Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Father's Obsession

Here is a double page from an Argosy magazine of 1952 illustrating The Rocket Man, a short story excised from Ray Bradbury's book The Illustrated Man, published the previous year. Ostensibly this story inspired a song by the Spotniks that in turn inspired Bernie Taupin and Elton John to create their song Rocket Man.

A father's obsession—when you're there, you want to be here, when you're here you want to be out there.

James Bingham — Argosy magazine — February 1952


Erik Johnson Illustrator said...

Bingham certainly had a flair for suspense or people being caught off guard. He was practically the Alfred Hitchcock of illustration.

Glen Story said...

What a great illustration! I doubly enjoy it, having long been a fan of Bradbury.


gregarious monk said...

Thomas, I recently (in the past month or so) came across your blog. I've since gone back through the entire blog.

What a tremendous resource and education you've presented here. I greatly appreciate the material and commentary you've provided us.

Thank you.

Thomas Haller Buchanan said...

Thank you gregarious, I very much appreciate your saying that. It has been a journey. I hope to be able to keep it up.

Anonymous said...

Great drama here... Just one question, why is the boy in black panties?