Pulp Parade #321: I’ll save you jungle girl, er, space girl, er. whoever you are!

This is Thrilling Wonder Stories for October 1950, cover by Earle Bergey. The ISFDB entry for this issue is here. I found this version of the cover at Pulp Covers. The title story “Shadow on the Sand” includes this Virgil Finlay illustration:

You can download and read the entire issue at the Internet Archive.

Pulp Parade #317: Hatching a space angel

This is Thrilling Wonder Stories for June 1953, cover by Walter Popp. The ISFDB entry for this issue is here. I found this version of the cover at Pulp Covers. Here is some internal art by Virgil Finlay, illustrating Wallace West’s story “Captive Audience.”

You can download and read the entire issue at the Internet Archive.

Pulp Parade #316: A more appropriate swimsuit environment

This is Thrilling Wonder Stories for February 1947, cover by Earle Bergey. The ISFDB entry for this issue is here. I found this version of the cover at Pulp Covers. Browsing the issue as preserved at the Internet Archive has turned up some interesting cover art, for example this by Virgil Finlay illustrating Murray Leinster’s “The Manless Worlds.”

And this uncredited piece (perhaps I’m more in love with the concept than the illustration itself) illustrating John Russell Fearn’s “Sweet Mystery of Life.”

You can download and read the entire issue at the Internet Archive.

Pulp Parade #314: Gator Bait in space!

This is Thrilling Wonder Stories for October 1947, cover by Earle Bergey. The ISFDB entry for this issue is here.

The reference of my title snark is obscure. It’s this oddly-compelling 1974 Cajunsploitation movie, which the boys at the the Grindbin Podcast sent up back in March 2017.

I extracted this version of the cover from the issue as preserved at the Internet Archive. This issue also has at least two Virgil Finlay illustrations on inside pages, one illustrating Frederick Pohl’s “Donovan Had a Dream:”

And another illustrating Leslie Charteris’s “The Darker Drink:”

You can download and read the entire issue at the Internet Archive.

Pulp Parade #310: Specimens

This is Thrilling Wonder Stories for October 1952, cover by Earle Bergey. The ISFDB entry for this issue is here. I extracted this version of the cover from the issue as preserved at the Internet Archive, along with this piece of interior art by Virgil Finlay, illustrating Wallace West’s novel The Bird of Time:

You can download and read the entire issue from the Internet Archive.

Pulp Parade #305: Troll attack

This is Thrilling Wonder Stories for February 1950, cover by Earle Bergey. The ISFDB entry for this issue is here. I found this version of the cover at Pulp Covers. The cover preserved at the Internet Archive has somewhat less vivid color by less wear:

In addition to this rather dramatic Earle Bergey cover, there is a fetching Virgil Finlay illustration to Leigh Brackett’s story “The Dancing Girl of Ganymede.”

Leigh Brackett (1915-1978) was a rare example of a woman writing in the pulp science fiction genre. She would survive the pulp era long enough to get a screenwriting credit on The Empire Strikes Back.

You can read and downland this entire issue at The Internet Archive.