Tuesday, October 2, 2012

I Really Wish I Knew French So I Could Read This


5 comments:

Mark said...

"The Headless Hydra"? What the heck ...

Anonymous said...

After a quick Google:

Dave Rogers Says:
September 20th, 2011 at 12:45 pm
This is not the only book to have this cover; I’ve seen it before on Fritz Leiber’s “Swords in the Mist”. It’s an illustration based on the story “When the Sea-King’s Away”, in which Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser battle sea-monsters to enjoy the favours of the Sea-King’s wife and concubine. These are, of course, the two half-naked babes seen in the top right, and the man in the thong is quite obviously Fafhrd. Unless Leiber saw the picture first, and based the story on it, which is unlikely given that “Swords in the Mist” was published in 1960.

And:

PeterJ Says:
September 22nd, 2011 at 2:31 am
Dave Rogers is right; I used to have this cover pic (mirror-reversed) on Leiber’s Swords in the Mist, in a paperback edition published in the late 70s. The illustration’s apparently by Peter Elson.

Here’s some pictorial evidence – http://www.flickr.com/photos/75077089@N00/1084908098/

From here:
http://www.goodshowsir.co.uk/2011/09/lhydre-acephale-headless-hydra/

Legion said...

I want a mini of that thing!

mwschmeer said...

@SAROE: Man, I never thought of that! It totally makes sense--although I picture Fafhrd much taller and more muscular and without a wedgie.

@Legion: Me too! I love me some sword-wielding octopi!

Konsumterra said...

arg this could be the cover of my DnD clone/blogsot! http://elfmaidsandoctopi.blogspot.com.au/