So This Is The Future?

robbyIt’s the end of
May, 2017 ??

Already ?

Somehow I
just woke up
today and
here I was.

this is the
future, huh?

Where have
I heard that
expression before ?

Well, I must say,
now that I’ve seen it,
I’m majorly disappointed
in the future.

For one thing,
the popular music
here really sucks.c1

I really don’t get
how an electric drum kit,
a no-talent moron
making bad rhymes,
a scratchy record,
and a blasting subwoofer
qualifies as anything
but pure suck-age.
Think about the
talented people
who have called
themselves musicians
from the previous recent generations —

the Jimi Hendrix’s,
the Frank Sinatra’s
the Otis Redding’s,
the Janis Joplin’s,
the Sam Cooke’s,
the Johnny Cash’s, lemmy
the Ray Charles’s …..

Wouldn’t they all
be rolling around
in their graves listening
to the crap
they’re playing now?

All except for Lemmy,
who I expected would
come back as a zombie
and kick the lame bastards’
asses for ’em.

As I said,
Pure suckage.

the lingerie they make now.

I thought that z1
rayon and lycra were
gonna be futuristic.

Nope –

Cheesy looking and
cut like no woman’s figure
is ever gonna be good enough
to make it look right.

Right out, man.

‘Cause here in the future,
they want girls and boys
to look the same.

who knew that
in the future,
you woulda had 1000
choices for president,
and not one of them
who would even make
a good dog catcher..

although several woulda
made good dictators, I guess.

any minute,
I’m expecting Ming the Merciless
to throw his hat in the ring.

I won’t even mention
our-Nixon-wanna-be again.
But what I really
find a bummer is the lack
of all the cool space-age
stuff they promised us
when we was kids.

Where’s my space
disintegrator gun|
and helmet?


Considering the level of
social mayhem already
going on,
maybe we don’t need
more stuff like that.

Ok, then,
but what about my
Amazing New Secret Code
Vibra-Planet planetSpace Walkie-Talkies from which
I would derive
thrills and fun galore?

I could definitely
use some thrills
and fun galore,
especially for only a buck.

And I bet the Feds wouldn’t
even need to spend millions
of bucks for the code to listen in.

That certainly saves future time
and inconvenience.

And the secret on how this thing works
without batteries or electric is quite simple.

It’s exactly the same principle chemistry
as two tomato cans and a tight string.

But more futuristic.
Much more.

As a matter of fact,
the emphasis of form
over substance
makes me think
it would sell really
good today.

Awww, well….
I guess I’ll just have to adjust my attitude.

After all,
they still got pin ups in the future.



The Art of Margaret Brundage

readAnybody who has seen
and appreciated the works
of the classic pin-up artists
like Gil Elvgren,
George Petty,
Enoch Bolles, etc,
might get to thinking
that their styles
were the only ones
popular during that period —

and I think even collectors
grow to have certain expectationsa1
of what defines vintage ‘pin-up’
or ‘alluring’ art , I guess….

one discovers the work of
Margaret Brundage.

In that instant,
you realize:

‘ which one of these things
is not like the others ‘ —

Technically, of course,

Brundage is most remembered
as a ‘pulp illustrator’:a1a1a

She was best known
for her cover art
on the pulp magazine
“Weird Tales” —

and for her “True Crime” covers.

During her artistic peak,
between 1930 and 1940,
she created over 50 covers for them–

— being paid less than $100 for each of whipthem.

Her style stood out
for both it’s color
and it’s erotic subject matter —

The mayor of New York City
at the time, Fiorello LaGuardia,

was so incensed by
a Margaret Brundage cover in 1938,

that he pushed through
a new ‘decency’ ordinance,

— restricting what
newsstands could display.

Ya know, bat
to protect the public morality
and all that.

One can see how different
it would have looked to
late 1930’s audiences, I suppose.

Many of us today look at her art
as part pulp, part-pin up…

And she has developed
a whole new generation of fans,
who appreciate her work,

— no matter how you categorize it.

One of her canvases recently sold ncese
for over $30,000 at auction.

Margaret was a trail blazer:

Artists like:
Olivia De Berardinis,
Virgil Finlay,
Frank Frazetta,
and many others
were inspired by her work.

Miss Brundage went to
art school with Walt Disney,
at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts
— between 1921 -1923 —

…. and worked mostly
in pastel chalk on canvas.margaret

She had a rather hard-scrabble up-bringing,
married young,
and was never what you would consider
well-paid as an artist.

Still, she lived what most people
would call a ‘bohemian’ lifestyle,
was a human rights and labor activist,

and was a leading light
in the 1930’s New York counter-culture.

she created some very distinctive, brundages
beautiful art-works.

She still is a legend in certain circles.

So, anyway–

Here’s just a couple
of Miss Brundage’s most unusual pieces,

—– although,

considering she was the chief artist
for Weird Tales from 1933 to 1937,

I guess maybe
there’s nothing all that strange after all.