(via bozosapiens)Source: observando
Every time I see the interior of this beautiful monster, I have to sit down. It takes my dieselpunk lovin’ breath away.
I have a distinct preference for smooth, streamlined toy rayguns that hit more or less the same stylistic notes: Jet Age fins, concentric rings and conical flourishes either in the barrel or the muzzle. Clunky, brick-planed shapes don’t impress me (prominent after the 50s when ‘technology’ and ‘the future’ seemed to evoke more square, utilitarian-looking shapes).
And that’s why the Tommy Ray gun by B&W Molded Plastics is one of my favorite designs. It’s got all the best stylings of the Thompson submachine gun with all of the whimsy and wide-eyed spacelust of the Atomic Age. What I appreciate most about it is that genius ammo drum/concentric rings mash-up just in front of the trigger and the fin tail that runs along the barrel’s sides.
Johns is not a particularly good writer. But I will give him this… he does at least flesh out the universes of the characters he tackles. First Green Lantern went from a wisp-thin Lensman knock-off with very little mythos to a universe filled with at least six different Lantern factions. Sure, his execution is pretty lousy. But the potential is at least there now.
And his Aquaman is no different. Here we see Aquaman’s own ragtag League of allies, known as The Others. Each are wielding a powerful Atlantean relic… gifts from an Atlantean age that even Aquaman doesn’t yet understand. And delving into that mystery has been the biggest draw of the New 52 Aquaman. Atlantis, like the ocean itself, is rife with secrets.
So at least he puts some flesh on these 60 year old narrative bones.
The prototype Space Vixens gun named either ‘The Bliss Disruptor’ or ‘The Teslon Atomizer’. Wielded by the Felicity Bliss character of the Space Vixens line, it never really saw production from Sixteen 12 Collectibles Ltd beyond this one prototype.
Which is a sincere tragedy, because everything—-from its chrome barrel to its polished bakelite-esque trigger guard—- is an absolute masterpiece in raygun design.
They had two Space Vixens statues planned in addition to this, Captain Felicity Bliss and Tatiana Rockettov, both of them exquisite atompunk/dieselpunk works of art. Unfortunately only 500 Felicity statues were released. Tatiana Rockettov never saw full production either.