In the early 1950s, illustrator Edd Cartier provided a batch of weird, colorful drawings to accompany the text in an anthology called Visitors of Space. And somehow he managed to produce a set of aliens who look so much like genitals that I did a double take. I'm not sure if his penis-headed and vadge-mouthed organisms were intended to look quite so . . . naked. But if they weren't, Cartier has a lot of explaining to do. Especially when it comes to that green phalloscrotoballoon on the left there.

Cartier was a widely-published pulp magazine artist, whose work appeared in everything from The Shadow to Astounding Science Fiction. His work here is a kind of bizarre cross between Dr. Seuss and H.P. Lovecraft. He worked steadily throughout most of the twentieth century, and died in 2008 at the age of 94.

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See more of Cartier's images at Golden Age Comic Books

Here's the 1951 book that all these images come from. I love the way the arrangement of the aliens on the cover manages to make them look even more like weird genitals than they do by themselves.

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