Feb 24

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Good Show Sir Comments: Not sure what makes me more curious: Hawkman… or the incredibly stoned Mickey Mouse.
Published 1975

Many thanks to Chris for sending this in!

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: 7.14 out of 10)

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34 Responses to “Autumn Angels”

  1. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘The Harlan Ellison Discovery Series’? Whatever is that supposed to be? Some precursor to ‘Where’s Wally’?

    ‘That’s Ellison! Lower right, by the meaty hand.’

  2. Phil Says:

    “Top hat” tag? Nah, that’s a bowler.

  3. Peppermint Says:

    To be fair, that is a pretty awsome Hawkman right there.

  4. Bibliomancer Says:

    “Ain’t Gonna Work on Dizzy’s Farm No More”

  5. Tom Noir Says:

    Ah, so this is an Arthur Byron cover?

    I think the long, over-wrought blurb kills any curiosity this cover might have inspired on its own.

  6. Tag Wizard Says:

    Quite right Phil. “Top hat” has now given forth to fedora, sombrero, bowler, beret, peaked cap, nightcap, the woefully underpopulated helmet and ridiculous hat.

    An Arthur Byron Covercover.

  7. THX 1138 Says:

    Man, that Guardians of the Galaxy movie has been a long time in development, huh?

  8. rev Says:

    A certifiably lazy novel.

    What, me worry?

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I think I’ve stumbled upon a new law of nature: There is a direct correlation between the ridiculousness of the character and the smugness of the cover pose. Maybe we can call it the “Axiom of GSS,” or perhaps “Bibliomancer’s Theorem.”

  10. StevenLP Says:

    Just been looking at his entry at the SFE and found he had a collection called “The Platypus of Doom and Other Nihilists” I’ve just searched for the cover and found it here: I can’t find it up on Good Show Sir … I think it needs to be added pronto!

  11. Tag Wizard Says:

    That’s a feat of nature to be sure, StevenLP. Good find!

    If you (or any other reader) can spot it in the wild, snap a photo and send it in. The doom platypus will be gratefully received.

  12. StevenLP Says:

    What impressed me was the biological accuracy of the illustration: the Platypus does indeed have a (poisonous) spur on its heel, not of the size shown perhaps but I think that’s forgivable artistic license. However, the bow tie does not seem to part of their regular attire … but who knows, maybe on special occasions …

  13. fearofmusic Says:

    is it just me or does mickey mouse there look a bit like the last character you’d want to have near your child? dissolute and degenerate cartoon characters always make me feel a little, oh i don’t know, leery?

  14. fearofmusic Says:

    oh, and anyone who thinks describing a book as ‘certifiably crazy’ is a cute selling point has never dealt with mental illness. unless of course the story is incoherent, disturbing, and frightening on a level you really don’t want to encounter.

  15. fred Says:

    Doesn’t the fact that this is a SF/Fantasy book rule out the use of the word ‘improbable’ on the cover?

  16. Bibliomancer Says:

    @Tag Wizard — Embiggened image link is broken. Too much fooling around with hat tags is wreaking havoc on the site.

    Stoner Mickey better snap out of it. Hawkman is looking hungry circling for his dinner prey.

    And does the levitating alien have an extra set of nipples or is he wearing a nicotine patch?

  17. rev Says:

    If only there was some way we could craft or trade hat tags with other members.

  18. Adam Roberts Says:

    Fatman’s left arm looks foreshortened; but then you clock his right arm and realise — nah, it’s just really stumpy.

  19. GDwarf Says:

    Wait, that’s…that’s literally the DC Superhero Hawkman. How did he end up here?

  20. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Oh, this is just any day in Disneyland. I mean, have you been there? It’s a crazy place.

  21. Phil Says:

    I know, the joke has been done and done and done, and really needs no further labouring. But still I wonder:

    Does the spine of the book say “Arthur Byron Spine”?

  22. Scott B Says:

    I’m pretty sure I used to own both this book and _The Platypus of Doom_, though I believe both were the victims of one of my library culls (so I must not have been terribly impressed). I know I read Platypus (I remember the other animal section titles such as “The Aardvark of Despair”) but I’m not sure I ever got through _Autumn Angels_.

    Definitely one freaky cover though.

  23. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Delightful as this thread is, it seems upon reflection that there’s a lot less Ellison-bashing than one would expect. I guess he’s taking advantage of the Arthur Byron cover.

  24. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Ellison thrives on adversity! He’d get really mad if we didn’t say anything about him…

  25. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @BC, AR: Jelly Beans!

  26. Bibliomancer Says:

    @GSS Admin — Please fix the broken picture link

    @B. Chiclitz — Ellison is such a litigious bastard. I surprised he wasn’t in court for a decade with the Disney and DC Comics lawyers for putting Mickey and Hawkman on this cover.

  27. Tag Wizard Says:

    Fixed. Thanks, Bibs.

  28. Jaouad Says:

    @Phil: I have no idea, but I’m pretty sure the back says “Ron Cobb Novel”.

  29. Phil Says:

    OK, it’s taken me five years to notice, but bowler-hat guy appears to be Chris Lintott, astronomer off of TV’s The Sky At Night.

  30. Tat Wood Says:

    @Phil: …and what he’s doing up there we really don’t know.

  31. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Phil, @Tat Wood:

    Since he wasn’t even born yet in 1975, clearly he’s a time traveler.

  32. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: that explains why he looks so damn smug here.* Proud to be front and center on a 1975 book cover, proof he’s time-traveled.

    The loooong wait between new covers in the festive season leads us to many desperate trawls through the archives.

    * Actually, in your photo, he’s already a bit smirky. Must have been taken after he returned and saw this gambit had succeeded.

  33. Bruce A Munro Says:

    “The loooong wait between new covers in the festive season leads us to many desperate trawls through the archives”

    Indeed. Do you know when the next cover will be up? Monday perhaps?

  34. GSS ex-noob Says:

    No new covers for a while, possibly. Might first be a recap of last year.

    taps foot impatiently

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