Please allow me to wax lyrical for a bit.
This is taken from “Where Eagles Dare”, a short story in Hoshino’s speculative/fantastical WW2 manga work “The Temple of El Alamein”. The story concludes with an encounter between a Messerschmitt Me 262 and Boeing B-29 Superfortress - something that never happened during the war.
(Other chapters involve, pyramids, dinosaurs, wicker men, and why Germany never actually invaded the United Kingdom…)
Hoshino also did “The Sea of Fallen Beasts”, which has stories along similar lines - but he is best known for his character Professor Munakata (the slightly disappointing - despite featuring airships - Professor Munakata’s British Museum Adventure being the only work released in the west), and also his science fiction works - of which the following needs mentioning:
2001 Nights : One of my favourite works of science fiction of all time, across any medium. I cannot stress enough how much these stories - starting in the SDI era and then into mankind’s journeys to the stars - have affected me over the years. The series was published in the US in the mid-90’s, and is bottomlessly recommended. Hoshino released a sequel of sorts - 2001+5 - in 2006, but it has yet to be translated into English (legally or not)
ever since a new Thunderbirds children’s series was announced in February, I have been mulling over how a more mature Battlestar Galactica-esque gritty reboot could work. So far I’m juggling with space entrepreneurs, Mars colonisation, political and military corruption, ekranoplans, abandoned aircraft factories, ancient technologies - and deciding just how much to mess with the five iconic vehicles. I may bother you more with this later in the year..
"In the sequel to Black Wing we rejoin Volka, now a cadet with the Royal Air Force, as he is asked to don again his secret flying suit on a mission to track down an eminent atom scientist who has been kidnapped."
sunday fantasy #397: “Les Hommes-oiseaus”, by Louis Binet
from “Les Hommes-oiseaus”, from La Decouverte Australe par un Homme Volant, ou le Dedale Francais (“The Southern Hemisphere Discovery by a Flying Man, or the French Daedalus”), by Restif De La Bretonne, 1781 (via)