Sep 09

I can't stop imagining his head moving while he talks instead of his lips...Click for full image

Well... I cut that picture up for the front cover. I'll be damned if I won't use it for the back too!Click for full image

Frank Comments: Saw this at the Friends of the Library sale where I volunteer, and remembered one of my brothers had a copy of it when I was very young. I remember being very creeped out by the image of the stuffing coming out of the open head. And they did it again on the back cover!
Published 1962

Yes, Twilight Zone is a franchise…
…but this is amazing!

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: 6.50 out of 10)

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29 Responses to “New Stories from the Twilight Zone”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    And I thought it was the smoking what done him in. No, it was all the Numskulls escaping from his hinged cranium.

  2. GSS Admin Says:

    I just couldn’t resist!

  3. DaveM Says:

    “Submitted for your approval”

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Substitute ‘lemony-scented’ for ‘eldritch’ on the back cover and it sounds like advertising copy for a heavy-duty cleaner!

    Are those four obese nude women in red on the front cover?

  5. THX 1138 Says:

    @GSS Admin: “You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension – a dimension of me turned into Pacman, and er, that’s about it.”

  6. L.B. Says:

    “You unlock this mind with a key like a hacksaw…”

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    When you smoke four packs of cigarettes a day your head starts opening up like an old Zippo lighter.

    This isn’t the only cover artist dreaming of three fat asses.

  8. Phil Says:

    Say what you like, but Rod Serling was definitely open-minded…

    That sure looks like Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street lifting Rod’s lid.

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    This cover shows that in the hands of a gifted artist, an Exacto knife® and a bunch of random rubber stamps is more than enough. If only they’d had a gifted artist around.

    P.S. Hey, Rod—serious zit issue there. Ever heard of Clearasil®? I guess it’s true that smoking is bad for the complexion.

  10. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “It’s…. Monty Python’s Flying Serling!”

  11. FëaröfMüsic Says:

    ‘Weirdies’ is a noun? Weirdness wasn’t a more appropriate choice? They left enough space around ‘of’ that they surely could have squeezed in another letter.

    Then again.. from now on when someone says ‘Whatcha readin’?’ I going to say ‘A weirdie.’

  12. THX 1138 Says:

    “I’ll bet my badge that we haven’t seen the last of those weirdies!” (c.1959)

  13. fred Says:

    Bats. Bats? There were bats, lots of bats. Any butts? A bounty of bodacious butts. Bones? The finger bones connected to the hand bone. Devils? No devils, but there was a Beelzebub.

  14. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @FṑM—all the language in that blurb is a bunch of weirdies. I was grimacing at the phrasing “out of that” instead of just “from.” Guess the blurb writer had been into that “wonderful place”—perhaps a hookah or a jeroboam of rotgut—a little too long.

  15. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @FöM: Willie Weirdie is a character created by American cartoonist Al Jaffee for Mad Magazine…back in the 1970s or 80s, I think. I remember sneaking over to an older friend’s house and reading a few of her paperbacks while I waited for Mum.

  16. Lionrock Says:

    Photoshop beta versions showed a lot of work was still required.

  17. Stevie T Says:

    “read these stories and set yourself to working properly again!”

    You mean, unlike Rod there?

    Or do they mean your head will begin to hinge open, too?

  18. Bibliomancer Says:

    I noticed this morning that GSS Admin, Twitter Division, is using the skulls-a-poppin’ Rod Serling as its new avatar:

    Thumbs up!

  19. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Is that a scratch on the cover, or is that Rod foaming at the mouth due to his skull-cap being unhinged?

  20. GSS noob Says:

    I count at least 6 reasons for Sir Mix-A-Lot. (Or 12, depending)

  21. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Five fat women… trapped in a spa where you get slim or slayed… address: The Twilight Zone.”

  22. Bibliomancer Says:

    Wait a minute ….
    Those fat little floating asses look familiar.

  23. Francis Boyle Says:

    Just as well you used Bow-Tie Man(1). Because I find Rod Serling’s left ear(2) deeply offensive(3).

    1. Is Bow-Tie Man a young Patrick Moore? Because I’m convinced that’s what Patrick Moore looked like at age 20.

    2. Rod Serling’s Left Ear is my new band name.

    3. There must be a story in the idea of a culture where genitals are proudly displayed but ears (or some other random body part) must be covered on pain of. . . something.

  24. fred Says:

    ‘this is a positive service to humanity’ needs to be a tag for author praising back covers.

  25. B. Chiclitz Says:

    You are traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of titles, blurbs and covers but of Bow Tie Men. A dimension where people’s hinged heads hide the darkest demons of their imagination, yet manage to look goofy at the same time. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of the internets, an imaginary land populated by brilliant commentary, lame puns, smiley faces and Unicorns! That’s the sign post up ahead. Your next stop, the GSS Zone.

  26. THX 1139 Says:

    “My head aplode” is my favourite tag and I wish it was used more often. I put this down to seeing THAT clip from Scanners at a tender age.

  27. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Bow Tie Man! Indeed, this is a good spot for him. I think we all made that face upon thinking about this cover.

    @BC: GSS!

    @THX: I wonder if there’s any cover which has both “my head aplode” and “walking away from an explosion”.

  28. Yoss Says:

    Well spotted, Bibliomancer #22. Those are the exact same figures.

  29. GSS ex-noob Says:

    So who originally drew the floating fatasses? Are there any appearances pre-1960? How did they become go-to sci-fi clip art at UAI?

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