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Kicking off 2017

Posted by at 5:00 pm Tuesday, January 3, 2017 in Commentary

2017 is here, and I see that my fourth anniversary of this blog is rapidly approaching, as well as hitting 400 posts.  Not sure which one will hit first.

A reminder on my goals with this blog.  I will try to have 2 posts a week.  Posts will be Monday, Wednesday and/or Friday.

Each day will have a different focus:

  • Monday-  original pulp (including proto pulp like dime novels, etc.)
  • Wednesday- New Pulp
  • Friday- other media: comics, tv, movies.  Also, borderline stuff like juvenile fiction.

Postings on fanzines may appear on Wednesday or Friday.

If you like what you see, please post a comment.  Disagree or have more info to share, post a comment (I sometimes make mistakes, and sometimes I’m not trying to be as detailed as possible).

Got several posts already lined up and have a list of items I hope to tackle in 2017.

Enjoy!!!

-Pulp Superfan!!!

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The Logic of my Postings

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, July 29, 2016 in Commentary

Those who have followed my blog for awhile may be wondering if there is any logic to what I post when.

Actually, there is.

Early on I set down a general guideline for myself as to when certain posts are scheduled to appear:
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Con report: Pulp AdventureCon 2016 Florida

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, February 26, 2016 in Commentary, Conventions, Pulps

Con report: Pulp AdventureCon 2016 Florida

In 2015, those of us here in South Florida were fortunate that Rich Harvey and Audrey Parente of Bold Venture Press kicked off a version of Pulp AdventureCon here in Ft. Lauderdale. I attended that first show, and enjoyed myself, as it was the first (and so far only) pulp con/show I’ve been to.

In February 2016, Pulp AdventureCon returned to Ft. Lauderdale (same location: Universal Palms Hotel). Several of the vendors from the first show were there. And there were a couple of new ones. Read more

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The Shaver Mystery

Posted by at 10:00 am Monday, August 10, 2015 in Commentary, Pulps, Science Fiction Pulps

The Shaver Mystery

"Amazing Stories" June 1947In the March 1945 issue of Amazing Stories, “I Remember Lemuria” kicked off a phenomenon that continues to this day: the Shaver Mystery.

It took readers by storm, and increased circulation of the magazine. It reached its crescendo with the June 1947 issue of Amazing Stories that was devoted to the Mystery.

While many were receptive to the Mystery, others in fandom had major issues with it being presented as fact and not fiction and called it a hoax, and further stories pretty much ended in the Ziff-Davis pulps in mid-1948.

But what was the “Shaver Mystery,” and who was behind it?

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Con report: Pulp AdventureCon 2015

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, March 6, 2015 in Commentary, Conventions, Pulps

While a long-time pulp fan, sadly most of my interactions with fellow fans as been through online forums. Years ago a Usenet forum called alt.pulp was created, and I was pretty active there. But most of my interaction at the time was through the occasional email or posting there.

When I got back into pulp fandom after dropping out due to time and other issues, my main interaction with other fans was on places like the various pulp-related groups on Facebook. As I read stuff, I also posted reviews on Amazon, all of which later lead to this blog.

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A look at pulp hero genres

Posted by at 10:00 am Monday, March 24, 2014 in Commentary, Hero Pulps, New Pulp, Pastiche

A look at pulp hero genres

Lobster JohnsonSome pulp hero fans make the mistake of lumping all the pulp heroes together into one group, as if they comprise a genre all their own.

Sometimes it leads to some silly comparisons, such as recently when someone compared the new comic book pulp hero Lobster Johnson to Doc Savage, because they are nothing alike. Too many pulp hero fans don’t seem to grasp that pulp fiction covers a wide range of genres, and that pulp heroes do as well.

So what are these genres? They are numerous, but some of the major ones include mystery/detective/crime, adventure, science fiction, occult/horror/fantasy, weird menace, air/war, spy, western and romance. There were, of course, many other smaller genres like railroad, nursing, spicy/saucy, and so on. By far the largest was the mystery/detective genre. Some genres continue today, where as other have dwindled or disappeared.

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