May 26

I hate it when little people get stuck in my teeth!Click for full image

Scot’s Art Direction: For this one we’re going dystopian agony. So, nuclear explosion! And a prison wall with people falling from it to their deaths, but get this, the wall is also a screaming face! With an eyeball being stabbed by a needle! That’s the stuff.
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: 8.49 out of 10)

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33 Responses to “Indoctrinaire”

  1. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Hey, does it hurt? Can you feel this? Or this?

  2. A.R.Yngve Says:

    I know just how he feels… I used to watch CSI: Miami.

  3. Phil Says:

    Is it better with, or without?


    Or without?

    [Only makes sense if you’ve ever had your eyes tested.]

    One gets a strangely warm and fuzzy feeling when a book one owns turns up on Good Show Sir.

  4. Pat Says:

    Never inject fast-acting hallucinogens into your eyeball unless you have a friend standing by to take the syringe away.

  5. Tom Noir Says:

    Geez, you need a cream for that rash!

  6. Zycrow Says:

    “With ideas sifted from the farts of Pink Floyd!”

  7. fred Says:

    Looks like a failed “Fantastic Voyage” one sheet.

  8. Tom Noir Says:

    The new season of “Mythbusters” looks really intense!

  9. Joachim Says:

    Is the book any good?

  10. THX 1138 Says:

    Headache. Tense, nervous headache.

  11. JRSM Says:

    Weirdly, it’s actually not a bad representation of the key moments in the book.

  12. jerk of all trades Says:

    Welcome to The Face. Please enjoy your time on the mouth-cleaning crew, and be sure to fill out all the forms so that in the event of your being eaten, bitten, maimed, wedged between teeth and then flossed out, spat out into the canyon, or accidentally horked up into the nasal cavity and lost forever, your family will not be able to sue us.

  13. jerk of all trades Says:

    Also, don’t let the warden catch you goofing off. You really don’t want to be transferred to the other end.

  14. James Says:

    Artist suffer from chronic hay-fever/allergies much?

  15. Infoqueen Says:

    It’s all fun and games until somebody loses an eye…

  16. Dalton H. Says:

    Odd how the author’s last name is more important than the title.

  17. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Dalton H: Maybe the publisher was aiming for that hard-to-reach clerical segment of the market.

  18. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    After losing an eye, the doctor gave him a choice between a fake eye, an eye-patch, or a window with bars…The window with bars had this mystique to it that this fellow just couldn’t resist…I think he regrets his decision.

  19. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The thing of it is, exactly the same thing happened to my brother in 1980.

  20. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “Pan Science Fiction”—exactly what one feels compelled to do after seeing covers like this.

  21. Mister Dalliard Says:

    The Unknown Artist is Geoff Taylor.

  22. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Wanna know how I got these scars?

  23. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @M. Dalliard—Interesting to learn there that the original artwork is “lost.”

  24. fred Says:

    All in all you’re just a trippy face in the wall.

  25. Tat Wood Says:

    It’s easier to get heaven into a rich man than to get a needle into the eye of a, no, hang on…

  26. JuanPaul Says:

    Gaaaahhh, everything hurts!

  27. anon Says:

    Ripe Christ! Stop her!

    (Also: Dirt in cornea I / Irica on Tinder / Terrini on acid)

  28. JJYoyo Says:

    ….annnnd *this* is why Dali’s early career as an ophthalmologist is seldom talked about.

  29. Max Bathroom Says:

    And there was me thinking that the cover on the NEL Edition I have to hand was bad…,630_.jpg

  30. fred Says:

    He is being deprogrammed from the cult of people who hate spinach enough to resort to nuclear weaponry.

  31. Ryan Says:

    Pan Science Fiction really seemed to have cornered the market of covers that were well-executed, detailed, professional and utterly uninteresting.

    I never looked at a Pan cover and thought, “Wow, I better buy this one!” Pan is the diametric opposite of Baen for me.

  32. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Ryan: They did seem to have a variety of styles over the years. I think this one isn’t too bad:

  33. Tracy Says:

    I hate the New Wave illustrator’s cliche of being edgy by having a detached eyeball with something piercing it, in this case a syringe, which is a cliche as well. I bet Mr. Taylor took inspiration from the movie art for Clockwork Orange.

    That said, everything else is a New Wave illustration cliche, too! Except having the torso of a chesty bombshell emerged from the sinuses at the top of the nose. Now that’s original!

    (The falling people look more like they’re doing parkour to me…)

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