Mar 21

Ripped clothes, hairy armpits! BUT still time to put on lipstick eh!Click for full image

Rich Comments: I think the Black Lion may be that hair under her arm. It obviously offends Mr Swordy and he’s going to remove it in a rather dramatic fashion. What was said to the artist was something along the lines of, “Here honey, a nice new pack of crayons and don’t eat any of them. Do Mummy a nice book cover.”
Published 1979

Many thanks to Rich!

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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19 Responses to “The Black Lion”

  1. Claire Says:

    What’s happened to her feet? Has she had a satellite grafted onto them? And his other arm.

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    Knowing Father Lionel, he probably scribbled this cover himself in a spare five minutes between writing more books. But even Raquel Welch shaved under her arms for One Million Years B.C.!

  3. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The artwork brilliantly exposes the patriarchy’s conspiracy to shackle womyn to a false body self-image, by making womyn see their natural armpit hair as “unclean”!
    Long live natural hair growth!

    (I admit, this comment is VERY confused — just as confused as the cover art.)

  4. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The “Gorean Hair Salon”, despite offering a “50% off” deal on armpit shaving, did not have a good opening day.

  5. Tom Noir Says:

    This poor woman. One of her legs is the slim, svelte leg of a dancer while the other is a tree trunk-like appendage with no discernible knee joint. No wonder she can’t stop smelling her armpit.

  6. SI Says:

    No wonder they are both strange. They’re being attacked by an art-deco lamp shade attached to red curtain string.

  7. Nix Says:

    She’s misshapen because of the dread radiation. I mean, look, she has a mushroom cloud on her misshapen bra. That can’t be good.

  8. GK Says:

    The shiny bit on the sword really enhances this cover.

  9. Don Hilliard Says:

    Between this cover and Tiger! Tiger!, I think there needs to be a tag for “Ting!”.

  10. Zycrow Says:

    On the viewscreen in the cockpit of that ship is a rabbit saying, “Use the boost to get through!”
    The pilot is glad he did.

  11. The Tag Wizard Says:

    @Don – Brilliant Idea! Done!

  12. Nix Says:

    It is an excellent illustration of the likely quality of the book, you must admit. All it’s missing is some insane alliteration.

    (But I’m not sure this is one of the books from Lionel’s flood period. It’s many years too late for the Badger Books years, and it has Patricia’s name on the cover and is in Lionel’s own name, neither of which were true of his Badger Books output as I recall. So perhaps the inside omits those charming features which made Fanthorpe so justly famous.)

  13. Dalton H. Says:

    Thy sword blinketh in gray!

  14. NomadUK Says:

    (a) It’s obvious that the artist had Nova from _Planet of the Apes_ in mind when he was rendering the woman’s outfit.

    (b) If you’re dressing like that, you aren’t shaving your armpits, so it’s pretty accurate in that respect.

  15. Tom Noir Says:

    Black Lion Enterprises

    “Stabbing scantily clad women in the arm pit with awkwardly held swords since 1979”

  16. Tat Wood Says:

    That’s not a book-cover, that’s a pub-sign.

  17. GSS noob Says:

    The more I see of Rev. Fanthorpe’s work, the more I wonder if the porn that played during the funeral he was officiating last year was actually an accident.

    Also, the poor lady certainly couldn’t shave her own armpits with her wrists chained up like that, but a razor would do better than a sword.

  18. Yoss Says:

    Is this it? That anemic sea urchin is the origin of the glorious “Ting!” tag?

    I guess it just goes to show that you don’t have to be the best, or the brightest — just put yourself out there and have an obvious presence and you can still inspire great things. *cough*Fanthorpe*cough*

  19. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Yoss: *cough*Edison*cough*

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