Sep 11

SO MUCH STUFF! IN SPACE!!!Click for full image

Frank Comments: So much going on that it burns your eyes, or maybe you’ll put an eye out, it’s hard to tell!
Published 1959

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: 8.17 out of 10)

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34 Responses to “Man of Many Minds”

  1. Tat Wood Says:

    … teasmaid… fondue set… cuddly toy…

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    “What, me worry about space travel?”

  3. fred Says:


  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Out of date, even when it was first published.

  5. Tat Wood Says:

    @Dead Stuff: You’re not wrong. I clicked on the link you sent, read the first chapter on Gutenberg… a book published after 1940 having the protagonist exclaim surprise at the existence of a secret service is bad enough but thereafter they refer to it as the ‘SS’.

  6. Tat Wood Says:

    And it’s a prima facie case for a ‘Behind You!’ tag.

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    That’s no unknown artist. It’s Kelly Freas.

    Looks like the inspiration for this classic cover:


  8. Tom Noir Says:

    That awkward moment when your spaceship is attacked by birds.

  9. A.R.Yngve Says:

    I usually like Kelly Freas art, but this is not his best.

  10. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    They spawned!

  11. Phil Says:

    Indeed, it needs a “Behind You!” tag… and a “Beside you!”

  12. Keram Says:

    Thank you for this site. I have been collecting vintage sci fi and fantasy books – mostly from a book store run by a convent near a cottage in Northern Ontario, Canada – and have amassed over 400 titles. The art work never ceases to amaze and delight.

    I have so often considered putting a site together to catalog them all, but you are doing a smashing job of it and i will enjoy visiting often.

    Just to say thanks, and you have a new fan.


  13. RachelJ Says:

    Well, at least this time he’s not in a straight-jacket, shooting lasers out of his eyes:

  14. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “In his mind was the power to rule the world”
    — or, to put it another way: In your dreams, pal!

  15. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:




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  17. Rags Says:

    Ginger Neanderthals in SPACE!!

  18. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Kelly Freas did a lot of work for MAD magazine. That’s probably why THX1138 saw the Alfred E. Neuman “What Me Worry?” connection.

  19. Tom Noir Says:

    Oh man, remember this site? It used to be pretty cool!


  20. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    Frank Kelly Freas did artwork for MAD Magazine as well.

    Ref. cit. THX 1138’s post above.

  21. HappyBookworm Says:

    I hate to break it to the guy, but you can’t grasp your hallucinations.

  22. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Heh. Looks like Kelly didn’t think much of the book either, with that Neumann-esque “hero”.

    I like the random assemblage of stuff — the thick black lines a la comics and animation are pretty cool. Apparently the Man of Many Minds is a Comic Book Guy.

  23. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Flashback Fridays are helpful because they allow you to re-process your initial perceptions. He now looks more like Howdy Doody than Alfred E. Neuman.

  24. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @BC: Why not both?

    Howdy was already super-famous by then; Kelly was drawing AEN at this time. Mashing up the two would have gotten the attention of the kids and also avoided pesky copyright infringement.

  25. Bruce A Munro Says:

    OK, he’s got a dog mind, bee minds, pigeon minds, squabbling Sailor Lads minds – surely with such a lineup the green Groot-ish aliens don’t have a chance?

    I can see what people have been saying about Kelly Freas sort of phoning it in – those spaceships clashing, not to mention the aliens, are embarrassingly elementary. (The alien on the right seems to have a green tater tot for a head).

  26. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    I don’t know what his feet look like, but Kelly seems very proud of his ability to draw a hand.

  27. fred Says:

    This could have been an all alliteration cover if the blurb had joined the party.

  28. Francis Boyle Says:

    He won’t mind if I pass then.

  29. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @GSSxn—Alfred E. Doody! 😉

  30. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: It’s not like this book deserved Kelly’s best work.
    The guy possibly also has a couple spaceship minds.
    That one alien really does look like Groot.

    @fred: I dare you to write that blurb. (It doesn’t have to be any good)

    @BC: Howdy E. Neuman? Nah, yours is better.

    Kelly had quite the puckish sense of humor, so I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if he mashed them up for this routine assignment to pay the bills.

  31. JuanPaul Says:

    He had the power to rule the world, but he was way more interested in cool stuff like wolves, space battles, and birdies.

  32. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @JuanPaul: and THE BEES!!!

  33. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @GSSxn–I’m down with your theory. Freas was an excellent graphic artist who wasn’t given a lot to work with here. Wouldn’t be at all surprised either if he was playing a game of his own, just to entertain himself.

  34. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @JuanPaul: He does look a bit… special needs, doesn’t he? Like he’s too busy having fun imagining all these neato things to worry about the fate of the galaxy. Like Pinky when the Brain would want him to help with the schemes.

    @Bruce: not THE BEES!!!

    @BC: Alas, we’ll never know. But I can practically see Kelly, bored with this terrible book, amusing himself with a Doody/AEN mashup, having fun seeing how many random daft objects he could work into the picture. That incredibly detailed hand reminds me of the 3-D movie fad of the time, and the rocket is heading straight for the guy’s chin, *ka-POW*

    He was too conscientious to do a really terrible job, but he could amuse himself with a quick bit of less-meticulous work, mixing up various styles (soft glowy background, photo-realistic hand, cartoony imaginings, AEN face) to keep in practice. Particularly if they weren’t even going to give him an opportunity to paint a scantily-clad damsel.

    Although even as goofy as it is, Kelly wouldn’t settle for anything but consistent lighting. Look at the shadows — ever so much better than what we too often see here.

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