Apr 19

You're epically diving too soon Rico! Wait for the explosion, THEN flail your arms around!Click for full image

Elijah Comments: Nothing says, “stirring look at spirituality and the uncertainty of agnosticism” like a badly-drawn cowboy running from a volcano.
Published 1998

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: 6.39 out of 10)

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27 Responses to “When the World Shook”

  1. Ian Sales Says:

    Badly-Drawn Cowboy? I’ve heard some of his songs on the radio…

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Good heavens! Mt. Breast has an inflamed areola! Who painted that mountain, Benny Hill?

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    “Look out! This volcano’s literally seventeen feet tall! It could spread lava for yards!”

  4. Adam Roberts Says:

    I’ve often wondered what became of The Village People.

  5. Tom Noir Says:

    Pretty sure that cowboy’s a zombie, so those other two dudes might want to be careful.

  6. Jaouad Says:

    Zombie cowboy vaguely reminds me of Yul Brynner, looking over his shoulder in bemusement at his companion who is about to lose his arms.

  7. Andrew Says:

    The volcano is obviously made even more dangerous by the reverse lightning it is throwing off.

  8. Yoss Says:

    Nice Mantalban pecs!

  9. Phil Says:

    Run away!

  10. Smith Says:

    @Yoss – KHAAAAAN!

  11. Smith Says:

    Does this not qualify for a “its behind you!” tag?

  12. fred Says:

    Wow. Boys Own Stories were some batshit crazy stuff.

  13. A.R.Yngve Says:

    That’s right, you girls can’t have any stories, ‘cos… ‘cos we BOYS OWN STORIES! so there!

  14. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    “Well, how do we categorize this one?”


    “Does anything of interest happen in it or not?”

    “Um, YES.”

    “‘Boy’s Literature’, then. SEND IN THE NEXT WRITE-SLAVE!”

  15. Whiley Says:

    As the artist of this book cover my only excuse is I was only sixteen when I tried my hand at oil painting. This cover was for a Pulp Publications who if it makes all of you cruel critics who never have done a creative thing in their lives feel any better, I got paid fuckall. As the saying goes you get what you pay for. Good show sir..Get a life sir.

  16. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    For the age of sixteen it’s not bad at all. Too bad about the pay. The publisher should have done better by you.

  17. Jaouad Says:


    What Alexandra said.

    And if it makes *you* feel any better, some of us are authors or artists. We know about not getting paid. We seek refuge from our non-lives on this website, where we can cruelly critique those lovely bookcovers. And I assure you we do truly love them, otherwise we wouldn’t keep returning here, would we? By the way, it’s always great to hear from the artists themselves. Welcome!

  18. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    Thinking further on it, shame on Pulp Fictions UK for exploiting child labor. “Boys Own Stories” indeed.

  19. Whiley Says:

    lol. Thank you for replying to my rudeness Alessandra we have to defend ourselves cos no one else does. Anyway I said I was sixteen when I painted this but,I submited it after realising the cheques went bouncy bouncy when I was twenty. I kinda got the last laugh.

  20. A.R.Yngve Says:

    It was the fateful day when Orson Welles fell over, the day…

  21. Rev Says:

    My comment is awaiting moderation. Or is it?

  22. Francis Boyle Says:

    Like dude, what if it turned out every cover here was painted by a sixteen year old who never got paid. Mind blown.

  23. fred Says:

    Seeing as how my first link has mutated, another. Kipling supposedly gave Haggard the idea. And our runners are named Bastin, Bickley and Arbuthnot.

  24. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @FB—Not only never got paid, but never got over it either, apparently, instead carrying a smoldering rage well into post-adolescence until, like a seventeen-foot tall volcano, it pops.

  25. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Oh yeah, you can bet that cowboy’s got some stories to tell.

  26. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @B. Chiclitz: possibly including the one about his breast implants!

    Are those steaming red pools supposed to be pools of lava they’re running through, presumably by sticking to the raised rims [1]? Or are they just hot springs tinted red by volcano-light, in which case (by the rules of anime comedy at least) they will soon run into some naked female bathers, who will brain them with thrown wooden buckets.

    [1] In which case I must write a letter to their tailor, praising his remarkably fireproof pants.

  27. GSS ex-noob Says:

    When I saw the cover, I thought “Dianetics?” Reading the description in @fred’s link… kind of? I betcha Elron read this!

    I think the guy in the back is Cesar Romero’s Joker. Let’s check Wiley’s youthful viewing habits.

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