Brain Bats of Venus!

June 11, 2018

Couldn’t resist, had to post this one too!

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Where Monsters Dwell

June 11, 2018

I just had to post the entire set of pages from this Basil Wolverton comic!  I love the way he presents the moral dilemmas of the characters, reduced as they are to a state of savage kill or be killed state of existence, all because of a mad scientist with a grudge against the press.

Cast into the netherworld, the hero of the strip is immediately faced with the dilemma common to westerns:  cooperate with the struggling community; or strike out on his own.  He goes it alone, and he even escapes.  But in the end, he is tormented by his ties to the community he left behind.

Basil Wolverton on the Human Condition.


Love Basil Wolverton!

June 10, 2018

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The image above is from “Brain-bats of Venus.” It concludes with an ironic twist that anticipates the likes of George Romero and others.

The next image is from “Where Monsters Dwell,” the tale of a dimensional netherworld to which men are given acces by a mad scientist’s special light beam. It concludes with an ethical conundrum, and asks, “What would you do?”
77365325-432F-4808-9F5B-496693F0E072Endless thanks to Pappy for posting hundreds of Golden Age Comics! 🤓🤗👍  Wolverton’s Bible is worth checking out, too!  The End of Days arrives in the image below.


Still Life: Still Working…

June 10, 2018

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Of course, this was not taken with a pinhole camera.  I used my Canon SX50, or whatever…, and a tripod.  I dropped it yesterday on my visit to Roosevelt Island, and the lens popped out, so this is the first test of whether I put it back together correctly, and it seems okay, although it got slightly scratched.

For some reason, having barcodes on fruit in a still life amuses me:  I doubt I am the first to do this.  Vive la nature morte!


Roosevelt Island Jaunt

June 9, 2018

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I took the aerial tram to Roosevelt Island today, the first time I’ve ridden on that thing, and a bad day to do it.  Saturday, good weather, crowds, one car out of service, subway not running…  Once you get there, the views from the island are pretty unusual for New York  City.

QBB1 The romantic one below is looking east to the new apartments in the Long Island City area of Queens.

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Strolling around the island is pleasant once you leave behind the apartments and the new Cornell University hi-tech campus.  The old Renwick shell of a small pox hospital is carefully preserved.

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Something went wrong with my HDR shot here – it would help to use a tripod – so I call it “Good Vibrations.”

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The southern end of the island is now the finally completed Louis Kahn park dedicated to FDR’s Four Freedoms.  It is shockingly abstract in form – a real jolt to the senses.  That’s saying a lot since it is just a baseball hit away from the dense Manhattan skyline, which isn’t exactly an English garden landscape.  It’s the austerity of the design, I suppose…

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Not sure what he was doing there, but he had a retinue of photo-tech people, so I guess he wasn’t fighting super criminals.


Can’t Get Enough of that Nature Morte

June 9, 2018

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Back to the Pin Hole

June 8, 2018

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That’s a coelacanth, and some fruit.  The barcodes got blown out, despite the shady day.

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