May 11

There is nothing on this cover, that isn't stoned!Click for full image

Submitted by Frank through our facebook fan page! Fans, who are worthy of respect! Well… when they’re not getting drunk and having a big ole facebook party! Those crazy kids!
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: 8.53 out of 10)

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21 Responses to “Hidalgo’s Beard: A California Fantasy”

  1. SI Says:

    Good timing with that fish covering that flying mans jibblets. From the expression of the guy behind, looks like nothing is covering him from the back!

  2. Theo Says:

    I wonder — does anyone in the book ever swear by Hidalgo’s beard? “By mighty Hidalgo’s beard, I do swear to protect thee and thy vassals of the good kingdom of Huntington Beach!”

  3. Jonesey Says:

    I am most curious about this land where birds, men and fish fly through the ether together…

  4. E. Martín Says:

    On top of all that, the flying guy is a cut-and-paste Corben illustration:

  5. THX 1138 Says:

    You’ll believe a man can get totally baked.

  6. Adam Roberts Says:

    “Conger Beasley”. That’s an eely good name.

  7. fred Says:

    Famous last words – “Cactus? What cactus?”

  8. Frank Says:

    @Adam…apparently his father thought so!

  9. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Nothing makes a book cover like having foreground and background done by completely different artists, one of them talented and the other one not.

  10. Smith Says:

    @ Frank – surely he should be Elver Beasley?

  11. Craig M Says:

    It’s by Richard Corben. You can the signature on bottom right. @E Martin, I think the link you point out is the cut and paste job and this is the original. Not sure why the face in the background isn’t more realistic, Corben is incredible at the human form and face.

  12. Brendan Podger Says:

    Looks like the old guy in the background has muttonchops but no beard.

    Where’s the beard!

  13. Infoqueen Says:

    Hidalgo’s out looking for his “beard” so he can hide his relationship with the man floating in front of him so provocatively.

  14. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Of course, “A California Fantasy” applies to a lot of things Californian, so it’s a bit vague…

  15. Phil Says:

    Conger Beasley Sr must be very proud.

  16. Dalton H. Says:

    (Insert Schwarzenegger joke here)

  17. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    These Japanese television game shows aren’t my thing, I admit, but their American remakes are simply the worst.

  18. Tat Wood Says:

    The Floating Head of Zardoz is about to have a collision. When the Moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s not a Conger…

  19. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @TW: And, when the world starts to shine like you’ve had too much wine, keep drinking, because you’re not in the piss enough to design a cover like this one?

  20. anon Says:

    That is very “Californian”. The guy is all “Ooh. I want more of that California tabaccy. I smell it’s this way.”

  21. GSS noob Says:

    I’ve spent many years in California, and have never met anyone for whom this is their fantasy. But what do you expect from a guy named Conger?

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