Sep 05

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D Plover Comments: Having looked at this often, I realise that the most startling thing about this cover is not the anxious bird man, the three arsed lady or the giant foot, but the super-neon numeral 4 that’s blasting out of the cover!
Published 1967

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: 8.83 out of 10)

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30 Responses to “Spectrum IV”

  1. james Says:

    it works in the way that now I really want to read this book to see if there is any sense/explanation to the cover

  2. Pat Says:

    And now for something completely different…

  3. Sophaloaf Says:

    How many bottoms can one person have?

  4. THX 1138 Says:

    Don’t look so scared, Wile E. Coyote, I just asked her if she would care to sit down… sit down… sit down?

  5. Adam Roberts Says:

    The cover is missing the ‘ZX’ before ‘Spectrum’.

  6. L.B. Says:

    Awww! Pat beat me to it!

  7. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Isn’t this the EXACT content of a Monty Python sketch? A man with a weird nose, a person with three buttocks, a giant foot falls out of the sky… bloody plagiarism!

  8. Tom Noir Says:

    Concept art for Total Recall 2?

  9. Tom Noir Says:

    The cover artist really bottomed out on this one. Or the art direction caught him flat-footed. Either way I bet he was the butt of a lot of jokes.

    Frankly, I find this cover assinine.

  10. SI Says:

    On earth, we got occasional jokes like the platypus or the common street pigeon. On this planet… evolution fully took the piss.

  11. Phil Says:

    Is it a three-arsed woman, or is it a double-decker piggy-back? Either way, Good Show, Sir!

    I am liking the chest-clawing of the mohican-haired Coyote-man.

  12. THX 1138 Says:

    Some questions you should never ask, such as what does she look like from the front?

  13. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @THX: Or, what will her front look like when gravity has its way with her?

  14. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    I would not want to be the person who had to design a toilet for a three-assed populace.

  15. Lilah Says:

    What the hell.

  16. Yoss Says:

    Awesome! I’m not going to criticize the artist whatsoever. Any fool can sit around and paint triple-arsed ladies on their own time. This artist got paid to do it! You don’t pass up a chance like that because it’s not going to come around again. Good show, Sir!

  17. Francis Boyle Says:

    Weird. I suddenly have a strange compulsion to say “it’s”



    (Also, that’s not even a real beak.)

  18. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    The coyote man looks sad because he has no opposing thumbs.

    “My kingdom for thumbs!”

  19. David Cowie Says:

    I see that Cordwainer Smith has a story in this anthology. That would be “A Planet Called Shayol” – piss off the Instrumentality of Mankind and they dump you on Shayol, where your body becomes horribly mutated. The giant foot sticks in my memory, and that would explain three-arsed woman. Dunno about Coyote Man, though.

  20. David Gerard Says:

    Most of that is actually in the story it’s illustrating!

  21. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    I just realized those aren’t butt-cheeks on the hooded woman. They are breasts.

    Eyurghh… It feels like this cover just took a big ol’ dump in my brain.

  22. anon Says:

    Spectrum XZ – An anthology of the source code listings of the best games selected by Kingsley Amis and Robert Conquest

  23. fred Says:

    If the Pharaoh’s had entombed themselves in giant feet instead of pyramids history would be radically different.

  24. Tat Wood Says:

    a cel from the long-lost ‘Revolution 9’ scene of ‘Yellow Submarine’.

  25. Tor Mented Says:

    ♫ Come, they told me, a bum, bum, bum, bum. ♫

  26. Tor Mented Says:

    (I guess I have an extra bum in there. Of course, she has two extra bums in there.)

  27. Tor Mented Says:

    Does she even know ahead of time which bum she will defecate from? It must be a total crap shoot.

  28. Yoss Says:

    Assuming she matches on the front, once a month she’s an ellipsis.

    (I am so sorry.)

  29. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Back Door Beauty?

  30. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    I remember the Smith story (“A Planet Called Shayol”) well. What you see is boobs: Jerk of all Trades @21 was right. The lady in question did indeed have 3 torsos, stacked vertically like a doubled version of ShRil ( rotated 90 degrees. I’ll leave you with that thought.

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