Re: Ray Guns

Here's a question for you. Do super heros qualify as Dieselpunk? For example, here is Captain Marvel.
http://i646.photobucket.com/albums/uu183/ProfErasmus/Captain-MarvelPoster.jpg
Except for the fact that he received super powers and turns from a kid into a super adult, his serials are almost the same as Flash Gordon, Gene Autry's Phantom Empire, Crash Corrigan's Undersea Kingdom and both King of the Rocket Men and Commando Cody.
http://i646.photobucket.com/albums/uu183/ProfErasmus/CaptainPhoto.jpg
Then if (Shazam!) Captain Marvel is Dieselpunk, why not Superman et. al.? This could open up a whole can of worms.
Also, does dieselpunk have to be a film or book set in another period other than the one in which it is written? I'm thinking Sky Captain (definitely Dieselpunk) versus "The Mole Men" which was seen as science Fiction at the time it was released, but looks pretty Dieselpunky today.

If it can't be expressed in figures, its not science, it is opinion.

R. A. Heinlein

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Re: Ray Guns

Superheroes can certainly be part of dieselpunk. Just think of Sky Captain, The Rocketeer, Batman, even Indiana Jones. All superheroes to different degrees. Especially several versions of Batman have many noir or even all dieselpunk-esque elements.

Re: Ray Guns

How about Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars? The beginning of the first book takes place immediately after the end of the American Civil War, qualifying him as a Steampunk. Then, however, most everything happens on Mars. The occasional return to Earth as years pass and he doesn't age bring him into the 1930s transforming him into a Dieselpunk! A man of many facets! I hear Pixar is making a film of "A Princess of Mars" and haven't decided whether or not to do it as all animation or part live action and part C.G. I vote for the latter. Pixar's first live action film would definitely be an event and what better story?

If it can't be expressed in figures, its not science, it is opinion.

R. A. Heinlein

Re: Ray Guns

If I remember correctly, Tommy Steele was also in the 'King of the Rocket Men'.  A far cry from 'Half a Sixpence'!

the trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be

Re: Ray Guns

Correct you are, Sir. As a matter of fact the poster for The Undersea Kingdom got me wanting to recreate that look, so I have modeled this homage to Crash Corrigan and the Undersea Kingdom. I tried not to modernize it too much and just keep it the way they would have done it in the '30's. Now maybe I should make some robots for him to fight.
http://i646.photobucket.com/albums/uu183/ProfErasmus/Crash.jpg

If it can't be expressed in figures, its not science, it is opinion.

R. A. Heinlein

Re: Ray Guns

I just had to add those Robots.
http://i646.photobucket.com/albums/uu183/ProfErasmus/CrashVstheRobots.jpg

If it can't be expressed in figures, its not science, it is opinion.

R. A. Heinlein

Re: Ray Guns

Ha ha, what a delightful addition those robots make!

Re: Ray Guns

Its funny. They are so primitive and kind of look like a guy wearing a trash can, but if you light them right, they can actually be sort of menacing.

If it can't be expressed in figures, its not science, it is opinion.

R. A. Heinlein

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Re: Ray Guns

"Steampunk Ray Gun 2" by Diarment