Superheroine, Clone, Tubegirl

girl suspended in tank

In addition to the “CHOI OBACK after BWS” legend visible on the artwork, this image was tagged “Mike Choi” and “Comic” at the Tumblr post where originally found (see below). It is the cover art from Issue #18 (2008) of the Marvel comic X-Force, featuring the Wolverine replacement and protégé character X-23, perhaps in her original cloning tank:

X-Force #18 cover

The Marvel credits under “Cover Information” list Mike Choi as “penciller” and name Sonia Oback under “other”; has her as the colorist for this artwork.

Marvel’s summary of the story/book for which this artwork is the cover:

X-23 is missing, and as horrific as her life has been…it’s about to get worse. Elixir knows the truth about the mutant messiah. And Wolverine confronts Cyclops about his decisions leading up to the War.

This post is a reblog with added provenance from a 21 November 2013 post at Infernal Wonders. Its original source was this post at the tumblr Suspect Unknown. No Internet Archive backup link for that tumblr post exists and, post-2017, none can be made, because Tumblr censorship in the form of an exclusionary robots.txt file prevents its inclusion in the Archive.

Pulp Parade #278: Yellow Peril gone strange

This is Amazing Stories for September 1940, cover by Robert Fuqua. The ISFDB entry for this issue is here. I found this version of the cover at Pulp Covers, which also provides us with a back cover:

The included text there is something to behold: “Life on Europa (moon of Jupiter). This member of the solar system is only slightly smaller than Earth’s moon. Science knows little about it, and thus, lacking conclusive observation, our artist pictures its life in imaginative style (see page 144 for details).” Sure, why not?

You can read and download the entire issue at the Internet Archive.

Pulp Parade #270: Tube girl hot damn!

This is Amazing Stories for January 1942, cover by Malcolm Smith. The ISFDB entry for this issue is here. While far from the first instance of the artistic trope of a “tube girl,” I do think it might have been this particular illustration that motivated the proprietor of of the (apparently) now-defunct blog Promethean Blues to coin the term “tube girl,” whence I have taken it. I found this version of the cover at Pulp Covers. You can download and read this entire issue from the Internet Archive.

Tumblr favorite #1876: X-ray tubes


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 045 X-Ray Tubes.” Here is what Bacchus found.

The Tumblr post at the origin of this animation’s Tumblr chain of provenance includes the following tags: “#1950s scifi #this island earth #1955 #joseph m newman”. The reference is to the 1955 sci-fi movie This Island Earth, which was notable at the time for its special effects and for being filmed in Technicolor.

According to the plot summary at Wikipedia, the two protagonists are at one point menaced with being subjected to a “Thought Transference Chamber”, which might be the chamber visible in the animation.

The attribution to This Island Earth is confirmed by the following scene from the trailer, which shows the same two people in the same sort of chambers, albeit with a menacing robot in this frame not directly seen (but visible as a shadow/silhouette) in the animation:


In 1996 the movie This Island Earth was heavily reworked (it’s unclear from Wikipedia whether it was completely remade or whether it was heavily cut and intercut with new footage) and released to theaters as Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie. From the Wikipedia plot summary it seems unlikely that the animation stems specifically from the new MST3K movie footage, but I was unable to rule out the possibility.

Tumblr favorite #1846: Eerie tube girl


Original post here. This image was researched by Bacchus at ErosBlog as part of the “Δ commission.” The research was originally published at Hedonix as “Δ 014 – Eerie Tube Girl.” Here is what Bacchus found.

This artwork is cropped from the covers of an Eerie Mysteries magazine:


This page suggests that only four issues of Eerie Mysteries ever appeared, in 1938 and 1939. It appears (although the scan is indistinct) that the cover above may be from the February 1939 issue. No artist information seems to be available, although it is known that Norman Saunders illustrated the cover of the August 1938 issue.