Sep 23

And that my cyclopes robot friend, is how you dance!Click for full image

Pete Comments: The prequel to Batman Begins.
Published 1950

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: 8.57 out of 10)

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29 Responses to “The Human Bat v the Robot Gangster”

  1. Adam Roberts Says:

    Wait, I’m confused. Which is which?

  2. bincat23 Says:

    Me too! Perhaps the robot could have had a least a couple of gangster stylings.

  3. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Begorrah! Human Bat, how did you manage to catch the Robot Gangster!?”

    “It was a trifle, Sergeant O’Hanlahan… once I noticed the spikes around its waist. All I had to do was find a big enough pin cushion.”

  4. Simon Says:

    Not only is this the best cover I have EVER seen, it is the best title EVER. The internet can rest easy – it has, today, justified its existence.

  5. RJ Says:

    Robot Gangster: Ha Ha. R2D2 will sleep with the fishes.

    Human Bat: Klaatu Barada Nikto!

    Robot Gangster: Curse you, Human bat!

  6. Adam Roberts Says:

    ‘Edward R Home•Gall’ … since when is that a name?

  7. A.R.Yngve Says:

    (Maybe changed it from his original birth-name “Edward R. Gallstone”.)

  8. A.R.Yngve Says:

    There was a sequel, ROBOT BAT VS. THE HUMAN GANGSTER, but it sank without a trace. For some reason.

  9. GSS Admin Says:

    Can it be… can this be I Sing the Body Electrics undoing!?!?

  10. Action Kate Says:

    I must find and read this book. Although I wonder if any story could truly do that title justice.

  11. Joachim Says:

    He only published one other sci-fi book…. The HUman Bat — the cover isn’t NEARLY as bad…

  12. THX 1138 Says:

    Dunno about versus, Mr Human Bat appears to be giving friendly advice on aiming his bullets to frustrated Mr Robot Gangster. Maybe they have a falling out late on in the book?

  13. Scott B Says:

    Wow. The awesomeness level on this one is incredibly high. I also would have liked to see more gangsterisms on the robot, but I do like the cyclops-eye and the little antennae.

  14. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    I almost missed it, but the robot is actually shooting at the human-bat with his finger. I had mistaken it for a smear on the book. And is that smoke coming out of the spikes on his belt, or those actual smears?

    But yes, this is one of best titles I have seen so far!

  15. fred Says:

    That cover obviously foreshadows the death of Luca Brasi at the hands of Virgil “The Turk” Sollozzo.

  16. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Obviously, Robot Gangster is shooting a nail-gun from his fingertips.

    *BADA-BUM!* Thank you, thank you!

  17. Phil Says:

    All this for 1/6. Bargain!

    Mr Home-Gall’s other titles include the fabulous MYSTERY GOAL-GETTER OF THE ROVERS, the stunning LIGHTNING, THE ONE TON WONDER, and the astonishing THE SECRET CENTRE-HALF. He sure knew how to concoct a title!

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  18. SI Says:

    Why does a robot gangster need nostrils…?

    Answers on a Christmas cracker joke please!

  19. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    His sidekick is the Monkey Bat

  20. Pete Hipwell Says:

    That is indeed smoke coming from Robot Gangster’s nozzles and not just smears.

  21. Phil Says:

    “Why does a robot need nostrils?” I’d wager that he is either steam- or atom-powered, so he needs the nostrils for cooling!

    Curious eye arrangement, though. Perhaps he only needs the one eye because his twin antennae compensate for the lack of three-dimensional visual perception.

  22. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @SI: he doesn’t need them! He’s pinched them, and the Human Bat has come to return the nostrils to their rightful owner.

    Good show sir!

  23. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    “Look here Huma-Bat THIS is how you do the bat-tusy!”

  24. Tom Noir Says:

    Many have decried the robot for not being ‘gangsta’ enough, but I’m pretty sure the cover artist had never seen a bat, either.

    For starters, they aren’t red.

  25. A.R.Yngve Says:

    This is the cover that keeps on giving.

  26. Tat Wood Says:

    Following the Human Bat’s eye-line, there must be something more remarkable than a robot playing charades behind the android and to our right.

  27. Hammy Says:

    I’m waiting for the third book in the trilogy –


  28. Tat Wood Says:

    @Hammy: I thinK they’d go for a synthesis – THE HUMAN BADGER

  29. GSS ex-noob Says:

    With guest appearance by Spiny Norman.


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