Jun 08

I'm pretty sure that memory haircut will never catch on!Click for full image

MisterBob’s Art Direction: Its 1968 – can you make up a new font?
Published 1968

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: 8.17 out of 10)

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26 Responses to “A Trace of Memory”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    A trace of memory…. a lot of green sick… shouldn’t have drunk that entire bottle of creme de menthe last night.

  2. Phil Says:

    Oh no, I’ve spilled green ink all over the page. Never mind, I’ll turn it into a cover for the sci-fi book I’ve been commissioned to do. It will only be on the racks for a few weeks, and will soon be forgotten. It’s not like my work will be preserved for eternity in a gallery, or on some kind of future global computer system.

  3. Adam Roberts Says:

    ‘I remember traces about last night … but not where I left my eyes.’

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Friday! And I’m staring and green goop
    Did the artist just lose it?
    Is he laughing at us?
    On GoodShowSir the worst covers
    Collect on the page
    And they’re always a bust

    Memory! There’s a trace on the cover
    I can make out the font, dear,
    Through the red and the green
    I don’t doubt, this time I rue the haplessness
    Stop my memory, don’t be mean!

  5. L.B. Says:

    That’s a really bad hair day.

  6. Tom Noir Says:

    On the one hand, I hate how publishers seem to think that every science fiction novel needs to have stars or a space ship on the front, just to make sure we know it’s SCI-FI!!!

    On the other hand, there are covers like this that give you NO CLUE what genre the book is, what it is about, and why you should not hurl it in the trash immediately.

    What I’m saying is, this cover needs stars and a spaceship.

  7. Jaouad Says:

    Ooh, I loved this book. That cover is absolutely horrible and bears no relation to the story whatsoever. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t want to read the story it does bear relation to.

    I once thought of submitting the cover that’s in my collection (inherited from my father), but it’s actually a pretty nice one, for the times:

  8. fred Says:

    Wow. Something about this cover tells me this book isn’t from the Bolo series.

  9. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Whoa! It’s as if someone took the old “…on acid!” line too literally and painted while using LSD:

    “I want you to make a cover that looks like MAD Magazine… on acid!

  10. Ian Says:

    Hey man, I used a lowercase e… I doubt anyone will notice.

  11. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    @A.R. Yngve: Not to knock the old Mad Magazine covers. In my opinion they were pretty well done.

    This is … sad.

  12. Smith Says:

    If it weren’t for the publishers logo I’d have said this was one for the “self-published with art by author’s kids” pile.

  13. Muttley Says:

    Come on, this is 1968, Sergeant Pepper’s was released a year ago and the hippy movement is in full flower. This is a crass attempt at trippy bandwagon-jumping.

    A solid miss, too. (Remember Hit or Miss, anyone? I’m really dating myself now)

  14. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    It’s fortunate that Zach Snyder decided to keep Rorschach’s original character design.

  15. THX 1138 Says:

    Murun Buchstansangur?

  16. Francis Boyle Says:

    Publisher: Shit, what drug were you on when you did this?

    “Artist’: All of them, man. All of them.

    (Yes, I know, that’s exactley what they want you to believe but I’m going with it anyway.)

  17. Tat Wood Says:

    I’m getting flashbacks, to the Puffin Club newsletter c.1974

  18. Bibliomancer Says:

    What better way to enjoy Flashback Friday than with an actual acid flashback!

  19. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Just haunted by that lower case “e.” I think it’s a secret code. Or maybe that shit’s just kicking in . . . .

  20. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Tat: that’s as may be. I’d give an arm and a leg [1] for the Puffin Club newsletter, an not a shilling for unknown artist’s blotches!

    [1]I’d rather give someone else’s, tho.

  21. Anna T. Says:

    A wax statue . . . a melting wax statue, in a horrible red wig.

    Impersonating a Beatle.

  22. Yoss Says:

    Perhaps the lowercase “e” is a hint at a break. A Trace of Me, Mory.

  23. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Yoss—oh wow that is so kozmik! I see the patterns, and the colors . . . mostly sickly olive green and blotchy red and the melting hair and, uh-oh, I think I’m having a bummer . . . .

  24. GSS noob Says:

    IIRC, Laumer was rawther the opposite of a hippie, so I doubt this cover pleased him.

    @Tat: that Puffin Annual looks like good fun.

  25. JuanPaul Says:

    An acid trip depicted by someone who has never dropped acid.

  26. GSS noob Says:

    Carrying on where DSWBT left off —

    Just a trace on the hworrkgack…

    (stagehand with bucket enters)
    (audience exeunt)

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