||The cover is just like the style of the pulps of the forties. Utterly ridiculous spaceships on both people and terribly ugly aliens are part of the norm. The stories are incredibly campy by today's standards, in the category of 'so bad they are actually good.' They also reflect a time when it was felt that anything in space was possible and that the Earth would always triumph.
Flint Baker-The One Eyed Monsters of Mars: Flint has a rocket ship that he uses to go to Mars. Baker gets three guys that were in prison for life to volunteer for the flight (they are all ex-mechanics.)
After they get to Mars they find the wreck of an old ship and a note on a dead body, warning them to stay away from the dark side of Mars. (Dark side? Mars? Wasn't it the moon that was pictured as having a 'dark side' and not Mars?)
They have a car of a type and find a highway, a city, and a the daughter of the rule of that side of Mars. They are told that men from the crashed ship were evil, were exiled to the dark side, set up a dictatorship there and plan to attack.
They don't seem to need spacesuits at all. The monsters abduct the two women. The good guys go to the other side and attack the guys fort, using ray guns and a regular .38.
(Since then, though, we have learned that there is no 'dark side' of Mars, that there is no gravity on a spaceship, that the Martian gravity is less than the Earth's, and that Mar's atmosphere cannot be breathed by a human being. Still, though, those types of things were not found out till much later. The story is still a lot of fun.)
Auro, Lord of Jupiter: A husband, wife and child are cruising in a spaceship near Jupiter. The spaceship gets hit by a meteor and crashes, the parents dying. The boy is raised by a saber-toothed tiger. Later there's a group of crooks from Neptune and a woman that escapes but crash-lands on Jupiter. So Auro, the girl, and the 'brutes' from Jupiter have to attack Neptune to free the captives.
The Red Comet: A group of earth people land on another planet and are captured in a web made by half-humans. The Red Comet can become huge, and he destroys the nets. He can also become small. He finds the humans, expands his body to huge dimensions, squashes many of the spider-people, and frees the Earthlings. How campy can you get? Cool story.
Captain Nelson Core of the Solar Force: The solar system is under attack, directed by a madman on another planet and his army of the 'living dead.' He and his men are captured (of course), incapacitate the leader who, of course, awakens later, battles the 'living dead' army (now being referred to as robots in the story), and eventually free all of them and imprison the leader and his female cohort.
Spurt Hammon (Spurt? You have so got to be kidding) Planet Flyer and the Lords of the Moon: There's a war on the moon between warlords, and one group is all women. They have a plan to attack the earth, but Spurt (of course) defeats the plan and there are two women that end up fighting each other over him.
Buzz Crandall and the Space Patrol: Some scientists are captured by Neptunians. Buzz has to go there and rescue them, one of which is a beautiful woman (of course).
Quorak, Super Pirate: An insane Earth scientist is on a planetoid far away. He figures out a way to attack Pluto and destroy their civilization. His ray draws Pluto out of its orbit. A space force group goes to Pluto, and the main ship is captured by the scientist who is overcome and all ends well.
||Ah, but the "Flint Baker" story is an early piece by Dick Briefer, who went on to create some wonderful work. His stylish touch is evident in the rockets and buildings, which borrow from the Art Deco tradition in their fantastic yet streamlined design.