Oct 18

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Johnny Comments: What can you even say?
Published 1948

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: 8.54 out of 10)

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34 Responses to “Who Goes There?”

  1. Adam Roberts Says:

    The nail varnish! Good GOD the nail varnish!

  2. james Says:

    yeah, it’s weird, but it is kinda cool 🙂

  3. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    I think her enormous, misshapen cheeks are freaking me out more than those nails.

  4. L.B. Says:

    More importantly, are they friend or foe?

  5. Zevallo Says:

    Now now, be kind to that three eyed beauty! That’s an admittedly bizarre representation if the monster from the eponymous story – which was the inspiration for a particular John Carpenter film. So that’s not just any old strange thing – that’s The THING. 😀

    Yeah, no, but this is a pretty damn trippy cover.

  6. Michael Toland Says:

    What makes that cover even weirder is that this is the novella upon which the various movies called The Thing are based. Did the cover designer bother to at least read the synopsis?

  7. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Perhaps Hannes Bok (the artist) struggled to depict the gruesomeness of The Thing, but had to give up and use a cover for an entirely different story…

  8. THX 1138 Says:

    An expression that says: “I can’t believe his jazz hands. And he’s half squirrel.”

  9. Phil Says:

    This is one that’s well executed, but weird; true of so much of Bok’s work. I’m particularly fond of the back-cover hairy legs, and the extraordinary robot with size 15 feet on the spine.

  10. Phil Says:

    By the way, I think we should have a tag for wraparound cover art (or whatever the technical term is in the trade).

  11. Tom Noir Says:

    “Make sure you use red to highlight his nipples.”

  12. Sophaloaf Says:

    She just can’t keep her eyes off of him.

  13. drlemaster Says:

    You know, if John Carpenter had cast David Bowie in the 80s The Thing movie, I can totally see the thing on the left making an appearance.

  14. fred Says:

    The robot needs big feet to counteract its top heavy design.
    1948 – 33 1/3 records, the first monkey astronaut and the birth of Ozzy Osbourne

  15. Phil Says:

    Actually, it’s not just the robot who has disproportionate feet. Old hairy legs does, too. And if I’m honest, the red-haired beauty is a bit out of proportion, too. Just a tiny, tiny bit.

    Hannes Bok: great artist, not so great when it comes to feet.

  16. Andrew Says:

    I’m still trying to figure out how the three-eyed creature’s right arm works. It looks like it should be folded up, thus covering the breasts, judging by what appears to be an elbow in the middle of the body mass, but the right hand is clearly next to the right knee. Does “she” have two elbows on her right arm or am I misinterpreting something?

  17. Sneaky Burrito Says:

    @Andrew: I think it might be a really big shoulder that you’re seeing. Maybe.

  18. Jaouad Says:

    Three eyes, and still unable to see who goes there?

  19. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    But that’s Hannes Bok, one of my favorite pulp illustrators. He’s awesome! And renowned for his weird, creepy illustrations.

    And the story is the one the movie “The Thing” is based on, as others have noted.

    Bok is an inspired choice to illustrate a shapeshifting doppelgänger alien that doesn’t quite get it right.

    I love this cover.

  20. FeařofMusic Says:

    Dearest Tag Wizard,
    Kind sir, might I suggest the above submission as a candidate reinforcing your most excellent and astute suggestion for an ‘intrepetive dance’ tag? Indeed, gazing upon this cover I can almost hear thr bongos and a flute.

    Warmest regards,

  21. The Tag Wizard Says:

    Cheers, Fears!

  22. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Oh, and Sir Wiz, I know I shouldn’t importune your most excellent self, all honor to ye, but, really, vermillion nips? Concavities where none should be, including a sinkhole at the base of the throat? May I once again invoke the “weird pecs” tag?

  23. FeařofPecs Says:

    Messr Chiclitz,

    I thank you most graciously, good sir, for hoisting aloft that banner. I find myself unable to gaze at that region of anatomy any longer. They tell me this will pass. In the meanwhile, I salute you.

  24. The Tag Wizard Says:

    FeařofPecs, I did laugh. And added yon tag at thine bidding, Monsieur Chiclitz. Although surely the weirdest thing about these nips is that there are only two of them. Young Tag Wizard was told that he was normal and that all the other little wizzes at Tag School had three under their cloaks as well.

  25. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @T-Wiz: you da man, however many nips you may or may not possess!

  26. THX 1138 Says:

    This cover’s so old it’s in black and white.

  27. THX 1138 Says:

    What’s the oldest cover on the site, anyone know?

  28. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @THX 1138—That sounds like a job for GSSxn, who seems to have become the unofficial archivist for the site (hey, you’ve got my vote at least!).
    It’s a good question.

    Another good question is what was the first cover ever posted on GSS?

  29. fred Says:

    This is a Campbell short story compilation. Explains the robot. Maybe.

  30. Tat Wood Says:

    The next earliest I can think of is this from 1950 (a reprint of a 1924 book but not, apparently, the same cover).. The first was this Manilowtastic offering from nearly ten years ago.

  31. Tor Mented Says:

    This cover has inspired me to try my hand at free verse.

    Who goes there?
    Who goes there?
    Who goes there?
    John W. Campbell, Jr.
    John W. Campbell, Jr.

    (For the record, there’s a lot to like about this cover.)

  32. Francis Boyle Says:

    I’m with Tor here. In fact, I’d vote this “A Cover That Does Not Belong Here”. This is probably the best representation of The Thing you could get without going full John Carpenter and even then, there’s something to be said for leaving something to the imagination.

    But then, I like Fractal Centaur and Finger Rocket so what do I know.

    Also, ‘Fractal Centaur and the Finger Rockets’ is my new band name.

  33. GSS ex-noob Says:

    This has nothing to do with the title story, plus it scared me. Feh. Feh, I say!

    The Thing did many weird forms, but not like these (I have read the story and seen 2 movies). And there was only one. And why is there Interpretive Dance robot? And what’s the bot standing on? I can’t figure out the anatomy of most of the things (heh) on the cover.

    @BC: Not me! I just went through ’em all a year ago in the space of about 2-3 weeks, and the whole site got mushed together in my brain as one glorious/horrifying blob of art. Plus, I can’t figure out the search AT ALL. @Tat Wood’s got it sussed.

  34. Bibliomancer Says:

    @THX-1138 – Dead Stuff would know but he hasn’t been around in a while.

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