Aug 23

Awkk... just another Friday night in the centre of Glasgow.Click for full image

Scott B Comments: I heartily approve of the Space Moose steed here, but the culture clash of the Native American / Scots clothing is really messing with my mind. And the giant fiery phoenix hair. I guess this isn’t one of the four books my planetary civilization needs.
Published 1969

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: 8.58 out of 10)

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48 Responses to “The Space Barbarians”

  1. Jaouad Says:

    What, no sporran? Then where does he keep the ammunition for his sabre?

    Oh silly me, on his cartridge belt, of course!

  2. SI Says:

    Yet again another cover angry at it’s title! Take that E! How does it feel being made a F?

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    “Gasp! Hamish! Reins too tight!”

  4. Book Wench Says:

    At least he’s not riding bareback.

  5. Book Wench Says:

    I play in my local pipe band and we have to issue warning on doing certain things in a kilt (because of the insurance on the uniform) – I now have to add “Riding a Space Moose” and “substituting elements of Native American Dress” to our quarter-master’s agreement….

  6. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @BW: I’d like to be there when you do.

    ‘Four books are enough for any planetary civilization’, eh? I’m guessing they are Ivanhoe, Hiawatha, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and a Toxic Avenger comic book.

  7. Book Wench Says:

    Braveheart II: Gibson’s Director’s cut?

    This is now doing the rounds of my band – we’re going to have a competition for who can come up with the best clan name and motto.
    Clan McHellyeah – Nemo Me Historical Sagaciter Lacessit (Touch Me Not With Historical Accuracy)

  8. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The mother of all bad hair days.

  9. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Whadya mean I’m kreezy? I’ll show ye KREEZY!!”

  10. Michael Toland Says:

    It’s gonna take my retinas a while to recover from this one.

  11. Phil Says:

    What I at first took to be space moose’s red nostril now appears to me to be his eye. Which means that what I at first took to be spacemoose’s eye must be his earhole.

    The Scots spacemoose jocket has a touch of the Russel Kane about him.

  12. Tom Noir Says:

    @Phil, I don’t think you’re mistaken, that IS supposed to be an eye.

    I really don’t think we should be making fun of this poor fellow’s color choices. For all we know he’s color blind, and thinks he’s wearing tastefully coordinated pastels.

  13. hestia Says:

    Does space moose have a tattoo? Cool.

  14. fred Says:

    Clever how the artist used his initials as the brand mark on Space Moose. Firearms but no stirrups?

  15. Don Hilliard Says:

    OK, who’d win in a fight – Space Moose or Scuba Horse?

  16. Yoss Says:

    I did the same thing with the eye/nostril switcheroo, Phil. He must get poked in the eyes all the time when he’s grazing. Maybe that explains the red color.

  17. L.B. Says:

    His boots are mesmerizing. That’s a Good Show right there.

  18. drlemaster Says:

    As someone with both Scottish and Native American ancestry, I applaud the kilt + moccasin look. I cannot, however, condone the hair.

  19. Tim Says:

    All the 80s bands are going “damn, why didn’t I think of that?”

  20. Book Wench Says:

    @Don Hilliard – hmm, that’s tough. Would the battle take place on dry land or underwater? ‘Cos I’m not sure how the misplaced eye/nostrals will fare underwater or with depth perception – maybe we could run it over a variety of different terrains over a few days?

    Actually, that would make a pretty good SF book plot – not to mention an epic book cover….

    Unless you mean who would win in a dressage/show jumping event, in which case it would be prettty even…

  21. Sneaky Burrito Says:

    @drlemaster: As someone of Scottish, Native American, and German heritage, I’m trying to figure out how to add lederhosen to the ensemble. (I’m part English, too, but honestly not sure what that would mean in terms of costume. Perhaps one of those funny hats that English ladies wear to public events.)

  22. Andrew Says:

    You know that point where a person and his pet start to look alike? This guy past that point several years ago.

  23. Smith Says:

    @Sneaky Burrito – surely the English element would be Morris Dancing Bells.

  24. Smith Says:

    I’m pretty sure this ensemble was part of Vivienne Westwood’s spring/summer collection this year.

  25. Sneaky Burrito Says:

    @Smith: I had to look that up. But as you might suspect, with my mongrel heritage, I’m from the good old US of A where we don’t typically encounter Morris Dancing Bells. The bells could work over the moccasins/boots, though…

  26. Don Hilliard Says:

    @Book Wench: I would pay to see Space Moose Dressage.

  27. Tat Wood Says:

    Another reference for non-UK correspondents to look up: I’m having horrible Tenpole Tudor flashbacks.

  28. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    When I catch the guy that put these scratches on my moose’s new wax job, I’m gonna do some of my own scratching…with this sword…which is really sharp and pointy!

  29. tad williams Says:

    This is too awesome to be bad. My God, it’s Julian Clary in a Bob Mackie kilt wearing one of Cher’s wigs and riding on a monstrous whatchamacallit. The apocalypse is going to be fabulous!

  30. Herm Says:

    That hair…


    (For those who have managed to blot the film “Hook” out of your memories, look up a picture, at your own risk of course, and you’ll see what I mean!)

  31. FearofMusic Says:

    I hate to go against the general consensus on the footwear, but it appears more likely they are of Lapp or Sami origin,(indigenous people of Finland) especially in their colouring. Which of course makes more sense. A Scottish space barbarian would find Finnish space barbarians more accessible. Just pop across to space Finland on holiday and hit the duty free shops.

  32. Stephen Daugherty Says:

    I can imagine the fashion designer. “The kilt is fabulous, the space moose is to die for, but can you do something about that hair and footwear? You’re going to scare small children and pets away with that monstrosity.”

  33. Rags Says:

    This cover is so full of awesomeness, it litterlly punches you in the face with its big fist of WIN!!!

    We have sabre weilding Kazon, wearing Scottish/Native American clothes and a huge Peruvian hat, with a magazine (ala Mexican gunslingers) riding a manatee-space moose, possibly screaming “FFRREEEEEDDOOMM!!”

    My good people behold, the greatest book cover in history!

  34. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Oh no, Mel is drunk again!

  35. HappyBookworm Says:

    I like to think that the epic man on space moose is a former English major. He’s crying out, “Four books are enough for a planetary civilization!? FOUR?!?! By my sword, no! I demand that the major and minor canons be expanded to recognize 100 great books. I can think of at least a dozen about Scottish-Native American alien wranglers in Inca hats, to begin with…”

  36. Bibliomancer Says:

    Not the cover. The boots

  37. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The blurb mentions the right way to capture a wife but I think this is less ‘crosses the line twice lol wtf’ and more ‘sad excuse to fantasy roleplay your escapism’.

  38. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Something about that sword looks rubbery.

  39. B. Chiclitz Says:

    They’re about to attack a giant wall of snow.

  40. fred Says:

    Richard Blade needs to visit this planet and show them what real fashion sense looks like.

  41. Tom Noir Says:

    @Fred – so, butt naked?

  42. JuanPaul Says:

    THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE! sword wieldin’, tartan wearin’, mocca-rockin’, head flair sportin’, space-moose straddlin’ berserker.

  43. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @JuanPaul: I don’t know but I’ve been told that you need to punctuate such a sentence with a Woooo!

  44. JuanPaul Says:

    @dswbt Dang, the edit window has closed. woo 🙁

  45. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Four books are too much for a President!

    (Too soon?)

  46. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @AR: you were alive for Ronald Reagan, weren’t you?

  47. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Oh, I think Reagan’s library beat Trump’s by a few (which isn’t saying much)…

  48. JJYoyo Says:

    I have to bump this. This is the greatest cover of all time. After experiencing everything else already mentioned, It took me a while to notice the magic carpet/wampum saddle, the space moose’s bit that seems to have been stolen from the Port of Los Angeles, and the macrame reins it’s attached to. Simply stunning and awesome in every way possible.

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