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.
You know what sucks? Cracking open an admittedly banged up old pulp magazine…and realizing that fifty years ago someone used it as an ashtray.
It does have a great Allen Anderson cover though, and a Ray Bradbury short called Death-by-Rain, so it’s not all bad:)
Honestly, at first i didn’t know what to write here other than “Sorry!” And then it came to me…
Did you ever see the movie Heavy Metal? Animated scifi anthology for mature viewers, where a malicious orb called The Loc-nar appears in each story, causing havoc & evil?
Well…what if the Loc-nar got into this magazine?? Look at those pages again! In the first story it causes war on Mars, then turns a humble alien plant into a carnivorous beast, why, in the final story it seems to burn a man’s heart out!
Not to mention the story titles, Moon of Treason? Suicide Command? Flowering Evil?!
It’s been three years since “Rise of the Guardians”, six years since “The Princess and the Frog”, five years since “Toy Story 3”, thirteen years since both “Treasure Planet” and “Lilo & Stitch”, seventeen years since “Mulan”, and eighteen years since “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”. Yet nobody says to stop talking about them; only that people need to shut up about “Frozen” because it’s been TWO years. Incidentally, by that same logic everyone has one more year to sing the praises of “Big Hero 6”.