…and Love the Bomb! Also known as Dr. Strangelove.
That’s Hannah Dundee gazing at Fat Man, one of the A-bombs dropped on Japan. Hannah inhabits Xenozoic Tales, comic book adventure series written and drawn by Mark Schultz, who carries on the tradition of Hal Foster (Prince Valiant), E.R. Borroughs (Tarzan) and other old-fashioned comic-pulp storytellers. The macho hero is Jack Terenc, a shaman of sorts who tries to keep civilization in balance with nature so that The Great Cataclysm is not repeated. Meanwhile, he and Hannah have multiple adventures in a world that mixes dinosaurs and nitro-fueled 1950s Cadillacs.
It’s fun, and more clever than it may sound to you. The back-cover image at top is a perfect example of the mélange of styles and influences in the artwork: fashion photography; cheesecake; academic life studies; art deco; Hollywood movies; Decadent/Symbolist art; adventure comics; Gothic horror… some call it kitsch.
And while we are musing over Japan, atomic desolation, meltdowns, and general human evil, you may enjoy this riff on bombs, bombing, and movies. You can follow all the links – have fun.
Here’s the front cover: