Archive for May, 2012


Watch the Skies!

May 23, 2012

Really, especially after this week’s solar eclipse (excuse me, “ring of fire”). Learned recently that this phrase, “watch the skies,” is also the name of a song in the video game Skyrim. As far as I can tell, the phrase — in the context of UFOs as we know it, came from the Howard Hawkes 1951  film, The Thing from Another World.  It was one of my Dad’s favorite movies. The film was later remade as John Carpenter’s  The Thing — one of my favorite sci-fi movies. Both from the original short story, “Who Goes There,”  by John W. Campbell, Jr. — first published in Astounding Science-Fiction in 1938 (!). Just proves the rule that a good tale is both adaptable and eternal.

Anyway, none of the posters below have anything to do with any of those  Things. But, as Scotty advised in The Thing from Another World —  ” Watch the skies everywhere. Keep looking. Keep watching the skies.”  ‘Cause you never know what’s coming. So, from my little collection:

Rocket Ship! 1936. The first appearance of Flash Gordon. All hail Buster Crabbe!

The Flying Eyes. 1962. Monarch Publishers. When book covers made great movie posters.

Things to Come. 1936, an Alexander Korda production. (First published as  The Shape of Things to Come, George Orwell, 1933.)