Oct 05


Marmontoast Comments: As an online repository of truly dreadful sci-fi covers grows larger, the probability of seeing a rocket with Hitler’s face approaches 1 – Godwin’s Law of ghastly art direction.
Published 1980

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: 8.99 out of 10)

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31 Responses to “Hail Hibbler”

  1. bincat23 Says:

    Truly gobsmacking.

  2. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Looks like he blew his top (unsurprisingly).

  3. A.R.Yngve Says:


  4. A.R.Yngve Says:

    But then again.. anything that annoys Nazis is fine with me.

  5. THX 1138 Says:

    Mad? He looks positibbly livid!

  6. Simon Says:


  7. Muttley Says:

    This is a Josh Kirby cover, one of many he did for Don Wollheim’s DAW Books publications of Ron Goulart’s work.

    Josh’s comment (from “The Garden of Unearthly Delights”, Paper Tiger’s collection of his paintings) was ‘I thought I’d use a personified rocket to sum up the wealth of Hitler jokes in this book’.

    Goulart’s work is characterised as “zany” – in other words light, undemanding and jokey. I’ve not read any of it so can’t confirm, mainly because the covers and blurbs are warning enough that I wouldn’t like it.

  8. Phil Says:

    The original design of Wernher von Braun’s V1, before he switched sides and joined the allies.

    Hibbler sounds like Himmler with a cold in the nose.

  9. Alessandra Says:

    Dear god.

  10. Scott Marlowe Says:

    I like the tuft of hair. I wonder if it flaps around while he’s flying around.

  11. Tom Noir Says:

    I don’t remember fascism as a major theme in “The Cat In The Hat Comes Back”.

  12. A.R.Yngve Says:

    But Tom, that’s because you and many others are unaware of Dr. Seuss’ lesser-known book “The Loony Rocket In Hitler’s Pocket”.

  13. Michael Toland Says:

    Muttley –

    I’ve read Goulart before (though not this one), and his work does indeed rely heavily on satirical humor. I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve read by him. I can see how this cover likely reflects the jokes inside, though that doesn’t make it any less retina-searing.

  14. fred Says:

    Target practice for Jews in Space.

  15. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    That’s it. This is the craziest cover art I’ve ever seen.

  16. GDwarf Says:

    Alessandra, I think you mean “Mein Gott!”


  17. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Come to think of it… if the Allies had managed to capture Hitler alive, they SHOULD have sent him into space in a V-2 rocket that looked exactly like that!

  18. NGpm Says:

    It’s like Hilter and the Joker decided to work together.

  19. NGpm Says:

    Err, that would be Hitler and the Joker …

  20. SI Says:

    I seriously doubt the aerodynamics of that rocket.

  21. NGpm Says:

    @SI: you doubt the aerodynamics, but I’m sure it screams.

  22. Jitterbug Says:

    Looks like a cross between Nazi Germany and Rocky Horror…

  23. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    In the future they zapped Hitler into the body of a rocket….boy was he mad when he woke up!

  24. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    It’s supposed to be a Z, or some kind of ornament. But it COULD be a yellow 2.

  25. Tom Noir Says:

    Ron Goulart was the maddest scientist of the third reich?!?

  26. Jon Says:

    Yes! This is one I own, read and love! Goulart’s stuff, especially the “Odd Jobs, Inc.” books, is undemanding and jokey. But fun.

    The Josh Kirby cover doesn’t really show anything about what the book is about. The plot, such as it is, concerns itself with high-priced private detective angecy Odd Jobs, Inc. having to thwart the plans of a Hitler look-a-like (who claims that you could tell that he and Hitler were distingushable because Hitler was insane and Hibbler wasn’t) who is trying to exact tribute from Earth with a death ray placed on an orbiting habitat.

  27. A.R.Yngve Says:

    In a way, we’re all still trying to make sense of Hitler — analyzing, or condemning, or poking fun at… and perhaps this will go on forever, ‘cos basically absolute evil never will make sense.

  28. JuanPaul Says:

    I Have One Testicle and I Must Scream

  29. Tor Mented Says:

    Mein Space Kamp.

  30. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Trump: “There are good rockets and bad rockets on both sides…”

  31. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Is that a tiki torch near the top, throwing out some sparks?

    @Tor: GSS!

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