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wolverton.jpg (5418 bytes)These sixteen drawings represent some of Basil Wolverton's best work, done at the peak of his skill--contemporary with his finest horror/science fiction comic book work, and his early work for MAD magazine.

BASIL WOLVERTON'S
THE APOCALYPSE

A 195O'S VIEW
OF THE
END OF THE WORLD
INTRODUCTION BY
MONTE WOLVERTON
Basil's son
(web site: Toonville)

wolvertonmad.jpg (4544 bytes)In the early 1950's, evangelist Herbert W. Armstrong asked artist Basil Wolverton to create a series of horrifying scenes of the end of the world as we know it. Wolverton's work in horror and science fiction comics had prepared him well to execute this assignment in a unique and frightening way. These sixteen pieces represent some of Basil Wolverton's best work, done at the peak of his skill--contemporary with his finest horror/science fiction comic book work, and his early work for MAD magazine.

wolvertonbible.jpg (3565 bytes)The following fifteen pieces (all sixteen will be posted eventually) are not for sensitive viewers. They are disturbing, grotesque scenes of horror and destruction. Yet tens of thousands of people believe this artwork to be a prophetic vision of the future. Judge for yourself.

Scriptures from which Wolverton derived the images are quoted with the enlarged versions.

The original images were rendered in black and white, because of reproduction limitations of the time. These revised images have been colored by Monte Wolverton, his son, to elicit the originally-intended reaction.

All images and text ©1998 Monte Wolverton, unless otherwise noted. Scriptures quoted from the Holy Bible, New International Version, ©1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used courtesy of Zondervan Bible Publishers.
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Hydrogen Bomb Over City

"Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other. To him was given a large sword."
­ Revelation 6:4
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Bomb Crater

"I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth."
­ Revelation 6:8
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Famine

"When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, 'Come!' I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, 'A quart of wheat for a day's wages, and three quarts of barley for a day's wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!'"
­ Revelation 6:5,6
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Terrified Faces

"There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. . . . Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken."
­ Luke 21:25,26
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Meteor Shower
with Eclipse and Earthquake


"I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as late figs drop from a fig-tree when shaken by a strong wind. The sky receded like a scroll, rolling up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place."
­ Revelation 6:12-14
Next> Part two
 
Original B&W published in 1975 in Prophecy, 1959.
All images and text ©1998 Monte Wolverton, unless otherwise noted.