Sep 23

I only know how to draw two horses... so.... we'll just duplicate!Click full image

Good Show Sir’s Art Direction: Remember that time you walked in on your parents as they were making your brother? Yeah… if you could sum up all those feelings and put it into the expressions of the main characters, who must be wearing caped onesies. Instant classic… though you might need some more therapy afterwards.
Published 1986

Many thanks to Paul D!

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: 7.69 out of 10)

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31 Responses to “Zelerod’s Doom”

  1. Adam Roberts Says:

    The title works best if you take the angle of the type as a guide to whether to say the words with a rising or a falling intonation. Like Chinese.

  2. Lionrock Says:

    Is Zelerod a sort of fantasy Dynorod?

    And can I say that those onesies must have taken some expert tailoring. Getting the holes in the right places for those tentacles must have taken real skill and more than one fitting.

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    “Quick, I think they’ve noticed we stole their noodles!”

  4. FeàrofMusïc Says:

    Well, I’ll say this much:Walter Velez has a distinctive style. That sort of limited detail/comic art style that manages to make scemes of action feel static. He’s a clever boy, he is.

  5. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    At the same instant, Francine and Biff realized their capes were part of their costumes…making the chains round their necks…superfluous!!!

  6. Tat Wood Says:

    Front row of horsemen, far right: it’s Barry Bostwick in ‘Megaforce’. That explains the leisurewear uniforms but not the horses.

  7. Tom Hering Says:

    Series pitch to publisher: Slan meets, well, Chick Fic in general. But it’s not Slan. It’s different – really. It’s got horses.

  8. Bibliomancer Says:


  9. Tag Wizard Says:

    Clearly, I am the worst pantomime audient.

    Thanks Biblio 😉

  10. Bibliomancer Says:

    No problem Tag Wizard, that’s what I’m here for. Remember, many of our fallen commentators fought and died for that tag.

  11. SI Says:

    *salutes the fallen commentators*

    And by fallen, you mean… they were hunted down by men on horses while they wearing cape onesies… right?

  12. Bibliomancer Says:

    @SI — Yes. Commentators felled by blind-sided attacks….without warning!

  13. fred Says:

    Which horse is yours? The brown one.

  14. B. Durbin Says:

    Thank you, Walter Velez.

    Incidentally, Bibliomancer, I have a cover that I need to submit that is also by Walter Velez and also has me screaming “BEHIND YOU!” Though in that case, it’s the character’s look of horror as he sees what is behind YOU.

  15. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Shouldn’t there be a verb or at least some indication of what the “MUTATED HUMANS OF EARTH” are up to or can look forward to or have already done to get the horsemen so angry?

    Mutated humans of Earth unite!
    You have nothing to lose but your tentacles.

  16. Kripslod Says:

    @Adam Roberts—You omitted to tell us that to achieve the proper infection on “Doöm” we would need to imitate that inebriate scholar H. Simpson. Duh•uhm

    Sorry, it’s late and I’ve just spent far, far too many hours researching newspaper archives about Manhattan, NY fires (1880-1904). I’ll try harder to be witty and erudite tomorrow.

  17. Tat Wood Says:

    @Kripslod: I think John Laurie may be able to point you in the right direction:

  18. Phil Says:

    I like to think Bibliomancer is referring to me when speaking of people who fought and died for the BEHIND YOU tag. I’m certainly pleased to see it deployed correctly here. (I hear, Tag Wizard, that it will drop off if you don’t use it.)

    I’m rather mystified by how the top half of the man appears to be standing still, but his legs seem to have other ideas.

  19. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @kripslod: I believe it’s pronounced something like:


  20. Kripslod Says:

    @Tat Wood—Having been born south of the 40th parallel–early in my life, I listened doubtfully to those who added and pronounced the “u” in favorite, labor, and flavor. We all know it should be Fafe•rit, lay•ber, and flay•fer. As I grew older my mother instilled in me an appreciation of Commonwealth English. Thank you for the link. I now know how to properly pro-nounce doom.

    On a side note, in my recent studies of old New York area newspapers, I discovered that, at least in 19th century Brooklyn, you could still spell ‘Center’ as ‘Centre’

    Hoow noow?

  21. Kripslod Says:

    I am tired! I meant to type 39th not 40th parallel.

    As we all know, the 39th parallel is the longest and most peaceful boarder in all the world.

    However, not many know that the picture depicted on this book is actually showing the end of a little talked about incident in US-Canada relationships.

    In 1972 a pair of Boonville, NY based Fenians tried to unsuccessfully and idiotically introduce snakes into Ontario.

  22. Jane Says:

    Anyone know what “sime/gen” is? Just curious.

  23. Neal Says:

    Someone forgot to take their worm medicine.

  24. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The two customers who sparked off the tragic Tailor Riots of 2089.

  25. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Jane: it seems ‘Sime/Gen’ is a book series about people who have those tentacles coming off of their bodies…we really need a tag for it. All I know is that the artists don’t ever seem to get it right what they look like.

    Never read them myself, but I don’t want to leave you in the lurch until a fan happens to drift this way.

  26. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Looking at the background…background…background…background…background…background…background…background…background…background…

    /me realizes hours have passed and hits the ‘submit’ button

  27. Anna T. Says:

    @Kripslod: That’s the 49th parallel.

    Seriously, what is with that guy’s face? His female associate looks kind of appropriately concerned with her safety, but he looks like he’s shouting angrily . . . or something. And are those tentacles part of their clothes or part of them?

  28. DaveM Says:

    Him: “Raiding the horse lords eel farm will be easy you said. We’ll just smuggle the eels out in our sleeves you said”
    Her: “Stop complaining and run faster!”

  29. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The cover artist, in his/her defense, bravely took on the Herculean task to make characters with ultra-creepy hands seem like something you’d want to read about.

  30. Ryan Says:

    The guy in blue appears to be watching the valet drive his new Porsche over a curb and into a cement planter.

  31. fred Says:

    Bokrug chuckles and settles in with a bag of popcorn to watch amateurs attempt the whole DOOM thing.

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