Apr 05


Zycrow’s Art Direction: Yeah your epic future city background is nice, but there’s not enough yelling. I heard they yelled a lot in the Civil War, so draw some of those guys in there. And make sure they are REALLY YELLING!
Published 1991

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: 7.61 out of 10)

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41 Responses to “Specterworld”

  1. Phil Says:

    Nice to see you, to see you nice. Brucie meets… Brucie!

  2. fred Says:

    Do we lose our bottom teeth in the past, the present or the future?

  3. Pat Says:

    You cloned my moustache, I’m going to kill you!

  4. SI Says:

    It kinda looks like they are in the same city as yesterdays cover. Maybe they too are angry and the people in the plaza!

  5. A.R.Yngve Says:

    X: “Why I oughta…”
    Y: “Why I oughta…”
    X: “Why I oughta…”
    Y: “Why I oughta…”

  6. A.R.Yngve Says:

    X: “You stole my falseteeth!”
    Y: “No, you stole my falseteeth!”
    X: “You stole my falseteeth!”
    Y: “Why I oughta…”


  7. A.R.Yngve Says:

    X: “I’m the real Matthew Modine!”
    Y: “I‘m the real Matthew Modine!”
    X: “Liar!!”
    Y: “Fraud!!”
    X: “Why I oughta…”
    Y: “Why I oughta…”

    (etc. etc.)

  8. CathalMagus Says:

    To me, it actually looks more like “angry yawns” than yelling.

  9. Whitney Says:

    Maybe they’re singing?

  10. Zycrow Says:

    Those faces explain why “the past must be avoided…at all costs.”

  11. A.R.Yngve Says:

    If they’re singing, it must be the last song from “Rigoletto.”

  12. Whitney Says:

    It also reminds me of Reynholm’s silent scream:

  13. THX 1138 Says:

    “No, YOU need an extra strong mint!!!”

  14. Dalton H. Says:

    truTV’s 2121 future programing: Most Shocking Qudditch Fights Caught On Tape!

  15. Infoqueen Says:

    X: “Tastes great!”
    Y: “Less filling!”

  16. CyborgAbeLincoln Says:

    It’s pretty cool that they have building-sized Dyson Air Multiplier (TM) fans in the future.

  17. Dear Prudynce Says:

    Looks Chuck Norris and Indiana Jones with a mustache can’t stand each other.

  18. A.R.Yngve Says:

    In the 22nd century, illegal “breath-down” duels became immensely popular.

  19. THX 1138 Says:

    “Dude!!! What does mine say?!!!”

    “Sweet!!! What does mine say?!!!”

  20. Adam Roberts Says:

    A whole world of Phil Specters? The mind boggles.

  21. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Egli è là!.. morto!..
    oh sì!.. vorrei vederlo!
    ma che importa!.. è ben desso!..
    Ecco i suoi sproni!..

  22. arch9enius Says:

    We all know how Phil Specter usually settled an arguement.
    Also. Buildings like THAT usually invite people to try and fly through them.

  23. Tat Wood Says:

    And neither of them noticed a mermaid the size of Manchester diving over their city

  24. Tom Noir Says:

    Nothing says ‘thrilling space-aged adventure’ like two old guys yelling.

  25. A.R.Yngve Says:


  26. Tom Noir Says:

    Dammit @ARYngve, can’t I get through just ONE DAY without someone getting that song stuck in my head?!?

  27. A.R.Yngve Says:

    They grew black holes in their mouths — they could turn Earth into a…

  28. Anna T. Says:

    Those facial expressions . . . and those moustaches . . . I’m going to excuse myself so I can have a good laugh about it in private.

  29. Tat Wood Says:

    To You

    To Me

    To You

    To Me

  30. Bruce A Munro Says:

    “Damn it, future me! How could you become…a fedora wearer??”
    “It’s ironic, you fool!”

    The blurb may appear unusually incoherent, but IIRC Haiblum stories are largely propelled by dream logic, so it probably fits.

  31. fred Says:

    Nitpicking 101 – The letters in Haiblum aren’t quite evenly spaced.

  32. Francis Boyle Says:

    “Kerning? Don’t they make glassware?” – the cover designer, probably?

  33. Tat Wood Says:

    “Oh, kerning, I thought you said ‘gurning'”

  34. B. Chiclitz Says:

    🎶 Anything you can do, I can do better.
    I can do anything better than you.
    Little Guy: No you can’t.
    Big Guy: Yes, I can.
    Little Guy: No, you can’t.
    Big Guy: Yes, I can.
    Little Guy: No, you can’t.
    Big Guy: Yes, I can, Yes I can, Yes, I CA-A-A-A-N!!

    (Then the Little Guy pulls the old Bugs Bunny switcheroo)—

    🎶Big Guy: Yes, I can.
    Little Guy: Yes, you can.
    Big Guy: No, I can’t.
    Little Guy: Yes, you can.
    Big Guy: No, I can’t.
    Little Guy: Yes, you can.
    Big Guy: No, I can’t, No I can’t, No, I CA-A-A-A-N’T!!🎶 🎶 🎶

    Little Guy: (suddenly producing a carrot) Ok, doc (chomp, chomp), you win!
    Big Guy: (pause, brows furrow, then eyes widen) Why you, I oughta . . . .

  35. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Am fascinated that despite the disparate hair colors, the chaps have exactly the same ‘stache.

    The author’s name looks really awkward, particularly the H perched on the pointy top.

  36. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @fred: in retrospect, trying to make the author name and title into the prow of a spaceship about to fly out at the reader was over-ambitious. Orthographic projection is hard enough without brining in kerning issues.

  37. NomadUK Says:

    Yeah, okay, why not?

    X: You got chocolate in my peanut butter!
    Y: You got peanut butter in my chocolate!

    Two great tastes that taste great together!

  38. NomadUK Says:

    B. [email protected]:-

    X: Duck season!
    Y: Rabbit season!
    X: Duck season!
    Y: Rabbit season!
    X: Duck season!
    Y: Rabbit season!
    X: Duck season!
    Y: Rabbit season!
    X: Rabbit season!
    Y: Duck season!

  39. A. R. Yngve Says:

    Even in their old age, the teenage schism continued:



  40. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: I thought they were going for the cheap early 3D effect from B-movies. Popping out at you. I can almost hear Count Floyd saying “Really scary, huh, kids?” (SCTV, Thursdays at 9)

    X: Stones!
    Y: Beatles!
    X: Stones!
    Y: Beatles!
    X: Stones!
    Y: Beatles!

    (ad naus.)

  41. JJYoyo Says:

    In their later years, Hall and Oates had a terrible breakup.

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