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Jess Nevin’s ‘The Pulps: A History’

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, March 29, 2017 in Foreign Pulps, Non-fiction, Pulps, References
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Jess Nevin’s ‘The Pulps: A History’

'The Pulps: A History'For those who don’t know him, Jess Nevins is probably one of the main pure researchers today in the world of pulp. And not just pulps in the U.S., but also overseas.

He has in the past maintained several websites that had information on a wide number of pulp characters. He has also put out several encyclopedic books on the topic, most out of print. He works as a research librarian, and so has access to information that most of us can only dream of.

Thankfully Nevins has shared much of that information. And his recent small book, The Pulps: A History, is but his latest.

While not flashy or the like, this small little tome provides a lot of data on the pulps that too many are either ignorant of or overlook. It seems that part of the reason for putting out this work is to correct all the misleading or inaccurate information out that. As an evocative historian in several areas, I can understand where he is coming from. I’ve tried as best I can in this blog to present as much accurate information as I can, usually hampered by what I have access to.

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‘Echoes Revisited’

Posted by at 10:10 am Wednesday, February 8, 2017 in Fanzines, G-8, Non-fiction, Phantom Detective, References, Review, Secret Agent X, The Avenger
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

‘Echoes Revisited’

'Echoes Revisited'The fanzine Echoes ran from 1982 to 2002, before the advent of print-on-demand changed pulp fan publishing and ushered in the current New Pulp era.

Echoes was published by Tom and Ginger Johnson for 100 issues and then for a period of time it was an “newszine.” Its last new issue was Echoes Revisited, published in 2002 as a 20th anniversary special issue. This one had a color cover (The Shadow by David Burton) and special binding. There were also 100 numbered copies.

This issue celebrates Echoes with a collection of articles new and old, along with several art portfolios and photocopies of some pulp covers. Sadly, I don’t know which articles are reprints, or from where, nor where some of these articles have appeared since. The articles are grouped by their authors.

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Fanzine focus: ‘Blood ‘n’ Thunder’ #49/50

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, January 4, 2017 in Fanzines, Non-fiction, Review
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Fanzine focus: ‘Blood ‘n’ Thunder’ #49/50

'Blood 'n' Thunder' #49/50It’s another end of an era.

After 15 some years, Ed Hulse‘s excellent magazine, Blood ‘n’ Thunder, comes to an end with the Fall 2016 issue: #49/50.

Blood ‘n’ Thunder covered not just pulps, but their dime-novel forerunners, movie serials, and early radio. But every issue has something of interest to pulp fans, and this one is no exception, having both new articles, and reprints of both fiction and non-fiction. If you have not gotten this fanzine, there are two collections of articles from the first 22 issues, and the rest are available through Amazon, thanks to print on demand.

So what do we have in this issue? Another great collection of non-fiction, fiction, new and old.

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‘The Big Book of Bronze,’ Vol. 8

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, December 7, 2016 in Doc Savage, Fanzines, Non-fiction
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

‘The Big Book of Bronze,’ Vol. 8

With another Doc Con completed, we get another edition of The Big Book of Bronze. Volume 8 has a theme on the long promised new Doc Savage movie, but we also get some other articles.

All eight volumes of 'The Big Book of Bronze'

All eight volumes of ‘The Big Book of Bronze’

Julian Puga looks at “The Tunnel Terror,” in particular working out where this adventure occurred.

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Fanzine focus: ‘Bronze Gazette’ #77 & Doc Con special

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, November 9, 2016 in Doc Savage, Fanzines, New Pulp, Non-fiction, Pastiche, Pulps
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

Fanzine focus: ‘Bronze Gazette’ #77 & Doc Con special

I recently received the second new issue of The Bronze Gazette, #77, now published by Pulplications. This is the final issue for this year. They also did a special edition for the 2016 Doc Con, and I was able to order a copy (it wasn’t part of the subscription). Check, as they may still have copies.

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‘The Shadow in Review’

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, September 21, 2016 in Non-fiction, Review, The Shadow
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

‘The Shadow in Review’

'The Shadow in Review'A new guide to The Shadow pulp series is out: The Shadow in Review. It’s written by John Olsen, who writes the companion blog That’s Pulp!, and published by Pulplandia Press (through Lulu).

This massive work (over 500 pages) has a review of each Shadow story from the pulp series, plus a few more. It’s a labor of love that the author spent nearly 20 years reading every story twice and writing a review for each one.

Each review runs about a page or two. We are told the volume and issue number, publication date, and the submission date, and the submitted title if different from the final title. Who wrote each story is noted. And each stories rated from zero to five guns.

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