Monday, December 13, 2010

80s Sci-Fi Horror covers by Junichi Murayama

Iara, an Umezu comic set primarily in feudal era Japan, is the last place you might expect to find cover art like this, but this was Japan in 1980 so rationale need not apply. Junichi Murayama's paintings can best be described as the Trapper Keeper art every elementary misfit dreamed of (I myself had this one and this one). More of his less psychedelic stuff can also be found here.





5 comments:

  1. I find the cover art confusing for a Umezu comic. The artwork gives off a very retro feel and it's pretty good. Off topic, I remembered a candy bar commercial recently while eating a candy bar. I probably haven't seen it since I was a kid. Weird.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Md_uz1dKMTM

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  2. I forgot to ask how do you feel on the Youth Ordinance Bill about censoring sexual stuff in anime and manga.

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  3. It's a slippery slope that everyone will catch flak for. What it implies exactly I can't say, but it's the last thing that the floundering industry needs right now.
    Then again, back in the 50's there were organized book burnings of Tezuka's works because he was so risque as to show a couple smooching (no tongue even)! Hopefully the publishers don't simply roll over dead and instead provide us readers with some creative backlash.

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  4. I don't think the bill would pass but if it does it's scary to think what would happen. They're wanting to censor current works but that's not stopping a kid reading something made previously like say around 60s-early 2000s or current. Restricting the sale doesn't mean hooey cause you could find a Go Nagi manga in a curio shop or a flea market and I dare say in the trash. I'm not surprised they did book burnings of Tezuka's works. He created awesome works that has lasted even today.

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  5. The first one is reference (rip-off?) to David Bowie's Pinups, but I don't recognize any of the other as references.

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