The June 1950 issue of Famous Fantastic Mysteries featured a cover by the great Norman Saunders, while Lawrence Sterne Stevens continued to do interesting things on the interior pages illustrating S. Fowler Wright’s story “The Adventure of Wyndham Smith.” The following, with its caption, feels very mad science.
While Stevens’s final illustration has a strangely decadent, almost Aubrey Beardsley-like feel.
This issue of Famous Fantastic Mysteries can be read or downloaded from the Internet Archive.
A. Merritt’s Fantasy Magazine was a very short-lived venture in speculative fiction publishing — the ISFDB discloses only five issues published in 1949 and 1950, but it sure managed to publish some splendid art. This tube-girl cover painting on the October 1950 cover was done by the great Norman Saunders, and an interior illustration to Elinor Cowan Stone’s story “The Devil-Fish” has an illustration by Virgil Finlay.
Another Norman Saunders cover painting, this time for January 1950 It might not have quite the Innsmouth vibe that some earlier and rougher pulp covers did, but still, a frogman abducting a dame in a slinky dress is about as pulp as it gets.
The painting in cover context:
And that about covers it for pulp for a while. But fear not, because starting tomorrow we’ll be turning to American pulp’s weird and sexy continental offspring. Stay tuned!
This is Marvel Science Stories for February 1951, cover by Norman Saunders. The ISFDB entry for this issue is here. I found this version of the cover at Pulp Covers, where the curators have also made the entire issue available for download as well as some fine interior art, in this case all by Vincent Napoli. For example, this illustration for Bryce Walton’s story “The Man.”
This example of the tube-girl meme for another Bryce Walton story, “The Difference.”
And this warrior-girl illustration to the title story, Alfred Coppel’s “Forbidden Weapon.”
This is Marvel Science Stories for November 1950, cover by Norman Saunders. The ISFDB entry for this issue is here. I found this version of the cover at Pulp Covers, where the curators also include some interior art, including this piece by Frank R. Paul illustrating Lloyd Arthur Eschback’s “Overlord of Earth.”
And this rather dynamic illustration by Vincent Napoli illustrating A Bertram Chandler’s “Fire Brand!”