Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Look Out! Vikings!


More from the folks at Vintage News. Check out this collection of Viking and Norman swords. I'm surprised by the way the hilts and handles look. Read all about 'em right here.

Friday, May 12, 2017

From the River: An Iron Age Helmet


The Vintage News is one of my favorite web sites. Here's something they had to share recently. Not a lot of information on it, but this is an iron-age helmet they found in the River Thames next to the Waterloo Bridge. It's one of only three Iron Age helmets found in England. I don't know who wore this, but he probably felt like a badass every time he put it on.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Burroughs Via Japan


 The Mars novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs were a huge influence on me as a child (and I was about 50 years too late for most of it - hell, guys like Ray Bradbury grew up reading this stuff). Anyway, a FB friend shared some illustrations from this original 1917 Japanese edition of The Gods of Mars. It's great seeing this proto-manga take on John Carter, Dejah Thoris, and the rest. My favorite is this top picture, which shows Carter in his famous pose, arms outstretched, imploring Mars to transport him there. Check out some more below.