UFO Conjecture(s)

Monday, May 14, 2012

1943!

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Spanish UFO researcher Jose Antonio Caravaca provides us this illustration from 1943:
Such imagery influenced the flying saucer craze going forward (from 1943), did it not?

RR

9 Comments:

  • Hi Rich,

    Source? Origin?

    Cheers,
    Frank

    By Blogger Frank Warren, at Monday, May 14, 2012  

  • Frank...

    The illustrator's signature and date appear in the lower right-hand corner.

    (That's all I have.)

    Jose Caravaca will see your query and respond I hope...

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, May 14, 2012  

  • Frank ...

    The drawing was published in "Amazing Stories", July, 1943.

    Saludos...

    By Blogger jacarav@ca, at Monday, May 14, 2012  

  • It's a bloody good illustration by a talented artist; I'd like to see more of their work. The only other copy easily available is on Mori's site and he hasn't named the guy either.

    It seems prescient of much that follow: UFO dogfights, saucers and spheres.

    From there, if Caravaca's theory is somewhere near the flag, it's good evidence. Then again, from an artist's point of view, how else would you express the aircraft of aliens? Our modern artists (Jim Burns et al) have decades of saturated culture to draw from. They can tweak and evolve ideas from literally thousands of images.

    These guys from the early-20th Century didn't have all that to use. They developed their ideas from scratch and the alien aircraft grew in sophistication, or detail, in following years.

    So...as an artist...not wanting to put aliens in winged aircraft (pffftt!), what shape could be seen as 'wow alien?!' Something round and disc-like is pretty hard to avoid. As a shape,it also lends itself to dynamic movement and depth in the same way an airplane would.

    Still, the waltz between our creativity and the reported activities of UFOs seems as connected as ever. However, one would think the movie/TV conceptions of aliens and spacecraft would have a greater resonance in the reported sightings databases than all the lights, saucers-of-yore and looming triangles. Little green men are almost entirely absent from reveille - those duty dodging SoBs.

    By Blogger Kandinsky, at Tuesday, May 15, 2012  

  • The drawing is by "Julian" (1943), Kandinsky.

    I imagine one might trace the artist from the Amazing mag archives.

    (I'll look to see if we have Julian listed in our Sci-Fi artists books.)

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, May 15, 2012  

  • Hola Jose,

    Thanks for the quick response. I agree with Kandinsky's sentiment!

    Thank you (and Rich) for sharing it.

    Mis mejores deseos,
    Frank

    By Blogger Frank Warren, at Tuesday, May 15, 2012  

  • 1882!

    http://www.gloubik.info/livres/robida/images/robida-25.jpg

    By Blogger zoamchomsky, at Wednesday, May 16, 2012  

  • 30,000 B.C.

    http://others.homestead.com/30000.jpg

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, May 16, 2012  

  • http://others.homestead.com/30000.jpg

    You're joking, right? That's not more female genitalia, is it?

    Imagining a "flying saucer" in cave art is pareidolia at best. If we could see it in context....

    By Blogger zoamchomsky, at Friday, May 18, 2012  

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