Feb 09

Man... I sure can't wait to eat this baby!Click for full image

MisterBOB Comments: In Space Jam Jars are Rather Useful…
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: 5.62 out of 10)

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24 Responses to “Dangerous Games”

  1. SI Says:

    Brilliant. I can just imagine the art direction.

    “I told you she is supposed to be a cat person damn it!! Ah… just draw some fur on her and we’re sorted!”

  2. towrope Says:

    “After your Dangerous Game don’t forget to visit our light and airy gift shop for space posters, replica lugers and a vast array of pickled goods.”

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    Anyone else getting an unfortunate Barbara Bain in Space: 1999 vibe from the catlady?

  4. Muttley Says:

    That has to be the worst “catgirl” I’ve ever seen.

    I think the artist has simply brushed the dust off a Man From UNCLE cover that failed to sell, overpainted the girl’s skin with “fur” and put stars in the window!
    Oh, and added Star Wars bling to Napoleon/Han Solo’s gun . . .

  5. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Towrope’s comment at #2: WINNER!! 😀

  6. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The journey continues, and the Universe is the prize for those who play…

  7. Tom Noir Says:

    “Leave the pickled babies, grab the cookie jar!”

  8. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    Aw, she’s got a cute little pink kee kat nose.

    Aside from that, it looks like the artist — although obviously capable, observant, and quite good at the tricky job of rendering people — had no understanding or sympathy with the science fiction genre.

  9. fred Says:

    What the hell is that spacehip/satellite thingy in the window? I swear it’s a pushbroom bristle section, a couple of vacuum cleaner attachments and a baseball cobbled together.

  10. Phil Says:

    Hand over the cash or the pickled baby gets it.

  11. A.R.Yngve Says:

    How much for that fetus in the window?
    My cat-wife would like one with fur
    How much for that fetus in the window?
    We’ll take it before it will stir

  12. Marta Randall Says:

    As the unfortunate victim of this cover, I have considered it long and hard, and I believe the cat-woman to be Doris Day in fur (don’t you love the little pink nose?) and the guy behind her to be a young John Travolta in a stunning purple jumpsuit. Further, examine in detail the brilliant Escher-influence in the mid-distance, where the floors and walls just, don’t, quite, entirely come together. And to finish off the entire ensemble, observe the object in the spacious window (!) which resembles nothing so much as a barbell pierced by a dildo. Or is it the other way around?

    You have been spared another horrendous detail: the pickled babies wrap around to the back of the cover.

    More hideousness available at my website. Click on Links & Ephemera and it will be the top entry.

  13. Smith Says:

    Oh its a cat person baby/midget in the jar.

    I thought perhaps she was just taking the jar where she keeps her loose change down to the bank.

  14. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    Cat People, do you ever not show up in bad Scifi cover art?

  15. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    The Baby-Cat-Jar seems to have some sort of instructions on it. I wonder if it tells you to “just add water”…

  16. SofS Says:

    Hey, it looks like this one’s missing an “author in the comments” tag! That’s a bit of a rare find.

  17. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    It might be the colour balance on my monitor, but the light off of her bum is the same tone as the carpet in the hallway…making his left leg disappear into an ungainly wide stance.

  18. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @DSWBT—hey, that’s muh shootin’ stance!

  19. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @BC: ah, so, you’re the Time Twister fellow!

  20. DaveM Says:

    Oh, she’s a cat person! My first thought was that when she grabbed that jar she set off a dye pack (but had brought along a change of clothing just in case of such an eventuality).

  21. fred Says:

    If they don’t name the kid Mason I want a really good reason why not.

  22. JuanPaul Says:

    ‘The jellicle journey continues, and the jellicle universe is the jellicle prize for those who play, The Jellicle Game’

    Soon to be a major motion picture featuring creepy humanoid cats spouting nonsense and stealing babies.

  23. Bruce A Munro Says:

    They let these doofuses into a game for the entire universe? I suppose it’s the usually SF Blurbs Have No Sense of Scale issue.

    Maybe the artist or the writer heard of test tube babies and really didn’t understand what that meant? (“Hmm. Must move them to a larger glass container once they get too large for the test tube.”)

    Let’s not assume she’s stealing that baby. [1] Maybe it’s a baby automat and she put a coin in the slot, while the guy just likes posing with his gun.

    [1] Swapping it out for one of the regular babies? I would think people would notice, even if she shaves it first.

  24. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Hey, this had “author in the comments” originally. Glad she hated it as much as us, though I’m sorry she got stuck with this.

    @ARY (way back at 11): GSS!

    @fred (21): Me too. GSS!

    @Bruce: All good thoughts.

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