Jan 07

It's that moment... when you realise you are the single most awesome person on the planet... and... you are riding a shark!Click for full image

Scott B Comments: So we have a glowing underwater shark-riding, um, zombie Roman legionnaire? At least I assume he’s been zombified, or something. That’s a real death-stare he’s got going on there. Maybe he forgot he can’t actually breathe underwater?
Published 1980

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: 8.93 out of 10)

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29 Responses to “City Under the Sea”

  1. SI Says:

    I can just see the epic battle now between the above and this guy:

    Although the guy above does have the added advantage of being able to blind his opponent with his headlights! Ah hahah… headlights… get it? Get it? …. I’ll get my coat….

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    We’re gonna need a bigger… er, whatever this is.

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    You know, I have one simple request. And that is to have sharks with frickin’ laser beams attached to someone else’s head!

  4. Phil Says:

    This, and WEST OF JANUARY, raise an important question: is there ANY way to ride on the back of a sea-creature without grabbing the dorsal fin and adopting an expression of combined fear and surprise?

    I kind of like the bubbles coming out of the legionnaire’s mouth; it confirms he is indeed beneath the sea. I DISlike the three bubbles emerging from the shark’s lower portions. Is this a shark fart? Should there be a tag for this?

  5. DaveM Says:

    “Jaws 5, this time he has backup!”

  6. Tom Noir Says:

    “It was while he was on Shark Patrol in the Neptune Quadrant that Marius had THE IDEA.”

  7. fred Says:

    And this cover needed scrollwork embellishment why exactly?

  8. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    I never realized that sharks had eyebrows.

  9. Yoss Says:

    Re: fred
    “And this cover needed scrollwork embellishment why exactly?”

    Yeah, judging by some of the other stylings in this piece somebody involved was really in love with Art Nouveau. I like it myself, but I’d have never thought to apply it to dudes on sharks. A visionary I am not.

  10. Don Hilliard Says:

    Judging by his expression, he’s just discovered that shark skin really chafes…

  11. Scott B Says:

    [email protected]: “Grabbing the dorsal fin” really sounds like a euphemism for, well, y’know…

  12. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    NIPPLE ARMOR! Shouldn’t there be a tag?

  13. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    That spear of his isn’t going to skewering anything, unless of course that is the source of all the magical swirls at the top of the book, then he might be able to “magically” skewer someone.

  14. Adam Roberts Says:

    Why are they glowing pink? Why? Why are? Why are they glowing pink?

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  16. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    Presumably because the cover designers realized the shark was about the same color as the background. And then when they made the shark pink, everyone else on-staff was all confused, “Is that a magic shark, for it to be glowing pink and having eyebrows?”

    Or who knows, maybe it has something to do with the reason for the horrified, “The thing’s hollow—it goes on forever—and—oh my God—it’s full of stars! AND ALSO WE’RE PINK”-type expression on the rider’s face.

  17. Arch9enius Says:

    Dont’ panic! DON’T PANIIC!

  18. Don Hilliard Says:

    @17: Well done Corporal Jones!

  19. Jaouad Says:

    Shark is being Mr. Grumpy today, isn’t he?

    I love the face on the front of the guy’s armour, by the way. Subtle.

  20. Scott Marlowe Says:

    “Jumped the shark” just became “rode the shark”.

  21. A.R.Yngve Says:

    If you just switch context, the so-so blurb suddenly becomes really interesting:

    His home was among the stars — but his destiny lay beneath the waves.

  22. Tat Wood Says:

    Do sharks eat Ready-Brek?

  23. BMunro Says:

    His headlight just lit up Godzilla.

  24. A.R.Yngve Says:

    His home was among the stars — but his destiny lay beneath the waves.

  25. Rags Says:

    LOL!!! Oh gaed what a horrid cover….

    Mr Underwater is wearing plate armor (apparently made of plastic or he would sink), a blunt spear with stink lines emanating from it for, umm, bruising your enemy?? Riding a shark in SPACE…..What is the sheild for and WTF Is that undenearth the shark, the phallic looking thing??? (shudders)

  26. JuanPaul Says:

    I want frickin shark riders with frickin lasers on their heads!

  27. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Maybe nothing’s coming from his eyes…maybe he’s been hit in the face by urine torpedoes! That would explain why his hair is up on end.

  28. A.R.Yngve Says:

    His home was among the stars — but his destiny lay beneath the waves.

  29. anon Says:

    Somewhere under the sea
    Somewhere waiting for me
    My fighter rides on grumpy sharks
    And lasers the ships that go sailin’
    Somewhere under the sea
    He’s there glowing for me
    If I could swim like sharks on high
    Then straight to him I’d go arms-trainin’

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