Monster of the Day #419

I…I…have no idea what’s happening here.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, I… yeah. Usually I can figure these things out — I mean, I’m the one who figured out the plots of Mama Dracula and Mutant Hunt — but I’m not getting much from this. My first thought was that the girl fucked up a wheelie on her globular motorcycle because her feet are too small, but that can’t be it. I mean, who goes cycling in a negligee?

  • Flangepart

    And the bot does a cheek grab!
    Yeah, this is…is…a ‘knob head’?  Oh, wait…look in the background, beneath the bot…is this a ‘chick grab’ going on here?
    I’m so confused…

  • Ericb

    You know, it never crossed my mind to try to imagine what a chicken crossed with a Dalek would look like but, nonetheless, I’m grateful that this artist has saved me the trouble.

  • Ericb

    I did a Goodgle search on this and found this summary of the story:

    stanton a. coblentz, 1939 – planet of the knob-heads
    “jack and marjorie are brought to the distant world of their captors. in far andromeda, they struggle against ‘favors’ of the knob-heads—but hope fades as they face the high knobule!”
    ‘in about a week i had recovered from most of the effects of the knob operation.’Doesn’t really clear things up much.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, I’d assumed this was a ‘knob-head’ but I suppose it could be from ‘The Atom Prince’ too, I have no idea. Oddest thing to me is the young lady looks mildly upset instead of terrified at being grabbed by a robot thingee being shot at by two motorcycle cops (I’m assuming that’s what they are).

    And the title: ‘Science Fiction’- was this the generic SF pulp?

    And is that another young lady being grabbed by a red robo-thing in the background? Hard for me to tell.

  • Ericb

    Maybe she hasn’t quite decided whether she likes the knob head “favors” or not. 

  • Ericb

    On second thought it could be from The Atom Prince as I doubt that a planet of Knob Heads would have humans driving around on motorcycles.  Though the relationship between this Prince and the Dalek-Chickens must remain a mystery since I couldn’t find any plot summaries of the story on the internt.

  • Anonymous

    You’ve got me Eric. I wasn’t able to make much out of the plot summary you posted either.

    I’m beginning to think is some future form of a panty raid where the frat boys program robots to do their dirty work. The motorcycle guys are campus security…

  • Ericb

    I don’t even want to know what a “knob operation” would require.

  • Beckoning Chasm

    Should I point out that “knob-head” is a kind of swear word/insult in England?

  • Rock Baker

    And thus, in the year 77353 AD, science had created the ultimate abomination, the intelligent giant atomizer! 

    Given the visual evidence, this scene seems to depict an invasion of robots abducting women from their beds (when they would be most vulnerable), being chased by the local police. These robots, I presume, are either the creation of a mad scientist who needs female glands for an experiment to cure his ailing wife or daughter, OR they come from another planet and are collecting breeding stock, dashing off with them to their flying saucer parked outside of the city. They seem to be playing hardball too, since the city is going up in explosions!

    I doubt, though, that the image actually has anything to do with the interior stories. Likely these covers were done up in bulk by imaginative painters and kept on file at the publishing house. If a cover image had a vague connection to the slated fiction, fine and dandy. Ultimately, though, all that mattered was that the image fire the imagination, catch your eye on the stands, and prompt you to buy. The image promises action, cheesecake, and science fiction-based thrills and menace. Mission accomplished.

  • sandra

    Maybe the guys on motorcycles are the knob-heads ;-)

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know lady, let’s see ‘A robot may not injure a human being or, something something’ oh heck lady, I don’t remember anything about humans getting dressed, let’s just get going .

  • Rock Baker

    Can anyone tell me how to make one of those little profile pictures?

  • Marsden

    I think the sad thing is those two guys on the motorcycle couldn’t get work again until that A-ha video in the 80s.

  • Fisheyenomiko

    Why do I feel like there should be a censor bar over…  well, most of this image?

  • Fisheyenomiko


  • Fisheyenomiko

     Well, “knob” is slang for penis, right?  So “knob-head” would be like “dick-head”.


  • E V

    The city in the background *could* be Houston. When the weather blows the refinery effluent east the sky is the right color, along with the smoke. The explosions could be fireworks after an Astros game. There would have to be a lot more traffic, however, and the roads would have to be 18 lanes wide.

    OK, I’m trying to distract you from this mess in the foreground. I confess. Nice perm… 

  • Ericb

    It’s only a tentacle away from being downright Japanese.

  • Anonymous

    Sure.  At the top of the comments, click the button on the right that has “DISQUS” and a down arrow.  Select “edit profile”.  That’ll give you a popup box with a bunch of options.  One of them is Avatar.  Selecting that will give you the option to upload or link one.  If you like, you’ll be able to link Disqus to your Facebook account, and it’ll just use whatever your current Facebook picture is.

  • Thanks a heap!

  • The Rev.

    Bravo, sir!  Well done.