Aug 19

Are you drunk this morning? Or is the title blurred... I say both!Click for full image

Good Show Sir Comments: And now on the BBC, everyone’s favourite children’s cartoon, The Magic Evil Clown Devil Ghost Funny Crocodile Man. Warning, some viewers may find that certain scenes scar them for life.
Published 1967

Many thanks to Darren T 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: 8.56 out of 10)

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24 Responses to “The Joyous Invasions”

  1. space_merchants Says:

    RT @GoodShowSir: New Book Cover: The Joyous Invasions

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    Yellow Submarine II: The RED Meanies.

  3. Jaouad Says:

    Fractal centaurs, fractal fingers, fractal tongues… The only thing missing is a fractal tag.

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    If it’s a joyous invasion, why is the crocodile crying? 🙁

  5. SI Says:

    @Dead Stuff – Maybe the crocodile is the one being invaded!

  6. Charles Ranier Says:


  7. L.B. Says:

    Who gave the Blue Meanies their own Saturday Morning cartoon?

  8. Phil Says:

    Slight problem with your vertical hold on the title there, Mr Sturgeon, but I’ll have that fixed for you in a jiffy.

  9. John Guy Collick Says:

    Available for children’s parties, bar mitzvahs and pub cabaret. The Astounding Mr Jolly – Balloons, Jokes, Magic Tricks and demonic projectile vomiting. Bring your own Acid.

  10. fred Says:

    Obviously the inspiration for Harry Potter, Killer Klowns From Outer Space, everything Stephen King has ever written, and maybe ASOIAF. And would make one hell of a black velvet ultraviolet poster.

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Really? Crocodile tears? I mean, really?

  12. Tom Hering Says:

    At Penguin, Romances get covers that look romantic, Westerns get covers that look western, and Science Fiction gets … whatever the art director has left over from Children’s Stories.

  13. Stevie T Says:

    I thought the crocodile just made this cover. I mean it was pretty bad in it’s psychedelic awfulness already, but the crying crocodile just pushed it over the top. Especially as it looked like it was grinning with its tongue hanging out. Tears of joy? Then I realized, that wasn’t his tongue, but rather the tail of one of the demon/ghost/red meanie-double-headed things, and he was probably crying for a completely different reason.

    And then I really wished I wasn’t eating lunch while looking at this.

  14. Tat Wood Says:

    Corollary of Sturgeon’s Law: 95% of SF book covers are crap

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Make that 98%… 100% of which appear in this blog.

  16. A.R.Yngve Says:

    I didn’t know there was a text font named “Glaucoma Bold”.

  17. Bibliomancer Says:

    @A.R.Yngve — That font is Glaucoma, but Eye-talic, not Bold.

  18. FëaröfMûsic Says:

    Thank God Theodore Sturgeon and Michael Moorcock never had an illegitimate love child( through the wonders of science… fiction). It would no doubt have grown up, or into, a writer of course. Causing the instantaneous genetically improbable spawning of The Worst Cover Artist Ever! And great woe would thus envelop each and all of those patrons and devotees of the fiction fantastique.

    Then again, could the Anti-Frazetta, the Whelan Apostate, or any other exaggerated artists doppelganger do worse than what we can already see?
    I really shouldn’t pick on Mr. Sturgeon. Too easy really. Like shooting fish in a… blog post… kinda thing. Boy that fell apart.

    All good people are asleep and dreaming.
    So how goes things Dead Stuff?

  19. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @FöM—”All good people are asleep and dreaming.”
    Not all, Fëar, no, not all . . . .

  20. Vampy-Ra Says:

    I can’t vote on this. I’m not sure if the Guernica references make this terrible or a satirical masterpiece.

  21. Adam Smith Says:

    LOVE this cover by Alan Aldridge, it’s a stunner!

  22. Adam Smith Says:

    From the Art of Penguin Sci Fi site: ”Penguin sf had never seen anything like it. Aldridge clothed his cast of characters in dicky bows and polkerdots or kipper ties and pantaloons, mixing vaudeville with freak show in a crazy raving medley of surrealism and psychedelia that pinched from Pop Art and flirted with Art Deco. His phantasmagoria of floating images took sf to the brink and the titles of the books said as much. Strung out in shrieking white capitals, they splintered the blackness like a banshee’s wail’. sums it up very nicely imo.

  23. THX 1138 Says:

    RIP Alan Aldridge… he did millions of book covers, any more in the pipeline for showing up at GSS?

  24. Tag Wizard Says:

    @THX 1138 – All of Alan Aldridge’s covers are GSS worthy. Send in photos of any we haven’t posted yet.

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