"Discord in Scarlet"
Short Fiction 1939 15,000 words
  • This was van Vogt's second SF story to be published. The first was "Black Destroyer."

  • A comic book adaptation of the "Discord in Scarlet" section of The Voyage of the Space Beagle was published in Eerie #139 in February 1983, scripted by Rich Margopoulos and with art by Luis Bermejo. (Thanks to Tim Stroup for this information.)

Part of the
Space Beagle Series
1 —     "Black Destroyer" 1939
2 —     "Discord in Scarlet" 1939
3 —     "War of Nerves" 1950
4 —     "M33 in Andromeda" 1943

These stories formed the basis of the novel The Voyage of the Space Beagle (1950). Most of the scenes featuring Grosvenor and Nexialism were newly added for the novel.

A tiny excerpt from the novel was later published as "Through a Night" (1992).



original version


adapted for fix-up novel


comic book adaptation
Included In
M33 in Andromeda 1971
Mission: Interplanetary 1952
Transfinite: The Essential A.E. van Vogt 2003
The Voyage of the Space Beagle 1950
Astounding Science Fiction magazine
1939 December Street & Smith
pulp Vol 24, No 4 164 pages $0.20

cover art by


First appearance

In this issue, Campbell experimented with red ink (in addition to black) for the first few pages. This was never repeated, but its appearance in this issue was highly fortuitous, allowing Xtl to appear in his full bright-red glory.

3 illustrations by
Paul Orban

Cover & other images: Walwyn
Illustration images: Walwyn
Data: Walwyn
Eerie magazine
1983 February Warren Publishing
comic Issue #139 68 pages $2.25

cover art by
Kelly Freas


Comic book adaptation. Script by Rich Margopoulos, art by Luis Bermejo.

Although tagged as "Voyage of the Space Beagle," this adaptation only contains the section containing "Discord in Scarlet."

Cover & other images: Tim Stroup, José Data: Grand Comics Database
Rainbow Fantasia: 35 Spectrumatic Tales of Wonder anthology
edited by Forrest J. Ackerman
2001 August Sense of Wonder Press
trade 0-918736-36-6 559 pages $23.95

cover art by
Anton Brzezinski

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB