Monday, December 12, 2016

Uniquely Personal Perspective

Thank goodness for Hannes Bok, bringing a uniquely personal perspective to the art of illustration.

Hannes Bok — Fantasy Fiction — June 1953

Sunday, October 30, 2016


A spooky illustration from a spooky book for a spooky time of year:

Frederick Simpson Coburn — frontispiece for 1899 Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Voyages Extraordinaires

A fantastic inspiration from the 1860s for Edgar Rice Burroughs' later Pellucidar series.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Superimposing Change

And this is the sort of residence that an alchemist would have resided in (or perhaps STILL resides in), inhabiting a cold dark room with a single window on the upper floor lit by a lonely light deep into the night, ever attempting to alter elements or at least effect a superimposing change upon self.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Great Pleasure

Alchemists took great pleasure in studying what came before.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Impossible Tasks

If I've had past lives, and I feel that I have, I was an alchemist in one of them. I probably wasted a lot of time chasing after impossible tasks, which is pretty much what I'm doing in this lifetime.

Hooray! Hallowe'en—is—a—Coming

The Sorrows of Satan

Thursday, September 22, 2016

For Supreme Satisfaction in Touring . . .

I love the look and color of these automobiles. . .

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Royal Treatment

This is a lovely illustration by August Reseller from 1911 of a lion getting the royal treatment. 28 years later, Bert Lahr's Cowardly Lion had a similar appearance and treatment.

Visit Cuba

If you want to visit Cuba, you better do it soon before President Trump cuts you off and sends you to the principal's office. Actually, he'd make a good high school principal, I think — idolized by the teachers, hated by the students.

An Ironic Fist

Any of you oldsters remember this guy? Buffalo Bob Smith and his little protege Howdy Doody ruled the peanut gallery with an ironic fist, way back when.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

20 Thousand Million Years

This blog is not extinct, it's just taking an extended break. After all, we have 20 thousand million years ahead of us, so hang in there . . .

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Barr Work

Early George Barr work from an early fanzine . . .