Jul 19

That's the thing about Fridays... more interested in cats than explosions!Click for full image

Monkey Comments: A cat, a horse and buggy, a floating cop car, explosions and… gosh that’s a nice outfit, don’t you think?
Published 1983 (Possibly)

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: 7.14 out of 10)

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21 Responses to “Friday”

  1. Phil Says:

    Is that some kind of skellington costume she is wearing? And who’s to blame for the smoke? Neither she nor the cat is even acknowledging its existence.

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I don’t care if Kitty’s black,
    UFO is off the track,
    Horse and buggy in the back
    It’s Friday! I’m in love!

    With apologies to the Cure

  3. Tom Noir Says:

    She’s mad because she forgot to leave enough material to allow her shirt to cover BOTH shoulders again.

  4. L.B. Says:

    And Rebecca Black’s song and video are still worse than this cover!

  5. Bibliomancer Says:

    I want the name of the artist of this ghastly book cover. The arms look like a Holocaust victim. Or at least a starved supermodel.

    Not quite in the same league as the Michael Whelan classic.


  6. THX 1138 Says:

    “OK, Pyewacket, look nonchalant and nobody will know it was us.”

  7. Rags Says:

    @ Bibliomancer = awful covers. I even looked up other covers and they are all horrible.

    So in 1982 writers and artists believed the “Jetsons” car model was the future? My goodness….Star Wars and Alien both came out before this was published (Battlestar Gallactica, Buck Rogers) and the artist takes George Jetsons car as the model? (face palm)

    Interesting scene depicted here. So we are to assume Friday is an apathetic beotch who watches an town burn to the ground while playing with Mr Whiskers? I hope Mr Whiskers pees in her space ship, try to get that smell out Friday, it is just as stinky as this cover!!

  8. Bibliomancer Says:

    @Rags — Are you saying the Michael Whelan Friday cover is awful? Seriously?

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Same hairdresser as Mullet-Boy?

  10. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @BM, I’m more with Rags on this one. Take a careful look at the eyes (hers, not the porthole). You’ll notice they’re pointed in different directions. Mr. Whelan’s inadvertently given her brain damage! The fact that one of her cheeks looks more sunken than the other, and the shading along her right jaw is off, makes half her head look like it was stitched on while the rest is normal. The gratuitous mammary, while executed properly, pushes this out of the uncanny valley into bad taste. No, no, no.

  11. Bibliomancer Says:

    @Dead Stuff — Michael Whelan’s Friday is iconic and most SF/Fantasy art critics consider it one of his best. You may have your opinion but you’ll find yourself in the minority on this one.

    BTW, sorry but I don’t see any of your observations on the eyes, cheeks or jawline. I see the eyes of a beautiful cyborg.

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Re: The Whelan cover—at least the shag is better than a mullet. I vote with the ‘Mancer. The zippers alone add a sense of panache entirely missing from the Kate Moss wannabe on this cover.

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  14. Pete Says:

    Cover artist is Gerald Grace. The artwork is a little more likeable when you see the full wraparound image instead of the grainy (less than) half painting shown above.

  15. The Tag Wizard Says:

    Thanks Pete, you are Friday’s hero! Very much appreciated!

  16. Phil Says:

    Ah, thanks to Pete’s tip-off I have found the wraparound version… which now prompts a new comment:

    “Hey lady, get off the goddamned hovercar, we’ve got multiple smoke plumes to investigate!”

  17. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    While it’s good to know that in the flying-car-future, there will also be technology for replacing one’s limbs with spindly robot arms (and keeping the original hands), I’m not nearly as excited about their head-transplant practices.

  18. FearofMusic Says:

    Can someone please tell me why the Amish are running around setting everything on fire? What, in the future they just finally lose it?
    “Buy my wife’s nutloaf or burn English! Gruber, get the kerosene!”

  19. Simon Says:

    That cover is every bit as good as the book.

  20. Stevie T Says:

    I’m with Simon. I never got past page 10 (it was that bad). But up to page 10, this cover really accurately reflects the tone.

  21. Anna T. Says:

    You know, I was under the impression that the heroine of this book was BLACK . . . so why is there a white woman here?

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