[DWJ] Space squids and other monsters

Jenny Schwartzberg schwartzbergj at newberry.org
Tue Apr 21 11:26:41 EDT 2009

Good point Charlie!  I do think that may have played into this.  I'm 
remembering Jules Verne and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.  I think some 
of the covers for that book may have had similar images.  It was first 
published in French in 1869-1870 and translated into English in 1872.  
The pulp cover artists of the 1930s might have had childhoods in the 
1880s and 1890s when books with illustrations like that were around, to 
influence their imaginations decades later....


Charlie Butler wrote:
> 2009/4/21 Jenny Schwartzberg <schwartzbergj at newberry.org>:
>>> Coming late into this conversation, I did want to say that many old pulp
>> magazine covers portrayed weird squid- or octopi-looking monsters
>> threatening people and spaceships.
> Interesting. Were they consciously recycling older pictures of squid-like
> monsters attacking sailing ships, do you think? (As here -
> http://homepage.mac.com/topcover/blog/images/kraken3.jpg
> <http://homepage.mac.com/topcover/blog/images/kraken3.jpg>-
> and many other places.)
> Charlie

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