Oct 27

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Matthew’s Art Direction: So we’ll be requiring evil insect eyes and a bloomin’ great sword, oh yeah and an absurdly oversized helmet too…
Published 1987

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: 6.65 out of 10)

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28 Responses to “Elric at the End of Time”

  1. Derek Says:

    That’s no “bloomin’ great sword”, that’s Stormbringer, devourer of souls.

  2. Adam Roberts Says:

    Derek: quite right! [sings] ‘Black bla-a-a-ade! Black bla-a-a-ade!’

  3. Phil Says:

    Fantasy Literature: The Prog Rock Album Cover Years.

  4. THX 1138 Says:

    “Why, yes, I do keep getting my head stuck between automatic doors, how can you tell?”

  5. Muttley Says:

    Moorcock is a big fan of Rodney Matthews (he of the Yes album covers amongst many others) and is quoted on as saying

    “Like only a few artists, Rodney Matthews frequently has the knack of exactly capturing not only the described detail of my scenes, but (much harder to accomplish) also of catching the exact mood of a piece.”

    So there you go. This is what Moorcock was seeing when he wrote the Elric stories. What a fun time we all had in the ’60’s. 😮

  6. A.R.Yngve Says:

    On the cover you can see depicted Elric’s main weapons:

    STORMBRINGER, the soul-sucking sword;

    MIGRAINE-BRINGER, the too-tight helmet which gives him his permanent dark mood.

  7. Alessandra Says:

    And the spiky font of toothy spikeness. It’s meant to grab you.

    The figure looks like a Warhammer mini.

  8. Scott Marlowe Says:

    Crazy art, but some brilliant writing.

  9. Michael Toland Says:

    “Rodney Matthews (he of the Yes album covers amongst many others) ”

    You’re thinking of Roger Dean. Though Matthews certainly did his share of album covers, mostly metal, which makes sense.

  10. AceofSpace Says:

    Judging from the form of his skull I would say the hat sits a little bit too tight. Only a little bit.

  11. fred Says:

    I guess every artist has to put his own stamp on Elric in some way. Nose lip and chin this time around.

  12. Scott B Says:

    That really is the mother of all font problems. It hurts my brain.

  13. drlemaster Says:

    The font! The font! It hurts us!

    And I know the Elric tales are much beloved, but I have trouble getting through them. I keep thinking “No wonder Elric is such a petulant ass, the DM is totally railroading him.”

  14. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    Insect arms, too, from the looks of it.

  15. Michael Toland Says:

    “And I know the Elric tales are much beloved, but I have trouble getting through them. I keep thinking “No wonder Elric is such a petulant ass, the DM is totally railroading him.”

    In my experience, the Elric books are kinda like Rush. Once you start getting laid regularly, they don’t make much sense anymore.

  16. Muttley Says:

    @Michael Toland – You’re right, I had mixed him up with Roger Dean – and their styles are quite different too. In my defence, I don’t own any records with covers by either artist

  17. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    @Derek, you would think that a sword call Stormbringer would be responsible for, well…bringing storms? Why wouldn’t someone just name their sword with the proper description like “Soul Devourer”, or “Soul Sucker”, or “Sharp Piece of Metal”?

  18. Muttley Says:

    Insufficient Gravitas. Can’t see a demon going around with a name like “pointed stick”

  19. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    @Muttley, I could see it….and then I would see said demon run from fear after meeting The Knights That Say Nee!

  20. dungeonmaster11 Says:

    This kind of reminds me of Chakan: The Forever Man. I wonder if Robert A. Kraus took any inspiration from Elric.

    Anyway, while this cover is definitely weird, I wouldn’t call it BAD. Honestly, I really like the artwork. But I can definitely imagine it getting some glances from passers-by.

  21. Annexian Says:

    It’s done by Rodney Matthews…

    Therefore, it’s cool…

    Kind of like that Frazetta thing… His “Mothman”/”Fire Demon” era…

    “Fraz, baby, you’ll get no “a Roman Centurion should wear…”garbage from us! Just send us some of these offbeat paintings you do now and again, we’ll have one of our hacks hammer out some kind of a story for it!”

    Like check out Lin Carter’s “The Black Star” with a Frazetta cover.

    “Gay… Gay… GAY!!!” – but with Fraz doing it, it’s too COOL!

  22. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘Hey, man…is it cool…is it, like, cool if I just perch up here for a while? Is it cool? Are you cool with it? I’m just askin’. I don’t want to bring you down or nothin’. You sure we’re good?’

  23. Tom Noir Says:

    The rest of the cover I’ll buy, but why has Elric had his eyes replaced by sports car headlights?

  24. Anna T. Says:

    @Tom Noir: His eyes aren’t sports car headlights. He’s wearing a pair of tacky Elton John sunglasses.

  25. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Which came first? The novel, or the pinball table with the built-in Polaroid?

  26. RachelJ Says:

    @Dead Stuff. The novel:

    “‘Flash Dragon’ demonstrates the following tropes-

    Plagiarism: The sorceror on the backglass art is a direct lift from Rodney Matthews’ depiction of Elric Of Melnibone.”

    Plagiarism is a trope, apparently. Is there anything whatever left that TV Tropes *doesn’t* consider a trope?

  27. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Rachel: apparently, they consider ‘rhetorical questions’ as a trope. 😉

    I’d also like to point out that plagiarism could be a GSS tag.

  28. Lightning Lord Says:

    I can’t imagine seeing this and taking a picture for this goofy website instead of buying it right away.

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