Monster of the Day #1203

There’s a lot going on here, but I just can’t get past the fact that Gleep made it with a Tribble.

Also, that chick has some serious man-hands. Yikes.

That guy way in the back must be one of Kona’s friends.

  • Gamera977

    ‘Back in those good ol’ days when men were Real Men, women were Real Women, and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were Real Small Furry Creatures from Alpha Centauri!’

  • Beckoning Chasm

    “First you land the ship in the river, now you make us come up here because this fuzz-ball is ‘so darling!’ and now your mother’s plants are attacking my men! That’s it, next year I choose where we holiday!”

  • Gamera977

    I’m wondering if Erol Otus was the artist here?

  • bgbear_rnh

    I can’t make out the signature but, it does not look like it.

  • bgbear_rnh

    The lady actually has a suit on instead of running around exposed to the hostile elements.

  • Eric Hinkle

    He did art for the pulps? I only know his work from old first-gen AD&D books.

  • Beckoning Chasm

    According to the ISFDB, the cover art is by Leo Morey.

  • Gamera977

    Thanks! His style sorta reminds me of Otus, my mistake.

  • Gamera977

    Gleep and a tribble Ken? There’s a monkey bonking a football joke in there somewhere…

  • Beckoning Chasm

    She had to have an extra-special custom helmet because she just wouldn’t go outside without her tiara.

  • Flangepart

    Like how the figure down at the ship seems to be saying “Guys, wait up! I just checked the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, and it say one word about this planet: Belgium!”

  • Talk about having a bad day. Not only is Spaceman Jones here being attacked by a blaster resistant Triffid, he’s got Space Princess Jane on the verge of giving him a devastating karate chop to the back of the neck. If that’s not bad enough, he’s about to get a ticket for parking his ship in a no space craft zone. And then there’s the matter of whatever’s off panel that’s scaring the white Tribble so bad we can see its eyes bulge out.

    All in all, Jones had better think of a new line of work. Assuming he survives, natch.

  • Rock Baker

    That’s a neat rocket design. I can imagine something so plane-like would come in handy in the universe of pulp space operas.

  • Rodford Smith

    That’s not Gleep, that’s Willis.

  • Whutchu talking about? Willis?

  • Rodford Smith

    The fluffy little round martian critter from the Heinlein novel.

  • Oh. Which Heinlein novel? My knowledge of Heinlein is extremely limited.

  • Gamera977

    If I may chip in here, ‘The Rolling Stones’ which I’m embarrassed that I still haven’t read. Apparently the ‘Martian Flat Cats’ are very much like Tribbles though Gerrold claimed he didn’t intentionally steal the idea. Seems Gerrold read the novel, forgot about it, and then thought up the Tribbles thinking it was his own idea. Heinlein forgave him for his accidental rip-off.

  • Crap. I’d even heard of the Tribble Trouble, so I really have no excuse.

    EDITED TO ADD: Thanks for the reminder.

  • Joliet Jake Blues

    Otus was a kid in the 1970 – well, 1960’s – so I doubt he could have pulled this off pre-conception.
    But it is a bit Otus-ey

  • Rodford Smith

    _Red Planet_. The main character has a pet which looks like a fuzzy beachball and turns out to be very important to the plot.

  • Rodford Smith

    Heinlein noted that they both owed a lot to Ellis Parker Butler, who wrote the short story “Pigs is Pigs” about a railroad station overrun by Guinea pigs.

  • Thanks for the info! My need to read list grows ever larger.