Oct 24

It's book number 2! We need 2 Big Brains on there, damn it!Click for full image

Tom Herring Comments: Can you say b_o_n_d_a_g_e? I know you can. But will the server master let you?
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: 8.47 out of 10)

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26 Responses to “The Big Brain #2 The Beelzebub Business”

  1. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Geez… a KNIFE! Way to go, Mister Super-Brain! Only your mind could’ve thought of something as complicated as that!

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    “Anyone for Black Forest gateau? Ha, ha!” I like the way they’re so pleased with Mr Brain they put him on the cover twice.

  3. Tag Wizard Says:

    And with that, Zaphod Beelzebub sliced one of his heads clean off and punched it into the air.

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    My uncle made a FORTUNE in the Beelzebub business, in fact, he was able to retire way back in ’00.

  5. Bibliomancer Says:

    The Big Brain thwarted Satan’s plot by filing an anti-trust lawsuit against the General Necromics company forcing it to divest itself of its Beelzebub Business which it then spun off and sold to Rupert Murdoch who renamed it the Fox News Corp.

    The Big Brain then stabbed himself to death in frustration. End of series.

  6. Jeff Vader Says:

    It´s a crying shame that vaudevillian devil opted for sacrificial knife as his weapon of choice – Ms. Distressed Damsel would have graced any railroad track she was tied to.

  7. Phil Says:

    Just what we all like, books about foreign policy.

    My guess: Yes, the Big Brain CAN outsmart the Devil when Washington’s chief foreign policy maker signs a pact with Satan. Because he’s the Big Brain.

    If I’m allowed a second guess, my answer is: No, the Big Brain CANNOT outsmart the Devil when Washington’s chief foreign policy maker signs a pact with Satan. Because he’s Beelzebub.

  8. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘His computer brain probed other men’s minds’…

    On the one hand, that doesn’t look like any computer I’m acquainted with, especially not from 1975. It looks like a rather diseased coral.

    On the other hand…do I detect the potential for slash fiction?

    ‘Oh, Beelzebub…I see your dagger is much bigger than mine…and you thrust it up so firmly!’

  9. FeåroMüsîc Says:

    No, no. Have Brain, Will Travel (is his name Paladin?) is no conservative. He’s obviously a member of the Green Party. And an ecologist to boot. Oh, and he knows your thoughts before you can act, so if you put that plastic in the trash to save yourself a trip to the curb, he’ll stab you in the head.

    Satan wants your soul. But until then reuse, recycle, and compost. The Dark Lord commands it. I

  10. THX 1138 Says:

    Gary Brandner is best known for writing The Howling, though there’s a different kind of howling here. He also died last month, so RIP. I, er, can’t think of a better tribute than this.

  11. Rags Says:

    If Satan is trying to kill that lady, he is going to miss badly!!

  12. fred Says:

    The detail could be better. I’d swear Pete Postlethwaite dressed as the devil has a skulls head belt buckle.

  13. Tag Wizard Says:

    Secret skulls a-poppin’! Good spot, fred.

  14. Tom Noir Says:

    If this guy is so smart, why does he have moss growing all over his head?!?

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The Beelzebub Business
    The Lucifer Lease
    The Satan Sale
    The Devil Derivatives

  16. B. Chiclitz Says:

    ” ‘His computer brain probed other mens’ minds—and knew their thoughts before they acted.’ If only I had had access to this book, I would not have had to spend my whole life pondering the mind-brain problem. Cogito ergo sum cerebrum magna.”

    Go GSS!
    ~~Rene Descartes

  17. Clamps Says:

    Ha ha ha! The Big Brain am winning again! I am the greetest!

  18. SI Says:

    If he’s got such a big brain… Why’d he bring a knife to a knife fight. Surely a gun would be best to deal with infernalists!

  19. Jaouad Says:

    Why is old Belz trying to kill that zombie lady, who by the look of her green skin has been dead for quite some time already?

    I am still in awe of the mindboggling cheapness of this cover. It’s a bit hard to see here, but in this version, you can see they actually copied the brainy head of the larger picture, including the tip of Belz’ dagger, and pasted it underneath the title.

    Sadly, by the third book they had given up on those cleverly alliterative titles:
    The Big Brain #3: Energy Zero

  20. Adam Roberts Says:

    “I have pulled this leek … STRAIGHT OUT OF THE VEGETABLE BOX!”

  21. Tat Wood Says:

    A book about a Washington bigwig doing a pact with Lucifer is propped up against a book by Arthur Schlesinger Jr.

  22. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Apparently his brain wasn’t big enough to figure out how to wear a hat to protect itself…

  23. Ian Says:

    “His computer brain probed other mens’ minds—and knew their thoughts before they acted…”

    OK, so he is mad that he can’t work out a woman’s mind (join the club mate). Nonetheless, that is no way to treat a lady.

  24. Yoss Says:

    If he’s serious about stabbing, he needs a knife with a guard between the handle and the blade. With that design his stabbing hand is going to slide down and get cut. I guess even Big Brains sometimes have to learn things the hard way.

  25. anon Says:

    Swimcaps are never cool.

  26. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Judging by today’s politics, the blurb conforms to Betteridge’s Law. Big Brain did NOT outsmart Beezle.

    Sacrificial damsel was either assigned dude at birth, or is from south of the border. Her expression is a bit telenovela.

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