Pulp Parade #324: How they set this one up, I would love to know

This is Thrilling Wonder Stories for February 1940, cover by Howard V. Brown. The ISFDB entry for this issue is here. I found this version of the cover at Pulp Art. And yes, I know I’ve featured it before as a Tumblr favorite, but really, how could I not feature it again? Just look at it: there’s a blonde-tootsie tube girl, a spaceman (with a ray gun, of course), a white-coated scientist (who also has a ray gun, which he’s firing), some laboratory stuff, and freakin’ dragon. I think this must be the most trope-a-riffic pulp sci-fi cover ever to have graced America’s newsstands.

Fitting the cover, there is some entertainingly insane interior art in this issue, such as this by Alex Schomburg, illustrating John Coleman and Hubert Burroughs’s story “The Lightening men.”

As well another Alex Schomburg piece illustrating Jackson Gregory, Jr.’s “The Secret of the Cyclotron.

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

Pulp Parade #323: Mr. Tubehead would like you to meet his friend, Mr. Fangs

This is Thrilling Wonder Stories for Fall 1944, cover by Rudolph Belarski. The ISFDB entry for this issue is here. I found this version of the cover at Pulp Covers. The quality of the Internet Archive scan is somewhat indifferent, which is a pity because some of the interior art is conceptually interesting. There is this uncredited piece illustrating Murray Leinster’s “The Eternal Now” and bearing the ominous caption “As they babbled desperate promises, Brett pressed the button.”

Or this (at least credited to Alex Schomburg) for Ray Cummings’s “The Gadget Girl.”

Or this uncredited illustration for John Russell Fearn’s story “The Ultimate Analysis,” which bears the caption “Suddenly the chorine was able to fathom all time, all space, and infinity.”

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

Pulp Parade #322: Planet Goddess

This is Thrilling Wonder Stories for June 1951, cover by Earle Bergey. The ISFDB entry for this issue is here. I found this version of the cover at Pulp Covers. This issue contains this interior illustration to William Campbell Gault’s story “Fog” by Paul Orban:

And, in a more whimsical vein, this one to Roger Dee’s “Girl from Callisto” by Alex Schomburg:

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

Tumblr favorite #2704: Eyeball


My original tumblr post was here. This image was first posted on Tumblr by Scout’s Atomic Flash with a an original source at Flicr and the following explanatory text:

One eye viewed the room briefly before vanishing… – Startling Stories, April 1953. Illustration by Alex Schomburg for the story by Kendell Foster Crossen entitled, Halos, Inc. – a galactic parody about power and the powerful, religion and hierarchy, and the manipulation of the masses by corporate hucksters. All in the 31st century.

The ISFDB for the relevant issue of Startling Stories is here.

Tumblr favorite #1832: Rocket Man


Original image here. This image was the subject of a pulp art re-creation by Lon Ryden and before that was researched by Bacchus at ErosBlog as part of the “Γ commission.” The research was originally published at Hedonix as “Γ 064 – Rocket Man.” Here is what Bacchus found.

This image is a cropped and cleaned portion of a painting by Alex Schomberg that appeared on the cover of the UK science fiction magazine Science Fiction Quarterly #24 in 1954, or perhaps 1952 per another source. There is an extremely high-resolution photo of the cover on Flickr:


Pulp Art recreations XVI: Rocketman abduction


Lon Ryden re-imagines a rocketman abduction for the 21st century, which I guess will be grimmer than the 20th.



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This image was researched by Bacchus, and you can find his finely-detailed account of its provenance in the post “Γ 064 – Rocket Man: at Hedonix.

The Artist

Lon Ryden is the illustrator of, among many other things, the Tales of Gnosis College and We Must Boost the Signal. He has a DeviantArt site here and a professional site here.