Jul 03

Followed by the sequel... Anyway... Click for full image

David A Comments: Blonde in a bikini? Check! Sex god in thong armour? Check! Aliens? Check! Castle? Check! Erupting volcano? Check! But oh, wait, what’s that say on the front? Fully illustrated??
Published 1979

Click here for a gallery of the (NSFW) interior artwork (including a naked sea lion/woman hybrid with a baby!)

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: 8.45 out of 10)

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28 Responses to “Meanwhile”

  1. Phil Says:

    Also works well as a coaster, evidently.

  2. SI Says:

    For this type of hot lunatic book… I’m surprised Max didn’t go with a better name, something straight out of a 70’s … specialist film. Something like… Max Johnson…

  3. Rachel J Says:

    In case you were wondering:

    “The book’s premise is that men have been banished to the ocean, where they live in a giant bubble. Procreation is achieved by cloning. Whilst women live on the earth and are born of a giant woman “The Whale” by means of Immaculate Conception. Also on the earth are the Orphachins; a hoard of flesh eating male youths.”

  4. THX 1138 Says:

    Sure, we’re concerned about that woman, but pity the lettuce that meets those slugs.

  5. The Tag Wizard Says:

    Looks like he’s wearing a see-through catsuit. Niiiiice.

  6. FeàrofMusıc Says:

    My goodness.

    If I had been caught with this book on my person in 1979 it would have guaranteed my receiving an EPIC beating.

    Gay thong fishman superpowers activate

  7. FeàrofMusic Says:

    Because, it might just be me, but I get the distinct impression he is thinking, ” A girl! Eww, gross! Who left this here?”

    The actual story summation doesn’t do much to dispel that notion eitjer.

  8. Tom Noir Says:

    Yes, judging from the first interior illustration I’d say Dr. Mankini there is much more… interested… in boats.

  9. Jaouad Says:

    “The book is a killer.”
    Can’t say I’m surprised.

  10. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:


  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Doesn’t it feel as though Ellison is spitting each word of his “praise blurb” out through gritted teeth, begrudgingly, painfully, and that he wants to add one more “not” at the very end?

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Dr. Mankini seems to have impressive cheek-flaps on his helmet. Perhaps they should be located elsewhere? Maybe they’re sideburns, though the same question might apply.

  13. Rags Says:

    Poor Dr. Mankini, he looks terribly disappointed he found a woman….

    I am calling B.S. on the “genius” title for Max Handley, sorry Mr Ellison, wrong, wrong, wrong!

  14. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Note to Ghoul-like creature with hand on prostrate damsel’s knee: DON’T LOOK UP!

  15. fred Says:

    Interior #3 – Punishment for what happens in interior #1?

  16. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:


    The attack was effective!

    TRöLLYP has fainted.

  17. Bibliomancer Says:

    Harlan Ellison phoned in the blurb and it apparently got scrambled on the way to the printer. Let me fix that for you:

    “Max Handley is a deranged killer … This comic book missed .. Is not a genius literary event!” — Harlan Ellison, lunatic.

  18. Stevie T Says:

    Just love that stylish helmet, and the fishy-gloves, then you look at the interior illustrations and…

    Oh good grief, WHAT IS HE DOING TO THAT BOAT?

    Followed by:

    Rendering your eyes too painful to actually read the book, if you still wanted to.

  19. The Tag Wizard Says:

    @Dead Stuff Рtruth. Clearly the cover is viral marketing for Pok̩mon X and Y

  20. FeàrofMusıc Says:

    Personally I like the cross-eyed, totally freaked out looking lion. You can hear him just saying, “Ohmagawdohmahawd! Have you seen what they’re doin’ in the other illustrations? What kind of book is this? THIS IS NOT NARNIA!”

  21. Don Hilliard Says:

    Did Rowena do the interior illos as well? Those pointy hats have “Josh Kirby in serious mode” written all over them…

  22. Tat Wood Says:

    ‘Meanwhile” could be a Pet Shop Boys album. How apt.

    The Ellison blurb resembles his enthusiasm for ‘With the Bentfin Boomer Boys in Little Old New Alabama’. Or seventies ‘Doctor Who’. He doesn’t do apathy or quite liking things, does he?

  23. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    Everything about this cover seems designed to make your eyes wander inevitably towards his frighteningly small metal g-string. How, one wonders, can he do anything at all without the hot dog slipping out of the bun and/or being slowly macerated? How much of the story involves him suddenly grunting in discomfort/irritation/embarassment and then pausing to address things? And does his economy use talcum powder and abrasion salve as currency?

  24. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Her breasts almost seem to have TINGS on them. Inquiring minds would like to know if she has sun-tan lotion on, or are they naturally that shiny?

  25. The Tag Wizard Says:

    That be the shiny luster of an all-natural Body & Hines® sea salt scrub, sirs and ma’ams! [surreptitiously inserts Amazon affiliate link]

  26. Noel Says:

    I thought the author’s name was Max Handplay when I first saw it. Oh well.

  27. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Even Borat thinks this mankini is over the top.

  28. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Such a brilliant talent that this is his only sci-fi book.

    Such a new talent he’d written 2 novels before this and recorded an album for Richard Branson’s Virgin label.

    That and Radio 4 seem to be his entire oeuvre.

    Also, looking at the interior illos, Dr. Mankini might not have a butt crack, which when coupled with his too-small metal mankini is liable to make him bad-tempered, and possibly only able to be intimate with boats.

    (The Random link is a great distraction right now.)

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