Unreal Nature

June 1, 2009

Covering Anatomy

Filed under: Uncategorized — unrealnature @ 7:33 am

In a veritable blizzard of recent postings, Ray Girvan (and more and more), Felix Grant, and Dr. C all showed lurid book covers, the common feature of most of which was large mammary glands. A late addition is a lovely collection of fantasy book covers from Redjalapeno. Happily, his is not so glandular in content as Ray’s, Felix’s and the good doctor’s.

Guys. There’s more to women than pectoral extrusions.You need to broaden your horizons.  We also have legs.


The human leg has evolved continually over many eons, adapting from an underwater propeller to its current form. But on book covers and on film and theater posters, the leg has evolved very little. In fact, the “A-Frame,” a cutoff-torso-spread-leg framing device, is the most frequently copied trope ever used. From steamy paperbacks designed in the ’40s (Pamela’s Sweet Agony), hardly a year has gone by without at least one ham-fisted advertisement using this perspective. The earliest known uses were 19th-century engravings that showed spread-legged, Simon Legree–type slave masters lording over cowering victims. In Westerns, the quintessential showdown frames one duelist through the legs of the other, and mid-20th-century pulp magazine covers were known for their noir images of recoiling women seen through the legs of menacing men. Eventually, designers used the conceit to frame all manner of things, from retro musicals (Cry-Baby) to the James Bond flick For Your Eyes Only (plus the Austin Powers spoof Goldmember) and gritty, contemporary Westerns (3:10 to Yuma).

— from One Leg Leads to Another in Print magazine


They have a whole bunch more images (comic books, commercials, etc.) on the same theme in the Print article. Take a look. [ link ]




  1. “The human leg has evolved continually over many eons, adapting from an underwater propeller to its current form.”

    I know you are shivering with anticipation for the upcoming post on “Today090110.” (See last picture here.)

    Comment by Dr. C. — June 5, 2009 @ 10:31 am

  2. I’ve watched your space for some time now. Nothing ever happens. Is it supposed to be sort of a Zen thing?

    Comment by unrealnature — June 5, 2009 @ 2:43 pm

  3. Patience, patience. It takes many moments for great posts to ferment in the vat of artistic delerium. Alternatively, if one waits long enough, others actually think you posted about what you promised to post about but, of course, never did. Its a netpromise, full of holes.

    Comment by Dr. C. — June 5, 2009 @ 4:25 pm

  4. “… full of holes.” — Dr. C

    The word swelled and billowed, distending Bruno’s breast,”Bagel!, bagel! bagel!”

    Comment by unrealnature — June 5, 2009 @ 5:15 pm

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