Preview of incredible science fiction and pulp art auction

On Tuesday June 26, 2012, Heritage Auctions is hosting a reception and preview of its upcoming illustration art auction featuring The Jerry Weist Collection of science fiction and fantasy art, pin-up, pulp and paperback art, and classic golden age/mainstream illustration art. Above: Gil Elvgren's "Skirting the Issue" (1956). Below: Wally Wood's "Mars is Heaven!" complete 8-page story, Weird Science #18 (EC Comics) (1953).



  1. I love how they wonder if they had returned to earth by accident. 

    “No! No! We checked every mile of the the way! We went past the moon and out into space. I’m sure we’re on Mars, sir!”

    I thought 1/3 of normal gravity should be a dead giveaway.

    1. Or in the worst case, just look up in the sky and see if you can find Earth.

      I’m always annoyed at stories when they require everybody to act like an idiot and question nothing. 

      “Something crazy is happening!”
      “Lets just go with the flow.”

      The whole plan would have fallen apart if there had been a single person on that ship who questioned what the hell was happening or used a tiny bit of common sense.

      Then again, if the (spoiler alert) aliens can read minds, maybe they can control them a little too?  Maybe just enough to surpress higher reasoning and make everybody just malleable enough to fall for the ruse? 

      I guess the moral of the story is: Don’t try to explore planets with hostile mind controlling aliens. 

  2. Somebody I showed it to said: Classic pinup artists always were coming up with inventive ways of painting a girl’s clothes coming off, but this one is like a snapshot 0.5 seconds before a tragic roadkill accident.

    1.  The instantly-detaching, non-scooter-drivetrain-fouling breakaway skirt is part of the fantasy, just like those Art Frahm pinups where the woman whose panties’ elastic suddenly and catastrophically fails never trips over them and suffers severe facial injuries as she face-plants onto the sidewalk.

  3. That woman is seconds away from a very painful, possibly deadly – definitely sexy – accident. If she’s lucky, she’ll just lock up the back wheel skid to a controlled stop. More likely she’ll lay it down and slide a bit as her skin rips off her thighs before hitting her unprotected head on the curb or a passing car, suffering brain damage.

    1. More likely she’ll lay it down and slide a bit as her skin rips off her thighs before hitting her unprotected head on the curb or a passing car, suffering brain damage.

      Unlikely given that she’s obviously underwater.

    2. I prefer to think that it’s an extremely light silk wrap skirt, and will not lock up the rear wheel, but will just get pulled into the spokes. Failing this, I prefer to think that she is an oil painting, and therefore in no real danger!

  4. gorgeous gal on a bike … but, technical issues:
    She’s stomping on the gearshift, but NOT pulling the clutch lever – downshifting while riding FAST – AND her blue skirt is getting tangled into the rear wheel spokes – she’s about to go ass-over-teakettle over the handlebars.
    She may look good now – but she’s gonna be riding to the hospital inna few minutes …

  5. Man, the girl on the bike is almost a cool picture. Almost. It just makes me cringe. I do not think she would be killed or brain damaged. Most motorcycle accidents do not result in death or serious injury but this looks painful.  As noted above it is a good thing that she is an oil painting.

    The guys in the spaceship are worse. Did they not look out the window before they landed. It seams you would want a pretty good idea what you are landing on even if it is not on a group of kids playing in the park.

  6. Reading the Ray Bradbury cartoon, I was prepared to make ironic comments about the cliched story line, but this very familiar story works and works well, largely because it is so  well structured.  It builds and builds, and it would work as a comic book or it would work around the campfire.

    Not to ratfuck the whole thing, but it occurs to me that this same pacing is used in Bradbury’s “Zero Hour.” 

    Oh and in the second page of the comic, one of the astronauts has broomhandled Mauser, like Hans Solo. 

  7.  The girl on the bike IS amazing science fiction.
    How else could a picture from 1956 show a Yamaha Twin-Jet 100 YL1 from the mid 1960’s.

    1. Or that she doesn’t have a clutch lever or that the forks are misaligned with the handlebars. She’s really and truly screwed, but I will happily take time off to nurse her back to health when she gets out of hospital.

  8. That would be the perfect wall painting for a beach house in Florida, preferably mine! I’ll see you at ftlauderdalevideoguide

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