Friday, February 13, 2009

Lust in Orbit: A Valentine's Preview

I just received a postcard with this great vintage image from Elizabeth--believe it or not, the image is from a real 1960s novel.

(Visual description: sultry blonde woman in lingerie lounges against pillows, one shoe kicked off. Text: Adultery, intrigue, and a peeping tom caused a blast that rocked the base! An explosive novel of a new type of community--a missile testing center...where passions are as volatile as the rockets themselves.)

The stamps and stickers on the back of the card are gorgeous--and include a kitty, a koi looking up toward a mountain, flowers, and butterfly, and a manga character in a kimono with a full moon behind.

The vintage quality and the space theme for some reason reminded me of the MST movies No Snoopy and other friends made me watch, I mean introduced me to, in graduate school. Here are clips of one movie that was turned into an MST film, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians:

(Visual description: men in green leotards and capes wearing odd hats with tubing--supposedly aliens--use a giant robot to kidnap two children and Santa Claus and take them to their home planet, Mars.)

Lust in Orbit was published in 1963 and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians was released in 1964. What was it about the campy '60s that inspired such themes? Visit Donimo's blog, Chronic Holiday, in my links if you want to see some great 1960s alien looking food and advertisements.

Anyway, great postcard. I love campy stuff and pulp novels.

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