|Note: These posts used to be called "Vintage Themes", but it confused and bothered people so I changed it mid-2012; people are probably even more bothered now.|
The current woman and tentacle phenomenon in Japan is a tad disturbing, but they are hardly the only ones with a strange fascination for the chick-tentacle combo. Vintage comics and movie posters are littered with this theme, and it doesn't take a degree in cognitive psychology to see the sexual subtext. And it's not just in the print media - anyone who's seen Galaxy of Terror can attest to that.
What's striking is the sheer number of times this imagery has been used. I've put together a couple of mosaics with about 50 or so examples. If you recall any movies or other examples, please share. Don't forget to click on the images to enlarge. Enjoy!