Nov 14

It's a good thing I still have my leather underwear, otherwise this could be embarrassing.Click for full SHOCKING image

Art Direction: How long are legs supposed to be? I’d say keep them on the long side of things. Don’t be afraid to get boob in their too. Just one boob though, two I believe would be considered excessive next to a half naked hunky man with only a bit of leather and cloth to cover his modesty.
Published 1982

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: 6.97 out of 10)

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28 Responses to “Examen de Passage”

  1. Cédric Says:

    The title means something like “graduation test”. I date not aging the nature of the test.

  2. Cédric Says:

    Apologies for my phone’s spellcheck. It got distracted by either the lady or the man. I meant

    “The title means something like “graduation test”. I dare not ask the nature of the test.”

  3. A.R.Yngve Says:

    I wonder if the people who design these “hard sell” covers have thought things through.

    Because if they did, they’d soon realize that the cover loses a LOT of appeal when shop customers watch the book being eagerly grabbed, ogled and fondled by the raincoat brigade…

  4. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Cedric wrote:
    The title means something like “graduation test”.

    Well, lots of people have nightmares about going to their graduation tests — and suddenly discovering that they are not wearing any pants.

    So in that sense, the artwork is appropriate.

  5. THX 1138 Says:

    “We always find an adventure the ideal opportunity to top up that tan.”

  6. Tom Noir Says:

    All I’m saying is, that dude needs to be careful with that sword.

  7. Adam Roberts Says:

    If my name were ‘Anticipation G. Morris’, I’d probably write science fiction novels too!

    Oh wait … I do write SF novels.

  8. fred Says:

    Where is the black river? Maybe you can see it from the top of the stairs?

  9. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    If you cut them off at the calves and just look at their feet, you can *still* tell which is the man and which the woman. While women are occasionally depicted with the feet on the left, no man is ever shown with feet posed like on the right.

    If her left breast is that big, there should be some sign of squashiness under her right arm showing the presence of her right breast. Maybe she’s an Amazon archer.

    I believe “fleuve noir” is the publisher.

  10. Phil Says:

    This is one of the dullest covers I’ve seen. Raise that sword, look towards something specific, adopt an expression of anger or fear… don’t just stand there, man and woman, do something!

  11. Tom Noir Says:

    My caption:

    “Look! Away yonder! ‘Tis the Isle of Clothes!”

  12. Richard Palmer Says:

    I can’t be the only one tittering at the though of ‘Examen de Passage’ because, in bad light, it might be mistaken for ‘examine the passage’ *lol*?

  13. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @RP: well, there you go then, they are indeed examining the passage…with anticipation…looking for the dark river.

    @admin: could you please deputise a hummingbird whale for the picture? The lady’s mons pubis is showing. Also, her hands look like a tree frogs’, but there’s naught to be done about that.

  14. JRDelirious Says:

    “Dammit! Can’t take a swim without those punk kids running off with your clothes!!”

    @Alessandra – yep, the woman’s essentially drawn as if she were wearing invisible high heels – very common. Probably because the model in the reference pic used to draw it was wearing high heels.

  15. Phil Says:

    Is she, or is she not, wearing very brief panties? The picture isn’t clear enough to be sure. (This might obviate the need for hummingbird deployment.)

  16. admin Says:

    Well let it be known I think Dead Stuff with Big Teeth is right. I fully appologise to anyone who might have severe mental distress while looking at yesterdays image. The Humming Bird Whale censor is now in place.

    Recommendations for excellent therapists are now welcome.

    P.S. @Richard – Yes!!!! Teee HEEE!! 😉

  17. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Effluvia, why are you walking in that tip-toe manner?”

    “Sorry, Swordor. I just have this feeling that I ought to walk around with tiny stilts attached to my heels…”

  18. Green Says:

    I love the addition of Humminbird Whale to our line of selfless animal superheroes ready to defend our virtuous eyeballs. Good show, sir!

  19. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    It seems like there should be a TING on that sword at least….Maybe it would detract from the oily hue of the man if there were one I guess.

  20. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    “Luna, they stole our clothes while we were skinny-dipping? Damn those dirty apes!”

  21. vampy-ra Says:

    It’s dull, cliche and boring, but I can’t say it’s bad.

  22. Scruffy Curmudgeon Says:

    How long are legs supposed to be? I believe Abe Lincoln’s answer was: “All the way to the ground.”

  23. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    > examen de passage

    > Cela fait partie d’un labyrinthe de petits passages sinueux, tous pareils.


  24. Rev Says:

    Ah, Fleuve Noir…you naughty naughty naughty thing

  25. A.R.Yngve Says:


  26. Anna T. Says:

    Publishers seem to be under the impression that adding Generic Naked People will make their books more popular.

  27. THX 1138 Says:

    @Anna T: It worked for the internet.

  28. A.R.Yngve Says:


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