Epic Pulp Covers #14: Amazing Stories (March 1939)

Welcome to our blog series Epic Pulp Covers. Every Friday, we’ll post one classic pulp magazine cover that, for one reason or another, catches our fancy. Why? Because we simply adore these old periodicals, inside and out. You’ll always find something of their spirit within the heart and soul of every EOWS production.

This week’s choice (courtesy of Kev)? Amazing Stories from March 1939.

Amazing Stories (March 1939)

Comments:

  • I really dig the contrast between the two vehicle designs. They aren’t your garden-variety ‘rocket vs. flying saucer’ types. The artist put a lot of imagination into these colorful craft.
  • Who will win? The bronze bomber with the battle rivets, or the five-legged tripod replete with buttocks-driven cannon?
  • Featured on the cover is Robert Bloch (April 5, 1917-September 23, 1994), author of the book Psycho.

Come back next Friday for another episode of Epic Pulp Covers!

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[Major Hap Hazard’s Atomic-Powered Transceiver of Time on a Moon!] X Minus One-A Gun for Dinosaur

X Minus One – A Gun for Dinosaur 

Air date: 7 March, 1956

Adapted by Ernest Kinoy

When going back into the murky epochs of Earth’s prehistory to witness now-extinct creatures at the apex of their existence, it’s important to know the appropriate caliber of gun to hunt them down with. Adapted from the L. Sprague de Camp story of the same name, A Gun for Dinosaur illustrates precisely why the savagery of the mighty Tyrannosaur ain’t got nothing on that of civilized homo Sapiens with a gatt and a bad attitude.
From the acting, to the music, to the use of sound, a plethora of elements add to the show’s entertainment value, but of particular effectiveness is the subtlety in which the subject matter is presented. The absurdity of super-science being exploited so that modern humans can bag dino heads for trophies is handled with a feather-light touch; taken seriously, but casually, the concept free from the burden of pretentious techno-babble or overt, self-righteous condemnations of mankind’s destructive arrogance (although such arrogance plays a significant part in the story, rest assured). Gun is unspooling its yarn without hesitation, embarrassment, or apology, which makes for an episode of X-1 that engrosses the listener 62 years after it first aired.

Today’s video was posted by VistaRecordsBoard.

Epic Pulp Covers #13: Fantastic Adventures (February 1950)

Welcome to our blog series Epic Pulp Covers. Every Friday, we’ll post one classic pulp magazine cover that, for one reason or another, catches our fancy. Why? Because we simply adore these old periodicals, inside and out. You’ll always find something of their spirit within the heart and soul of every EOWS production.

This week’s choice (courtesy of Mae)? Fantastic Adventures from February 1950.

Fantastic Adventures (February 1950)

Comments:

  • Why do these covers always provide more questions than answers? Does our heroine control the gems or do they control her? Are these jewels sentient? Do they put anyone who touches them into a dream state?
  • Oh. My. Sweet. Goodness. I just noticed the ghouls (?) in the background. Are they figments born of a nightmare, or just fans at a really weird rave?
  • Her hair? Life goals.

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[Major Hap Hazard’s Atomic-Powered Transceiver of Time on a Moon!] X Minus One-Mars is Heaven

X Minus One – Mars is Heaven 

Air date: 18 May, 1955

This week’s featured episode is Mars is Heaven, based on a story penned by Ray Bradbury. The tale chronicles an initially charming, by-and-by curious, then increasingly creepy expedition to Mars where the bewildered American astronauts come across one of the most bizarre and inexplicable things one could ever discover on an alien world: Green Lake, Wisconsin.

Today’s video was posted by Fili-Bard Productions.

Epic Pulp Covers #12: Fantastic Universe (September 1959)

Welcome to our blog series Epic Pulp Covers. Every Friday, we’ll post one classic pulp magazine cover that, for one reason or another, catches our fancy. Why? Because we simply adore these old periodicals, inside and out. You’ll always find something of their spirit within the heart and soul of every EOWS production.

This week’s choice (courtesy of Kev)? Fantastic Universe from September 1959.

Fantastic Universe (September 1959)

Comments:

  • “Wow, Gary. Just, wow. We’re surrounded by a million places where there isn’t a volcano, and you found the one place where there is. Oh, and you landed cone-first, so there’s no way we’re getting home on this rocket. Masterstroke, dude. Truly your best landing yet, and I wish I could say I was being ironic. We need to give you the keys more often.”
  • Featured on the cover is Robert F. Young (June 8, 1915-June 22, 1986), prolific publisher of several novels and a library of short stories.
  • Also featured is Isaac Asimov (January 2, 1920-April 6, 1992), Russian-born writer of prodigious output who gave the world the Foundation series, among other memorable publications way over my head.

Come back next Friday for another episode of Epic Pulp Covers!