Mar 15

Hurry up and take the bloody picture!! This is burning through my hand!!Click for full image

Frank Comments: In this one, we know which character on the cover is referred to by the title, because he’s the one grabbing the active element on his weapon. The mannequins would never do such a thing.
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: 6.27 out of 10)

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22 Responses to “The Living One”

  1. Ian Sales Says:

    Isn’t that one of the BeeGees?

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Everyone must be twirling.

  3. Phil Says:

    Mind you don’t cut your fingers, now.

    Agreed, you can tell whose important, because he has a discreet TING! on the HANDLE of his mighty sword. (Which the tag wizard didn’t notice, apparently.)

  4. THX 1138 Says:

    “Aarr, Jim lad! Forget looking for treasure and make thy fortune writing fantasy paperbacks, I tell thee!”

  5. Smith Says:

    Dear lord that’s bad.

    All 3 of the non-Bee Gee people are holding up their swords as if to say “What are these? Lightsabers? Isn’t that a potentially costly copyright infringement?”

    And how come its windy enough for those heavy looking cloaks to be billowing while their manes of hair remain resolutely coiffed?

  6. Yoss Says:

    I’m guessing that the robes stand out on their own like hoop skirts. Or they could be generating powerful winds of their own beneath their robes — but in a magically sublime, non-crass way of course.

  7. Tom Noir Says:

    Is the test he has to pass how to breathe without any spacesuit while in outer space?

  8. NGpm Says:

    His one last test … Stayin’ Alive ah ah ah.

  9. fred Says:

    Um……ABBA, not the BeeGees.

  10. Yoss Says:

    Far be it from me to take anything away from ABBA or the BeeGees, but might I suggest a young Kenny Rogers?

  11. Smith Says:

    Kris Kristofferson?

  12. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    Boy, this is reminding me of the old Dungeons and Dragons days. Those four are outfitted in off-the-rack D&D adventurer style circa. 1980.

    Only … for some reason those swords are making me think of elongated popsicles.

    I can’t work out how their movements and the air can make their capes do that. I think either Dead Stuff With Big Teeth is right — they’re twirling — or Yoss is right and they’ve got hoop skirt foundations holding them out.

  13. Tom Noir Says:

    That awkward moment when you realize that everyone else at the costume party ALSO decided to go with a red-cape/glowing-sword combo.

  14. Mrhairyman Says:

    “Hey Kenny, check it out – when you turn the lights out – these swords glow!”

  15. Jane Says:

    Being “The Living One” isn’t much of a distinction, you know.

  16. A.R.Yngve Says:

    What’s with the Yuletide fonts?? Are these guys on a mission to save Santa Clause in space??

  17. Jaouad Says:

    “The blade glows blue when Problematic Fonts are close. And it’s times like these, my lad, when have to be extra careful…”

  18. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Chap down front: ‘Heigh-ho, off to get my hat…’

  19. anon Says:

    “Håh håh håh håh! Ai kän krush the blade öf my swørd with my bäre händs!”, shouted Benny to his fellow bandmembers.

  20. Tom Noir Says:

    The title of the book is The Living ONE. Which implies that three of these four people are actually dead. But which one is living???

    The fellow in the back there has been shaded darkly, so I think we can rule him out. Kenny Rogers’ inability to feel pain is a dead give away, if you’ll excuse the pun. That leaves either of the two women. Hmm…

  21. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Everybody now:
    (Sung to “Super Trooper”)

    Tonight the
    Super Laser Swords are gonna find me
    Start a laser fight
    Laser fray all night
    Feeling like a Jedi knight…

  22. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    He was outnumbered by hundreds and thousands and he had to pass up one last donut before he could rescue his spleen


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