- The song "Rocket Man" by Elton John and Bernie Taupin was inspired by the short story "The Rocket Man".
- Similarly, the band Pearls Before Swine had a song by the same title of the book's "The Rocket Man".
- In the 2007 film Blades of Glory, Will Ferrell's character claims to be referred to as "The Illustrated Man".
- Numerous references to The Illustrated Man are made throughout an episode of Criminal Minds (episode 20, season 5, entitled "A Thousand Words") that deals with a serial killer whose body is covered in tattoos.
- In 2012, shortly before author Ray Bradbury's death, Canadian musician deadmau5 produced a song titled "The Veldt", including lyrics by Chris James based upon the short story. The music video, released after Bradbury's death, is dedicated to him.
- Post-rock band Deadhorse refer their 2010 album release We Can Create Our Own World to be directly influenced by the book and Ray Bradbury's vision in evoke imagination in his readers.
- Jason Lee's character can be seen reading the book in Cameron Crowe's film Almost Famous while on a tour bus.
- The plot of Alfonso Cuaron's film, Gravity, is similar to that of "Kaleidoscope".
- The Illustrated Man himself appears in The Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror XXIV" episode in the couch gag with his author, Ray Bradbury.
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