ae van vogt


Robots! Dames! Raygun! Exaggerated Fonts!

That’s Startling Stories for you.

And, That Cover.

One of the Later Captain Future stories by Edmond Hamilton appears here, Captain Future, one of the classic pulp scifi heroes, a mainstay in his own magazine as well as Startling for more then a decade, who would go on to success as of all things, a Japanese Anime series. Ha.

Startling Stories vol.20 #3, january 1950. Cover by Earle Bergey.



As Earle Bergey is to Barbarella, Allan Anderson is to Xena Warrior-Princess.

While Bergey’s cover girls were all cutesy miniskirts & ray guns, Anderson’s were chain-mail & badass battle-axes. And none more so than his Black Amazon of Mars.

Planet Stories, March 1951.

And Leigh Brackett, Leigh. Eff-ing. Brackett. Known as the “Queen of Space Opera”, one of the best and most prolific of all the women pulp writers, she wrote dozens of short stories & novelettes for Planet Stories, Startling Stories and Thrilling Wonder Stories throughout the forties & fifties before starting a jaw dropping screenwriting career.

Her first hollywood gig? Co-writing the adaptation of The Big Sleep…with William Faulkner. She then wrote a series of westerns for John Wayne before returning to the works of Raymond Chandler with Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye.

Her Final hollywood work? A little flick called Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

The Queen of Space Opera? All hail the Queen.