Apr 13

The Face approves of mans war thong.Click for full image

Adam S Comments: Apparently “The Face” referenced in the title is my 75-year-old grandfather. As a side note, I don’t know many people that can rock a chastity belt like the dude about to bleed out all over the ground.
Published 1979

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: 7.26 out of 10)

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26 Responses to “The Face”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    The face… it’s our old friend Rondo Hatton, isn’t it?

  2. fred Says:

    He’s probably looking for vengeance on whoever broke his nose.

  3. Nix Says:

    I’d be worried about a thong of that size, coming from the man who brought us the Wankh.

  4. SI Says:

    The face…. seems to be having eyebrow problems. He’s only had one side touched up!

  5. A.R.Yngve Says:

    If that cover was a Monty Python sketch, someone would start singing about how much gore there was on it, and how these Sword & Sorcery books are all about gore, gore, gore…

    Gore! Gore! Gore! Gore!
    Gore! Gore! Gore! Gore!
    Lovely gore! Lovely gore…

  6. Jane Says:

    Nice, uh, hubcap…
    The fifth book in the long-awaited Demon Princes series was “The Elbow.”

  7. A.R.Yngve Says:

    There’s too much violence and Rondo Hatton in the media.

  8. Tom Noir Says:

    That is some fake-looking blood. I guess they just didn’t have the special FX budget for… no, that doesn’t make sense.

    I guess the artist spent all his time rendering that fine codpiece.

  9. Tom Noir Says:

    Also, by sheer coincidence “War Thong” was the name of a hair metal band I played bass for in the 80’s.

  10. SI Says:

    Tom> I really hope that’s true! In my mind… it’s awesome!

  11. NGpm Says:

    I can’t stop laughing … that would be awesome. “We’ve released our first LP since the drummer burst into flame on stage … Codpiece.” Did y’all open for David Bowie?

    Also, I’m surprised that the guy in the wife beater was able to hit a trained gladiator (we know he is by his war thong) with such an ungainly swing.

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  13. Phil Says:

    I wasn’t sure exactly what Rondo Hatton looked like, so I Googled him. And now I know: he looks just like THE FACE:

    Now I wonder exactly how long people a-waited for this long awaited novel. I imagine they’re like buses. You wait ages for book 4, and then books 5-12 turn up at once.

  14. Tom Noir Says:

    Confession: I never played bass for an 80’s hair band. But if I ever get the chance, you’d better believe we’ll be called War Thong.

    @NGpm – I like the song title, but it needs a little something. How about RIGHTEOUS Codpiece?

  15. Dalton H. Says:

    This reminds me of that meme where the guys face is in the background of his family picture and says,” I must protect them. From myself.”

  16. Dear Prudynce Says:

    I’ve just seen a face I can’t forget.

  17. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    It is quite evident that jeans and a tanktop is the battle gear of the future. It certainly seems to be far superior to an armour-plated thong.

  18. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “The long-awaited fourth of the Demon Princes novels”
    As the blurb clearly shows, passive-aggressive behavior plagues the publishing industry.

  19. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Perhaps we might need a meta-tag: Incomprehensible Wikipedia Article.

    As proof: I think that’s meant to be Kirth Gersen playing Hadaul on Dar Sai on his way to Methel via Aloysius. In the background is Darsh Husse Bugold, AKA Lens Larque, the rachepol. And blah blah blah blah.

  20. RachelJ Says:

    @Dead Stuff. I’d support that- except I suspect that just about every book that shows up here would merit such a tag…

  21. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Dead Stuff—the writer of that Wikipedia article (which even the site warns might be “excessively detailed”) seems to have been a perhaps too eager fan of Breaking Bad.

  22. Tom Noir Says:

    Swords-dude is quite the contortionist. I am impressed by the ease with which he is turning his torso orthagonal to his hips.

  23. Anna T. Says:

    It’s quite clear that Big Head is watching a space TV show involving inaccurate gladiatorial combat. And is displeased because Codpiece lost to Muscle Shirt. He was cheering for Codpiece.

  24. anon Says:

    War, warthong
    War, warthong
    War, warthong
    War, warthong

    I fought some dope, I feel so sick
    It’s a sick world, sick, sick, sick
    Doomsday visions of trousers and shirts
    Artificial phonies, I hate it, hate it

    Death, death, death it’s the price I pay
    It’s a sick world, what can I say?
    No such thing as an even break
    It’s killing and looting, take, take, take

    War, warthong
    War, warthong
    War, warthong
    War, warthong

    I wanna puke, I don’t feel well
    He slit my throat and then I fell
    It’s a sick world, sick, sick, sick
    It’s a hopeless life, I hate it, hate it

    It’s a joke, it’s a lie, it’s a rip-off, man
    It’s a fighter’s life, we don’t wear pants
    Doomsday visions of modernly dressed
    Artificial phonies, I hate it, hate it

    War, warthong
    War, warthong
    War, warthong
    War, warthong

  25. Tom Noir Says:

    Presumably the other books in this series had similar names. The Hands… The Feet…

    You really don’t want to see the cover for The Ass.

  26. Ryan Says:

    Good job by the illustrator in pointing out how important it is to obsessively work out those core muscles, even in the far worlds of the Oikumene.

    If my memory serves, this is a surprisingly accurate depiction of one scene in the book, except for the 70s-tastic muscle shirt in which the illustrator has enrobed protagonist Kirth Gersen.

    Also, The Face that the title describes is a truly excellent, one might even say world-beating, practical joke. I read a couple of decades ago it on a flight from Taipei to Tokyo Narita without shame, and I proudly still own this same copy of the book. However, I have to say that of all Vance’s fantastical societies dreamed up and put on paper, this book has to contain the most socially unacceptable one from today’s point of view.

    Sadly, the rest of the Demon Princes book titles are not anatomically related.

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