I love pulp and camp art (and writing!) and Dragon Age is ripe for the treatment.  I tried to include everyone, and I wanted to hit three of the major genres- Detective stories, Adventure stories, and Men’s interest.

As a note- Originally, in the third image, Josie was the damsel in distress, but my husband argued against what he called her “debasement” and campaigned for Dorian to take her place on the grounds of him being a more attractive storytelling target (”it’s also more like Dorian to be bound,” says he).  That argument worked for me, and here we are.

Stock referenced from syccas-stock!


July 1949 issue

William Degenhard, “Murder on Four Wheels"

John Di Silvestro, “Timid Killer"

Bruno Fischer, “Sam Rall’s Private Ghost"

Jackson Hite, “Clue of the False Appearance"

Wilbur S. Peacock, “Puzzle in Paint"

Donn Mullally, “A Heel Is Born”  (James Dooley)

Morris Hershman, “Proposal Perilous"

Joe Archibald, “A Lam to the Slaughter” (Willie Klump) 

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August 13, 1938 issue

cover by Rudolph Belarski

Richard Sale, “Come Out of That Grave” (Daffy Dill)  

Anthony Armstrong, “From Seven O’Clock to Victoria"

Dale Clark, “The Perfect Cop" (Part 1 of 4)

Samuel Taylor, “Honest Tom"

Stookie Allen, “Illustrated Crimes: Mayfair’s Black Sheep"

H. H. Stinson, “Murder from Mandalay"

Eric Howard, “In Line of Duty"

Frank Gruber, “A Swede Called Johnson"

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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.