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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2018 5:39 a.m. PST

What's the story behind this painting? Who is that hero?

Is it part of a magazine cover, a stand-alone piece or something else?

Thanks.

Dan

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79thPA Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2018 6:01 a.m. PST

It looks like it should be a mass market paperback cover from the 60s or 70s.

WarWizard04 Feb 2018 6:03 a.m. PST

I believe that is the cover of the paperback novel
"The Solar Invasion" published 1968.
Check this link for image of the novel cover
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Don Manser04 Feb 2018 6:04 a.m. PST

Well done. I was delayed by the ever popular "Verify your email" ritual.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2018 6:05 a.m. PST

WarWizard

You da man! Thanks so much.

Dan

wolvermonkey04 Feb 2018 6:33 a.m. PST

Damn, now I wanna read that book.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2018 6:44 a.m. PST

And I wanna learn how to make some of those centipede-like tentacles!

Dan

rvandusen Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2018 6:48 a.m. PST

Nice! I've now found another Weird Fiction author to read. Wellman wrote SF, sword and sorcery, and horror tales. He was not part of Lovecraft's circle – slightly too young – but afterward he continued some Mythos inspired tales set in Appalachia.

mjkerner Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2018 7:20 a.m. PST

Dan, I'm pretty sure I've seen some plastic fern-like plants that would work for those tentacles. You'd have to mock up the suction pads, but that might be as simple as a deftly applied heated metal paper clip or some such.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2018 7:44 a.m. PST

I've looked, but will keep on looking. The centipede vines/tentacles in the painting definitely do look awesome.

Dan

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2018 8:46 a.m. PST

"Manly Wade Wellman".
Now, that's a name!

cosmicbank04 Feb 2018 10:07 a.m. PST

the name does say it all on the tin doesn't it

Chris Palmer04 Feb 2018 11:55 a.m. PST

If you wait until Halloween, Dollar Tree sells bags of centipedes that would be perfect for those tentacles…

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Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian04 Feb 2018 1:42 p.m. PST

Damn, now I wanna read that book.

Problem is, in Sci fi the cover often has nothing to do with the content of the book.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2018 3:35 p.m. PST

Virtual, not necessarily so. Yeah, the old joke was "cover illustrators can't read: blurb writers CAN read, but have not read the book."

Frazetta, however could and did read the books he did covers for. I haven't found a synopsis of The Solar Invasion yet, but it's a Captain Future story, so the male there would be Captain Future himself (Curtis Newton) the robot would be Grag, who was a series regular, and one of the females would be Future's main squeeze, Planetary Police Agent Joan Randell.

Now I want to read them. Those stories are so old they'd have a proper Mars in them with canals and ancient civilizations, instead of that rather depressing place we keep getting pictures of lately.

The Shadow04 Feb 2018 4:29 p.m. PST

WOW! The ladies don't have the massive hips and behinds that Frazetta usually drew. I really like this painting!

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2018 5:00 p.m. PST

And I checked. Dan, you can get it on kindle. "Captain Future #20, The Solar Invasion."

Hey You04 Feb 2018 5:44 p.m. PST

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There is the story in the original Startling Stories as it was meant to be.

Personal logo Narratio Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2018 7:06 p.m. PST

And again +1 for Robert. There is a proper Mars and there there is the real Mars. And we all know which one we want.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2018 2:34 a.m. PST

Shadow

To each his own, I guess. There are many of us who, given the choice, will still prefer Frazetta's curvy women over Vallejo's more manly, hmm I mean, muscular ones. :)

Dan
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The Shadow05 Feb 2018 6:58 a.m. PST

Dan

Curvey, like Sofia Vergara is very nice. Too me, many of Frazetta's women just look overweight.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2018 4:53 p.m. PST

Lol. Sofia with or without her implants? :)

Seeing as how Marilyn Monroe is still considered a hot sex symbol by many, even today, I can see why Frazetta's style makes perfect sense to some of the same people. :)

Dan

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2018 5:36 p.m. PST

I stumbled upon a Captain Future novel not too long ago (by Edmund Hamilton, too). It was a hoot, with all the over-the-top bombast one expects from a space version of Doc Savage (more or less). I just may have to track down other examples of this series; I had no idea it had so many titles!

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2018 6:33 p.m. PST

Guys

These little guys would rock even if used alongside 15mm (or bigger) human figures, don't you think?

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Dan

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