1. The visionary power of the human imagination has been digging its teeth into catastrophe for a long time.
2. Real and phantasmagorical images compliment each other to envisage an event whose natural power directly affects the observer.
3. Crashing planes, shattered skyscrapers and humans mutated into hollow-eyed zombies are modern motives of horror for a popular illustration of the apocalypse.
4. The beginning and the end of this development is the human being. The images consolidate and prophesize a reality that is actively shaped by mankind itself. The catastrophes that are being imagined are therefore no longer limited to natural disasters such as tsunamis, tornadoes, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The demon of technology sits enthroned above them; the atomic bomb as a symbol of an anti-human and global society.
Image source: The illustrations are made by American comic-strip artist Basil Wolverton (1909–1978). The Wolverton Bible was re-issued in 2009 by Fantagraphics, and originally commissioned by the Radio Church of God in the period from 1953 to 1974.