Apr 19

Guys come on! We'll never nail our cover of YMCA! You guys won't even do your letters!Click for full image

Mckenzi Comments: Who could forget that part in Dune when Paul uses jazz hands to scare away those pesky desert tapeworms.
Published 1974

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: 7.56 out of 10)

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25 Responses to “Dune”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    So HOW big was the one that got away, Paul?

  2. Smith Says:

    Altogether now – “ITS FUN TO STAY AT THE Y M C A!”

    Now just the Sandworms ” Y M C A!”

  3. Dalton H. Says:

    Run my fellow Justice League members! I’ll stop them! YOU SHALL NOT PASS!

  4. fred Says:

    Damn, those are some freakishly long arms.

  5. Jane Says:

    From the desert planet of Arrakis, it’s Garlic Man!

  6. Bibliotropic Says:

    Maybe it’s just the perspective screwing it up, but it looks like those arms are long enough to have his knuckles drag along the ground! Was Paul secretly a gorrilla all this time?

  7. Little Mi Says:

    Not just crazy long arms but also really short legs.

  8. Zycrow Says:

    Fear is the mind killer; the Kwisatz Haderach is not afraid to show off his Shai-Hulud

  9. Brian B Says:

    So I know it is largely due to the pseudo-forced perspective that the sand worms look so tiny…but why would the artist want us to see them as so tiny? Doesn’t it sort of ruin their awesomeness? But even without that, they look very slender, the one in the back is slithering like a snake–worms don’t move like that. The more I look here it seems that the worms were modeled after photographs of snakes.

  10. Phil Says:

    On the contrary, I think the artist misunderstood the descriptions, and assumed these were your standard-sized worms. Then, when he read the passage where the worms tower over people, he had to draw those tiny people with capes at the bottom right.

    If you look VERY closely, there is evidence of a TING! on that blade.

    I see this was written in the days when the author used his full name, Frank Herbert Classic.

  11. Jane Says:

    @Bibliotropic, they told the artist that Paul was a guerrila…

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  13. Dear Prudynce Says:

    His arms are too long and his legs are too short. Of course, this may be an optical illusion created by his cape.

  14. Adam Roberts Says:

    “Winner of science fiction’s Hugo and Nebulas awards!” Those are my favourite Hugo and Nebulas awards. The Hugo and Nebulas awards for Crime, Romance and Hypnotise-to-get-slim books are rubbish by comparison.

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Who the heck is Frank Herbert Classic?

  16. Francis Boyle Says:

    Well, I heard that New Frank Herbert had a rather bitter taste and Diet Frank Herbert doesn’t bear thinking about.

  17. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Frank Herbert Classic – the original and best.”

  18. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    I think he is now known as “Frank Herbert Zero”

  19. arch9enius Says:

    Are we meant to be looking at the top of this guy’s head, and is it the cape screwing up the attempt at perspective? No wondr the worm looks confused.

  20. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘Everyone! Listen, everyone! I’ve just circumcised myself! And it’s not so bad! I…’

  21. Tom Noir Says:


  22. anon Says:

    @Bibliotropic: That would certainly explain the humanity test they had him take in the beginning.

  23. L.B. Says:

    If it was classic then, would it be vintage now? It would work, too. As far as bad covers go, this is a decent vintage.

  24. Tom Noir Says:

    @LB: ’74 was a good year!

  25. Tor Mented Says:

    I found something that helps explain this unusual cover. It is adapted from artwork for an early, failed attempt to make a movie from the novel. The sand worm looks especially like a snake in this version.
    Alejandro Jodorowsky, who was slated to direct this version, said he was not interested in being faithful to the novel.

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