Feb 16

Half man.. half cat... he's a mat! I'm here all week people!Click for full image

Craig Comments: Half a catman is better than none – or one.
Published 1987

Many thanks to Craig!

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: 7.72 out of 10)

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23 Responses to “Daredevils, Ltd”

  1. The GSS Bookfinder General Says:

    Can’t really find much info about what the story is. It looks like light hearted comedy but not a joke onto the genre.

    Anyone read this?

  2. SI Says:

    Isn’t that the guy from the old mission impossible series?

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    It’s the Dark Knight sequel nobody wanted.

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The difference between an exchameleon and an ex-chameleon is that one is more ltd. than the other.

    The book sounds all right, but I’d tear off the cover first. Couldn’t they have picked a less arthritic stance for the male model? It looks like he wants to distance-grope Bertha the Amazing Land Whale but his back’s bothering him.

  5. Phil Says:

    If they made a movie, Bertha would be played by Divine (if Divine were still alive).

  6. Doug Says:

    Who would win in a fight, the mat or a mog?

  7. Tom Noir Says:

    The expression on the main character’s face in the center suggests that he’s just gotten a look at this cover.

  8. JohnBobMead Says:

    Haven’t read this one, read a lot of Goulart when I was younger. Ben Jolson had been in the Chameleon Corps, apparently he left their employ. Goulart wrote satirical humor of a style I really enjoyed.

    Looks a bit like Reed Richards, doesn’t he?

  9. Thiago Says:

    Doesn’t the cat guy look a little like David Bowie in the Ziggy Stardust phase?

  10. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Call Ben Jolson – the Exchameleon!”


    (Yeah, it’s an old gag, but somebody had to do it.)

  11. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Gentlemen, we have created the perfect Republican presidential candidate — half Ronald Reagan, half werewolf!”

  12. Dalton H. Says:

    That city has the most redundant architect ever or their trying to create idols to that mole Pokemon.

  13. Adam Roberts Says:

    That’s no city. It’s a collection of grain silos.

    Also: huge-head-in-the-sky-guy has clearly had a stroke. It’s rather sad, really. I don’t know why all you lot are laughing at him.

  14. Green Says:

    Ron Goulart is one of the few authors that needs cheesy covers for his books. I haven’t read his work in a while, but agree with JohnBob, it’s a lot of fun.

    For more of his cheesy covers:

  15. weaver Says:

    “Thanks for coming in, Ben. We need you to stand against this wall and change to the same colour.”

    “Yeah, well, I don’t do that any more. Capish?

  16. Jonesey Says:

    Reminds me of some of the local “pop” stars we have in South Africa…

  17. Tat Wood Says:

    Jack Palance with half his face melted? That’s Voltan from ‘Hawk the Slayer’, that is.

    But as earlier comments indicate, there ought to be some way for the unwary buyer to be alerted that Goulart’s playing with the cliches (other than the name ‘Ron Goulart’ on the cover, which only works after the second time you read him)

  18. anon Says:

    This is not a book. It’s an advert:
    “Daredevils, Ron Goulart Ltd.

    Crazed catmen?
    Rampaging robots?
    Multiple humanoid homicide?

    Call Ben Jolson – The Exchameleon!”

    It’s like The Equalizer but for people with pulp literature problems.

  19. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “It’s morning in America… SNARRLLL…”

  20. Perry Armstrong Says:

    “‘E’s not pinin’! ‘E’s passed on! He has ceased to be! ‘E’s expired and gone to meet ‘is maker! ‘E’s a stiff! Bereft of life, ‘e rests in peace! ‘E’s shuffled off ‘is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisible!! THIS IS AN EX-CHAMELEON!!”

  21. Tor Mented Says:

    What sort of sin do you have to commit for the church to exchameleon you?

  22. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Tor: Deny the existence of the Holy Trinity: Crazed Catmen, Rampaging Robots, and the Multiple Humanoid Homicide.

    Or appear on Sundays and completely blend in.

  23. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Does this deserve “font problems”? Because that is a ridiculous font, with ecch coloring vis-a-vis the background. With a couple different fonts thrown in.

    Now, if he’s an EX-chameleon, doesn’t that mean he CAN’T blend in any more? Can’t be half cat (or bat) or morbidly obese lady wrestler with snarky robot. That would seem to reduce his usefulness. He’s always going to look like a guy in a ridiculous outfit with improperly applied hair dye.

    Also, terrible clunkiness from the blurb writer — why include “multiple” and ruin the pattern? Holy failed alliteration, Batman.

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