Thursday, April 29, 2010

10 astounding Mars pulp covers

I’ve compiled a gallery on Flickr of ten Mars science fiction & fantasy pulp magazine covers, all from Astounding Stories and Astounding Science Fiction, ranging from the early 1930s to the late 1950s. Please let me know which cover you like best!


Mr. Roper said...

I met Mr. Freas in 1982, the the World Science Fiction Convention in I recall a rather nice fellow. I like his work.

Phil said...

The Freas cover is one of the few pulp covers to have had a life of its own, as it has been re-used elsewhere, and it probably the best.

However, for sheer pulpiness I like the "Monsters of Mars" one, with those alligator creatures on the cover and the Earthman boldly leaping, boots first, towards them.

Doc Mars said...

Hi Paul,
Great, great covers!
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Paul said...

Agreed, the Freas Martian is probably one of the most enduring SF images. If I recall, the Merril Collection at the Toronto Public Library uses it as a promotional piece.

Ee Leen Lee said...

i love all of them! there's a quaint kitschiness to these old covers

K.E. said...

I'm more of a "what does Mars look like?" kind of guy. So I'm digging the Dec 1952 cover which conveys a sense of the 'magnificent desolation' of the martian landscape.