Comic book art on which this diorama is based. The terrific artwork is by Lou Cameron.
Some of the happier memories of my youth was the time I spent reading comic books and my favorites of those were the Classics Illustrated series which
were published in an irregular release cycle from 1941 to 1961. As their title suggests, these were classic novels presented in a comic book format in an effort expose unsuspecting young readers to the “best” that literature had to offer.
As I was a veracious reader quite early on, I needed no persuasion to read anything although the Classics Illustrated versions of my favorite science
fiction novels had a tremendous appeal to me on many levels. My favorites were the works of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, with his “War Of The Worlds” being #1 on my list with a very close second is “The Time Machine”.
I think I was in the third or fourth grade when I first purchased “The War Of The Worlds” (for 15 cents!!!) and I was enthralled by the story
and artwork having never seen George Pal's 1953 cinematic classic. The actual novel is a bit of a haul for an eight year old so the comic presented the story in a less cumbersome (so to speak) version. I loved the design of the Martian war machines as illustrated
by Lou Cameron so you can imagine my delight in coming across a very nice OOP resin kit from Lunar Models in roughly HO scale.
managed to get my hands on the kit and decided to depart a bit from the kit which had a war machine standing over the Martian capsule with a few Martians in a sandy pit. I decided to go with the Classics Illustrated cover art which had a POV scene of a number
of the Martian war machines attacking a British gun emplacement.