Illustration for 1952 Ray Bradbury story, The Rocket Man


25 Responses to “Illustration for 1952 Ray Bradbury story, The Rocket Man”

  1. UrbanUndead says:

    Rocketman is looking pretty sleek, but I’m not so sure about the ensemble his sidekick, Hotpants Lad, is wearing :P

  2. Stefan Jones says:

    Don’t let him touch you, kid! Look at those electrons . . . he’s obviously highly atomic!

  3. Stefan Jones says:

    “I’m sorry, son. It’s 9 am and I’m out of here. And you’re not coming: Mars ain’t the kind of place to raise a kid.”

  4. I have a feeling the kid in the tight black shorts was the illustrator’s favorite thing…

  5. Anton Angelo says:

    As someone with a mostly absent father, the story really struck home for me as a kid: its still one of my very very favourites.  The kid needs to be there.  Hotpants are a feature, not a bug :)

  6. robdobbs says:

    I had to Google Googie.

  7. You want to remove the kid’s shorts?

  8. Rotwang says:

    “Show me where the Rocket Man touched you, Tommy…”

  9. carbonman says:

    Jerry Sandusky, Rocket Man.

  10. Sandi Carron says:

    Can someone more capable than myself please just photoshop the kid some pants ….

  11. Antinous / Moderator says:

    Everybody wore those shorts until we were overcome by neo-Puritanism and men started wearing calf-length skorts.

    Here’s John Wayne.  Try telling him what you think of his outfit.

  12. Jerome says:

    Great illustration, but (to me anyway) does not at all match the feel of the story.

  13. sockdoll says:

    “The only thing I don’t like about it is the kid in the tight black shorts. The illustration would look much better with him removed from it!”

    Yeah, but then Captain Atomic would just look like a darkened lamp standing over there in the corner, waiting for someone to pull his chain.

  14. liquidstar says:

    I don’t want to put too fine a point on this.

  15. pipenta says:

    And here I thought the kid with the shorts was the best part.

  16. JhmL says:

    That’d been so money as cover for the Elton John single.

  17. Palomino says:

    Actually, I believe the boy is the only original figure in this image. Put him in a 1950′s Norman Rockwell living room with a Santa Clause, then it all makes sense. 

  18. Brian says:

    You have to be obsessed with child pron to look at that picture and your first thought is about the kid’s shorts. And if you want to “fix” the art don’t remove the kid — it’s a Bradbury story, it’s all about the kid — just paint on some long pants over his legs….

  19. Frank Diekman says:

    So apparently in the future men will dress like Lady Ga-ga and wear  dildo helmets.

  20. andyhavens says:

    So I fixed the picture once. But it wasn’t quite enough. No… we need to double-dip into the meme pool on this one, I think:

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