The dame holding the gun on Harold W. McCauley’s cover for the July 1943 Amazing Stories is more suggestive of crime pulp than science fiction…until we notice what looks surprisingly like a tube girl in the background, suggestive of rather more exotic goings-on.
Virgil Finlay’s interior art is featured in this number, with an appropriately surreal illustration for Alexander Blade’s story “Carbon-Copy Killer.”
The fantasy and sci-fi magazine Imaginative Tales had a run from 1954 to 1958, and while it was often fairly cheesecakey (“Devastating H-Bomb redhead ‘Toffee'” was an imagined character living inside the head of a fictional protagonist) it would go on to feature original fiction by Robert Bloch, Philip K. Dick, Robert Silverberg and Harlan Ellison. Not too shabby, if you ask me. Toffee was illustrated by pulp great Harold McCauley, who also drew some racy sketches for the back pages:
Menace was a prominent theme in the April, 1951 issue of Fantastic Adventures, especially on this cover by Harold McCauley. A version with more vivid colors (but smaller) can be found at the issue entry at the Internet Speculative Fiction database:
The menace continues with interior artwork by Henry Sharp (1912-2005), illustrating E.K. Jarvis’s story “A Matter of Principle.”
Just a bit more Harold McCauley pulp illustration. Boy are we going to be sorry when oxygen tanks gain sentience.
This painting graced the cover of the January 1956 issue of Imaginative Tales.
Both versions of the illustration are courtesy of this post at Pulp Covers. The entire issue can be downloaded from or read at the Internet Archive. It’s pretty pulpy: I counted I think four interior illustrations of helpless dames needing rescue from manly sci-fi heroes. But at least one illustration, sadly uncredited, does seem very Erotic Mad Science:
It illustrates a story by Richard O. Lewis, “Practical Joke.” The promo copy:
Hypnotapes were a proven boon to industry, where difficult problems could be experienced and solved vicariously. But to marriage — sheer chaos!
This is Amazing Stories for October 1949, cover by Harold McCauley. The ISFDB entry for this issue is here. I found both the “clean” and cover versions of this cover at Pulp Covers. You cand download and read this issue at the Internet Archive.
Amazing Stories Vol. 21, No. 1 (Jan., 1947). Cover Art by H. W. McCauley
This is Amazing Stories for January 1947, cover by Harold McCauley. The ISFDB entry for this issue is here. I found this version on the cover at Pulp Covers. You can read and download this issue at the Internet Archive.
This is Amazing Stories for December 1948, cover by Harold McCauley. This ISFDB entry for this issue is here. I found this version of the cover at Pulp Covers. You can read and download the entire issue at the Internet Archive.