Oct 20

Looks like I didn't put my best jumpsuit on today for nothing!!Click for full image

Joachim Comments: Even this Captain Kirk clone wouldn’t run after that alien woman…. The crazy yellow acorn headed face must be compelling him.
Published 1968

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: 8.11 out of 10)

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20 Responses to “Star Quest”

  1. GSS Bookfinder General Says:

    On my first search for this book here’s what I found:

    This is probably more worth of our attention. But maybe another time!

  2. Scott B Says:

    Bookfinder: Nice one. Did they specifically request the most easily bored of the available male models?

    As for the Koontz cover, I love the tagline — “drove a salient into another universe” sounds like such an awesome science-fictional expression. However, a quick Google search tells me that there was a car from the 20s called a Stephens Salient Six, so “they” might have just been driving a car. (I’m not sure if that reference would have made any sense in 1968, so maybe it is just an awesome science-fictional expression.)

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    Crikey, Dean’s been around a while, hasn’t he? Er, anyway, whose turn is it to wear the Sammy Snyders mask?

  4. Phil Says:

    Methinks the artist struggles with hands.

    Hero: though mathematically correct, appears to have more fingers than he needs.

    Heroine: the span of a concert pianist.

    Background critters: miscellaneous phalangeal issues.

  5. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Why is the lass so bitter? Methinks it’s because she just popped Kirk’s arm out of his shoulder socket with her palm…and he STILL hasn’t noticed her!

  6. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Phil–sorry, I didn’t mean to plagiarize your turn of phrase! Completely unconscious on my part. I’m terribly sorry.

  7. Tom Noir Says:

    That space ship is flying a little too low to the ground, wouldn’t you say? Maybe Captain, er, “Dirk” and Spockette are the 31st century’s equivalent of meter maids.

  8. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Blurbs that almost but not quite made it to this cover:

    “They drove a projecting angle into another universe.”

    “They drove a Space Impala into another universe.”

    “They drove a big, shiny spear into another universe.”

    “They drove an abstract term into another universe.”

  9. Phil Says:

    @Dead Stuff: Methinks we both doth plagiarise Shakespeare with our turns of phrase. Or something.

  10. Jami Says:

    Dean Koontz happens to live new the Newport Beach/Costa Mesa, California area – I’m thinking actually Laguna Beach but I could be wrong. Anyway, because he’s here he’s one of the library’s most popular check outs. (I’m a library clerk, BTW. At least until someone realizes I could be “America’s Susan Boyle” – except I’m a dog person and I have been kissed.)

    As for this cover – you’re all focused on the two main people, but for me it’s the zombie skeleton behind the little Damion up in the left hand side.

  11. SI Says:

    “Luckily for me, this universe has excellent hair cream!”

  12. fred Says:

    Is she giving him a wedgie?

  13. Alessandra Says:

    Actually, his hands, although oversized and gnarled, aren’t bad. This artist seems to be competent on the details, but falls apart on overall anatomy and composition.

    Captain Smirk’s hands are too big and his head is too big (competently painted, though, but smug-looking) and his neck is too thick and there’s something weird and flat about his torso which the gun sort of covers and his hips are way narrow and his legs start oddly low on his body.

    Her sleeve is empty between wrist and shoulder. I can see what’s wrong with her hand, but I’m not sure I can describe it well. All hands have a sort of grace, even clumsy ones, which isn’t here. Also, human fingers follow an arc of changing size and proportion which isn’t here either.

  14. Jane Says:

    Our hero is wearing thermal underwear because outer space can be chilly. The alien gal is poking his shoulder to see how much meat is on his bones.

  15. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    I see on the lower left side it says “Complete Novel”….does this mean that “incomplete novels” have been published in the past?!

  16. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    Wow, Eddie Munster grew up weird.

    Also it turns out you can read this online:

  17. Hep C Says:

    We must sympathize with Cpt Dirk here. It’s obvious he desperately needs to go to the toilet. He’s trying to hold it (he wouldn’t want to ruin his best jumpsuit), hence the posture.

  18. Tat Wood Says:

    ‘Star Quest’ was the galaxy’s highest-rated talent show. The 25th Century Simon Cowell was, like all the judges, armed. But he wore his trousers the same peculiar way. This, as much as the quality of the entrants depicted behind him and the half-melted android Cheryl Cole, is why he is wincing.

  19. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Seikai Series, the badly-drawn years.

  20. Anna T. Says:

    The evil yellow head is clearly Evil Mind-Controlled Luke Skywalker. I mean seriously, no one else has notice the resemblance?

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