Jan 31

Ha! I can deflect your lasers with my karate chop! Ya!Click for full image

Christal’s Art Direction: Let’s go for Evil Dead 3, only we’ll place it on The Grid from Tron and give the monsters laser guns! Oh and this time no boomstick, it gave him an unfair advantage.
Published 1984

Amazing! Thanks to Christal!

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: 8.90 out of 10)

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23 Responses to “ORA:CLE”

  1. Weirdmage Says:

    I love the way the guy focuses on the dagger, it’s not like that laser is going to hurt him. -Or maybe he’s just shielding his eyes from the glare of that glowing bat-orc.

  2. James Cat Says:

    I like the ‘what happens after 1984?’ because this is obviously a sequel, right? it’s like 1984 pt 2…

  3. Pat Says:

    Oooh, Oooh, Oooh, Staying Alive!

    The new add-on to the Wii Dance Disco used both the carrot and the stick to encourage the learner.

  4. THX 1138 Says:

    After about 1990 this book was republished as TELE:TEXT, of course.

    Judging by the author’s other book titles he should have stuck to geology, unless he really believes Orwell dropped the ball in missing out the winged, laser-wielding lizard man.

  5. SI Says:

    “No laser can penetrate my silver coloured fake leather jacket!”

  6. A.R.Yngve Says:

    What happens after 1984?
    Follow Big Brother’s ruthless campaign to subjugate the world with the teeth-cleaning remedy known as


  7. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    SELECT dagger.weapon
    FROM bat.thingy

    SELECT laser.zap * 0.5
    INSERT elbow.obj
    INTO laser.zap

  8. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Q: What happens after 1984?

    A: With this book release: Not much.

  9. Phil Says:

    That’s Dr Chris Lintott from THE SKY AT NIGHT. On the left, obviously.

    ORA:CLE was good, but on the whole I preferred CEE:FAX.

    Kevin O’Donnell, Sr must be so proud.

  10. NGpm Says:

    Is that by the author of Reefs, Caverns, and Lava; or by the author of Reefs, the author of Caverns, and the author of Lava a la Vivaldi’s Four Seasons?

    This guy’s defense is so effective: “Stop! Leave me alone vicious bat thing or I’ll say stop again!”

  11. Kris Says:

    I think we’ve all got it backwards. The laser is actually originating from the armpit on the silver jacket, and hitting exactly on the barrel of the monster’s gun.

  12. David Cowie Says:

    What happens after 1984?



  13. Nix Says:

    What an excellent cover. That’s *exactly* what using Oracle is like, except the bat-thing is ten times larger than you and you are naked and have your hands tied behind your back.

    But it’s just like that anyway.

    I like the artist’s use of a Tron-style floor to make it clear where this interaction is taking place.

    (What happens after 1984? Well, ‘We have always been at war with DB2.’)

  14. Green Says:

    I’m rooting for the bat thing. It has the brains to go into a fight armed.

  15. Dalton H. Says:

    Achievement Unlocked: Armpit Shot 20G

  16. SI Says:

    @Dead Stuff – New rule should be made! No database queries! 😛

  17. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Welcome to another episode of “Find the Toon”!

    Tonight, five lucky contestants stand to win a brand-new Toyota — “the car that brakes for nobody” — if they can find the cartoon character hidden in THIS book cover…

    Guesses, anyone?

  18. Kathleen Says:

    reminds us mammals how lucky we are that velociraptors didn’t develop opposable thumbs. or lasers.

  19. Tom Noir Says:

    Is it just me, or does it look like that guy is deflecting the laser blast with his powerful B.O.?

  20. Mark V Thomas Says:

    Re: Comment #9
    You forgot the more political PRES:TEL…?
    As for 1985, that was a Anthony Burgess book, written in the early 80’s, which argued that 1984 was a “Black Comedy”, set during WWII, rather than dystopic science fiction, and whose last part, dealt with a similar dystopic England, a/k/a Tucland, based on 1970’s paranoia about trade unions…

  21. David Cowie Says:

    This book shows up on the “Nice job breaking it, Hero” page of (about half way down the page). No mention of the cover, however.

  22. Tat Wood Says:

    The Reptile is obviously English and is giving Gil Gerard a sporting chance by firing the gun with its right hand (when it is clearly a southpaw) and by only carrying weapons in two of its four prehensile appendages.

  23. Stevie T Says:

    Those are some nifty moves Human Boy is breaking out there. Does this qualify for an Interpretive Dance tag?

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