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‘The Bronze Gazette’ #78-80

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, February 14, 2018 in Doc Savage, Fanzines, Non-fiction, Philip Jose Farmer, Review
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

‘The Bronze Gazette’ #78-80

'The Bronze Gazette' #78I’m taking a look at all of The Bronze Gazette issues for 2017, as I’ve done for previous years, as subscriptions are taken for a year’s set of issues.

So here are issues #78, 79, and 80 of this excellent Doc Savage fanzine, along with the 2017 Doc Con Special (Special Issue #2).

#78 (Spring 2017) has a nice cover by comicbook artist Gary Chaloner, who gives us an article on his Doc pastiche, Red Kelso. I hope we’ll see Kelso in print sometime. Several good articles have a focus on art and artists.

We get an interview with JG Jones, who did several great Doc covers for the horrible First Wave run from DC, and the final (and pretty decent) Doc story there. Another interview is with Keith Wilson, the man behind the Doc fantasy covers. We learn how Bob Larkin got the job of doing Doc covers for Bantam. And finally we look into the mystery of why the same artwork by Fred Pfeiffer was used on two Doc covers. And maybe what we should have gotten as the cover of The Stone Man.

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‘Awesome Tales’ #6

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, January 3, 2018 in Detective Pulps, Domino Lady, Fanzines, New Pulp, Occult Detective
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

‘Awesome Tales’ #6

'Awesome Tales' #6Awesome Tales #6 (Fall 2017) is now out from Bold Venture Press and Black Cat Media.

This issue’s theme is crime, and the cover feature this issue is the Domino Lady, the classic, sexy pulp heroine. Rich Harvey provides the first of a new series of Domino Lady stories, with her moving to New York and going up against a sinister blackmail ring. If you want to read the classic stories, Bold Venture Press has a collection of them, with a great cover by Jim Steranko.

KT Pinto is back with another story of her supernatural detective Raphael Jones, “The Platinum Membership.” For previous stories, you’ll have to check Awesome Tales #3 and 4. This time, Jones is in Nazi Germany and has to team up with the Gestapo to stop a threat.

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‘Pulp Adventures’ #26

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, October 25, 2017 in Adventure Pulps, Detective Pulps, Fanzines, H.P. Lovecraft, New Pulp, Pulps, Reprints, Review, Weird Fiction
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

‘Pulp Adventures’ #26

'Pulp Adventures' #26Bold Ventures Press is back with another new issue of Pulp Adventures, #26 for the Summer of 2017.  And we get another Norman Saunders cover.  Was wondering if he’s return.

As always, a mix of old and new pulp in a wide range of genres:  mystery, western, horror, adventure, pulp hero and more.  Some stories are almost a 100 years old!!

From classic pulp we get the following:

“The Doting Burglar” by Ben Hecht is a fairly interesting tale that appeared way back in 1917 in All Story Weekly.  The author, whom we learn more from the blurb is as interesting.  He was a journalist and writer from the 1920s until he passed in 1964.  Like many pulp writers he also wrote plays and film scripts, and even lyrics.  He got 6 Academy Award nominations.

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‘The Savage Dyaries’

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, September 20, 2017 in Doc Savage, Fanzines, Non-fiction, Reprints, Review
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

‘The Savage Dyaries’

'The Savage Dyaries'The Savage Dyaries is a new collection of articles saved from pulp fanzines. In this case, Doc Savage articles written by Dafydd Neal Dyar that ran from 1979 to 1984.

Many of these fanzines are now hard to find, and so it’s great they are brought together for a new generation to enjoy.  Dyar has an almost encyclopedic knowledge of Doc, and can be counted on to provide such info in on-line discussions on Facebook.

All the articles here have been extensively footnoted (in a few cases the footnotes are longer then the articles themselves). As this is marked “Volume 1,” so hopefully at some point we’ll see a volume 2, maybe a volume of his non-Doc articles or later Doc articles?

So what does DND have for us?

• A couple of articles on John Sunlight that speculate on his parentage.

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‘Pulp Adventures’ #25

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, August 9, 2017 in Adventure Pulps, Comics, Fanzines, New Pulp, Pulps, Reprints, Review, Weird Fiction, Western Pulps
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

‘Pulp Adventures’ #25

'Pulp Adventures' #25The 10th issue of the new Pulp Adventures — #25, Spring 2017 — is out.

This issue has a set of new and reprinted pulp fiction, all under a Norman Saunders cover (again). No non-fiction other than the information on the authors or pulps these appeared in, which I think added to things. I’d just like to see an occasional full article on some topic.

For pulp reprints, first up is one of Robert E. Howard‘s Sailor Steve Costigan stories, “Waterfront Fists” which appeared in Fight Stories. I was surprised to learn that this pulp, the first focused on a specific sport, ran for over two decades.

Next, we get some different Western stories. First is “Chicago Man” by E.K. Jarvis, which ran in Mammoth Western in 1946. From Will H. Thompson, we get “Tigre and Isola” that appeared in Adventure way back in 1911. And then a very short short story by Larry Latham: “Desert Rescue.” This one appeared in Thrilling Comics, due to postage regulations. Comics had to have two pages of text, so many ran short stories or later letter pages. I recall seeing this in many of the comics I got in the ’60s. Since many early comic-book publishers where connected to pulp publishers, they could get this done.

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‘The Pulpster’ #26

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, July 28, 2017 in Detective Pulps, Fanzines, Non-fiction, Review
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

‘The Pulpster’ #26

'The Pulpster' #26It’s summer 2017, and that means a new Pulpfest and a new issue of The Pulpster, #26!

The main focus of this issue is “dangerous dames” and “psychos.” The first seems apropos, what with the recent Wonder Woman tearing up the movie screens. But Wonder Woman is not pulp. Who, then are some of the dangerous dames of the pulps?

Well, Ron Goulart and Bill Pronzini provide us with a pair of articles on that.

Ron is up first with a look at some of the few female detectives from the pulps, many that I wasn’t aware of. There is Madame Storey who appeared in Argosy and Mystery in the 1920s and ’30s. Violet McCade appeared in Street & Smith’s Clues Detective Stories in 1935-37 (around the same time as I.V. Frost). Longer running is Theodore Tinsley‘s Carrie Cashin who appeared in S&S’s tryout pulp Crime Busters (later renamed Street & Smith’s Mystery Magazine) for nearly 40 stories from 1937 to ’42, the whole run of the magazine. Then we have Sarah Watson in Detective Fiction Weekly from 1935-38. Finally, and surprisingly, we have Sally the Sleuth, who starred in short two-page comic stories in the spicy pulps where she often lost most of her clothes. Sadly, none of these are readily available today. I keep hoping Sanctum Books would at least reprint some Carrie Cashin.

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