Comic 617 - Just in time!
12th Mar 2021, 12:00 AM in The Butterfly Ruby Heist - Part 1
Just in time!
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Microraptor edit delete
Drawing a Scooby Stack from the other side was tricky, even with just two persons!

The last time we saw the Gernsbeck Museum from the outside was in the present day, and the area around it looked somewhat different: Most of the edifices surrounding it in the 2020s were built after WWII. One notable exception however is the large cone-shaped one - since it's partly based upon that iconic building from Metropolis, I found it's presence... very fitting, as you'll soon see... ;-)

And yeah, where is Eisenthal? And who is that other person, and what does he have on his truck...?
User comments:
lirvilas edit delete reply
yeah, I like the stack, that doesn't get used enough

getting Ark of the Covenant vibes here
Microraptor edit delete reply
What is it lately with you and Prof bringing up Raiders of the Lost Ark in the comments? ;-)

That thing on the truck is as different from the Ark of Covenant as anything can be - but it's something dangerous nevertheless....
The Doodler edit delete reply
The Doodler
I was going to ask if Glowing Mound of Doom was a real building. :p It does look like authentic 1920s madness, after all.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Haha, I wish that thing were real! :-D

For the buildings in Metropolis, Fritz Lang actually got inspired by New York's skyline.
Regarding what high-raise buildings actually existed at that time in Germany, the German Wikipedia has a neat illustrated list of those built before WWII. (Here also run through Google Translate, though for some reason it also turned the pictures tiny.)
Stilldown edit delete reply
1908 Gaudi's "Attraction Hotel". Never built, but there was the idea to reconstruct it at the ground zero. (But I doubt any architect would have the skill today to do the work of that catalonion visionar who sadly died on his way to the theater. Still, saved him fom all the madness coming.)
Microraptor edit delete reply
Just looked it up - and wow, this would look quite impressive!

Speaking of stunning looking buildings that were never built in real life, I did also add Étienne-Louis Boullée's Cenotaph for Newton to Gernsbeck. (Visible within the comic for example here.)
It seems I never established when it was built in-universe. But Boullée lived in the 18th century, so it could quite well already exist by the time this chapter takes place.
Stilldown edit delete reply
The Boullee Cenotaph (which was meant to be really huge) is an example of the speculative visions of the 18th century neoclassicism, so some people always try to link it to the megalomanic nazi architecture, which is nonsense of course, even if it might have inspired Speer or others. (Which is pure speculation, as many of Boullee's designs just got published long after world war 2) We could as well link it to the Hohlwelt scene, as it was meant to contain an "artificial sun" in the center, iulluminating depictions of the planets.
Ariane Eldar edit delete reply
Ariane Eldar
Pffft, take your veil off, Maria Maschinenmensch!
Microraptor edit delete reply
Hey, no peeking beneath the veil!