|Quote: I wish I had either of those! I only have later editions. I've read both versions, though (pearsons and novel). It's interesting that Wells hated Goble's illustrations, isn't it?|
Hmmm, is it recorded that Wells disliked the pictures ? Who is Goble, did he know HG Wells ?
How about this theory : Wells asked Goble for illustrations to his new novel. He sees them and ads them to his book. Then he re-reads his book again and feels to put some comments in, regarding the pictures. Using his comments he makes the tripods look even fiercer than the pictures in the original 1897/98 publishing depict them.
This is 1898. These are probably the very first pictures of aliens in modern literature. Sitting at a fireside on a late summers night in 1898 in a victorian home, reading this book, one must have been terrified . Nevermind the unabriged version with the "poor soul" left to die in Wimbledon Stadium. Three-legged monsters, legs flexible or girdered, both must have been very scary in those days.
I don't want to dare comparing with anything similar at present-times. Much has been seen since 1898....