Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Monstrous Monday

Three more illustrations from the original serialisation in Pearson's Magazine (1903-4) of Food of the Gods by H G Wells. Firstly, we have the giant chicken, followed by some horrible bugs and then the ultimate result of the Food, big babies. Ray Harryhausen was involved in an early proposal to make a film version and made a giant chick for it. The concept was shelved, however, but the monster chick didn't go to waste - it was written into Mysterious Island as a prehistoric carnivorous bird, and appeared in one of the best-remembered scenes from the film, fended off by Joan Greengross of all people.

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