Apr 24

Just be the ball, be the ball, be the ballClick for full image

Tom H writes: The manuscript Brunner submitted was called The Dermatologists of Yech!, but Ace felt it sounded too much like another of his titles.
Published 1972

Thanks Tom!

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: 6.79 out of 10)

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29 Responses to “The Jagged Orbit”

  1. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I just want to squeeze this fellow!…and extract the succulent juices, and ferment them for a few years in solid oak casks.

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    At first, I couldn’t understand why there weren’t any rabbits on the cover. Then I realized how badly this book needs a ‘font problems’ tag.

  3. Herm Says:

    “Magnetic artistry”? Wait, so those are some kind of executive magnet ball-sculpture desk toy?

    OK then, that makes… not really any more sense, actually.

  4. SI Says:

    Brings me back to my childhood Sega Mega Drive days.

    I think there was another similar balls game… anyway… Sega Rulez!

  5. Justin Leego Says:

    There was, there was… a game with humanoid fighters, one of whom was made of balls (and the most annoying opponent of all).

    Not Fighters Megamix, not Vectorman (he would be The Jagged Orbot)…

  6. Tom Noir Says:

    It takes a lot of balls to make a cover like this!

    There, I said it.

  7. Tom Noir Says:

    I wonder who first came up with that ‘future computer’ font, you know, the one that has been used by NO COMPUTER EVER?

  8. Bibliomancer Says:

    Nothing “jagged” about ball-boy here. Supports my theory that at Ace Books the covers are matched up with the books at random.

  9. Tom Hering Says:

    Tom Noir @ 7, the font is called “Checkbook” and was designed by Allen R. Walden. It was no doubt inspired by the font that was used for the codes printed on checks, which I guess could be read with accuracy by some sort of device.

  10. FearofMusic Says:

    The Jagged Robot alluded to in the title is obviously referring to BubbleBots most feared and dreaded enemy, the only one against whom his defences had no chance…

  11. Fearof?music Says:

    Orbit, not robot? Never mind.

  12. Rags Says:

    Ahh the rare Atari 2600 font, good show sir!

  13. Rags Says:

    These balls are making me testy…..(huh?? huh??)

  14. B. Chiclitz Says:

    This is what happens when the Michelin Man goes on a crash diet. Too many dexies; not a pretty sight.The atrophied right arm (assuming he is facing forward—come to think of it, there’s no way to tell, another stroke of artistic genius) also hints at extreme self-abuse behavior. Quite the pity.

  15. THX 1138 Says:

    If you tie your name and address to them, you might get a reply from Betelgeuse or even further away!

  16. Phil Says:

    I thought the tag “balls” was a value judgement until I actually looked at the picture.

  17. Tom Noir Says:

    @Tom Hering: Thanks. And… I actually learned something from GSS. What is the world coming to!?!

  18. fred Says:

    Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world’s first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster. Juicier. A real peach of a guy.

  19. The Tag Wizard Says:

    Still umming and arghing over whether this deserves the no-nips tag. Molecule Man certainly doesn’t have two. But he might have one. Hard to tell.

  20. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @TW: maybe he’s got his backside to the camera?

  21. Paradoxos Alpha Says:

    That check coding that inspired the Checkbook font is called MICR, and it uses magnetic ink, thus returning us to the alleged “magnetic artistry”!

  22. FearofMùsic Says:

    You know, if he gets the nipple tag, you’ll have to go with the cleavage tag as well. Then the space sheep need to be called in. Before you know it…CHAOS!

  23. Tom Hering Says:

    “Non-papillial person” tag? Oh. Non-nippled person. I’m new here.

  24. Tom Hering Says:

    Wait! He’s nothing but nipples!

  25. Stevie T Says:

    “Particle Man, Particle Man
    Doing the things a particle can
    What’s he like?”

    Guess that was answered.

  26. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    We give you….The Grapes of Wrath!

  27. GeorgeP Says:

    The font upon which this is based is still used for the magnetic numbers on the bottom of checks, at least in the US.

  28. A.R.Yngve Says:

    If bacteria ever unite into human form, we’re in deep doo-doo…

  29. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The Michelin Man has really let himself go.

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