Friday, March 07, 2008

The 450th Microphonium Blog Post

In case you like to keep track of numbers, this is the 450th post to the microphonium blog. There are dozens of posts about Naked Eye, Crowley and Tripp, Roswellite, nanotechnology, ribbon microphones, vintage microphones, and RCA 77DX mics as well in this blog.

None of that is any excuse at all to upload this science fiction image by an artist unknown to me, but here it is. Apparently, male and female alien superbeings make a spectacular appearance on a destroyed earth, probably near a Baltimore train station, or somewhere along the B&O RailRoad line. The girl trying to leave the phone booth could have just arrived from Cleveland on track 13, and frozen at 5:13pm. "Oh well" seems to be the reaction of blase female superbeing in her tights, boots and pointed helmet. The black collar completes the outfit.I have seen many bizarre things in Maryland before, but none like this. One thing is for sure: these aliens are fitness freaks or know good plastic surgeons. I don't own it, and I don't know where or who the file came from. If it is yours and you object to it being shown, let me know and I will take it down. Until then, click on the image for a closer view.


Anonymous said...

"female superbeing in her tights, boots and pointed helmet."

Boots and helmet, sure. But it looks to me more like body paint she's wearing instead of clothes.

Bob Crowley said...

Hmmm, didn't think of that. I assume this was painted in the 30s or 40s. possibly the early 50s. Anyway the world needs some good examples of fit superbeings, don't you think?

Not only is this a particularly well done scifi scene, but it's also a rather beautifully done figure, if not a bit exaggerated. The modeling and light on the thigh and face are a real pro job. When we took figure painting in art school, this is what we wished we could do with the brush. Haddon Sundblom, one of my favorite mid century painters, nailed these kinds of subjects with ease.

I forgot to mention the cuffs, something Mrs Peel in The Avengers would have liked.