Some of the sexiest space construction getups ever from the brush of Frank Kelly Freas for the September 1953 issue of Planet Stories. It’s hard to find good versions of this cover. The one at the ISFDB is brighter and in better shape, but smaller, as usual.
The interior has artwork by yet another great, Wally Wood, illustrating Hayden Howard’s story “The Un-Reconstructed Woman.” The naked wild woman seems to have occupied a large place in Wood’s consciousness.
This issue is available to read and download at the Internet Archive.
Planet Stories, which had a run from 1939 to 1955 usually didn’t skimp on the sexy for its covers either, and this one painted by pulp great Frank Kelly Freas (1922-2005) is no exception, what with its flaming redhead in her skin-tight cleavage-revealing armor being menaced by…something.
A piece of interior artwork, illustrating Gordon R. Dickson’s story “The Man the Worlds Rejected,” neatly seems to marry the space babe with the hot librarian.
Print that out on cardstock and you’d have a very nifty bookmark. The illustration is, sadly, uncredited.
This issue is available to be read and downloaded from the Internet Archive.
An interior illustration by Frank Kelly Freas for Erik Fennel’s story, “The Lost Tribes of Venus,” in the May 1954 edition of Planet Stories. The cover illustration, also attributed to Freas, is a masterpiece of barely-there swimsuit illustration:
I’ll bet the bluenoses really had to peer at that one to make sure some postal regulation wasn’t being violated (serves them right). You can download the image in large size.
This issue of Planet Stories is available to be read at and downloaded from the Internet Archive.
Hat tip on this illustration to Not Pulp Covers and that site’s associated Twitter feed. The illustration is presented without attribution there, but a search of the Internet Speculative Fiction Database turns up that this is a page from the September 1953 edition of Planet Stories. The illustration is uncredited.
Planet Stories had a tendency to sexy covers. Galactic Central gives us one for this edition:
Gotta love those form-fitting spacesuits! This cover is also uncredited, although a number of sources believe that it is work by Frank Kelly Freas. Unfortunately the Internet Archive does not appear to have this particular edition in its holdings at this time.
My original tumblr post was here. This image was posted on tumblr by The Vault of Retro Sci-Fi and attributed to Frank Kelly Freas.
My original tumblr post was here. This image was first blogged on Tumblr by Republic Domain! with the explanatory text “Frank Kelly Freas, May 1954.” The ISFDB entry for this issue of Planet Stories is here.
My original tumblr post was here. This image by Frank Kelly Freas was posted on Tumblr by Vintage Geek Culture. While it appears to be paperback cover art, I have been unable to find an example of it used in that context.
My original tumblr post was here. This image was first posted on tumblr by Badass Babes and comes to us via geekterror. It is a crop of the November 1953 cover of Planet Stories by Frank Kelly Freas.
Found at io9.
My original tumblr post was here. This is Super-Science Fiction #3 (April 1957) with a cover by Frank Kelly Freas. The cover promotes ‘Pariah Girl’ by Boyd Ellanby; ‘The Rim of Eternity,’ by Koller Ernst; ‘Invulner
able,’ by Harlan Ellison; and ‘One Woman for Venus,’ by Wiston Marks. It was first posted on tumblr by Pulp Covers.