(Robert Gibson Jones’ cover for the June 1948 issue of Amazing Stories)
This post is somewhat thematically similar to my earlier post on humans trapped in mysterious vials (here). The glass or crystal pillar is often just another way for a heroine to be imprisoned by some malevolent entity — waiting for the hero to come to rescue. For example Robert Gibson Jones’ wonderful pulp cover for the June 1948 issue of Amazing Stories. Although, the countless similar pillars across the horizon imply an entire city of people imprisoned in ice…
Some of the covers are even more mysterious — in Gray Morrow’s cover for the March 1965 issue of Fantastic Stories of Imagination hundreds if not thousands of people are crammed into the pillars (or carved, but, I haven’t read the John Jakes short story). Pillars of warning? Pillars memorializing tragedy with the actual bodies of the victims?
Harold S. De Lay’s cover for the May 1939 issue of Weird Tales invites speculation as well — couples are trapped in large ice mounds, mouthes open, eyes fearful, clutching each other….
Yes, one of the covers is an ice block, and another a more natural looking ice formation…
Enjoy! (what are your favorites?)
(Edward Valigursky’s cover for the September 1957 issue of Fantastic)
(Norman Saunders’ cover for the Febuary 1953 issue of Famous Fantastic Mysteries)
(Gray Morrow’s cover for the March 1965 issue of Fantastic Stories of Imagination)
(Terry Maloney’s cover for the 1952 edition of The Thing and Other Stories (1952), John W. Campbell)
For more cover art posts consult the INDEX