Jun 14

You may be in a protective bubble, but it doesn't mean you can't see me get naked!Click for full (newly unchewed) image

E Comments: According to my husband, his dog chewed up the cover of this book. I think the dog was making a statement. Like why the hell are those people sitting in a hollowed-out asteroid?
Published 1984

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: 7.00 out of 10)

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27 Responses to “Secret of the Sixth Magic”

  1. Druaightagh Says:

    Hollowed-out asteroid… or is it a giant ball in the 1984 intergalactic baseball championships for dead souls, angels versus demons? Here we see massive catchers mitts made out of meteors and moon bases after all…

  2. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Famed graffiti artist Rowena managed to “tag” the asteroid on the left.

  3. A.R.Yngve Says:

    There’s a delicate balance a fantasy cover artist has to uphold, teetering between the sublime and the ridiculous…

    …or you can just leap into the abyss of the ridiculous straight away.

  4. SI Says:

    In the sport of flaming daemon bowling it’s widely know the best balls have a human centre.

  5. Claire Says:

    I’ve got this in a much less bogus cover and it is actually a good read! This cover screams – actually, it just screams.

  6. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Subtlety is to fantasy book covers what subtlety is to Jim Carrey.

  7. Zycrow Says:

    Evidence of trying FAR too hard to learn why kids love the taste of Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

  8. fred Says:

    That flaming yellow winged red-eyed pointy eared fanged beclawed unicorn horned demon with hairy cloven feet just isn’t menacing looking. Maybe give it an earring?

  9. Jane Says:

    The poor dog probably took one bite and spat this one right out.
    @Fred, you are so right about the earring. The fear factor is increased exponentially. But am I the only person who thinks that the demon is wearing a Jawa on his left arm?

  10. THX 1138 Says:

    If the flying saucer in Asteroids wins you 500 points, imagine how much the nudist demon will get you.

  11. A.R.Yngve Says:

    I can’t sleep until I know the complete blurb that the dog ate… what was it?? Could it be:

    – “Beyond mastery of the five magical farts lay…”

    – “Beyond mastery of the five magical facts of life…”

    – “Beyond mastery of the five magical copy editors…”

  12. fred Says:

    @Jane, if it had a flaming sword I’d say it was a Headless Monk. But it’s probably just a generic Popeil(TM) Pocket Wizard. The never ending series – Beyond mastery of the six magics lay the SECRET OF THE SEVENTH MAGIC.

  13. jerk of all trades Says:

    That’s a Jawa handpuppet that the demon with the physics-defying flames uses in his ventriloquist act.

    What I’m really puzzled about is the fishbowl? bubble? magic sphere of magicking? that the two humans and freaky naked dwarf are crammed into. How many minutes of air do you think, they have left?

  14. Dalton H. Says:

    WOMAN- Honey, there’s a large monster outside our hollowed out ball!
    MAN- Dang it, woman! There’s a smaller thing trapped in our hollowed out ball with us! Be more concerned with that!

  15. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I think the large yellow chap is the maitre d’, bringing the couple the bat souffle. Unaware that his nephew is capering around their table, ruining the evening.

  16. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    I think the little demon inside told the man inside that the big demon outside was saying stuff about his mother, so the man made some terrible remarks to the demon outside about his own mother. Then, enraged, the demon was going to walk over and give the man a thorough throttling. But his friend (the little floating Death-wanna-be) is trying to hold him back, saying “forget it man, he’s not worth it…”

  17. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Demon envy began to set in.

  18. Francis Boyle Says:

    Nothing makes sense here including the fact that Large Demon has a tattoo of ET on his chest.

  19. fred Says:

    Yet another totally rational explanation for the intergalactic space object Oumuamua.

  20. Ryan Says:

    Another album cover illustration rejected by Iron Maiden.

  21. JuanPaul Says:

    The big demon looks like he is visiting from a Micheal Moorcock cover.

  22. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @JuanPaul: All the parts visiting from other covers is the only thing that explains this. Maybe they were all background bit players on half a dozen other covers and Rowena just put ’em all on this one.

  23. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Somehow Morrill’s work projects a sense of “I am not afraid to tackle feet” derring-do, but if you note—there’s not a real, clearly delineated, foot in sight. I skimmed through her file and it’s pretty much the same for all her covers, they evoke the promise of a well-rendered foot, yet invariably resort to cheap tricks like random fog or exaggerated perspective lines and other low tactics to avoid the awful moment of truth—good feet are really hard to draw.

  24. Tor Mented Says:

    Someone really ought to lance that and drain the humans.

  25. Bruce A Munro Says:

    “Don’t bring an imp to a demon-fight.”

    (Although it’s Headless Monk rather than the demon who’s doing the damage: did he bring the demon along just to carry him around? Evil mage conspicuous consumption?)

  26. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @BC: you’re right. There’s either booties, pointless fog, or random rocks. All those detailed arms, legs, and butts, and nary a foot to be found. This one features booties and cloven hooves.

    Feet really ARE hard to draw; you can be nominated for a jillion awards, be a Worldcon guest of honor, and have your work loved by Middle Eastern dictators, all without drawing feet. Take heart, UAI grads!

    Although one of the paintings Saddam had does feature feet on both damsel and dude. They are… meh. One of his lower legs is downright ecch.

    @Bruce: Headless Monk is remarkably lacking in detail compared to the rest of the cover (and her oeuvre). Looks like a splotch of something from the previous owner’s lunch in this photo.

  27. Tat Wood Says:

    @Bruce: Did the Demons run?

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