Oct 28

Single male seeks friendly sacrafice! Click for full image

Good Show Sir’s Art Direction: Hey, doesn’t Dave from accounts love his amateur dramatics? Just go and take a picture of him in whatever play he’s doing now. I am sure it will be perfect!
Published 1968

Many thanks to Joachim!

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: 7.69 out of 10)

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29 Responses to “Star King”

  1. GSS Admin Says:

    Sorry for the big hiatus! Busy busy time at the moment.

    The guy above looks suitably unimpressed about getting his picture taken.

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    It was PC gone mad when they took The Black and Green Minstrel Show off the air.

  3. Tom Noir Says:

    Hey admin pretty sure the title of this is “Star King Jack Vance.”

    Panther Science Fiction, you never disappoint!

  4. Tat Wood Says:

    His mum warned him: eat too many packets of Pacers you’ll end up looking like one.

  5. fred Says:

    The full body photo is probably to awesome for the human mind to comprehend.

  6. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Is this “Star King” by Jack Vance or “Jack Vance” by Star King?

  7. A.R.Yngve Says:

    On every Paintball Friday, he always got carried away with the camouflage.

  8. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    After working on the computer all day next to broken Venetian blinds, Paul’s creative mind came up with a way to prevent skin burn.

  9. AnnaT Says:

    Hey there, Maze Face! How’s it going?

    All keepers of the labyrinth must have the maze branded on their face. It is often speculated that this rule came about because the first keeper was an extremely strange person, and definitely crazy.

  10. Phil Says:

    This is what can happen to your face if you accidentally walk into the title sequence of a 1970s DR WHO episode.

  11. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:



  12. anon Says:

    @A.R.Yngve: “Panther Science Fiction” by “Star King Jack Vance”

  13. Adam Roberts Says:

    Marvel Comics Universe: TONY STAR-KING in ‘Badly Ironed Man’

  14. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Star King Jack Vance” beats “Max Power” by a mile.

  15. Star King Tom Noir Says:

    I have decided I want to be referred to as ‘Star King Tom Noir’ going forward. Thank you.

  16. Jaouad Says:

    Give the size of his pupils, he probably wasn’t too aware of what the photographer was up to when they called him in for the shoot.

    “Y’all wanna cover my face in racing stripes? Groovy, man!”

  17. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Around 3.A.M., he realized that a drug-soaked rave party on the Moon is still just another boring drug-soaked rave party…

  18. Rom Spaceknight Says:

    That feeling when a great book has one of the worst covers you’ve ever seen…

  19. anon Says:

    It wasn’t until he had already broken in and entered the apartment that the burglar realized the second tube of black camouflage he opened when the first one ran out might have been not black but, in fact, glow-in-the-dark green.

  20. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Looks like Mark Hammil from Return of the Jedi 2. Sadly, the movie went straight to Beta.

  21. Adam Smith Says:

    Love this one. It’s got a claustrophobic space interrogation vibe to it.

  22. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    His name is…Zoolander!

  23. Bibliomancer Says:

    It’s that starking jack vance again.

  24. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Bibliomancer—can you make that a verb? As in, “I’ve been starking Jack Vance for years and let me tell you, it’s no fun. I’d rather be starking Hannah of Hannah and her horse, but not the horse.”

  25. anon Says:

    @B. Chiclitz:
    to stark
    1. to make stiff or rigid in substance, muscles, etc.:
    stark an author.
    2. to be, to become or to make stiff or rigid in substance, muscles, etc.:
    the author starked.
    3. to be or to express thoughts or opinions bluntly or sternly plain; not softened or glamorized:
    stark a novel.
    4. to make a view, place, person, etc. harsh, grim, or desolate:
    stark an author.
    5. to be rigid in death.:
    the author starked.

  26. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I thought “starking” was British for “streaking”. From “starkers”.

    Why anyone thought a picture of a guy in badly-applied blackface with glowy green fingerprint patterns on one side of his face was a good idea to begin with, let alone to put on the cover of a book is beyond me, but that’s why I’m here at GSS instead of making the big bucks in the exciting world of terrible book covers.

  27. THX 1139 Says:

    Streaking is called streaking in Britain too – Ray Stevens’ comedy (?) hit record was successful here and you had hairy 1970s blokes jumping over the cricket stumps at Lords wearing nothing but a smile. And the sainted Erica Roe tried it at the rugby, of course.

    “Starkers” is an abbreviation of “stark naked”.

  28. JJYoyo Says:

    Looks like he came out for the worse in the Clash of Star-Kings
    Serves him right for challenging a space alligator

  29. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Someone tried to sneak this into the credits of the revival of CSI and the network sensibly pointed out that this would scare away the punters, not to mention possibly giving heart attacks to the big portion of the audience that’s over 60. Who never gave up the, er, herbal substances of their youth, or went back to them. So I’ve heard. *whistles nonchalantly*

    @JJYoyo: We all lost in the Clash of Star-Kings.

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