Monsters that once were men?

However else they might have changed, the monsters that once were men are still like men in at least one important respect. This is the cover of the August 1959 edition of Super Science Fiction, which I am reblogging from this 6 March 2016 post at Infernal Wonders, and which came into the tumblr ecosystem via this Pulp Covers post.

If you’re so inclined you can read and download this magazine at the Internet Archive. And let’s not forget that the Archive is a magnificent free Internet resource supported by user donations: please donate to them if you can.

Vortex coffin

This pre-Code comics image plays neatly with both the “coffin stuffer” and “tube girl” themes so loving explored in the pulp era less than a generation earlier. It is reblogged from this 28 September 2015 post at Infernal Wonders. The now-dead tumblr (“Malignantly Useless,” a fine Thomas Ligotti-derived name!) on which the image first appeared attributed the image to Issue #6 of Marvel’s Astonishing series (1951-1957), and a trip to this series’s entry in the Grand Comics Database does indeed turn up the cover.

Malignantly Useless attributes the cover to Norman Steinberg.

Another hungry (or horny?) octopus

This image is reblogged from this 10 May 2015 post at Infernal Wonders. A note from the source tumblr indicates that it is a detail from the cover of a 1970s Spanish comic Escorpión, issue #28. I couldn’t find too much about this publication, but its entry in the Grand Comics Database indicates that it was published in 1973 and 1974. They don’t have many covers, but those that they do have suggest that scantily-clad women being menaced by giant invertebrates was a repeat thing.

Mad science or mad entertainment?

I originally blogged this in a 26 January 2014 post at Infernal Wonders, but my source for this was this post at the aptly-named Bondage Blog. The knowledgeable proprietor over there, Rope Guy, included this commentary:

’m not sure exactly what the eerie ray the bug-eyed monsters in the tentacle-suits are pointing at this poor girl’s bottom is supposed to be doing to it. But judging by the rapt attention of the audience, it must be something rather entertaining!

Along with this attribution:

Art is a detail from the cover of an old Marvel Science Stories.

Looks like Maghella’s going to be experimented on

And she’s perhaps not going to like it. Bacchus’s explanation:

This is cover art from one of the nearly 150 Maghella fumetti comics published in Italy and France in the 1970s and 1980s. According to this Italian eBay auction it is issue #124 from 1979. On the cover is visible the text “Maghella. Vietato ai minori di seidici anni.” There is an Italian eBay auction here that offers a high quality reproduction of the cover art (without markings); the artist is identified by the seller as Renato Averardo Ciriello.

Reblogged from a 20 January 2014 post at Infernal Wonders.