Red menace

A C.C. Senf cover for Weird Tales, July 1928.  A redhead is meanced by a man in a red costume.

Another early (July 1928) Weird Tales cover, this one by C.C. Senf. The issue is a good one for fans of the H.P. Lovecraft circle, as it contains stories by August Derleth and Frank Belknap Long, Jr. as well as a poem (!) by Robert E. Howard. It also contains a reprint of a famous story by Arthur Machen, “The Bowmen.” And of course, it has interesting interior art, of which the most memorably weird is this head-of-story piece by sometime Weird Tales cover artist Hugh Rankin.

A story illustration by Hugh Rankin for Bertram Russell's "The Bat-Men of Thorium," which appeared in the July 1928 issue of Weird Tales.
“Stranger kisses have never been given.”

I confess I am at a bit of a loss to understand what is going on here. Doesn’t this dude understand that kissing is more fun if you take your diving helmet off first? Perhaps all that Thorium has corroded his bat-intellect.

This issue of Weird Tales is available to read and download at the Internet Archive.

Pulp Parade #311: Well, you should have gone out dressed properly

This is Thrilling Wonder Stories for Spring 1954, cover by Walter Popp, and boy does this one really push the boundaries of “if you’re pretty enough your space costume doesn’t need to make sense,” because it looks like our intrepid space heroine is out there in the vacuum wearing a red bathing suit and sandals. The ISFDB entry for this issue is here. I found this version of the cover at Pulp Covers.

Frrom the version of this issue preserve at the Internet Archive, here’s an interior illustration for Frank Belknap Long’s story “Manhunt” done by Ed Emshwiller:

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