Monday, April 28, 2014
I can well remember when I was first beginning to assemble something akin to a VHS collection of classic sci-fi movies, one that was difficult to locate was Forbidden Planet. This atmospheric taught jewel of the movie was not found cheaply in the early 80's by any means. I had a mail-order catalog once which priced a single VHS copy of the film at fifty bucks. That's in 80's dollars no less. So needless to say it wasn't until many years later when I found a copy for a mere twenty bucks that I landed one.
Much of the movie seems quaint today, but it's somber tone and complete atmosphere of weird alienation make it a keeper. And of course there is Robby the Robot, arguably the absolute icon of 50's sci-fi.
Here we see a version of Robby by Bill Woggon for the final issue of Katy Keene. It's not really Robby of course, but it's so very very close that we all get the idea. Speaking of Robby check out this link to get your very own Robby for a cool $32,000 no less.
Innovation Comics adapted Forbidden planet in the 90's and this lovely cover by Daerick Gross Sr. captures the essence of the original poster exceedingly well.
This later rendering by an unknown artist is less effective overall, but still quite fetching. A strong image will win out.