We continue to update our extensive collection of the most inspiring and hard-to-find retro-futuristic images. As usual, we try to stay away from the well-known American pulp and book cover illustrations and instead focus on the artwork from some rather unlikely sources: Soviet and Eastern Bloc "popular tech & science" magazines, German, Italian, British fantastic illustrations and promotional literature - all from the Golden Age of Retro-Future (from 1930s to 1970s). Wait for images to load.
We'll start with a line-up of neat planetary vehicles, envisioned for "Project Sword" series. Here is a Moon Bus, powered entirely by crude oil:
You have to appreciate the lines of the "First Spaceship on Venus" (from the 1960 East Germany/Poland film):
Curious how such a cool vintage-streamlined rocket might look on the launch pad? Check out these scenes from a Russian cult-favorite movie "Nebo Zovyot", 1960 (remade by Roger Corman as "Battle Beyond the Sun"):
(left: "UFO" series; "Land of the Giants" vehicle is on the right)
(left: screenshot from "Space 1999"; right: from "Journey To The Far Side Of The Sun" - via)
(scenes from the German TV series "Orion Patrol" - via)
(scenes from the Russian movie "Planeta Bur: The Storm Planet" - see the whole movie here)
(Russian magazine covers from the 1950s and 1960s)
Great vintage designs from the cover of Hunt Collins' novel "Tomorrow and Tomorrow" (Hunt collins is a pen name of Evan Hunter, better known as Ed McBain) - left image. A curious one-man space platform from the cover of "Weird", Oct 1971 - on the right:
German rare sci-fi editions yield a peek inside a space port, spaceship maintenance and repair:
"The Next 50 Years on the Moon" (by Erik Bergaust, 1974) states that sometime between 1980 and 1990 we will have a permanent Lunar colony:
(German book covers in the 1960s-1970s)
Of course, no retro-future space art collection will be complete without a mention of Frank R. Paul - the king of science fiction illustration during the Age of Wonder (1930s-1940s). Here is his "City on Mars", 1940, and "The Golden City on Titan", 1941:
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