Feb 08

I look suspiciously like the wizard from two days ago...Click for full TOP-SHELF image

Claire’s Art Direction: Hum, riders on the wind. Well obviously lots of wind in a pretty colour, and a rider – I know, a naked chick with body tats. Throw in some standard fantasy stuff, like a castle and a wizard dude et voila!
Published 1988

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: 5.94 out of 10)

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28 Responses to “Riders of the Winds”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    Cover yourself, strumpet! You’re being watched! At least the horse isn’t naked.

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Isn’t that the fellow AND the castle from Riddle-Master of MedHed? Good to see they get plenty of work.

  3. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Clint Eastwood IS Merlin in RIDERS OF THE WINDS

  4. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Well at least it’s “exciting”. And “new”. That’s what the blurb copy says. And not much else.

  5. Tom Noir Says:

    I’m not a lady, but surely that would be uncomfortable? To mount your horse while naked? No, that didn’t come out right. To ride naked. No no. To get up on it while –

    You know what, screw this comment.

  6. Phil Says:

    That castle is lacking in the asymmetric overhanging latrine turret department. And that pegasus is lacking in the wing department.

    What? Oh, it’s an ordinary horse? OK, carry on.

  7. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    Riding a horse naked? Ow ow ow owchity ow. Without even stirrups to take a little of the … Ow.

  8. Yoss Says:

    As my old Wind Riding 101 professor used to say “To ride the wind, one must FEEL the wind.” So you see, the nudity has a practical purpose.

  9. fred Says:

    Place obligatory America “Horse With No Name” quip here – ” ”
    Is that a small horse or is she 7 feet tall? Proportions seem wacky.

  10. Phil Says:

    Normal sized horse, tiny head. Or maybe a Shetland pony. Or, since it’s difficult to be sure of scale and of the limits of a fantasy work, maybe it’s an eohippus!

  11. Andrew Says:

    The late Mr. Sweet always seemed to have a bit of problems whenever horses and proportion were concerned. Sadly of late, I find I can tell his work long before I see the artist credits.

  12. SI Says:

    I love the font so much. It’s like someone went, “there’s a gap in the letters… lets fill it in with … ummm white!”

  13. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    Ugh, only masochists would ride dressed like that.

  14. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    The wizard found a new use for his magical mirror when he decided to have a look around the realm just to see what was going on…

  15. Tom Noir Says:

    That wizard definitely looks like he just smelt someone, er, ‘riding the wind’.

  16. fred Says:

    She probably was a king before the CHANGEWINDS blew in.

  17. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Horse: (Sigh) Looks like I’m gonna need a new saddle, again.

  18. Bruce A Munro Says:

    This cover blows.

    Hover text: “Gandalf#7184?”

  19. Tat Wood Says:

    Wind aside, riding in light drizzle makes your body-paint come off on the horse.

  20. GSS ex-noob Says:

    That sound you heard was my legs slamming shut at the mere thought of riding a horse starkers.

    Or a pony. Or an eohippus.

    Considering the equine is light blue, perhaps it is Her Little Pony? Mr. Sweet’s model was a naked Barbie with messed-up hair astride an MLP?

    Wizaaard Clint is right to disapprove of all this.

    PS. I’ve had my second vaccination!

  21. Ryan Says:

    Congratulations, GSS X!

    So the nudist / tattoo enthusiast is riding her microcephalic horse around the Four Corners area, where obviously spending time nekkid under the hot Arizona sun will be only slightly less comfortable than the feeling of riding bareback squared after about twenty minutes.

    And then half a European castle falls on her? Tough day all around.

  22. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Perhaps the artist misunderstood the term “riding bareback?”

    (Congrats, ex-noob)

  23. Dave Van Domelen Says:

    I don’t think those are tattoos…I think she’s wearing an outfit made entirely of leather straps and buckles. Which is probably even more painful for horseriding.

  24. THX 1139 Says:

    I’ve heard of words getting stuck in your throat, but never words stuck in your beard.

  25. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Dave Van Domelen: or glued on strips of blue plastic. Which probably wouldn’t be comfortable either.

    Don’t we have a “giant floating head” tab? Or does it not apply since it’s only the head from the nose up?

  26. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Ryan: A European castle falls on her and so does a giant (formerly) floating head.

    @Dave, Bruce: I was thinking it might be some sort of lace or crochet get-up, but in any case, it’s going to be uncomfortable.

  27. A. R. Yngve Says:

    “I know what you’re thinking… did he cast six spells or only five? Tell you the truth, in all the excitement I kinda lost count myself. But seeing as I’m the most powerful wizard in the land, and could blow your head clean off, you gotta ask yourself: Do I feel lucky? Well do you, punk…?”

  28. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Ryan: since the horse is microcephalic, does that make it A Horse With No Brain?

    (I think maybe the damsel is, what with the starkers horse-riding.)

    @ARY: GSS.

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