May 21

You just straddle it! Don't do... whatever you are doing to it! Click for full image

Good Show Sir’s Art Direction: I have to think of everything around here! Just put Paddington Bear in a cowboy hat on top of a thing… and I really mean a thing! I want readers to stop and say, “What the hell is that thing!?!” Got it?
Published 1970

Many thanks to [email protected]!

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: 8.56 out of 10)

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19 Responses to “Earthman’s Burden”

  1. Tat Wood Says:

    Paddington soon realised that Mr Curry had spiked his Marmalade Sandwiches.

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    The Incredible Hokas? Don’t make them angry – you wouldn’t like them when they’re angry.

  3. SI Says:

    Am I weird? Has anyone really eagerly awaited something in paperback?

    Maybe I just don’t care how my book shelves look.

  4. Lulu Says:

    I have been known to have eagerly awaited a paperback. When I was younger, shelf space was a precious commodity. I was loathe to give it to large bulky hardcovers. Its less of a problem now, of course.

  5. Tom Noir Says:

    “See, it’s like colonialism, only with cuddly aliens!”

  6. Tat Wood Says:

    Whether it was wanted in paperback depends on which formats had been available. We’re assuming this was allowed out in hardback but with Anderson it might have been in runes carved on oak or as an ASCII file only.

    The one at the bottom has joined the French Foreign Legion. They really will take anyone. If I’d been in this book, I’d want to forget.

  7. B. Chiclitz Says:

    No way the cute little guy is gonna draw and fire that gigantic revolver. It’s longer than his arm. Last time he tried it, he blew a hole in his hat!

  8. NCB Says:

    “Yee-ha! I’ll just ride my fave-o-rite danged dinoworm and, ah,hey! What’re you doin’? What are you doin’?! You ain’t supposed to come after me, haven’t I been good to you? No, no don’t eat meeee….”

  9. FeàrofMüsic Says:

    Look, I’m not exactly a young thing here, but are there any old codgers(who will admit to it) amongst you? Seriously, did anyone EVER think that title font was cool, and if so why?

  10. fred Says:

    John Wayne, Gary Cooper, and Clark Gable. Where is Errol Flynn?

  11. Jaouad Says:

    FöM: I probably designed that title font. When I was, like, 8 years old.

  12. Tom Noir Says:

    The ‘B’ has boobies. Tee hee!

  13. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Bland. Everything about this cover is bland. The fonts, other than the title, are as unobtrusive as the nerdy lad at the school dance. The colours are bland pastels. Even dino-worm himself seems more annoying and yappy than a savage beast.

  14. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Paddington’s First Bad Acid Trip

  15. Jeff Vader Says:

    “Badgers? We don’t need no stinking badgers!”

  16. Stevie T Says:

    Remember that episode of “Hamtaro” where Hamtaro’s exercise wheel suddenly became a portal to another dimension where Howdy could live his dream of being a cowboy? Yeah, neither do I, but I’m assuming this is probably what it would have looked like.

  17. Don Hilliard Says:

    [email protected]: Probably deliberate. Camelot Books was Avon/Hearst’s children’s imprint, even though the stories originally appeared in “grown-up” SF magazines. (The book even includes the original illustrations from the mag publications!)

  18. Adam Smith Says:

    I like it a lot! Love Vaughn Bode’s cutesy style.Wonder if he did many more Sci Fi book covers, he was certainly very involved in organised fandom around the turn of the decade.

  19. GSS ex-noob Says:


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