Pluto From Pluto

Pluto from Pluto

“Pluto from Pluto” after Mel Hunter
By Frank McCabe

  In the spring of 1963 I was a junior in high school and purchased for 75 cents a
Pyramid book titled “Nine Planets”. The author of the book, Dr. Alan E. Nourse
worked his way through medical school by writing magazine articles about science
fact and also science fiction. I found this author’s writing style riveting as a
young lad. Today most of the content of this book is quite outdated although in
1963 it was an exciting read. Planet Pluto, the “Mighty Midget” as the author
describes it is more unknown than known and will be explored. The author
speculates on the nature of this mysterious planet in the chapter titled, “Pluto
and the Outer Reaches”.
  So this chapter too will become part of the discarded speculation of the past
because in another 7 years new information about Pluto will be gathered by the New
Horizons spacecraft during the July 2015 close
encounter.( At that time the former planet Pluto will go
from unknown minor planet to known minor planet.
  The author had some wonderful assistance in writing and proof reading the book
from well known artist Mel Hunter. Eight of his beautiful paintings are shown in
black and white and can be found between pages 128 and 129. The last one “The
surface of Pluto, with the Sun in the distance” was the one I was looking at to
create this color crayon drawing that I made in the spring of 1963 some 45 years
  I requested and happily received permission from Mel Hunter’s widow sculptor Susan
Smith-Hunter to make this post.
  Information about these two talented artists can be found at Smith-Hunter Gallery and

Frank McCabe 

4 thoughts on “Pluto From Pluto”

  1. Heidi-Ann,

    Thank you much, it was the drawings of Mel Hunter, and others in the 1950s and 60s that got me thinking about drawing all thing astronomical.
    It took me a long time to get serious about it.


  2. Fascinating work, Frank!

    I did not expect this kind of scenes (SF that is) from your hand at first. But then again, I used to read a lot of SF books too 😉

    Now I’m curious about your other Astro Art.


  3. Rony,

    Thanks. I never really got much into science fiction but I certainly recognized much of Mel Hunter’s works at that time, including science fiction, science speculation and science fact. Mel Hunter was an amateur astronomer too but I really enjoyed seeing his drawings in all genres.


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