Happy International Dinosaur Day!


Today, we observe International Dinosaur Day!

The first recorded discover of dinosaur fossils occurred in 1820 and, since then, dinosaur remains have been found on all seven continents.  According to CheckiDay: “Richard Owen, an English anatomist, came up with the word “Dinosauria” in 1842. The word comes from the Greek word “deinos,” meaning terrible or fearfully great, and “sauros,” meaning reptile or lizard. He applied the term to three animals that fossilized bones had been found of over the previous few decades.”

The best way to observe today is to go down to a museum and take a look at the fantastic creatures who inhabited this planet before human beings came along.  But if you can’t get to a museum today, check out these magazine and paperback covers below.  Not surprisingly, dinosaurs were very popular with the pulps.  Here’s just a few of them:

by Alex Schomburg

by CC Senf

by Earle Bergey

by Hans Wessolowski

by Thomas Beecham

by Earle Bergey

by Ed Emshwiller

The Aliens Are Here!


The Aliens are here!  They were spotted flying over California earlier tonight night and lighting up the sky.  The official story is that everyone was just seeing Trident missiles.  Watch the video below and judge for yourself.

I don’t know about you but it sure looks like aliens to me!  What might our new alien overlords be like?  Here’s how some others imagined this moment.

(By Alex Schomburg)

(By Alex Schomburg)

(By Allen Gustav Anderson)

(By Allen Gustav Anderson)

By Ally Fell

By Ally Fell

(Artist Unknown)

(Artist Unknown)

(Artist Unknown)

(Artist Unknown)

(Artist Unknown)

(Artist Unknown)

(By Earle Bergey)

(By Earle Bergey)

(By Edmond Swiatek)

(By Edmond Swiatek)

(By Gabriel Mayorga)

(By Gabriel Mayorga)

Whatever you may look like, welcome to Earth!

Artist Profile: Alex Schomburg (1905 — 1998)


Schomburg

Alex Schomburg was born into a prosperous family in Puerto Rico in 1905.  He moved to New York City in the early 1920s and worked as a freelance artist with his three brothers.  Much of Schomburg’s early freelance work was for Timely Comics, which would later become known as Marvel Comics.  While working for Timely, Schomburg illustrated covers featuring such iconic comic book heroes as Capt. America and the Human Torch.  In the early 1950s, Schomburg left the comics industry and spent the rest of his career doing cover art for science fiction publications.

A small sampling of his work can be found below.

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