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Friday morning art

Art by Brillhart. At first I thought it was Powers.

Art by Hullings. I like the intensity of it.

Leo and Diane Dillon did the next one.

Here’s one by Don Maitz

And one by James Meese from the early fifties. I find it interesting that pre-Sputnik, pre-ICBM, just the idea of a rocket taking off was good enough for a cover. I’m also tickled the engineer’s holding a slide rule, once a symbol of engineering know-how, now forgotten.

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Sex, sin and … darts? Covers for Wednesday

As I’ve mentioned before, for a long time paperbacks were the go-to source for stories with S-E-X. Case in point:

I think we all know what they’ve been doing, right?

This one’s not only rapey, it’s fricking weird. In that position, I’m pretty sure her breasts should not be rising upwards like that.

Sex and SF combined! But I have to say even as a horny teen I wouldn’t have found “endless games of sex” with a cyclops a turn-on.

Cover by HG. I’ve no idea what darts have to do with anything, but I like the look.

Now, for something completely different—
A scene from Marv Wolfman and Steve Gan’s Skull the Slayer, a 1975 comic about a former Vietnam POW and several others (angry black guy, angry feminist, rebellious youth) who find themselves in a lost world inside the Bermuda Triangle. While DC’s Warlord took a similar concept and made it a hit, Skull one never quite found its footing. Still it’s an interesting mix of multiple 1970s pop-culture tropes, as I wrote about over at Atomic Junkshop.

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Pssst, want some weird books?

I always enjoy when the used-book website Abe Books periodically posts a display of weird books. These include the truly weird, the extremely specialized and some that I don’t find weird at all. The page at the link, for instance, includes the book Tulipomania about the financial speculation in tulips in the 1600s. It was the first known financial bubble and more worthy of study than listing as a Weird Book makes it sound. Others, however? Well, take a look, first at some specialized topics:

Daghestan medicine symbols may, like tulipomania, be a subject worth of study, of course. Some of the others below, however …

Like Tulipomania, this seems a worthy reference book if you’re interested in snails.Not that there’s anything objectionable in books catering to a niche market, but even so …. English smocks?

Next, some that strike me as really odd.

I believe this one is a humor book.

There’s lots more at the link.

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Random images for boxing day

I did work Monday but I didn’t get around to creating a coherent post for today. So instead, some images, starting with Herb Trimpe’s death of Adam Warlock.

Next, a James Bama Doc Savage cover.

Curt Swan gives us a real hook of a cover.

So does Nick Cardy.

And Gene Colan showing us the end of Earth.

Gervasio Gallardo gives us an odd and eerie fantasy feel.

I suppose I could just have skipped today but I’ve been blogging without missing a day for more than a year, so I wanted to keep it up.

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Covers for Christmas Eve

I didn’t feel quite like writing a political post for today, so I’m going with covers. First a typically intriguing one by Powers.

Next, one by Bob Maguire showing that female spies apparently didn’t wear much clothing. Covers like this had me mesmerized as a teen with the hint of S-E-X.

Next a couple of weird ones by Leo and Diane Dillon.

And although it’s not a cover, I’ve been meaning to post this Stan Lee piece about bigotry since I saw it online after his passing.

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Let’s start off Friday with some cover images

I don’t think that stuff is good to drink. Art is uncredited.

Joe Kubert cover for the story of a WW II Navy officer who grew up as a feral child raised by pterodactyls. And how often does one get to say that?

Next, a couple by Powers

OMG, it’s a man with an icecream on his head! Horrifying! Luckily for the artist, the art is uncredited.

Mitchell Hooks did this one. I saw the woman’s meant-to-be-ecstatic face on lots of covers back in the day.

An eerie one by Kelly Freas.

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CC Beall. I’ve no idea what the story is, but I’d have picked that off the newsstand back in the day

A cover by the great Virgil Finlay.

One with uncredited art.

And one from Tom Kidd with a bit of whimsy.

The next one’s by Saunders. Citadel of Fear is a great read, by the way.

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Neal Adams celebrates Halloween!

A few Adams covers from DC’s Bronze Age spooky anthologies:

As a bonus, here’s one by Joe Orlando.

And one I’ve posted before by Nicholas Cardy

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Cover art Wednesday

“Improbable, yes! Interesting, very!” What a good tagline.

I think she’s supposed to be sexy but the eyes make her look like a pod person.

One by John Schoenherr

A thriller cover by Peter Stevens. Black Mask was the a-list for mystery fiction back in the 1930s.

It’s not selling sex and sin, it’s in the Bible!

And VIncent di Fate’s wrap around cover for the first Riverworld book. A nice job capturing the disparate elements of the series.

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Covers for Friday

One by Peter Jones. I believe this was for a British edition of the book.

And what would these posts be without a Powers cover?

A good one by Veligursky

One by Schoenherr

And one by Kelly Freas

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