Jun 06

Space duels... laser gun verses space cherry bomb!Click for full image

Sergio Comments: Here’s a space gladiator about to snatch his colt against an alien scarecrow/ostrich ready to throw his deadly and shiny bowling ball! (With a backdrop of pyramids of course…)
Published 1974

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: 8.34 out of 10)

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28 Responses to “Where Do We Go from Here? Book 1”

  1. Jaouad Says:

    Where do we go from here? Darling, I enjoyed our date, but I don’t think a green beak, pointy forehead, black fringe and red glowing eyes do it for me, really.

  2. Phil Says:

    Which will be the best defence against a bird with a glowing orb? My karate chop, my helmet’s horny spike, or my laser-powerd six-shooter?

  3. James Says:

    ok human, ready? ready? ok, fetch boy, fetch

  4. THX 1138 Says:

    “Hokay, just hand me the power up pill and we can both get on with our lives…”

  5. Tom Hering Says:

    Where do we go from here? Book 2, I suspect.

  6. Bibliomancer Says:

    “For the cover I’m picturing an alien that looks like a cross between a space chicken and Sonny Bono facing off with a spaceman with a shark fin backpack and half a Viking helmet worn sideways… oh and have the spaceman wear knee breeches and a pair of house slippers. Now get busy, these covers aren’t going to paint themselves!”

  7. Tom Hering Says:

    The spaceman in knickers is stunned and astounded when his alien caddy finds Alan Shepard’s ball in the pyramidal rough. Ninety years later, the spaceman’s elderly granddaughter will tell the story of the ball’s discovery on Antiques Roadshow. “I would estimate an auction value of half-a-million galactic gorznuks!”

  8. Sarah J Says:

    I know where you go; this looks like it was done by the same graffitist who did the Sarnath cover I turned in. Anyone have an answer to this? Would be amusing to find out just who was responsible

  9. Tom Hering Says:

    Isaac Asimov presents Son of the Rocketeer versus Dr. Seuss in Space.

  10. The Tag Wizard Says:

    Good question Sarah! We’re actually wondering if it was done by the great Joe Petagno, heavy metal artwork legend, and he of Motörhead mascot fame. The other Petagno suspect on the site is Travelling Towards Epsilon.

    This is all based on the collection of Flickr user Mavmaramis.

    Our usual go-to, ISFDB, can only confirm one of the five Flickr covers as being a true Petagno. If you’re there, Sergio, can you help us?

  11. Tom Hering Says:

    Hmm. Petagno’s work is characterized by an extensive use of glow effects. Much more than just an aura around a ball. And his rendering of figures is more skilled than this. So I’d be surprised if the cover was verified as his.

  12. Sergio Says:

    Hey, I’m loving the various interpretations people are coming up with. Of course, this sort of deep thinking is what great art is all about! 🙂

    @The Tag Wizard: I’ll check out my copy later tonight and I’ll let you know.

  13. Bibliomancer Says:

    This artwork was tagged “Joe Petagno” on Tumblr: [admin edit – warning: host tumblr requires serious sheeping]

    And a quote by JP from elsewhere:

    “Yeah, I used to do a huge amount of sci-fi fantasy/fiction work when I lived in London during the 70’s. I think I did about 80 titles or something. “

  14. The Tag Wizard Says:

    Cheers Biblio, and to you too, Sergio! I’d be surprised for the same reason as you, Tom, but stranger things have happened.

  15. Tom Hering Says:

    @ Bibliomancer & The Tag Wizard. Ah, of course. If it’s Petagno’s, it would be an example from early in his career. But then again, his cover for The Silver Locusts (Corgi SF Collector’s Library) appearing just a year later (1975) looks leagues beyond this. So I remain at least slightly skeptical.

  16. SI Says:

    And that was the last time I bought an apple from a talking alien emu…

  17. fred Says:

    No Alan Parsons Project fans here?
    Perspective looks screwy. Big bird could be as big as one of the kaiju from Pacific Rim for all I know.

  18. FeàřöfMüşic Says:

    @fred: I love Alan Parsons Project! ‘Turn of a Friendly Card’ is on my list of albums I cannot survive without.
    I love Motörhead! They are my umlaut inspiration. I love Petagno’s artwork as well. If this book cover is really his, he advanced his skill and technique at a truly remarkable rate, considering the level of realism displayed in the artwork for ‘Bomber’ only five years later.(sorry no link to the art, my tablet goes into a catatonic state if asked to do more than one thing at a time)

    I do not, however, love this cover.

  19. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Curses! It’s as if Isaac Asimov ANTICIPATED the coming of Good Show Sir, like a true visionary of the future, and ordered the cover artist:

    “I want you to make a cover SO absurd that even those future folk who make fun of covers will be left speechless!”

    I stand in awe.

  20. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Must be tough sleeping on your back with that jetpack there.

    Also, I don’t think the alien emu is handing him a ball or a cherry bomb. I think he is handing the spaceman one of his eyes, probably the right one. As though to say, “You should see what you look like through others’ eyes. Pathetic, space boy.”
    Of course the spaceman can justly reply, “Are you serious? With those hyperextended knees you’re making fun of how I look?”

    @Fred—thanks for the excuse to spend 20 delightful minutes on youtube listening to Alan Parsons Project.

  21. Bibliomancer Says:

    @B. Chiclitz — Mr Spaceman snores when he sleeps on his back. Mrs Spaceman bought him that backpack and makes him wear it every night.

    btw, nice set of drumsticks on that space chicken.

  22. HappyBookwyrm Says:

    I feel as though the title is actually what Spaceman Finnyback is saying. It must be something like, “Okay, okay, Wackybird, I admit it. My zap gun and your cherry-glow orb are evenly matched. It’s a standoff. So…Where do we go from here?”

  23. Tom Hering Says:

    Aha! The cover depicts Dick Jarvis and Tweel from Stanley G. Weinbaum’s A Martian Odyssey.

  24. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    Where do we go from here? Anywhere with less-embarrassing cover-art.

  25. Sergio Says:

    For what it’s worth the copy I have don’t have any cover credit.

    The artist was probably thankful for that…

  26. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘Come out from behind the pyramid with your arms raised and your knees bowed! Good…now throw down your weapon, or I’ll turn my big sister on you!’

  27. Stevie T Says:

    “Halt, who goes there?”

    “Really, Jim, again? It’s me, you know it’s me! I’m the only one who looks like this for 8 parsecs in any direction! You know I just stepped out to duck behind the pyramids, and I’ve got our super-techy toilet paper dispenser with me, which could only come from our ship. So shut up and let me back on!”

  28. anon Says:

    “Hey you, chickeny thing! Where do we go from here?”

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