Δ 057 – Tube Twins

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This image is a cutout detail (heavily blown up) from the cover of a modern edition of Twin Of The Amazon, a 1948 pulp novel from the 27-volume Golden Amazon series, by author John Russell Fearn:

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According to the International Science Fiction Database, the full cover art shown directly above is by artist Ron Turner and was scanned from a 1998 re-release edition of the book. Turner’s career credits begin in 1950 and continued through his death in 1998, so it is clear that this cover could not have appeared on the original 1948 edition of the book. However, both Wikipedia and the ISFDB indicate there was also a 1954 edition. The Wikipedia entry for Ron Turner, though, suggests he did not begin drawing cover art for Gryphon Books until the 1990s, leading to the conclusion that this artwork is quite modern. Indeed, the cover of one 1954 edition seen here is far less lurid:

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Original post here. Image provenance by Bacchus at ErosBlog.

Δ 055 – Brain-In-A-Jar Villain

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The source Tumblr post in this animation’s current Tumblr chain of provenance includes the tags “#bare knuckle 3 #sega #mega drive”, suggesting that the animation is from scenes included in the 1994 Sega console game Streets of Rage 3 (titled Bare Knuckle III in Japan) for the Sega Genesis (released in Japan in 1988 as the Mega Drive).

A video of the final scenes of the game (in which a player first defeats the final sub-boss before entering the room shown in this animation) may be viewed on Youtube. Before confronting the ultimate boss monster, the player has a short text conversation with the brain in the jar, who is called “Mr. X.” The player asks Mr. X “Do you expect to run the city from a glass phial?” Mr. X says “Yes, traitor, let me show you how!” and then the final toughest robot combat minion appears. In the fight the brain’s jar is broken and Dr. X then says “I’m dying. Please help me.”

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Original post here. Image provenance by Bacchus at ErosBlog.

Δ 052 – Clothing-Specific Solvent “Accident”

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The artwork above is a cropped version of a taller page:

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There is a medallion in the lower right of the image that includes “Natsuhiko” which is appears to be (and is) the name of the artist. A much larger version of the artwork (2325×3377) is linked from a page here that confirms Natsuhiko as the artist. An artist profile for Natsuhiko (夏彦) leads us to the artist’s Pixiv presence and thence to his blog in Japanese.

At one site where the image is found, it’s identified as belonging to an image pool called “Dengeki Moeoh 2013-02”. It seems likely that this refers to, and thus that the image was published in, the 2nd issue from 2013 of the manga magazine Dengeki Moeoh, which Wikipedia identifies as a bimonthly special edition of the related magazine Dengeki Daioh.

Original post here. Image provenance by Bacchus at ErosBlog.

Δ 046 – Project 513 Going Badly

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Visible in this image are the words “Project 513” and the url “huntang.artstation.com”. That URL leads to the web page for the artist Angelina Stroganova from Moscow, Russia. This image is visible there along with a grayscale version of the same art. This artist also has a presence on Deviant Art where the same artwork appears.

Although there are several references to Project 513 in connection with other artworks on this artist’s pages, I was unable to find any information in English on the significance of the Project 513 name or what it represents.

Original post here. Image provenance by Bacchus at ErosBlog.

Δ 033 Grimly Reaping

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This, obviously, is a promotional poster for a movie called The Living Dead. According to IMDB, the movie was originally released in the UK in 1934 as The Scotland Yard Mystery. It was released in 1935 in the United States, followed by a 1936 re-release as The Living Dead.

The text visible on the poster reads:

“The Living Dead, with Gerald du Maurier, George Curzon, Belle Christall. From a play by Wallace Geoffrey. Directed by Thomas Bentley. Alliance Films. A First Division release.”

The IMDB storyline summation is “A mad scientist devises a formula that puts people into a zombie-like trance to do his bidding.” An IMDB user review explains that the villain “has developed a serum that puts people in a death-like state. Once “dead”, they can collect their life insurance money and he gets his share.”

A high-quality gallery here includes a second poster by (seemingly) the same artist for this movie:

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Sadly, no information about the artist who painted these posters seems to be available. The Wallace Geoffrey credited on the posters for writing the underlying play has 13 actor credits for movies between 1931 and 1938; he also is known to have written a play (with Basil Mitchell) called The Perfect Woman that was performed in London in 1949 and made into a BBC Sunday Night Theater episode in 1956.

Image provenance by Bacchus at ErosBlog.

Δ 024 – This Won’t Hurt Much

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Q: Almost certainly young Dr. Herbert West, but who drew it?

A: The earliest source in this image’s current Tumblr chain of provenances is this post at Uncanny And Slightly Spooky. The tags found there include #herbert west, #re-animator, and #jeffrey combs, confirming that this is indeed an image of Dr. Herbert West, the character played by Jeffrey Combs in the 1985 sci-fi horror comedy Re-Animator. According to Wikipedia, Re-Animator was a film adaptation of a 1922 H.P. Lovecraft short story called Herbert West — Reanimator.

Although the artwork as found at Uncanny And Slightly Spooky appears unsigned, additional tags at that source include #i recently discovered jeffrey combs films, #and now i’m completely hooked, #expect lots of nerdy horror boy fanart in the near future, and #fanart. Taken together, these tags strongly suggest that the artist is the operator of that Tumblr blog. A quick look starting at the front page currently shows additional work in the same style with tags that are clearly by the artist.

The Tumblr itself offers just a few clues to the artist’s identity, but they are sufficient. The url prefix is “eckses” and a theme element says “Maltese. Does art stuff.” There’s a DeviantArt artist called eckses whose art appears similar and whose profile identifies him as from Malta. It appears near-certain that “eckses” is the artist who created this image.

Original post here. Image provenance by Bacchus at ErosBlog.

Δ 015 – Casket Specimen

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This artwork is cropped from the front cover of Strange Fantasy, August 1952:

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You can view the entire comic online here. An even larger scan of this cover (a different copy of the comic, with different color balance in the scan and different cover damage) is visible here, via this page.

Even the most detailed comics databases do not seem to contain confirmed information on who painted the cover art for this publication, although “Iger Shop” is listed in what seems to be a speculative fashion. “Iger shop” refers, according to this detailed comics index, to “Jerry Iger’s New York City comic art studio that produced art for a number of publishers.” So an “Iger shop” credit would seem to translate to “we know where the art came from, but not who created it.”

Original post here. Image provenance by Bacchus at ErosBlog.

Δ 014 – Eerie Tube Girl

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This artwork is cropped from the covers of an Eerie Mysteries magazine:

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This page suggests that only four issues of Eerie Mysteries ever appeared, in 1938 and 1939. It appears (although the scan is indistinct) that the cover above may be from the February 1939 issue. No artist information seems to be available, although it is known that Norman Saunders illustrated the cover of the August 1938 issue.

Original post here. Image provenance by Bacchus at ErosBlog.