“Donaguirre” is a German artist whose lovely Art Deco-inspired posters typically implore citizens of the fictional Eldorado to buy war bonds to fund a three-way Cold War with Teutonian Empire in Europe and the Empire of Nikko across the Pacific. Continue reading “The Art of Donaguirre”
There is an obvious Sky Captain influence in Waldemar von Kozak’s art: big flying machines, robots, German villains. It feels more decodence than dark, Piecraftian dieselpunk, reminiscent of midcentury Modern Mechanix and Popular Science covers, yet his is also clearly a world at war. Continue reading “The Art of Waldemar von Kozak”
Kevin Conran is the mastermind behind dieselpunk classic Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. He designed everything from the interior and exterior sets to the movie’s characters, costumes, props and vehicles. Continue reading “The Sky Captain Concept Art of Kevin Conran”
Ghosts of Karnak is the third installment in George Mann’s Ghost series, set in 1920s New York.
I must admit that I haven’t read the first two books, but I found that to be no issue at all. There are only a few references to those and none make you feel like you can’t follow the plot. If anything, it has left me with a desire to pick up the other two books. Continue reading “Ghosts of Karnak”
From the official 1939 New York World’s Fair pamphlet:
The eyes of the Fair are on the future — not in the sense of peering toward the unknown nor attempting to foretell the events of tomorrow and the shape of things to come, but in the sense of presenting a new and clearer view of today in preparation for tomorrow; a view of the forces and ideas that prevail as well as the machines.
Agent Carter is one of Marvel’s recent additions to their cinematic universe. Peggy Carter was first introduced in Captain America: The First Avenger, not only as Captain Roger’s love interest but as a lady of flawless class, style and competence. It’s no surprise the character became loved enough to earn her own TV series.
The time is 1946 and things have radically changed for Peggy. Where she was a valued part of anti-Hydra and -Nazi actions during World War II, she is now the sole female field agent of the Strategic Scientific Reserve — and grossly overlooked by her male co-workers. Continue reading “Agent Carter”
The Rocketeer returns from the presses of IDW Publishing with an all-new adventure. This time he’s not alone but teams up with that other beloved dieselpunk pulp hero: Will Eisner’s The Spirit.
Which is great news for fans of both heroes, as this particular crossover is pretty brilliant.
Even though it combines two very different settings, the author and artists do a fantastic job representing both and combining these worlds in a realistic fashion that does the two of them justice. Continue reading “The Rocketeer and The Spirit: Pulp Friction”
It’s the fourth installment of IDW Publishing’s revamped Rocketeer series already and, to be honest, I’m still not sure where they’re taking it. I’m not even sure I like what they’re doing to the much beloved pulp superhero.
It’s not so much the fact that every story they change writers and artists that irks me. There is a lot of talent out there and it’s great that different people get a stab at The Rocketeer. As long as they’re competent storytellers and make excellent art, I’m fine with it. Continue reading “Rocketeer: Hollywood Horror”
Occasionally a book comes along that is a must-have for the library of any dieselpunk. Joshua Zeitz’ Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern is one of those books.
Beginning with the court case of Eugenia Kelly in 1915, Zeitz takes the reader on a wild journey of personalities, history and socio-economic forces to show the amazing rise and fall of the flapper phenomenon of the 1920s. While this may sound dry, it’s anything but. Zeitz’ writing is enthralling and holds the reader from front to back. In Flapper, he paints a dynamic picture that’s captivating in its presentation. Continue reading “Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity and the Women Who Made America Modern”