Tumblr favorite #2473: Franchy Morales spacegirl

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My original tumblr post was here. This image by artist French Morales was originally posted on his tumblr with the text “Inktober dia11/Spacesuit Karat ©/#tintubre #tintubre2015 #inktober #inktoberproject #inktober2015 /originalcharacters #comicspr #tintas #inks (at San Juan, Puerto Rico).” It comes to us via cartoonist-manifesto.

Tumblr favorite #1890: Death can find you even in space

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My original tumblr post was here. This image was researched by Bacchus at ErosBlog as part of the “Δ commission.” The research was originally published at Hedonix as “Δ 060 – Skeletal Space Hands.” Here is what Bacchus found.

This image is cropped from the cover of issue #15 (December 1, 1999) of the Italian comic book series Julia: Le Avventure Di Una Criminaloga:

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Wikipedia describes Julia thusly:

Julia is an Italian comic book series created by Giancarlo Berardi and edited by Sergio Bonelli Editore. The protagonist, Julia Kendall, is a criminologist, and the stories are usually in the crime fiction genre. The comic series was created in 1998 by Berardi and it was born of Sergio Bonelli Editore’s wish for a purely detective series.

Julia Kendall’s character is physically inspired by Audrey Hepburn, one of Berardi’s favorite actresses. Choosing a female protagonist — an ordinary, easily relatable woman — had the series have a large following of woman readers, unusual for a crime fiction comic.

ComicVine credits this particular cover artwork to artist Marco Soldi. Lambiek Comiclopedia offers this brief bio of Soldi:

Marco Soldi began his career at the publishing house Lancio in the early 1980s. In 1986, he became a cover artist for the monthly Splatter. In 1993, he joined Bonelli publishers, where he started out doing a ‘Dylan Dog’ episode. He also cooperated with Granate Press and the publishing house Universo. He then returned to Bonelli, illustrating episodes and covers of the series ‘Julia’.

Tumblr favorite #1828: Candyspace

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Original post here. This image was researched by Bacchus at ErosBlog as part of the “Γ commission.” The research was originally published at Hedonix as “Γ 060 – Candyspace.” Here is what Bacchus found.

This image sources on Tumblr back to the artist’s blog, where it is titled “Candyspace” by artist Zoetica Ebb, and tagged “illustration” and “my work”. There’s a “taken with Instagram” caption which suggests it may be a filtered photograph of the author’s art, in support of which notion is the fact that a similar illustration appears as part of the “spacefriends sticker set” that is available for sale in the unlinkable shop on the artist’s web page. (Navigate Shop⇒Stickers⇒Spacefriends Stickers Set.)

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Tumblr favorite #1820: Testing the air

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Original post here. This image was researched by Bacchus at ErosBlog as part of the “Γ commission.” The research was originally published at Hedonix as “Γ 052 – Testing The Air.” Here is what Bacchus found.

This is a cropped version of a photograph by Dangermouse (aka Brian Burton, of the band Broken Bells). The uncropped photograph:

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According to this article, the photo is one of a series of photographs produced by Dangermouse and shown at a New York City release party for Broken Bell’s album After The Disco. Also shown were album covers by artist Joe Escobedo; the photographs are said to “portray the same helmet-clad woman from Escobedo’s covers against gritty, barren landscapes of rubble and water.”

Tumblr favorite #1816: She’ll explode all the air on the moon!

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Original post here. This image was researched by Bacchus at ErosBlog as part of the “Γ commission.” The research was originally published at Hedonix as “Γ 046 – Lunar Air Exploder.” Here is what Bacchus found.

This comic book art is the top panel in the story A Nation Is Born in Avon’s Strange Worlds #4 (1952) which (according to the Wikipedia entry on Strange Worlds) featured a Wallace “Wally” Wood cover:

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A post on Pulpcovers.com offers a link for downloading a .cbz-format download of the entire comic.

A blog post here features a differently-colored version of the page where this image appeared, along with the information that the story was illustrated by Rafael Astarita and was reprinted in Strange Planets #9 (1959):

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The script for A Nation Is Born was adapted for Volume 1, No. 8 of a black-and-white comic series called Strange Galaxy, where it appeared in 1971 in black and white (supposedly to avoid Hayes Code rules applicable to color comics) as The Moon Is Red:

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Tumblr favorite #1812: Naked Dave Stevens

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Original post here. This image was researched by Bacchus at ErosBlog as part of the “Γ commission.” The research was originally published at Hedonix as “Γ 042 – Naked Dave Stevens.” Here is what Bacchus found.

This artwork is called “Amor Alien” and it is by artist, musician, and self-published comic book author Laura Molina. It appears as the seventh image in an unlinkable flash gallery on NakedDave.com, which is the web installation of the artist’s Naked Dave series. Wikipedia describes the work as:

…a series of paintings created by Laura Molina, inspired by her relationship with illustrator and Rocketeer creator, Dave Stevens. A five-month long relationship between the artists ended in early December, 1978 after she miscarried their child at eleven weeks. Molina started the series in 1993 after an attempted reconciliation initiated by Stevens failed to settle things between them.

That Wikipedia entry also quotes an interesting statement by the artist that’s sourced to the NakedDave.com website, but which is not currently to be found there:

There’s something I’ve realized about why these paintings make people so uncomfortable. Dave Stevens is a “male muse”, and an unwilling one at that. The traditional gender roles have been reversed. This upsets the order of things. Women are not supposed to have my technical skill or use it to toy with and objectify a male subject. I do this for the same reason that Dave and other male artists continue to paint and draw naked women….Because I can.

Tumblr favorite #1804: Spacegirl tentacles

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Original post here. This image was researched by Bacchus at ErosBlog as part of the “Γ commission.” The research was originally published at Hedonix as “Γ 034 – Spacegirl Tentacles. Here is what Bacchus found.

This artwork is by Japanese artist Kurono, whose Facebook page identifies him (?) as an “artist, illustrator, and graphic designer in Japan.” He has a web page here, which offers this additional information in English:

After having been employed as a designer of videogames, and as a designer for a record label, KURONO is currently doing free-lance artist in Tokyo, Japan. That style is to begin with a cute character and then poison it somehow with an eccentric and unexpected twist that morphs something normal into something abnormal. Blending cute elements or characters with weird, poisonous twists can produce fascinating artwork.

KURONO has done various designs for Tees, CD jacket, flyer, poster, and more. “It is my hope that many people will look at my stuff and find the unique and interesting element that lies within.”

Kurono has an extensive profile online at Behance, which is a sort of online portal for freelance artists and people seeking to obtain their services. This particular artwork is shown there under the title Spaceage Mystic Order, and is the first in a “series of self-produced posters”. Several more posters in the series can be seen at that same link. It appears from photos on a couple of gearhead blogs in Japanese that these posters have been marketed at Japanese auto/bike shows. A version of the artwork is also planned to feature in an upcoming set of stickers.