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Deep Dream Makes These Awesomely Ridiculous Vintage Men’s Magazine Covers Even More Awesomely Ridiculous

DogBear and friends face off against DogManTorso
DogBear and friends face off against DogManTorso

I‘ve long been obsessed with the bizarrely over-the-top cover art for 1950s men’s “adventure” magazines, in which muscular, often shirtless men face off against an assortment of unlikely animal enemies — from armies of “giant turtles” to squads of flying squirrels. (You can find an assortment of notable covers here.)

More recently, I’ve become obsessed with Google’s Deep Dream software, which can turn any picture you toss at it into a creepy acid nightmare filled with strange Dogslug creatures and a strange surplus of eyes.

And now that I’ve found a handy web interface for the Deep Dream software, I decided to combine these two obsessions into one. The results were, well, interesting. 

Dang flying rodents!
Dang flying rodents!
DogSlugMan battles the Lizard Army
DogSlugMan battles the Lizard Matrix
Masculine Inadequacies Drive Women Nuts!
Masculine Inadequacies Drive Women Nuts!
DogSlugWeasels Ripped His Flesh
DogSlugWeasels Ripped His Flesh
I don't even know what is going on here.
I don’t even know what is going on here.

91 replies on “Deep Dream Makes These Awesomely Ridiculous Vintage Men’s Magazine Covers Even More Awesomely Ridiculous”

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Oh sorry, the first one is a blog called pro male antifeminist tech that has all the antifeminist and misogyny pages listed and the second is chimp mania which is extremely racist and ableist. I put Jb’s link down because she has new articles up.

chimpmania is horrendous, yikes.

I’ve written a couple of posts about the antifeminist tech one; he comes out with bizarre stuff periodically.

oh, and I ran that elam one through a couple more filters

https://dreamscopeapp.com/i/907029

Pandapool -- The Species that Endangers YOU (aka Banana Jackie Cake, for those who still want to call me "Banana", "Jackie" or whatever)says:

Der fyck what is wrong with people.

I saw that article by Elam, Miss Andry. I hope he blotted that thing before it could drip misogyny all over the rug — the only product that works on spots like those is puppy urine spray.

Anyway, sorry to derail but I thought it interesting that Davis Aurini has just posted a 40 minute rough draft of The Sarkeesian Effect on his youtube channel. I think maybe I have never seen so much mockery fodder crammed into such a short time period. This is going to be big – A Mockery Lollapalooza.

I just had to look at those AVfM memes.

Did you know that being “not commonly considered privileged” is a privileged?

Well, my link got lost. Trust me, it’s under the Unchecked Female Privilege meme.

Dear Scented Fucking Hard Chairs,

Admit it, you put a photo from Angkor Wat through this program, just so you could make that joke.

Sincerely,
The Comments Section of a Blog

OMG, Paul Elam may be the only person who looks less creepy after the dreamscope treatment. Obviously the solution to creepy eyes is more eyes everywhere.

Pandapool -- The Species that Endangers YOU (aka Banana Jackie Cake, for those who still want to call me "Banana", "Jackie" or whatever)says:

I have a plugin that puts a quote from Donald Trump in between his name so I’m enjoying refreshing the page and seeing a different quote each time. Now two different quotes.

(or don’t, because both the original and the deep dream-version WILL give you nightmares xD)

@Fruitloopsie,

I clicked on Judgypants’ link, but couldn’t be bothered to read the articles, just more boring carping as she desperately tries to make herself relevant. It does amuse me to see that The Examiner is obviously trying to nudge her away from them.

I think maybe I have never seen so much mockery fodder crammed into such a short time period. This is going to be big – A Mockery Lollapalooza.

Just watched the video – this is going to be epic. I can bring beer and vegan chocolate muffins! 🙂

That Aurini picture… Paging Dr. Lovecraft, Dr. Bierce and Dr. Derleth, your patient has arrived.

*shudder*

No one has mentioned the “Weasels ripped my flesh” Men’s Life cover and Zappa? Had to remedy that. Frank would have loved Deep Dream and undoubtedly have included images from it in in his live shows.

@ Miss Andry and your Donald Trump image. I think that captures something essential about him, although, even Deep dream can’t quite convey the horror that is his hairpiece.

Is it possible to run Deep Dream separately on two parts of an image? Could you make his toupee do it’s own thing?

Would be willing to bet that the next Simpson’s episode with hallucinations in it will look like Deep Dream.

@berdache:

No one has mentioned the “Weasels ripped my flesh” Men’s Life cover and Zappa? Had to remedy that. Frank would have loved Deep Dream and undoubtedly have included images from it in in his live shows.

It’s been featured here many, many times. I’m pretty sure someone has mentioned Zappa in relation to it before.

The penultimate pic in my post (blue background) started out as the original “weasels ripped my flesh” magazine cover Zappa was referencing, though the “weasels ripped my flesh” cover line in the lower right corner is blurred out.

I improved a pic of a friend’s cats!

https://dreamscopeapp.com/i/9ZVGu86dRf

Pandapool -- The Species that Endangers YOU (aka Banana Jackie Cake, for those who still want to call me "Banana", "Jackie" or whatever)says:

Alaska now has dragons.

@Pandapool: Dragons are actually our “State Bird,” not the ptarmigan. Well…that’s not true, but I wish it was.

@Katz: Ooh, I love luck dragons. I’ve wished I could have one of my very own since I was 8 years old, when I first saw that movie.

now that deep dream has become an internet hit, i’m kind of curious about how google might go about further developing/promoting these kind of projects, basically because i don’t think horrifying abominations fit well aesthetically in google’s brand of wholesome technophilia.

i mean, i know there’s actual science at work there and stuff, and this is probably only a gimmicky side-effect, but hey, watching google trying to avoid the “Google, The Company That Probably Manages Your Emails, Summons Creatures From Before Time Itself” headlines fucking with their brand identity should be somewhat amusing.

A.A. Wils? Alaskan Fistbump! I now know of at least four of us among the commentariat. 🙂

Although, everybody knows our state bird is the mosquiter. They grow to the size of eagles, doncha know?

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