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Shadowland covers

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Not the horror magazine, this is an earlier American title that ran from 1919 to 1923. Shadowland covered the arts in general with a preference for stage and film. The thing that immediately sets it apart from other film magazines of the period is the cover art by AM Hopfmuller; many of the paintings resemble theatre backdrops or backgrounds for animated films. The Internet Archive doesn’t have a complete run, unfortunately—the examples here are from volumes 1, 7 and 8—but more of Hopfmuller’s work may be found on other sites. The magazine interiors are also worth a browse for their colour plates and art photographs. (Thanks to Kristian for the tip!)

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Bosch details

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In which the indelible strangeness of Hieronymus Bosch’s triptych, The Garden of Earthly Delights (c. 1490–1510), is presented to us in the highest resolution. (I should say presented again since Google’s Art Project/Cultural Institute/whatever-it’s-called-this-week had a browsable version of their own in 2009 but this seems to have vanished. So much for the primacy of the Googleverse, etc, etc.) I’d always encourage people to see paintings in situ when possible but it remains a fact that very old and well-known works of art are difficult to study for any length of time in a crowded gallery. The more valuable works are also closely guarded by attendants who dissuade anyone from getting too close to those fragile surfaces, so it’s left to books or websites such as this one to give us the details. Not all paintings warrant this kind of attention, of course, but the crowded panels of Bosch and Brueghel the Elder certainly do. In addition to wandering among the figures you can also opt for a guided tour although bear in mind that the meaning (if any) of many of these details has never been resolved. Via MetaFilter.

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Previously on { feuilleton }
Jacques Brissot’s Hay Wain
Magnifying the Prado

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Source: http://j.mp/1WbnvRP

Captain Marvel and the V-1

JF Ptak Science Books  Quick Post

Captain Marvel was once upon a time in the 1940’s a superhero more popular than Superman, though Superman is the obvious victor over time (and a long time at that). I don’t know what Captain Marvel is doing here hawking a paper punch-out flying “buzz bomb”, particularly since it seems to have been produced during WWII.1 It does seem unlikely to me that a flying toy modeled on the buzz bomb would be sold to kids during the war. After all, the “buzz bomb” was the German advanced weapon called the V-1, or Vergeltungswaffe 1, (“retaliation”, or “vengeance” weapon), or Fieseler Fi 103,  or Doodlebug, and was a flying bomb (on the order of a very primitive cruise missile guided by a gyroscope autopilot) launched against population centers in England by the Nazis during the June 1944-January 1945 period.  The bomb was about 27’ long and 17’ wide, weighed 4,700 pounds, and reached 400 mph with an 1,800 pound warhead.  Thousands of people were killed in the 8,000+ sorties of this foul-sounding beast–there was only a general sense of where it was going and where it might land, so the death and destruction it caused was indiscriminate.  Given all of this I’m assuming that the guesses on the year of production of this are wrong, and that it is a post-war bit, which would be in less bad taste than had it been actually produced in wartime.  It seems to me that most superhero/action hero types were busy punching Hitler or some such thing, and not selling a toy based on Hitler’s weapons when they were actually killing thousands.  In any event, I’m sharing this unusual image with its unusual story. 

 

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Notes:

 1. Most sites that I’ve seen selling this thing stipulate the age as “1940’s), while the history department at Ohio State University (http://j.mp/1Wbnxt5) states 1944.  I have my doubts about that.  Also the typography looks wrong for 1944. 

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By: JF Ptak Science Books
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Source: http://j.mp/1T47eic