Jun 18

Look, for the last time, I'm not a stripper... I'm the hero!Click for full image

Good Show Sir’s Art Direction: You know how Rambo poses? And Arnie in all his films? I want that and I want my hunk to have arms the size of tree trunks! One can never have his space hunk too muscular.
Published 1985

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: 7.81 out of 10)

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27 Responses to “Menace Under Marswood”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    “It’s the gun, isn’t it? Not big enough, right?”

  2. Hep C Says:

    His Swollen-arm Hunkiness almost prevented me from noticing the excellent vampiric mantis and the hideously deformed space armadillo in the background. Almost.

  3. Smith Says:

    Oiled muscled hunk. Tight leather. Peculiar looking probe.


  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:


    That is all.

  5. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    It’s beautifully painted. The artist really knows his stuff and his use of color and atmospherics is impressive. The alien critters and broccoli trees are plausible.

    Can I blame this on the art director? Because for a closeup of an oily, tanned scowly dude with arms like bags of bowling balls and vacuum-sealed leather clothes and USS Enterprise-shaped gun and alien marsh and trees and monsters behind him, this is about as good as it gets.

  6. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Alessandra: good call, I think you’re 90% correct. But take a look at those eyes. They’re wider-open than they could be, and the brows aren’t furrowed enough. The eyes are more hurt puppy-dog than furious concentration.

    I rather like the praying mantis in the background!

  7. Adam Roberts Says:

    “Bring it over here. That cake’s not going to ice itself, now, is it!”

  8. SI Says:

    Today’s comments are excellent! All I can say is thanks for a jolly good laugh!

  9. fred Says:

    Rambo on Monster Island with Thing/Mothra and Kamacuras.

  10. seriesfive Says:

    This begs for a manly muscle TING! tag I believe 🙂

  11. Tom Noir Says:

    Yeah I think he’s pointing that gun in the wrong direction.

  12. David Cowie Says:

    Why is this not tagged “cleavage”?

  13. Phil Says:

    Behind you! Praying mantis and giant broccoli!

  14. Phil Says:

    Is this what we would get if Dylan Thomas wrote SF?

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:

    [With heavy Austrian accent] “Everybody DAAUUWN!!”

  16. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Phil: that would be Menace Under Milk Wood, the touching Christmas time story of a two-metre-tall goliath, his abusive father and loving yet neurotic mother. Set in scenic Sramreggub, Wales.

  17. Jane Says:

    @Phil, the Dylan Thomas comment made me swoon. You are my hero.

  18. Phil Says:

    @Jane, thankyou ma’am… I think.

  19. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Have you seen John Connohr?”

  20. Power Hydrant Says:

    Bruce Springstallone.

  21. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    I’ll be back…

    Someone had to say it!

  22. Scruffy Curmudgeon Says:

    The really scary part on this cover is the giant broccoli! Regular sized broccoli is scary enough. Also, Sramreggub is buggermars spelled backward… just in case anyone cares.

  23. anon Says:

    “”Marswood”? I see what you mean. I can do that.”

  24. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Either yuh iit yur brackoli, or yuh eat lead. Yur choise, ponk.”

  25. Tom Noir Says:

    @AR: Wait, is that an Australian or New Zealand accent? I can’t tell.

  26. A.R.Yngve Says:

    It’s Arnoldian.;-P

  27. GSS ex-noob Says:

    As someone who’s not only seen the films, but had to suffer him as governor — that is NOT an Ah-noldian accent.

    “Eedehr yoo eet chur BROkhhhhallee…” and it would be “choyz”.

    What you’ve written there is vaguely Kiwi but the vowels aren’t squished and shifted enough.

    This guy seems more Stallone-esque anyway.

    I have never seen a movie with both of them as I feared for my ears and IQ.

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