Jul 15

I like my men... extra veiny... Click for full image

Good Show Sir Comments: I call this dance… my lady… the stag dance. Bah cha ba wa… wa… and jazz hands! What… don’t act like you aren’t impressed!
Published 1979

Many thanks to Graham for sending this in!

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: 7.94 out of 10)

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31 Responses to “Flesh”

  1. space_merchants Says:

    My first contribution to Good Show Sir. Looking around at the stuff I’ve got here, it’s sure to be the first of many

  2. Michael Says:

    Harsh I think. Any cover with the world ‘ribald’ in the description deserves some credit.

  3. Phil Says:

    We can’t see antler-man’s lower half, so I submit to you that it’s entirely plausible that he is some kind of deer-based centaur. Rather than just some bloke wearing comedy antlers.

    Oh, and I like that there is a subgenre known as “ribald SF”.

  4. Phil Says:

    But the real question is: why is this book sitting on top of a NASA flag?

  5. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘Come closer, my man. I shall take this golden phallic statue to my right…and we shall reenact a pivotal scene from Clockwork Orange together.’

  6. THX 1138 Says:

    I’ve heard of stag movies, but stag books?

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    It wouldn’t be a ribald SF book if there wasn’t a horny dude involved.

  8. Tom Noir Says:

    Damn hippies.

  9. Rags Says:

    The world is covered in red velour? What can be more “ribald” than that?

    There is something very unsexy about the hippy chick on the couch however, ugghh!

  10. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:


  11. THX 1138 Says:

    From this angle you can’t see his very shiny nose. Should have saved this for Christmas.

  12. Jaouad Says:

    I’m a bit surprised there’s still no tag for modesty-preserving hair.

  13. Bibliomancer Says:

    @THX 1138 – Ho, ho, ho.

  14. FearöfMusic Says:

    Flimsiest looking antlers for something his size. Their gonna snap like, well, like what they look like, which is twigs. Or maybe they are antennae. Which don’t seem to work so well. He’s awfully close to that sofa to be surprised that someone is sitting on it.

  15. The Tag Wizard Says:

    @Jaouad – a fair request. But also one that revulses me, for reasons I don’t comprehend, hence the limited admissions so far. Will mention it to my Gestalt therapist later.

  16. JuanPaul Says:

    This artwork must have been salvaged from a discarded Fleetwood Mac album cover concept.

  17. David Cowie Says:

    Those antlers don’t look as if they’re growing out of the man’s head, but as if they’re hovering just in front of his forehead.

  18. JRDelirio Says:

    @Dead Stuff With Big Teeth #9 – Well, now that sure says masterpiece…

  19. fred Says:

    @DeadStuffWithBigTeeth 9 –

  20. AP Says:

    As a teenaged boy I loved this book. As a middle aged man, I love it more!

    (The lady from the printed page is rather more alluring than this child’s illustration may lead you to believe…)

  21. Ian Says:

    Dead Stuff with Big Teeth, thanks for the wiki pointer. That alone is hilarious reading “In Flesh, Peter Stagg and a group of astronauts” (Stagg get it), and later “…The primary thrust of the book’s plot is…”

    Excellent review synch’ed with the book itself!

  22. Jaouad Says:

    Thank you, oh Wizard, for risking life and well-being in providing that admittedly revulsion-inducing new tag. Though methinks in this case the tag itself isn’t half as revolting as the lady to which it applies.

  23. Scott B Says:

    @fred: I like the 1960 cover. There’s some awesome-creepy going on there.

  24. Tat Wood Says:

    The person on the settee is Ray Davies of the Kinks. With tits.

    I often wondered where the inspiration for ‘Lola’ came from.

  25. Ae7flux Says:

    Another vote for the 1960 cover. “The secret dream of every man was his – pink polka dot underpants.”

  26. Amused Says:

    AP, I’m impressed: a commenter who has actually read the book! The others seem to have no idea that the cover is actually relevant.

  27. Jaouad Says:

    @Amused: whether or not the cover is relevant is not relevant.

  28. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Amused 26—are you going to be continually astounded (or amused) every time you realize that the comments are not about the books but about the covers? If so, you are in for a long, rather unamusing time of it.

    Notice the description of the website. It’s one of the best things on the internets. It’s known in some circles as high concept.

    (Comrade FoM will probably have a funny riff on that last phrase.)

    Anyway, just trying to help.

  29. A.R.Yngve Says:

    For reasons of public decency, there will NOT be a parody song where “Flash!” is replaced by “Flesh!”.

  30. anon Says:

    @A.R.Yngve: You just had to mention that, did you? This is the only way to get that out of my head, you know. It’s actually fairly incredible how little of the lyrics you have to change:
    Flash! Ah-aah! Savour of the universe
    Flash! Ah-aah! He’ll sate everyone of us
    Flash! Ah-aah! He’s a miracle
    Flash! Ah-aah! King of the impossible

    He’s for everyone of us
    Stagg’s for everyone of us
    He’ll sate with a mighty wand
    Every man, every woman
    Every child – with a mighty flesh

    Flesh! Ah-aah!
    Flash! Ah-aah! He’ll sate everyone of us

    Just a man
    With a man’s courage
    He knows nothing but a man
    But he can never fail
    No one but the pure in heart
    May find the golden rail
    Oh oh – oh oh

  31. A.R.Yngve Says:

    I sang that song out loud, now I’am at the police station and have to explain myself — damn you, Anon!

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