Mar 26

A classic 70's date... knife-fight some monsters, then off to the roller disco!Click for full image

Frank Comments: This is clearly of the 1970s, a fantasy warrior knife-fighting pose, but in disco dress, with zodiac symbols in the background. And big bugs! Seriously, I looked at it to see if it was an update of “The Radio Man” for the Disco Years. It wasn’t.
Published 1979

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: 7.90 out of 10)

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29 Responses to “The Antenna Syndrome”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    OK, what have you done with the other Hardy Boy?

  2. SI Says:

    If only this was made into a stage show…

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    In a future shadow world – perhaps tomorrow – beware the insects! But until then, stick ’em down your trousers or fill up your mouth with ’em, or whatever, it really doesn’t matter.

    You all do realize that that’s a spider’s bum in the background with the zodiac on it?

  4. Bibliomancer Says:

    In a future shadow world – perhaps tomorrow – Disco Boy must defend his haircut and stylish outfit against the snarky comments of internet trolls.

    I was going to suggest a BEHIND YOU tag, but I think the bugs and girls are part of his entourage.

  5. JuanPaul Says:

    How did that guy find shoes to match that shirt?

  6. Phil Says:

    @Bibliomancer: I’m not convinced the praying mantis is part of the entourage. Some should warn the lady: “Behind you!”

    No need to worry about the scary spider, though, as the blurb makes clear that it’s insects rather than arachnids we should beware of.

  7. Tom Noir Says:

    More blurbs should begin this way:

    In a future shadow world – perhaps tomorrow – humans have been replaced by time-traveling robots made of hair!

  8. Michael Toland Says:

    I’m curious to see what kind of swordsman he is with such a small blade and such stunted legs.

  9. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The review describes this as a ‘lost gem’. Although one of the plot twists is that a handicapped girl is ransomed with ten thousand dollars covered in honey and recovered by enormous bees. I feel that my mind has been blown, and I still have the rest of the day to go.

  10. Rags Says:

    Poor mantis has severe arthritis, thus preventing him from dueling our hero or inappropriately touching the heroine.

    Fear not disco Mantis, BEHIND YOU (and off to the right) is a cool insect-human hybrid female (super hottie of course) tied to a rock, posing sexilly!!

  11. Phil Says:

    Didn’t he used to be Roy of the Rovers?

    If you look carefully, you will see that his right hand is drawn as if he is holding another dagger. And if you look carefully, you will see that he HAS another dagger sitting on his trousers. I think the artist misplaced it. Like when you accidentally nudge the wrong layer in Photoshop. Which they didn’t have in 1979.

  12. fred Says:

    ‘Beware the insects!’ would be good advice on any book cover. Should be obligatory in fact. Austen, Dickens, Twain, King James Bible, Dr Seuss, 1967 Volkswagen repair manual… The world must be warned.
    Tag – fashion sense for the socks (I assume socks, he could be wearing a body stocking. In which case WTF dude.) matching the shirt- .

  13. Tom Noir Says:

    Does it look to anyone else as though she cut her bikini top out of her trousers?

  14. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Note the brilliance of the spider theme being subliminally stroked by his cheap knockoff faux-Spiderman T-shirt design (discretely echoed in the socks), [email protected] Wal-mart.

  15. Justin Leego Says:

    Twist: the knife-wielding hero is actually made out of spiders
    Twist on the twist: that’s ok, because spiders are not classified as insects

  16. Jami Says:

    Is it just me or is Disco Man’s fly open?

  17. Phil Says:

    It’s just you, Jami. But careful inspection reveals he has a red Pacman ghost for a belt buckle.

  18. FearofMusic Says:

    At last! A left handed hero! There you are, now all of you lefties can stop whining. About this at least.

  19. Tat Wood Says:

    @Tom Noir: actually, HE cut it out of her trousers. I don’t know if she wanted him to.
    And she looks as if somehoen’s just removed her swivel-chair by spinning it so she doesn’t get a firm foothold.

  20. Tat Wood Says:

    That’s ‘someone’. Unless it was a Dutch couturier

  21. Frank Says:

    @Dead Stuff: Hope you’re recovered. Has it occurred to you to wonder whether the handicapped girl is the one whose bikini top was cut from her trousers, or the one on the far side of the big spider’s bum?

  22. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Frank: a good night’s rest helped, thanks. Yes, I had wondered. According to the summary, though, her handicap’s due to Thalidomide. The two ladies in the picture seem to have their limbs intact, she can’t be either one.

  23. JuanPaul Says:

    Every part of that blond woman’s body is trying to go in a different direction.

  24. Stevie T Says:

    @Phil–I don’t think thats a second dagger. I think it’s supposed to be the scabbard to the dagger he’s holding, which is stupid, because if you try to wear a dagger there, you will quickly discover why you don’t wear a dagger there.

  25. A.R.Yngve Says:

    What seems like a silly piece of blurb copy was in fact paid advertising space for a pest-control firm owned by Mr. Antenna Syndrome.

  26. anon Says:

    @Jami: Perhaps tomorrow.

  27. A.R.Yngve Says:

    I always hear that excuse from carpenters:

    “When are you going to finish the drywall?”
    “Perhaps tomorrow.”
    “When are giant insects going to take over the world?”
    “Perhaps tomorrow.”
    “When are you going to learn English, Woyczek?”
    “Perhaps tomorrow.”

  28. Tom Noir Says:

    This COULD be a romance novel. “Could she learn to love a man afflicted with BUTT HAIR?!?”

  29. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Sorry in advance for the long post, but…

    Hello, hello, baby
    You called, I can’t hear a thing
    I am in the shadow world
    In the club, you see, see
    Wha-wha-what did you say?
    Oh, you’re breaking up on me
    Sorry, I cannot hear you
    I’m kinda busy

    Just a second
    My friend’s abdomen is swelling now
    Some guy is knifing his own belt
    I’m not quite sure how
    You should have made some plans with me
    But you expressed some doubt
    And now you won’t stop calling me
    My cleavage spilling out

    Stop callin’, stop callin’
    I don’t wanna think any more
    I left my head and heart on the dance floor
    Stop callin’, stop callin’
    Does it have six legs or just four
    It’s got my head and my heart on the dance floor

    Call all you want, but there’s no one home
    And I’ve got the Antenna syndrome
    Gonna sing and dance, squeeze into my pants
    And I’ve got the Antenna syndrome

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