Space Chic

I have just started reading the golden age/silver age Mystery in Space series.  One of the things I like best about the series is the combination of 1950s style with a science fiction feel thrown in.  It is sort of comparable to the minidress uniforms for women on Star Trek.  Anyway this will be a place where I can collect some of my favourite pics (feel free to add in any sci fi fashion in the comments) 


















      

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Posted by Billy Batson

Here:

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Posted by RazzaTazz
@Billy Batson: Very nice, who is that?
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@Billy Batson: Thats what I thought I will be getting to her soon, as she becomes one of this series major characters
Posted by Decept-O

Glad to see someone delving into some Golden Age comics. I would love to be able to get a hold of some Mysteries In Space and similar titles from that era. Plenty of great covers which included not only fantastic Science Fiction and Fantasy art but also some Good Girl Art as well!

Posted by RazzaTazz
@Decept-O: I plan to read and review the whole series now that I am done with Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps.  There is a lot of meat in them though.  The ones I read so far are around 50 pages each
Posted by Decept-O

@RazzaTazz: Awesome. Can you imagine having a regular comic book with that many pages today? And at 1950's prices? Yeah, that would never happen but sure would be great! Sounds like you will have some fun.

Posted by fodigg

I love the raygun gothic style. Pulpy, retro-future, Jetsons-style sci-fi for the win. I'll take all the atompunk I can get!

Posted by Daveyo520

Yay Space Cowboys.

Posted by SC

Like a astronaut version of original Black Widow.  With Action Axe accessory. 
 

  
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Posted by RazzaTazz
@SC: I think that would be a Space Axe 
 
@fodigg: Interesting I didnt know there was a term for that already in existence, I am sticking with Space Chic though
Posted by SC
@RazzaTazz:  Nyeh, sounds too much like a bad men's deodorant. I can already imagine the cheesy commercial for Space Axe. Random perusal of Roxanne's Pulp thread might throw up some cool Space Chic,
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@RazzaTazz said:

@fodigg: Interesting I didnt know there was a term for that already in existence, I am sticking with Space Chic though

I think your term works great. It works as much as any other and I think whatever is fine as long as someone can infer what you mean from the term itself. Like, for example, the word "raygun" in "raygun gothic" pretty much tells you everything you need to know. You could get the same effect from any label that alludes to "fishbowl" space helmets, jetpacks, rockets, androids, art deco, etc. While your term could also apply to more modern-looking space-wear, I think it easily encapsulates the style we're talking about here. The term "chic" is just as effective as the frequently used "-punk" suffix borrowed from cyberpunk. "Spacepunk" gets the idea across easily.

You could also simply use a term where you incorporate the name of a work of fiction that exemplifies the style you're talking about. For example, I often use the term "Barsoomian" to refer to anything that captures the style of the old John Carter/Princess of Mars series. Which was basically Space Chic combined with Tarzan, as would be drawn by Frank Frazetta.

Terms I would use for the style we're talking about in this thread:

  • Raygun Gothic
  • Retro-future
  • Pulp Sci-Fi
  • Space Chic
  • Spacepunk
  • Atompunk
  • Space Deco
  • Retro Rocket
  • Barsoomian
  • Jetsons-esque
  • etc

Even though there are official terms used in some circles, it's not like any of those terms are widespread or understood outside those of us who refuse to see science fiction as a literary ghetto.

Classifying speculative fiction is so difficult to begin with anyway with so man sub-genres (e.g., Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Horror), sub-sub-genres (e.g., High Fantasy, Interplanetary Voyage, Weird Science) and sub-sub-sub-genres (e.g., Punk Punk, Space Western, Gaslamp Fantasy, Wuxia), and even genres so specific it defies all reason (e.g., the Alien Space Bats vs. For Want of a Nail divide in the Alternate History sub-genre), that you might as well come up with your own preferred term anyway. No matter what term you use, you're going to wind up having to explain it or give some examples.

Posted by RazzaTazz
Edited by fodigg

@RazzaTazz said:

@fodigg: I call John Cater "Contemporary Fantasy"

http://www.comicvine.com/myvine/razzatazz/dcs-contemporary-fantasy-worlds/75-32851/

I like it, but then it suffers from a sort of zeerust, or I guess just general "datedness," once the "contemporary" character starts to feel old-fashioned, such as the character of John Carter today. There's also the question of if "fantasy" is the right word for something like the Barsoom stuff. I think it easily could be (i.e., Space Fantasy), but it also might simply be a "Space Western" and therefore Sci-Fi.

Regardless, that's all just the usual nit-pickery that comes up whenever discussing genre terms. I think "contemporary fantasy" is a very useful term. I just think there are better examples than John Carter, such as when Iron Man went back in time to fight alongside the knights of the round table.

edit: Sorry if I'm derailing your topic here. I don't mean to. I just enjoy discussing this type of stuff.

Posted by RazzaTazz
@fodigg: I never heard of that term before ... interesting.  I think the sense of contemporary characters feeling old fashioned doesnt necessarily apply to all fanatasy worlds though.   
 
No worries, forums are for discussions, you seem quite well read on this topic, carry on as you will please
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@RazzaTazz said:

@fodigg: I never heard of that term before ... interesting. I think the sense of contemporary characters feeling old fashioned doesnt necessarily apply to all fanatasy worlds though.

That's true. And really, contemporary to whom? If Sherlock Holmes gets thrown into a fantasy horror setting where he's fighting ersatz Saruman, that's still a "contemporary" character for that era being put in a fantasy setting.

Would you still count the reverse? Like, for example, if instead of a character from today traveling to a fantasy setting, fantasy elements invaded today? A sort of current-day Shadowrun?

No worries, forums are for discussions, you seem quite well read on this topic, carry on as you will please

Thanks, but I don't know if it's so much a matter of being well-read as spending way too much times reading TV Tropes.

Posted by RazzaTazz
@fodigg: Thats kind of what i was referring to with that list, how there are fantasy worlds in DC that are contemporary (from the 1980s)