Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Paperback 1068: Under Heaven's Bridge / Michael Bishop & Ian Watson (Ace SF 84481-2)

Paperback 1068: Ace SF 84481-2 (1st Ace printing, April 1982)

Title: Under Heaven's Bridge
Author: Michael Bishop & Ian Watson
Cover artist: Don Punchatz (per isfdb)

Condition: 6/10
Value: $5-8

Best things about this cover:
  • Man, I cannot wait to see Lion King 3000, it looks fucking awesome!
  • Alien baby-lifting really is the best exercise for building strong lats. Look at the definition on this dude!
  • I have this sick feeling he's about to bring that little guy right down on top of his helmet and all I can say is I hope this is all consensual.
  • Again, I seem to have drifted into the '80s with some of my recent acquisitions. But then the '80s are to now what the '50s were to the time when I started collecting, so maybe this time shift was to be expected.

Best things about this back cover:
  • Aw, jeez, nothing. One of them text-only back covers. As always, boo.
  • I normally take price stickers off, but this one's not coming off without taken a huge chunk of the cover with it, so ... just gonna leave it.
  • I do love that the back cover just expects you to know what a Giacometti sculpture looks like: "Look it up, you Philistines!" I guess those creatures of the cover kinda do look like the Walking Man:
Page 123~
This time he made no move to hinder her, and, bemused and fretful, she escaped to the frigid safety of the Platform.
"Bemused and Fretful," of course, the B-side to Talking Heads' "Crosseyed and Painless"

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DemetriosX said...

This cover feels very mid-70s to me. There's a flatness to the characters, especially the woman, that I associate with that period. Naked guy's hair and beard are also very disco.

I've always found Punchatz pretty meh, too. This cover isn't doing anything to change that opinion.

Rex Parker said...

First Punchatz I've covered here, which seems impossible given we're well over 1000 paperbacks in. I like this cover, but only from an "unintentionally hilarious" point of view.