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Worlds of Fantasy, indeed
Super Science Stories One Against Time Land of the Burning Sea
Hydra Worlds of Fantasy #12 Planet Stories

MIT is building a better, form-fitting spacesuit...

I so want to give her a ray gun.

Click any image to access the larger version(s) on my flickr site. Many thanks go to stochasticgirl for the nerd lust.
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From: uruz Date: July 20th, 2007 11:51 am (UTC) (Link)
The popularized depiction of women's beauty was weird in the 20's.
komos From: komos Date: July 20th, 2007 12:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think most of these covers are from the 50's.
From: uruz Date: July 20th, 2007 12:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Really? Marylin Monroe came out of the second quarter of that century and doesn't look anything like those depictions. I can see how they're trying but are holding to earlier ideals.

komos From: komos Date: July 20th, 2007 12:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Marilyn would not have been Marilyn without the bullet bra.
futurenurselady From: futurenurselady Date: July 20th, 2007 01:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Planet Stories art does have a Marilyn look...think of her Playboy photos.

The woman on the Malcom Jameson one has a very Judy Garland look.
komos From: komos Date: July 20th, 2007 01:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think it's probably a good idea to remember that the Marilyn/Mansfield look was just one aesthetic from the period.

Incidentally, the Jameson dates to 1946 or so. ^_^
coraline From: coraline Date: July 20th, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
you're right, she totally needs a ray gun.

and that's the first time i've ever thought that that sculpture was anything less than an eyesore... it kind of goes with the retrofuturistic thing though, not sure why.

(i love the word retrofuturistic.)
komos From: komos Date: July 20th, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love the word retrofuturistic because it lets me say things like, "The Future of the Past is NOW."
cook_ting From: cook_ting Date: July 20th, 2007 01:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
So deliciously pulpy. I have to admit, the women on the covers are creeping me out a little bit. Something about heavily styled hair and predatory levels of eye make-up...

As to the suit, awesome. Skinsuits are totally the way forward in space, just ask the Cyberpunk 2020 supplement Deep Space. I'm a dork.
komos From: komos Date: July 20th, 2007 01:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am so down with technology resembling speculative fiction. Hell, I think half of the success of the iPod (and now iPhone) is based on the fact that either would be entirely at home on the set of the Next Gen. When we start getting stuff that looks like pulp? It's frickin' awesome.
cook_ting From: cook_ting Date: July 20th, 2007 02:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love technology that looks like it belongs in the distant year 2007, rather than the majority of design abortions that hit the shelves. Who decided it was blue LEDs all around for machinery?

I can imagine keeping a small directional jet like an air horn attached to the belt of that suit for quick EVAs. It'll be even better when the helmet has a good future HUD.
komos From: komos Date: July 21st, 2007 04:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Bad design hurts everyone. I mean, what happens if the helmet HUD runs off of blue LEDs?
champignon From: champignon Date: July 20th, 2007 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love it! Non-frumpy space-suits!

Those covers make me happy, too.
komos From: komos Date: July 21st, 2007 05:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
A giant leap forward, perhaps?
cayetana From: cayetana Date: July 20th, 2007 03:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
A great place to see more of this kind of sci-fi nostalgia(?) is the Sci-Fi Museum in Seattle. (You know, if you're ever in the neighborhood.) I was very impressed by the commentary on the history of sci-fi that you encounter as you go through the museum. It was very thorough and insightful. It has a whole section on sci-fi "babes" and what that meant in the context of the time and such.

Anyway, just a random heads up.
komos From: komos Date: July 21st, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've actually wanted to get out to the Pacific NW for a while now. I'm guessing that I'm a couple years off of a proper visit, but there's much planning that can be done in the meantime.

It's been way too long. We should hang out soon.
tarotchan From: tarotchan Date: July 21st, 2007 07:46 am (UTC) (Link)
DUDE!!! awesomness!!!!!!! Rita Ray-Gun! ROCK.
komos From: komos Date: July 21st, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
There's more to share, but man did that story make my day. It's funny, though... although I've a very clear image in my head of a woman in a form-fitting suit wielding a ray gun, but the actual art is surprisingly hard to find. Took me the better part of a week to find these.
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