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Old 12-10-18, 04:03 PM
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Sci-fi comics of the 1950s...

Last month, I went through two DC Comics compilations from the 1950s, stuff I haven't read in decades, and was really impressed by the artwork, esp. in the science fiction stories. I then dug out my reprints of EC Comics' Weird Science from the '50s to compare the artwork. And then I started re-watching a bunch of 1950s color sci-fi films for further comparison.

So I wound up compiling a blog entry based on all these images, devoted to "Science Fiction Art of the 1950s: Comics, Film, TV":

https://briandanacamp.wordpress.com/...omics-film-tv/

Here's a surprisingly sophisticated DC page from that era, from 1954, with art by Virgil Finlay:



And here are the compilations that got me started on this:




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Old 12-10-18, 06:06 PM
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Re: Sci-fi comics of the 1950s...

Originally Posted by Ash Ketchum View Post
Last month, I went through two DC Comics compilations from the 1950s, stuff I haven't read in decades, and was really impressed by the artwork, esp. in the science fiction stories. I then dug out my reprints of EC Comics' Weird Science from the '50s to compare the artwork. And then I started re-watching a bunch of 1950s color sci-fi films for further comparison.

So I wound up compiling a blog entry based on all these images, devoted to "Science Fiction Art of the 1950s: Comics, Film, TV":

https://briandanacamp.wordpress.com/...omics-film-tv/

Here's a surprisingly sophisticated DC page from that era, from 1954, with art by Virgil Finlay:



And here are the compilations that got me started on this:



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Old 12-14-18, 03:40 PM
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Re: Sci-fi comics of the 1950s...

I agree the art looks very good for the 1950s. I think those comics were aimed at older readers than the superhero fare, hence the more realistic and modern-looking art style.
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