Aug 23

Home Alone 3 - Attack of the squids! Click for full image

Scott B comments:Maybe I’ve been reading too much science fiction, but for some reason I’m less disturbed by the one-eyed two-headed(? -brained?) tentacular thing there, and more curious about why it’s wearing multiple belts.
Published 1975

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: 8.60 out of 10)

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40 Responses to “Armada Sci-Fi 2”

  1. space_merchants Says:

    @GoodShowSir haha, nice, I’ve actually got this listed in the shop. I thought it was so bad it was good..

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    It’s too loud, man, I don’t dig loud noises!

  3. FeärofMüsic Says:

    Good lord! I was having that dream where you dream that you’re dreaming and you dream that you’ve woken up but then realize you are actually only dreaming that you are awake. And then I looked at this and now am totally incapable of discerning reality from a twisted dream state.

    Thank God I’m at work where things like that don’t mattsr.

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Goodbye, my Coney Island Bay-bee, farewell my own true lahv!

  5. Herm Says:

    …”yellow number 2″ tag?

    I thought it was generally number ones that were yellowish.

  6. Charles Ranier Says:

    that guy’s probably screaming “Oh noes the aliens are wearing white pleather accessories! They’re so fashion forward, we’ll never beat them!”

  7. The Tag Wizard Says:

    Quite right Herm! Time for a yellow two though. I know there are more of them out there… I can feel it in the tags… (or maybe that’s just my blood sugar dropping?)

  8. Bibliomancer Says:

    Is that the cover artist’s art school instructor screaming in the foreground?

  9. Tom Hering Says:

    Looks like things are finally starting to get a little more interesting on Planet B (which was Book 1 of the Sweaterworld series).

  10. Phil Says:

    Sci2Fi? What, like Boyz II Men?

    What are those aliens made of? They look like giant bunches of blue bananas.

    Good forward planning with the “yellow 2” tag. I’m sure that will come in handy one day. (I note that this book is the only one with the tag so far; I trust you’ve been through the entire archive and verified we have never before seen a GSS cover with a yellow 2 on it…)

  11. Phil Says:

    For consistency, do we also need a “yellow FIVE” tag for this one:

  12. SI Says:

    Anyone got a spare sci2fi converter sitting around?

  13. The Tag Wizard Says:

    Sweaterworld? We’re having that, Tom H! How many other pullover planets are out there?

    Good catch, Phil, number 5 added. Looking forward to that call from Sesame Street HQ once we catch them all!

  14. Tom Noir Says:

    @Admin: There actually is a Home Alone 3, and alas, it had nothing to do with squids (or Macaulay Culkin for that matter).

  15. Jaouad Says:

    So, if it’s carrying a backpack anyway, why would it need to wear its lunch box on a separate cord around its eye??

  16. Tom Hering Says:

    @ The Tag Wizard, methinks thou hast set us a task! Let us go hence, forthwith, into yonder darkish dens of dusty shelving, in noble quest of more knitted images!

  17. GSS Admin Says:

    @Tom Noir – Oh my… how have i missed that for most of my life! Straight to video special I think. 3.9 on the imdb scale… must be a classic! Maybe squids would have helped!

  18. fred Says:

    The belts are probably part of an alien truss.

  19. Stevie T Says:

    How incredibly bored SquiddyAlien’s eye looks. Like he’s thinking, “Ho-hum another invasion, screaming natives, uncomfortable invasion belts…Wonder what color the splattered innards are going to be this week? Pink! What, again? So boring…”

  20. Tat Wood Says:

    The kid’s panicking because the Birmingham branch of Selfridges is coming to get him.,_Birmingham

  21. Tom Hering Says:

    @ Tat Wood, that building looks like the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile – only Borgified.

  22. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Despite all the frenetic busy-ness of the cover, somehow the monster manages to look bored.

  23. Lionrock Says:

    It probably says more about me than the artist but when I first saw this I thought “testicles”.

    And the belt things something 50 shades-y.

    Might explain why they’re blue though.

  24. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    Why is the alien monster crying?

  25. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “No, Billy, don’t eat that Richard Davis! You don’t know where it’s been!”

  26. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The Blue Meanies Are Back And This Time They Mean Business
    YELLOW SUBMARINE 2: Electric Boogaloo

  27. Robert Carnegie Says:

    Well… it’s – two- alien laundry ball beings with legs. Wearing one belt each. One standing behind the other.

    By the way, there’s widespread scepticism that these have any effect whatsoever.

    You also should, before you hand over the money, ask yourself very carefully whether you want dryer balls.

  28. Bibliomancer Says:

    @Robert Carnegie — some publishers are too cheap to pay their artists enough to hire actual models, so I guess they use whatever is lying around the laundry room to get the job done.

  29. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Balls should definitely be hand washed and blown dry.

  30. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Is that a Sony Walkman hung around the squid’s eye? I bet he’s playing “Rock Lobster” by the B-52s, which explains why the the kid is screaming and covering his ears.

  31. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Anti-Sceptic—that song does, however, contain a “narwhal,” though not one upon the vestry.

  32. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    @B.Chiclitz are you sure you are not confusing it with Love Shack?

  33. FeärofMüsic Says:

    @Anti-Sceptic: No, I think the song in question is ‘Pearl’s Girl’ by Underworld. The line goes, ‘Morocco down to Paris, the pieces of the narwahl are waiting, the water deep blue..’ Yes, I think that’s the one.

  34. B. Chiclitz Says:

    . . .
    In flew a sea robin (Laaaaa)
    Watch out for that piranha (eh rek eh rek ah hoo)
    There goes a narwhal (eeeeh)
    Here comes a bikini whale! (Aaaaah!)

    . . .
    “Rock Lobster”~~B-52s

    If only it had been Love Shack; then we might have actually found the thing upon the vestry.

  35. FeärofMüsic Says:

    @B.Chiclitz: Wasn’t there a John Denver song about this too?

    “Narwahls, on my shoulders, makes me happy… ”


  36. Tag Wizard Says:

    FöM, I think that might be Teardrops by Womack & Womack?

    #Narwahls on my shoulders
    #Reminds me baby of you

  37. Tat Wood Says:

    I think you’ll find it was the Proclaimers:

    A narwhal walked five hundred miles
    A narwhal walked five hundred more

    That song has me screaming like the kid on the cover

  38. FeärofMüsic Says:

    @TarWood:Let me just say AAAAAAAAHHHH!
    I now have a nightmare mashup looping endlessly in my head. The twangy surf guitar riff of the B52’s overlaid with a couple of Scottish gits singing ‘La da da daaa, la da da daaa..’

    Sanity slippage is imminent.

  39. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @FoM—Hang in there, dude. It’ll pass. Here, try some of this antidote, guaranteed to push all other music out of your mind. Watch out for side effects, though—don’t take too much!

    She’s got style, she’s got grace . . .
    She’s a Narwhal. Whoa whoa whoa, She’s a Narwhal.

    ~~Tom Jones

  40. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    Riffing off a few ideas above (bananas, THX’s Stan Freberg ref):
    A beautiful bunch of blue banana ….
    Might be deadly blue tarant’la …

    And I call bullring on Tat @20.

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