Jan 21

OH man... I don't know what I ate last night but it's... rainbows!Click for full image

Scott B Comments: Judging by the back cover blurb this one surprisingly is a faithful cover. Except it didn’t mention geodesic-head guy there. But the rest of it, including blue-glow-from-nose man, seems to be taken straight from the book. Still… wow.
Published 1970

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: 7.66 out of 10)

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13 Responses to “The Funco File”

  1. Phil Says:

    Sontaran mutates into Eden Project.

  2. Tom Noir Says:

    “I wonder if Bob knows he has a huge sea anemone hanging from his nose.”

  3. fred Says:

    If I knew just the year my forecast for this cover would have been 60% chance of Python.

  4. THX 1138 Says:

    This cover can only be accompanied by the sound effect of Donald Duck sneezing.

  5. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Did you know…that rainbows can melt soldiers’ faces and dancer’s hands? It’s true, I saw it on the cover of The Funco File.

  6. FearofMusic Says:

    A wonderful blurb fights a futile and losing battle. Surrounded by psychadelic vomit, who will notice this is “a brilliant new science fiction novel” in which “brutal and magical scenes accumulate like storm clouds”? Then again the title sounds like the autobiography of a television pitchman. In which case…splendid artwork! Bravo!

  7. RachelJ Says:

    You are looking at it the wrong way, FearofMusic. The blurb is not fighting with the artwork. Not at all. Rather they, the title and the date of publication are all working together harmoniously to convey the idea that the book is an account of somebody’s acid trip thinly disguised as sociopolitical commentary. Bet it is, too.

  8. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    Man sneezing blue fire at zombie soldiers; a larval mime tries to pretend he doesn’t feel upstaged by the colorful dancer; and over it all presides the flying, streamer-adorned, baldly geodesic giant-head-craft.

    This book is probably crap, but damned if I don’t suddenly want to track down a copy and read it. Curse you, deranged cover art!

  9. SI Says:

    Yeah… everything is all funco… then one of your friends gets REALLY funco’ed!

    … I’ll get my coat…

  10. FearofMusic Says:

    RachelJ, thank you. Now I see the harmony of the hallucinigen driven mind at work. The blurb neither wants nor deserves my sympathy.

  11. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    I think the blue thing is a mustache looking around for it’s owner.

  12. Anna T. Says:

    @Anti-Sceptic: The blue thing isn’t a lost moustache. It’s the disembodied blue thing with teeth from this one other crazy cover that I can’t remember the name of.

  13. Mike Says:

    If memory serves (it’s been a while since I’ve read this), the geodesic head “man” is actually a sentient computer. Yes, one of those rare books where everything you see on the cover is actually found in its pages.

    I looked for other Burt Cole books after reading this one and came up blank. He seems not to have been prolific.

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