours.’

  23. Rev Says:

    BodyCount in da howwwse….
    BodyCount in da howwwse….
    BodyCount in da hoowwwwwse….
    BodyCount in da howse….

  24. Anna T. Says:

    There’s a “Proportional Issues” tag missing for that guy’s ridiculous left forearm.

  25. Tor Mented Says:

    A police officer took one look at this lot and said:
    ‘Book one of the damned ….”

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