Seventies Astrology Art like this launched the “You must be a Scorpio?” trend. It took Astrology from the Hippy Shop’s fusty confines into the swingers circuit and suburban cheese fondu belt. Speculating on Geminis ‘going both ways‘ was acceptable repartee, and someone made a fortune selling Zodiac Sex Positions Iron-On patches.
The images shown here are by the second-top Vampirella artist – Esteban Maroto, a Spanish Piscean. I can only put Leo, Sagittarius, Aries, and Scorpio up here as the remainder are nuder. The fusion of Art Nouveau, Occult imagery, and Hot Chicks, along with deep-cleavaged alien vampires, expanded Astrology’s mainstream popularity. Heterosexual males, in particular, conflated sex with the Zodiac. Who wouldn’t want a girlfriend into, you know, ‘sex signs’ and ‘erogenous zones’?
If Mr. Maroto and I met in a Seventies conversation pit via a time warp, I’d ask him about his Mars-Uranus conjunction in Taurus. I suspect he would pronounce it “U-raynus,” not the correct “U-rah-nus,” but you can also tell he reveres Astrology beyond the cool artistic backdrop for the girls. Astrological themes even weave in and out of Vampirella. “I’ve heard a lot of the hard-core astrology freaks rap about it…the ultimate sign trip.”