Illustration for 1952 Ray Bradbury story, The Rocket Man

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A stunning two-page illustration by James Bingham from the February 1952 issue of Argosy magazine, for Ray Bradbury's short story "The Rocket Man." I like the futuristic dome shaped house, with tinted panes of glass, and the mid century modern/Googie furniture and decor. 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!




UPDATE: Look -- artist David Grafe fixed it!

Illustration for 1952 Ray Bradbury story, The Rocket Man

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

  2. 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 :)

  3. 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.

    1. Now he just looks like he’s staring at the spike on the front of the chair. That certainly makes it look less pervy.

  4. “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.

  5. 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. 

  6. 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….

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

      Future?

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