What The? #4

Agent Of Chaos by Norman Spinrad

1967 – Belmont
Cover artist uncredited

An occasional series of book covers whose outlandish design evokes bafflement and confusion in equal measure.

Ok, so this one is a little more conventional – or is it? Psychotic despot standing behind a trestle table dressed in a pink jumper – check. Army of black clad thugs firing heavy weaponry – check. Giant eyeballs on posts shooting green rays from their pupils – er, check. The number of people caught up this terrible crossfire of hideous laser beam destruction who appear to have been mortally wounded or killed – zero. Not quite the end of the human race yet then.



10 thoughts on “What The? #4

  1. Lestaret 12/05/2014 / 4:41 pm

    For all the evil genius that went into this scenario, you’d think that a bit of weapons calibration might have been included in the preparation! I think immediately following this illustration, a committee was formed to conduct an enquiry to see if lessons could be learned for future annihilations.


    • unsubscriber 12/05/2014 / 4:48 pm

      I concur mr Lestaret, there are a lot of lasers but very little annihilation. the chaos factor is high amongst the dozen or so members of the human race present but no one has sustained any injuries. I think a committee meeting should be called immediately by the pink jumper wearing despot to get to the bottom of this conundrum.


    • unsubscriber 12/05/2014 / 7:05 pm

      It’s still very light on the expected carnage given the amount of weaponry on display.


      • unsubscriber 12/05/2014 / 7:10 pm

        That’s fabulously odd! Roll another brother…


      • Joachim Boaz 12/05/2014 / 7:10 pm

        The woman looks like she is straining from peeing. It’s terrible. Love the astronaut.


      • unsubscriber 12/05/2014 / 7:12 pm

        Ha ha, maybe you’re right there Joachim. This is definitely my kind of bizarre cover!


      • Joachim Boaz 12/05/2014 / 7:15 pm

        Perhaps it’s one to acquire. Will read it relatively soon….


      • unsubscriber 12/05/2014 / 7:16 pm

        Just found a copy on eBay for £3 – thanks for the tip my friend, always happy to pick up a recommendation.


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