Artzybasheff anti-Nazi scans from Life




(Click on thumbnails for enlargement) James Lileks kindly dug into his cache of old Life magazines and scanned some more Boris Artzybasheff artwork. These three images depicting the nightmarishness of Nazism are mind-blowing.

Those old Life editors sure were a bunch of cool guys to run this stuff in a national general interest magazine. Maybe the magic mushrooms that Time Life founder Henry Luce took had a trickle down effect that inspired the editors to run Artzybasheff's work.

Lileks says: "Note how the swastikas look like the limbs of Alien face-huggers; I wonder if H. R. Giger saw his work growing up, and it had the same impression on him as a copy of Playboy to ordinary kids. Would explain a lot. "