Dare to Rare

Today we dive right into the pulp. Sticking strictly to the ‘Dare-Devil Aces’ magazine of the inter to World War Two period, we still have more than enough awesome to play with. Starting with the Japanese ATTACK on New York, being defended by the US Navy (fair enough) but also a handsome assist by the…

Fearsome Fiery FEE

An exciting magazine cover today. I picked it because it’s rare to see any major feature of a Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.2b (the ‘Fee’) but it’s fun for other reasons too. The artwork is by Vic Prezio for Air War Stories No. 3, published by Dell, from March – May 1965. In 1965 there were…

Card Game Biplane

Lots of games and toys have representative ‘aeroplanes’ within them. Here’s one for the App Solitare by Mobility Ware from my phone. This is a biplane (so extra points) and while it ‘cheats’ by changing the dimensions of some cards to fill some bits of the structure, I think it captures the spirit of both…

White Star – Red Stars

Today’s Poster is another on the Soviet aviation’s soaring air forces tmeme, as seen earlier here. Entitled ‘Glory to the Soviet Aviators!’ by a B. Reshetnikov, it’s a remarkable array of then current (1973) Soviet aircraft, stretching back to even before the revolution of 1917, with the lowest left aircraft being one of the pre-Great…

Bomber Blackened Sky

A remarkable print today, thanks to regular correspondent Gregory Alegi. A very evocative, dark (literally and figuratively) image of Caproni Ca.3 trimotor bombers approaching an industrial centre. So dense are they they’ve achieved the cliche of ‘turning the sky black’. Initially, due to the use of the black block I thought it was a woodcut,…

Killer in a Harry Tate

Today’s Poster. From Heritage Auctions, a newspaper strip featuring Great war ace Captain F.R. McCall, and drawn by American artist Clayton Knight. This was one of a series of posters, I chose this one because it shows a typical final artwork as photo-reproduced for newspaper publication, and it features an ace with an unusual career, as…

Power’s Swirl

Today is a 1935 linocut, the original print being just over a foot square. A dramatic and dynamic work, by Cyril E Power, it fits well with his oeuvre, many of the linocuts featuring dynamic, swirling, moving shapes inside a square frame. It’s entitled ‘air raid’, which is interesting as it would be better entitled…

Clash of Symbolic Eagles

Today’s Poster is an incredibly strong design, the equal in some ways of the ‘Your Country Needs You’ Kitchener / Uncle Sam example, though I’m sure this is far less well known. The poster was created by Charles Livingston Bull, 1874 – 1932,  and produced by the Alpha Litho. Co., Inc., N.Y. Taking advantage of…

Airship Tension

Two artworks showing the experience of operating airships in the Great War, one from the German side, the other from the British. John Lavery’s, ‘A Convoy, North Sea, 1918’ gives a good feel of the vertiginous experience of being suspended between sea and sky while providing an anti-U-Boat patrol over a merchant ship convoy. While…

Garish Harry

A pulp magazine cover. This one, from ‘Air Stories’ magazine of the inter war period features much promise in the text, but I’ve chosen it because it features a reasonably accurately drawn Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8, known to its crews as a ‘Harry Tate’ after the music hall comedian of the era. But. The shape’s…