Somewhere Between A Clockwork Orange, The Fury and Lord Kitchener…

This is the famous cover to Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange from Penguin Books, designed by David Pelham and released alongside the Stanley Kubrick movie adaptation, A Clockwork Orange.

Somewhere Between A Clockwork Orange, The Fury & Lord Kitchener
Cover to Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange from Penguin Books, designed by David Pelham.

Lord Kitchener Wants You is a 1914 advertisement by Alfred Leete which was turned into an even more famous recruitment poster.

Somewhere Between A Clockwork Orange, The Fury & Lord Kitchener
Lord Kitchener Wants You, 1914 advertisement by Alfred Leete

And The Fury was a character created by Alan Moore and Alan Davis for the Captain Britain strip for Marvel UK's Marvel Super-Heroes comic book publication, now a regular image used in the X-Men comic books.

Somewhere Between A Clockwork Orange, The Fury & Lord Kitchener
The Fury by Alan Davis

Maybe throw in a bit of classic cyberman while you are at it. But put them together and what do you get? Why the London borough of Wandsworth's new Speed Awareness signs. Showing a stylised image of what appears to be a policeman holding a camera. But also instilling fear into any small children passing by. Not even Alan Moore and David Lloyd could have envisioned this one for V for Vendetta.

Somewhere Between A Clockwork Orange, The Fury & Lord Kitchener
Photo taken by Rich Johnston

And here it is, in situ, as I was cycling past. All of London's sinister pasts, presents and futures combined in one image. I mean, seriously, if the brief was to make the driver feel that they had certainly fallen into a parallel dystopian state – I mean, even more dystopian than the current one – well, job done.

Somewhere Between A Clockwork Orange, The Fury & Lord Kitchener
Photo taken by Rich Johnston

But whatever it is, it is definitely going to come and get you. Possibly while you are sleeping. Dozens of them. All trying to stop you from speeding, apparently.

Yes, I know this article has very little to do with anything Bleeding Cool but it's Saturday morning and I'm still thinking about this monstrosity.

 

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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