Oct 23

What a time to be attacked by feminist ape-men. Click for full image

Good Show Sir’s Art Direction: A tasteful way to cover up male nudity? I know what you mean… how about we cover up his nudity with a naked women on her knees, in front of his “blade!” What? How is that even remotely sexist!? Oh…. well… do it anyway.
Published 1969

Many thanks to Travis G!
See also: Looters of Tharn

Update: The Cover My Ass crew has a podcast reviewing “Jewel of Tharn”. Check it out:

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: 8.80 out of 10)

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39 Responses to “Jewel of Tharn & Liberator of Jedd”

  1. SI Says:

    The blurbs… wow… he fights robots naked!?!

    Hero-GOD of the female dominated society…. shesssh

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    “Under attack! Must concentrate! Oh dear.”

    Female dominated, but apparently not clothes dominated. But definitely ego dominated. I never thought he looked like that from his voiceover work.

  3. Lionrock Says:

    “An outer dimension where the women have no legs”

  4. Lionrock Says:

    And is Ofjedd a quasi autonomous regulatory body?

    Like Offgem, Offwat…

  5. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Is the target demographic…
    A) Card-carrying nudists
    B) Socially awkward male teenagers
    C) Very strange women
    D) All of the above

  6. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Right cover: ‘Darling, there’s a war going on behind you.’
    ‘Shush, I’m busy looking bold.’

    The artist of the right cover tried to hide that the male model had a pot belly. 😉

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    That’s some two-fisted male reading entertainment.

    Was the photographer in the book shop holding the camera in his mouth?

  8. Tat Wood Says:

    @A.R.Yngwe: re point 1 – where would they carry them?

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I was going to suggest that Jeffrey Lord had posed for the cover himself, as he did for the cover of I, Narcissist, but then I discovered that “Jeffrey Lord” is actually a pseudonym for about two dozen house hacks (w/ all due respect) who churn out these Blade books. Some of the “real” names are noteworthy: Nemo Sandman (zzzz), Didier Le Gais (urp, pardon) and that old French redskin Jacques Chéraqui.

    There are just worlds within worlds once one stumbles through the magick rabbit hole that is GSS!

  10. FëarõfMüsic Says:

    So by ‘female dominated’ they actually mean females who like to be dominated? And my oh my if that isn’t just the best name for a hero in the history of like forever!
    “Who are you naked man? ”
    ” The name’s Blade. Dick Blade. ”

    Although that may not be the way you’d want to introduce yourself to the ladies.
    Then again, considering the positioning of the ladies, and the fact that he’s naked, and yet the ladies are ignoring his naughty bits, his ‘name’ may very well be all he has to impress them with.

  11. Tom Noir Says:

    I feel that no comments I could make here would possibly be appropriate for a family site.

  12. fred Says:

    I believe Einstein did posit a theory on the probability of clothing-optional dimensions.

  13. Phil Says:

    Richard Blade? Jeffrey Lord? Who are these two people, and why does one of them get much bigger billing?

    Background ape-man on the left is saying “Oooooh!”

  14. Dead Stuff With Big Talkshow Says:

    Welcome back to the programme. We’re opening up the telephone lines, and your e-mails and Twitter are always welcome. Is the caller there?

    Hello? I’m here.

    Lou, from St. Louis, is joining us today. How are you today then, Lou?

    Well, Mr. With, I just want to say I am sick and tired of these illegal immigrants taking jobs away from us hard-working Americans.

    What’s on your mind, Lou? If I may ask?

    Well, Mr. With, just yesterday I seen Richard Blade walkin’ around with a couple of floozies on his man parts. And I know, one of ’em was from Dimension X, and another of ’em was from a female dominated society in an outer dimension! And what I want to know is, why are these tramps takin’ away payin’ jobs from AMERICAN citizens?

    Well, Lou, I’m sure that’s a question we’re all asking ourselves. Thanks very much for calling in.

    Thank you!

  15. Lionrock Says:

    These covers just keep on giving.

    “For God’s sakes Blade, stop waving your chopper around!”

    “Blade flexed his arms and took a firm grip of his weapon”

    “Blade woke with a start. He’d had that dream again. The one where he turned up to the battle with the apes only to realise he was naked”

  16. Lulu Says:


    lol! Maybe this is an indication that google glass is making an off screen appearance on GSS?

  17. Rags Says:

    LOL!! This cant be for real is it?? HOW does this ever get published??

    Richard Blade thought bubble: “DAMN those ape-men why do they always show up at the worst times?”

    Richard Blade thought bubble #2: “Hard to life sword….no blood in brain…me name…..Richard?”

    Richard Blade: “I love you Veronica!”
    Betty the Beautiful: “My name is Bettty”
    Richard Blade: “Yah whatever…”

    Veronica: “Is this really how people say hello on your world?”
    Richard Blade: “Yes Betty, i wouldnt lie to you baby.”
    Veronica: “My name is Veronica”
    Richard Blade: “What to know how we say thank you?”

  18. dpn Says:

    Be fair now, people. What you are looking at are Richard Blade and his cojoined twin. The misfortunate siblings have had to fight their way through a life of ridicule, fear, and extreme awkwardness.

  19. Jane Says:

    A planet where women evolved from whippets?

  20. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “The name is Stark. Stark Neckidd.”

  21. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “The name is Buck. Buck Nayket.”

  22. Bibliomancer Says:

    “The name is Blade. Blade Punner.”

  23. A.R.Yngve Says:

    One frosty morning… and I’ll guarantee those ladies won’t think Captain Naked looks all that impressive. Know what I mean?

  24. Stevie T Says:

    I guess the author’s name is appropriate. I take one look at these covers and think, “Oh, Lord…”

  25. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Liberator of Jedd? That girl doesn’t look like a Jedd to me. A Marsha maybe…

    In the Jewel of Tharn it looks like the girl is saying “Um Richard, honey…You might want to point that spear the other way. The battle is going on behind you.”

  26. anon Says:

    @bibliomancer, Probably an autotimer and a very precisely timed camera throw.

  27. A.R.Yngve Says:

    A world where men shave their armpits!

  28. Anna T. Says:

    The way those women are clutching the hero, plus the nakedness of everyone involved, just leads me to say one thing: How in the names of the gods did THAT get approved as cover art?

  29. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Three civilizations–ape, human, robot, plant–four civilizations–ape, human, robot, plant, mushroom–amongst the civilizations are such diverse elements as ape, human, robot, plant, mushroom, anime–I’ll come in to Dimension X again.

  30. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Anna T. asked:
    “How in the names of the gods did THAT get approved as cover art?”

    – Well, let’s just say there’s an ongoing secret war between Furries, Nudists and gun enthusiasts going on in the SF publishing community, and 1969 was a good year for the Nudist faction.

  31. Ray P Says:

    The tragic life of a man who keeps suffering coitus interruptus.

  32. classicOz Says:

    L. Hey ape man, my sword is up here
    R. His aim will not be affected at all by any distractions

  33. RachelJ Says:

    @Anna T and A.R.Yngve. Also, it probably reflects the contents, since everyone is naked on all the other “Blade” covers, too…

    …and my god, I only just realised. Naked Blade. It’s- it’s a pun! The entire series!

  34. GSS ex-noob Says:


    O. M. G.

    The only thing that could make Dick Blade worse. Puns.
    (Since we know he’s not a gay blade.)

  35. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @GSS Moll: I do beg your pardon?

  36. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Okay, he’s a Bi Blade!
    (And an exhibitionist)

  37. Tom Noir Says:

    @FearOfMusic (#10): So by ‘female dominated’ they actually mean females who like to be dominated?

    Having read the book I can say that you have pretty much hit the nail on the head. Because obviously any female-dominated society would be waiting for a man to come sex them up and save them from the ravening hoardes.

  38. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Regarding the two covers we’ve seen: which is worse, naked Dick facing off against bipedal gorillas, or miniskirt Dick roistering with a baboon in a Viking hat?

  39. Tag Wizard Says:

    Check out the Cover My Ass podcast, Dick Blade edition:

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