Nov 14

...turn back home because we remembered we forgot to put clothes on today.Click for slightly larger image

Harry’s Art Direction: I know it’s a serious novel about a bunch of survivors on an Alien world. I know it’s written by Joanna Russ. Yes, Fred, I KNOW who she is, but portraying the heroine as competent won’t sell books. This is the 70s, man, so you just GOTTA stick her in a silver bikini and put her on a phallic rocket cycle – and don’t forget to make it a crotch shot.
Published 1978

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: 8.13 out of 10)

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19 Responses to “We Who Are About To…”

  1. SI Says:

    OYEEE! What are you doing with my soup ladles!?!

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    Princess Leia’s Return of the Jedi line sold surprisingly well.

  3. Tat Wood Says:

    Their covers for ‘The Female Man’ and ‘Picnic on Paradise’ were worse – the latter had a race-fail thrown in. Plus a big problem with the neck-armour meaning Alyx had to have had a dislocated shoulder Methuen must have hired artists going through messy divorces for her books.

  4. A.R.Yngve Says:


  5. Michael Toland Says:

    …show off our cameltoes.

  6. Tom Noir Says:

    I do not think bikini tops work like the artist thinks they work.

  7. Tom Noir Says:

    I can’t even begin to fathom what is going on with the rocket… bike… thing. Apparently one handlebar is high up, the other is low enough that you can rest your latex space-boot on it. There appears to be a wing or an engine… but only on one side. And if I were that lady I would want more than a triangle of fabric between me and what appears to be the exposed, red-hot engine.

  8. Phil Says:

    I honestly thought the bra cups were modesty devices added by Admin, replacements for the sheep and CS Lewis. They clearly aren’t functional, although I suppose they could be decorative.

  9. Yoss Says:

    If she’d arch her back and stick out her chest she wouldn’t get that pesky tan line in the crease of her stomach.

  10. fred Says:

    Why can’t the rest of her attire be made of the same translucent material as her plastic baggy biker boots?

  11. Pat Says:

    Wow, I had a copy of the Female Man for years meaning to scan it in to document the hilariously porny cover. I didn’t realise the publishers deliberately used the porniest artists whenever they could with feminist authors. I can’t find the one I had online, unfortunately.

  12. Stevie T Says:

    Is it just me, or does her entire torso (regardless of the improbable purple cones) look rather masculine?

  13. David Cowie Says:

    @ Stevie T: that’s not chest hair, that’s shadow.
    (An artist finally gets the shadows to line up with the light source, and see what happens?)

  14. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    We who are about to row salute you.

    Although those look partly like a rowing machine and partly like something out of Doctor Suess.

    Her nose is oddly short and the space between her nose and chin oddly long.

  15. rev Says:

    We who are about to totally buy this book and go blind staring at the cover.

  16. anon Says:

    We Salute Your…

  17. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I’m quite sure that’s not the proper way to aim a howitzer.

  18. anon Says:

    @DSWBT: Says who? If I had a howitzer, I would get a scantily clad woman to aim it like that. As far as I’m concerned that’s the only way to do it.

  19. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @anon: sounds groovy. ‘If I had a howitzer…I’d a-howitz in the morning…I’d a-howitz in the evening…with spoons on my tits…’

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