Nov 13

And so... the war to bring Terry Wogan back to the breakfast show waged on...Click for full image

Scott B Comments: The Civil War re-enacted by radio-antennaed Peter Pan fairies and giant ants.
Published 1964

You might remember this from here!

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: 8.45 out of 10)

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30 Responses to “The Radio Beasts”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    Aka The Rusk They Had to Take.

    Looking closer, is this set on a golf course?

  2. Phil Says:

    This is a classic cover – every time I look I see something new. The antennae! The wings! The ants! The ARMED ants!


    I’ve a feeling these aren’t Peter Pan Fairies, but mere humanoid flying ants, waging war against their deadly rivals the non-humanoid (but still opposable-thumbed) ground-based ants. Or something.

    What exactly is an anti-master? Do they keep anti-slaves?

  3. Jaouad Says:

    The guy in the foreground is peeved because he didn’t get to wear wings.

  4. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Sergeant: Squad! Camp it … UP!

    Oooh get her! Whoops!
    I’ve got your number ducky.
    You couldn’t afford me, dear.
    Two three.
    I’d scratch your eyes out.
    Don’t come the brigadier bit with us, dear,
    we all know where you’ve been, you military fairy.
    Whoops, don’t look now girls
    the major’s just minced in with that dolly colour sergeant,
    two, three,

  5. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Are you SURE this cover wasn’t invented especially for this website? Because… wow… it truly boggles the mind.

  6. A.R.Yngve Says:

    But you gotta admit, it takes real courage to go into battle in that gear.

  7. Tom Noir Says:

    “You guys fight the giant ants! I’ll stay back here and do the pointing.”

  8. Tat Wood Says:

    If the blurb is to be believed, we’re supposed to be rooting for the ants against their flimsily-clad enslavers.
    This must be the bit they cut out of those car-repair adverts where Harry Hill claims:’By Jingo, we’re DETERMINED to be the best!’

  9. Jaouad Says:

    And something is seriously wrong with his legs. Im not sure which is left or right, the long or the short one.

  10. fred Says:

    Wow. Wonder what the cover of ‘Unemployment Insurance in Wisconsin’ looks like. Cows instead of ants maybe.

  11. FearofMusic Says:

    Ants on Venus? Venus appears to be enjoying a remarkably sunny day with pleasant blue skies. For the only time in forever. Perhaps the fairy/elves were simply enjoying an impossibly pleasant day with a nice picnic lunch, when..ANTS!!

  12. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The ants are waving the Stars and Stripes!

  13. FearofMusic Says:

    American ants on Venus? Hmmm, it figures.

  14. A.R.Yngve Says:

    In the upper left corner is the logo “Ace Science Fiction Classic”.
    Everything new is a “Classic” in America, as you may have noticed…

  15. Bob Says:

    I want one of them dune buggies.

  16. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    I bet the main guy there is listening to Flight of the Valkyries on his headphones.

  17. FearofMusic Says:

    I love the smell off dead Venusian ants in the morning. It smells like…victory.

  18. Robert Carnegie Says:

    It used to be fine weather on Venus in the 1920s – yes, 1920s. It really is a “classic” (reheated Edgar Rice Burroughs, down to the pseudonym), and a sequel to this baby (really):

    The date accounts for the title. In the 1940s you would put the word “Atom” in the title to show that this was a tale of fantastic science. In the 1920s, “Radio” had the same significance.

    Got some fine covers there. Arguably “An Earth-Man On Venus” is a better title. “Myles Cabot on Venus” is more specific. But “An Earth-Man On Venus” has the more overt giant ant sexual harassment (by the ant, not of the ant). This is what the public wants, some of it anyway.

    It has taken me about five minutes of looking to notice that the chick has wings. A four foot span.

    “The Radio Man” sounds like the 1920s original of “The Cable Guy” in which Harold Lloyd plays the radio engineer, and when I say engineer I mean installer. The giant ants probably felt about him like you’d feel about Jim Carrey by the end of the story.

  19. Bibliomancer Says:

    If you look closely you can spot General Ulysses S. Ant in the distance.

  20. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Our Hero is probably pointing at the fellow attacking the rifle-wielding ants with a sword. “Ah, bring him back, will you? He didn’t get the memo, I’m afraid.”

  21. fred Says:

    Fairy people got motorcycles.

  22. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Bibliomancer— 😉

    I think he’s negotiating with Gen. Robert E. Flea

  23. Bibliomancer Says:

    @B.Chiclitz – And then they signed the surrender at Appomatchbox.

  24. B. Chiclitz Says:

    On a different note, I think the artist painted the sky upside down.

  25. Leak Says:

    Am I the only one to think that’s a steampunk boombox in the lower right part of the image?

  26. JuanPaul Says:

    I wish the ants were wearing Uggs as well.

  27. Raoul Says:

    Fairies Wear Boots

  28. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Leak: we know what it’s playing:

    Dead ant, dead ant, dead ant dead ant dead ant…

  29. Francis Boyle Says:

    The cover that get’s this close to answering the question: “What does a Venusian fairy wear under his tunic?”

  30. GSS ex-noob Says:

    It looks more like the Spanish flag to me… which reminds me that Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.

    (Joke still decades younger than the book.)

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