Our Lady of the Emerald

A woman encased in a giant emerald, in an unattributed cover for the November 1941 cover of Astonishing Stories.

This woman encased in emerald from the November 1941 cover of Astonishing Stories conveys a real tube girl or ASFR feel, but unfortunately is unattributed and also, in its Internet Archive version, a little battered. There is a slightly more vivid and clean, but also smaller, version of the cover to be found at Galactic Central. It appears to illustrate the story “My Lady of the Emerald,” by Robert A.W. Lowndes (1916-1998), one of many writers who began his career with the encouragement of H.P. Lovecraft. The story has an interior illustration by Leo Morey, whose work we have seen before on this site.

Interior illustration by Leo Morey for Robert A.W. Lowndes story "My Lady of the Emerald."  Astonishing Stories, November 1941.

This issue of Astonishing STories is available to read or download from the Internet Archive.

ASFR in reverse

A modern Pygmalion:

His touch turned flesh to stone.

(It’s a big image, so downloading is recommended for the full effect.) The art is by the prolific sci-fi and fantasy artist Virgil Finaly. It’s from Dream World, August 1957.

Dream World had a pretty short life under the editorship of Paul Fairman, apparently running to only three issues. It managed to attract some significant talent. Here’s the cover, by Ed Valigursky:

A smaller but cleaner version of the cover can be found via the issue’s ISFDB entry:

The magazine seems to have attracted real writing talent, as well. The August issue contains stories by Robert Silverberg and Harlan Ellison. You can read or download it from the Internet Archive.

Two down, one to go

Some mad science with women being turned to chrome statues going on here.

Two Down, One to Go by greatcthulu. Image presented here by kind permission of the artist.

DeviantArt creator greatcthulu does some fine A.S.F.R.-like imagery in CG, and seeing as we’ve finally published the Adventures of Ashley Madder in a slider and at the Internet Archive, it seemed like a good time to feature some of the artist’s work. The artist describes this 2015 image as follows: “The second subject is just rising up out of the transformation chamber while the third statue-to-be waits – probably not willingly – for her turn.”

Click on the image to see it in its full size.

The Adventures of Ashley Madder, slider version

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This particular volume of the Tales of Gnosis College might not have been ideal for sliders as I had to cut some double-width pages to fit them in. Nonetheless the technology seems to, indeed, to be a handy way to read the comic.

For those of you who might want the comic in greater detail, I am pleased to note that it is now available for download as a high-resolution CBZ archive (double-wide pages and all) and as a single PDF document from its dedicated download page at the Internet Archive, where you can also read the whole comic in the Archive’s native text reader.