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Galactic Central & the FictionMags Index

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, April 21, 2017 in Commentary, References, Review
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Galactic Central & the FictionMags Index

'The Hero Pulp Index'While I was an early science-fiction fan (including pulp sf), I also got into comic books as a kid, and later started to collect them. A resource I started to obtain was the annual Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. The first edition I got was #9 from 1979, after seeing #8 in a bookstore. But here was the thing.

I didn’t care about comic book prices. Never did.

I got Overstreet for all the other information it had that I needed as a collector. When did a title start and end? What titles got renamed or merged? How many issues did it have? What issues of a title had certain backup series? Where did certain backup series go from one title to another? Which ones had certain creators work on? And so on.

When I got into reading pulp heroes, this sort of information was missing. Or at least for me in those early pre-Internet days, was hard to find. I was oblivious to the world of fandom at the time. I only later learned about stuff like The Hero Pulp Index. So as I focused on pulp heroes, it was hard to know how many stories a particular character had. Did this serial character run for four stories or six?

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Kicking off 2017

Posted by at 5:00 pm Tuesday, January 3, 2017 in Commentary
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

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
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

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
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

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
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

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
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

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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