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Porn scribe’s diary 7/14/13: Sexy 1951 sci-fi pulp mag!

I’ve been trying an experiment on the weekends–not going online on Saturdays. I spend so many hours on the computer during the week writing and networking and tweeting that I often don’t give myself a chance to read the many books and magazines I have, and which I love. So it was nice for the last two weekends to take a break from the online universe on Saturdays (not turning the laptop on at all) and simply walking around town, hanging out with my book dealer friends on the street in Greenwich Village, and then coming home to read. Yesterday I perused an old pulp magazine I got in a trade for another magazine.

In the trade I selected THRILLING WONDER STORIES June 1951 for two reasons: I loved the cover of the elegant gloved glamour girl posed as a kind of “muse” for rocket ships, and I also wanted a magazine that is almost exactly as old as I am. Given how publication schedules work, this issue was conceived probably right around the time I was. I was born in October 1951, and this magazine, dated June of the same year, was probably assembled in February or March. 

The mag is fragile, so I cautiously took a couple of pix with my digicam to show it to you.

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I read a couple of the shorter stories, and enjoyed “Girl from Callisto” by Roger Dee best. It’s a funny tale about an earth scientist who makes interplanetary television contact with a beautiful girl on one of the moons of Jupiter…

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She is absolutely dazzling on the screen in his lab, he falls instantly in love, and she is also taken with him; and coming from a highly advanced civilization, she immediately gets into her personal rocket ship to come visit him on earth. Unfortunately, the black-and-white image that he sees of her on his interplanetary television screen fools him; it turns out that although she comes from a far-advanced scientific society, she is only one inch tall, and her spaceship only about ten inches long! Her lack of height is not revealed in the screen image–she seems terrestrial-sized on the tv since the transmission doesn’t make any compensation when it comes to height and she looks the same size as earth gals. It’s a romance that’s not meant to be, and she blasts off to return to Callisto at the end of this cute little story of fantasy fulfillment foiled by fate. As Andrew Marvell put it in his poem “The Definition of Love,” their passion is “the conjunction of the mind, and opposition of the stars.” But not quite as portentously phrased as that! 😉

If you’d like to read more about this particular magazine, check out this post on a cool pulp-related blog called Laurie’s Wild West.  

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2013 in Erotica

 

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Remembering a sensuous nude by Andrew Loomis…

One of the reasons I write this blog is simply to give readers an idea of what one porn writer’s work has been like. I also do it to get readers interested in my erotica ebooks, which are available on Amazon here. I have basically been a hard-working and knowledgable writer/editor, with forays into nude photography, porn screenwriting, and even modeling and acting.

Of the various influences I’ve had on my work in porn/erotica/whatever-you-wanna-call-it, a strong one has always been the culture of illustration and pinups. When I was growing up, my family had various art instruction books in the house, two of which are highly regarded today–Andrew Loomis’ Fun With A Pencil and Figure Drawing For All It’s Worth. You can find the latter on Amazon here, and the former will be re-released soon. After many years Loomis’ books have come back back into print; before that they were hard to find collector’s items. I was recently lucky to find a battered old copy of Fun With A Pencil at the flea market, a late printing from the 1960s, and I picked it up. It got me thinking about him again.

In the numerous offices and cubicles I’ve had over the years while editing magazines, I always put up examples of art that inspire me. For example, in the 1980s I had a few pinups by the late Dave Stevens, who created The Rocketeer and was important in the revival of interest in Bettie Page. You can see his amazing work here.

And this picture by Andrew Loomis has always been one of my favorites since I was a teenager, and hung on the wall of my cubicle in the 1990s when I was editing Sex Acts, Cheeks, and Girls Over 40 magazines out at the publisher in New Jersey, as well as writing stories, interviews, and columns for Leg Action, Swank, and D-Cup for the same company.

Fun with a pencil, indeed, although this is from Figure Drawing For All It's Worth.

Fun with a pencil, indeed, although this is from Figure Drawing For All It’s Worth.

Although the magazines I edited were as hardcore as any on the newsstands, I’ve always loved the softer and more sensual kinds of images as well, as exemplified by the Loomis nude above. The magazines I edited from 1981-2009 were therefore a mix of the pinup and porn aesthetic.
 
 

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