Sunday, August 03, 2014

Sunday Morning Bonus Pulp: Startling Stories, July 1950


A redheaded space babe, a raygun-totin' hero, and an evil teddy bear on the cover, plus stories inside by Edmond Hamilton, Leigh Brackett, Jack Vance, Ray Bradbury, Walt Sheldon, Frank Belknap Long, and Doc Smith...What else could you want from an issue of STARTLING STORIES? I'd read this one in a second if I had a copy.

7 comments:

Walker Martin said...

STARTLING STORIES, along with the companion THRILLING WONDER, was an excellent pulp during the late forties and early fifties. Sam Merwin and Sam Mines improved both magazines when they took over as editors.

It's still one of the SF pulps that is inexpensive and all 99 issues are not that hard to collect. Pulpfest(pulpfest.com), will be discussing STARTLING in Columbus, Ohio, August 7-10 on one of the panels along with a slideshow of the great cover art.

It's a favorite of mine and I agree with James that it is a must buy.

Barry Traylor said...

And as a wonderful bonus it contains one of my very favorite Edmond Hamilton stories "The City at World's End" plus it got the cover. I like this story so much I have the pulp, the Galaxy SF Novels edition, the early pb and the Frederick Fell hardcover. Perhaps I get a little obsessive at times.

James Reasoner said...

I believe I have the paperback edition of that one, Barry. I guess I ought to go ahead and read it. Hamilton's work has never disappointed me.

Barry Traylor said...

The bear is an E.T. and his name is Gorr Holl in the story and he is one of the good guys.

James Reasoner said...

Now I want to read it even more. Definitely pulling this one off the shelf.

Keith West said...

Space babe good.

I've got a lot of Startling Stories, but not this one. Walker is right about Startling and Thrilling Wonder being high quality in the late 40's and early 50's.

I bought the paperback copy of City at the World's End when I was in high school. That was so long ago, I don't recall if I read it or not.

Bob Sankner said...

I have the issue and just pulled it out and placed it on my "to read" pile.