Sci-fi Sketchbook

Picking up where I left off in my last post,
some doodles from my sketchbook.
A voyage to Planetoid Pluto:

Notice in the 4th and 5th frames, the red landing capsule… another tribute to sci-fi from an earlier era:  Adrift in the Stratosphere. The type is hand-rendered.

The cover on the right is the original. The one on the left is of a later edition — and is the colour version of an interior illustration from the original. Both illustrations are by George W. Blow who illustrated many covers of Air Stories magazine in the 1930s and later became Technical Art Director at Popular Mechanics magazine in the 1960s.

Adrift was a childhood favorite of mine… Actually, it was my father’s book, which I inherited, and somehow lost along the way. In my quest for a replacement I saw copies as cheap as $2 and copies as expensive as $100. I picked mine up at a price somewhere in between.

You can see more of George W. Blow’s work and an abundance of other pulp imagery here.

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