In hopes of spreading a bit of additional happiness in these difficult times I’ll be running a few images by a new artist discovery from over the weekend, inksGirls, who has a definite feel for shrinking, mad science (or magic) and transformations. The image above is Bottled, an example of the tube girl meme, which you can find on the artist’s DeviantArt site. You can also follow inksGirls on twitter at @inksGirls and also pixiv as inksGirls. And if you like the art enough, please support inksGirls on Patreon as I do.
And a rear view…
The overall action in this illustration series is described in a fragment of draft screenplay, which you are welcome to download if you are interested in such things. This image is available in a much larger size. Right-click to download.
Kindly do not alter or republish this art without our permission.
“Mary Lou Smith is my name and, being temporarilty out of work, I turned to the want ads. The ad in the paper looked innocent enough: ‘Wanted, a young girl to assist in scientific experimennts.'”
Thus opens a story called “Captives of the Scientists,” apparently originally published in 1954 by American fetish-meister Irving Klaw (1910-1966) and illustrated by an obscure artist known only as “Mario.” It has a very classic fetish look, and also, another early example of tube girls.
Mary Lou is in for one hell of a time. Our two lady mad scientists deal with one of her companions first.
The scientists weren’t satisfied with the results of the oxygen tests they tried out on Jane, so they created a large vacuum tube for another, more exhaustive test. The secured electrodes to Jane’s wrists, which extended through specially made slots in the sides, wired to recording instruments. Jane was placed in the center of the tube and made to stand on the very tips of her thigh-length, laced boots, while an effective oxygen mast was clamped over her nostrils and mouth, to provide air to keep her from suffocating.
I could only star in wonder, at the rapt attention the two scientists paid to their scientific readings, and I grudgingly paid them a silent compliment a their ingenuity in contriving all those complicated gadgets used in their experiments. I could not speak, for I too was bound and gagged with a contrivance of similar nature waiting for me to be placed in.
Then it’s Mary Lou’s turn (so to speak):
They had left off the boots on my costume, and i was glad of that, for the constricting lace boots were mighty uncomfortable after a period of time.
They finished with Jane and moved over to me to start their experiments anew. This time, they strapped me face down to a worm gear driven turn screw in the vacuum tube, with my arms, elbows, thighs, and legs strapped together. As the turn screw started, it gave me a not unpleasant sensation of floating on a cloud, as if I was in an airplane, but the speed quickened. I got a dizzy sensation and if the gag had not been secured tightly, I’d have felt my stomach turn inside out and make the throw up from nausea.
As I whirled around and around, I thought my end had come and, like a drowning person, my life seemed to flash past and in my mind I cursed myself for getting myself into such a dilemma.
The dizziness grew stronger as they turned up the speed, taking notes of my reactions and facial contortions. Just before i blacked ot an unconsciousness crept over me. I saw they will [sic] calmly were taking notes, watching me intently.
Back in July 1960, a men’s magazine called Scamp did a pictorial imagining the tube girl.
“Bottled beauties, tasteful and decorative and the product is easy to see.” A real example of postwar ingenuity, no?
“There is a market for them certainly.”
The model on the right is hard to identify. Sue Caution? Sui Caution? Siri Caution? Anyway, she’s more of a “cocktail shaker” girl.
“Watch out for that canny canning industry” sound pretty damn ominous if you ask me, even if that is itself an interesting cue to the imagination.
Thanks to Bacchus at Erosblog for the hat-tip on this unusual bit of men’s entertainment.
The whole issue of Scamp for July 1960 is available to read and download at the Internet Archive.
This cover by Malcolm Smith for the April 1942 issue of Fantastic Adventures definitely gives off a tube-girl vibe. The interior art didn’t much impress me, but you are welcome to see for yourself as this issue of Fantastic Adventures is available to read and download at the Internet Archive.
The dame holding the gun on Harold W. McCauley’s cover for the July 1943 Amazing Stories is more suggestive of crime pulp than science fiction…until we notice what looks surprisingly like a tube girl in the background, suggestive of rather more exotic goings-on.
Virgil Finlay’s interior art is featured in this number, with an appropriately surreal illustration for Alexander Blade’s story “Carbon-Copy Killer.”
This issue of Amazing Stories is available to read and download from the Internet Archive.
Another example of ICUdhara’s work, in which one of the unfortunate would-be explorers of the abandoned Euphoric State Insane Asylum has been captured by the sinister Dr. Vragov, confined in a transparent tube, and radiated into goo. As with its companion published yesterday, it is available in large size. Right-click to download.
However many of them I discover in my tours of the Internet’s artists’ quarters, it’s always a profound pleasure to discover yet another creator who shares in my curious obsessions.
What have we here? A mad scientist? Tube girls?
That’s Melted Into a Soda. Our heroine doesn’t look all that happy about her transition. We can hope, perhaps, that she will learn to enjoy her new state of being.
Note that both images above were published at DeviantArt under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License, and have been reproduced here with the knowledge and consent of the artist.
Tube Girl by Aleksandra Marchocka. This image was commissioned by Iago Faustus and is presented here by agreement between Faustus and the artist.
A delightful tube girl image by Aleksandra Marchocka has an almost cosmic appearance
You can download the whole image in its full resolution by right-clicking and saving.
It is with pleasure that I learned today that LN Bey, a writer and fan of BDSM and S/M erotica, is also a tube girl fan, and just yesterday contributed a post about the trope, containing both intelligent critical discussion and several of the finer historical examples of the trope (as well as some surprising contemporary ones as well). I encourage you to follow the link above and check it out.
Oh and by the way, LN, here’s one for your enjoyment, spawned from one of your historical examples, but given a contemporary feel by the artist.
The art is by Frans Mensink, of course and originally appeared here at Erotic Mad Science back in 2014.