Century-old art explores the early 1900s' fear of alien invasions

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Apr 29, 2019, 6:29 AM EDT (Updated)

The concept of an alien invasion evokes visions of blockbuster films like Independence Day and Edge of Tomorrow for most of us, but more than 100 years ago, things looked a bit different.

Several pieces by Brazilian painter and illustrator Henrique Alvim Corrêa (1876-1910) are included in the Illustration Art Signature Auction at Heritage Auctions, including 29 pencil and ink sketches that show the earliest visions of what an alien invasion might look like. It’s a fascinating peek into how humanity viewed a wholly alien threat, and more than anything, it looks like we’re terrified of things on stilts.

The art also has a major War of the Worlds vibe, which shouldn’t be much of a surprise, considering the artist drew illustrations for the 1906 Belgian edition of H.G. Wells’ classic work of science fiction. Even 100+ years later, this stuff is still fairly terrifying.

Check out several images from the collection below via Gizmodo and let us know what you think.