Coming into the hobby only 1979, I never owned many of the monochrome-covered D&D modules. My copy of The Village of Hommlet, for example, was the 1981 reprint that replaced the original Dave Trampier cover art with illustrations by Jeff Dee (whose Villains & Vigilantes 2.0 was just released this week, in case you needed reminding), such as this one:
Now, I'm on record as adoring T1 for reasons I've explained before. However, many of my childhood friends hated it, thinking it dull and uninspired. Indeed, one of them used to make fun of the module by pointing to this illustration, which we presumed illustrated the NPCs Burne and Rufus, and making up dialog to go with it:
Burne: Don't worry, Rufus, there'll be other dungeons.
It's not especially funny now, I'll admit, but, at the time, we found it hilarious, including notorious stick-in-the-mud me.
Anyway, this made me wonder if anyone else had ever wondered about this illustration and the rather strange poses adopted by the two characters. Did you think they were Burne and Rufus and, if so, what were they doing? Did you think they were someone else? If so, who?
Have fun with it. I'm off for the day and will be back tomorrow, as usual.