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Cacique Caribe04 Feb 2018 6:39 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?




79thPA Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2018 7:01 a.m. PST

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

WarWizard04 Feb 2018 7:03 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


Personal logo Cardinal Ximenez Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2018 7:04 a.m. PST

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

Cacique Caribe04 Feb 2018 7:05 a.m. PST


You da man! Thanks so much.


wolvermonkey04 Feb 2018 7:33 a.m. PST

Damn, now I wanna read that book.

Cacique Caribe04 Feb 2018 7:44 a.m. PST

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


rvandusen Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2018 7:48 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.

mjkerner04 Feb 2018 8:20 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.

Cacique Caribe04 Feb 2018 8:44 a.m. PST

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


Winston Smith04 Feb 2018 9:46 a.m. PST

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

cosmicbank04 Feb 2018 11:07 a.m. PST

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

Chris Palmer04 Feb 2018 12:55 p.m. PST

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


Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian04 Feb 2018 2:42 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 4:35 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 5:29 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 6:00 p.m. PST

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

Hey You04 Feb 2018 6:44 p.m. PST


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

Personal logo Narratio Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2018 8:06 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.

Cacique Caribe05 Feb 2018 3:34 a.m. PST


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. :)

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The Shadow05 Feb 2018 7:58 a.m. PST


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

Cacique Caribe05 Feb 2018 5:53 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. :)


Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2018 6:36 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!

Cacique Caribe05 Feb 2018 7:33 p.m. PST


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



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