John P. writes in with a challenge for our readers: do you know what science fiction illustration this is?
I have been trying to locate a certain drawing for at least ten years.
Back in the late 1970s I bought a Sci Fi calendar. I don’t recall if all the art work was by the same artist, but I thought this one drawing was by Arthur A. Findlay. However, when I looked at other drawings by him, the style did not seem the same.
The drawing I’m looking for is this:
An American astronaut sits in a gondola in a Martian canal. Beautiful Martian women are feeding him grapes. However, behind the astronaut in the water is a reptilian Martian (male), ready to stab the astronaut to death.
The style is 1950s pulp Sci Fi, but it has very bold lines and colors. It’s not like some “busy” sketch, but very much like the prototypical 1950’s style of sleek, clean lines.
Any ideas about this?– John P.
Can you name this illustration or the artist?