Monster of the Day #761

Man, that’s just…gorgeous. Surely someone could make as a good of a living these days just painting things like this and selling the originals and prints?

No spiders tomorrow, but the general theme continues.

  • Gamera977

    I hate you Kumonga or Speiga or whatever the hell your name is. Why must you always take all the cute gals for yourself? Leave some for your turtle buddy bud.

  • The Rev.

    That thing has the most complicated head I have ever seen. Only by figuring out that that scaly thing is a tongue was I able to make any sense out of what I was looking at, and even now it’s still confusing.

  • That’s probably the best cover all week in terms of over all talent. Not nearly as goofy fun as the others, but still neat.

  • Eric Hinkle

    Man how I love the art for the old pulp covers. I don’t know how true it is, but there’s supposedly some long-standing legend that sometimes the covers got painted first and then it was shown to the mag’s stable of writers and then one of them would come up with a story to accommodate it.

  • Gamera977

    I thought it was a giant bee the at first glance. Looks like a mix of spider, insect, and the painter’s imagination. Not as goofy as Tuesday’s ‘spider’ though I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing!

  • Assuming that’s The Prince of Mars Returns, they’re selling the original story on Kindle. The cover they’re using there isn’t nearly as interesting.

  • Flangepart

    TERMITES INVADE NEW YORK…and boy, are they pissed!

  • Ken_Begg

    No, no, “Termanites.” Completely different.

  • Rock Baker

    Actually, I think some artists do. Sometimes it has to be commissioned, but I think I’ve seen Bob Eggleton and Courtney Skinner doing this kind of thing.

  • sandra

    Looks like the Prince of Mars returned just in time to zap the Termanites ( which sound to me like some sort of giant termite/whatever hybrid.

  • Flangepart

    D’OH! Ya- ya, them’s the ones with the jackhammers.

  • Luke Blanchard

    I read the story at Project Gutenberg Australia. “The Prince of Mars Returns” is much like an Edgar Rice Burroughs story, but very uninspired. The hero journeys to Mars in a spaceship, and the Martians, who are backward compared to us but descended from humans who migrated to Mars from “Atl Antin” (Atlantis), decide he’s a returned legendary hero. The monster appears early in the story and is described as “a gigantic yellow-green spider”. The woman is depicted as she’s described in the tale. The tube she’s holding is a weapon that fires a projectile. The Termanites story is apparently a different one, “New York Fights the Termanites” by Bertrand L. Shurtleff, but I can’t find it online.