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Fanzine focus: ‘Pulp Adventures’ #22

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, October 5, 2016 in Comics, Fanzines, New Pulp, Pulps, Reprints, Review, Science Fiction Pulps, Sherlock Holmes
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Fanzine focus: ‘Pulp Adventures’ #22

'Pulp Adventures' #22Pulp Adventures #22 (Summer 2016) is the eighth issue of the new version from Bold Venture Press, and completes two years of this zine.  And I had just gotten out a review on the previous issue!

This time we get a collection of classic and New Pulp fiction (with some notes) and even some pulp comics, under a H.L. Park cover (a science fiction one). No Norman Saunders cover this time, gasp! There is a reason why, though.

In my view, this blend of new and old pulp fiction (with occasional pre-pulp and post-pulp) that doesn’t focus on one genre — we get science fiction, aviation, crime & detective, and a little horror in this one — makes this one of the best pulp-fiction fanzines coming out now.

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‘Cirsova’: heroic fantasy and sf magazine

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, August 10, 2016 in Fantasy Pulp, Fanzines, Review, Science Fiction Pulps
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‘Cirsova’: heroic fantasy and sf magazine

'Cirsova' #1A new magazine focusing on new fiction in the vein of classic pulp magazines like Planet Stories, Weird Tales, and Thrilling Wonder Stories is now out: Cirsova.

It launched the first and second issues with Kickstarter campaigns. The first issue you can obtain from Amazon, the second one is being produced and should come out soon. There is talk of doing a subscription option for the third and fourth issues. Number 3 will focus on pirates, and the fourth will be a double-size winter issue.

I got the first issue, and it’s an overall nice magazine. There is a novelette, 6 short stories, a poem, and an essay. Cover is by Jabari Weather, who also produced the cover for the second and third issues as well.

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Edgar Rice Burrough’s Venus

Posted by at 10:00 am Monday, May 23, 2016 in Edgar Rice Burroughs, Review, Science Fiction Pulps
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Edgar Rice Burrough’s Venus
"Argosy" (Sept. 17, 1932) featuring "The Pirates of Venus."

Argosy (Sept. 17, 1932) featuring “The Pirates of Venus.”

The prolific Edgar Rice Burroughs had several series set in exotic locations: Mars, the Hollow Earth, the Moon, and Venus.

I have already looked at his Mars and Pellucidar (hollow earth) series, and his last extended series was set on Venus, or Amtor as the natives called it, though most refer to it as the Venus series or the Carson of Venus series. I read the series while in high school when I was reading almost all of Burroughs’ stuff.

The series is composed of:

  • “Pirates of Venus” (1934)
  • “Lost on Venus” (1935)
  • “Carson of Venus” (1939)
  • “Escape on Venus” (1946)
  • “The Wizard of Venus” (1964)

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Weinberg’s ‘Incredible Adventures’

Posted by at 11:00 am Wednesday, May 18, 2016 in Adventure Pulps, Fantasy Pulp, Pulps, Reprints, Review, Science Fiction Pulps
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Weinberg’s ‘Incredible Adventures’

I have previously posted on Robert Weinberg and his several excellent pulp reprint series. There was Pulp Classics, which mainly focused on the hero pulps, and the shorter-lived series Weird Menace, which focused on that genre. Midway in length was Lost Fantasies, focusing on overlooked pulp fantasy.

Now we’ll look at this final, and short-lived, pulp reprint series Incredible Adventures, which lasted only three issues. What is interesting is that the first two weren’t published by Weinberg (though he did distribute them).

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The Argosy Library, Series II

Posted by at 10:00 am Monday, April 25, 2016 in Adventure Pulps, Altus Press, Detective Pulps, Occult Detective, Pulps, Science Fiction Pulps
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

The Argosy Library, Series II

"Champion of Lost Causes"About a year ago, Altus Press started a new line called the “Argosy Library,” which is composed of several series of 10 books each highlighting some of the great fiction that appeared in the early pulps.

All are taken from the pulps started by Frank A. Munsey, who started to convert his fiction magazines to pulp paper and reduced their price, making them more profitable. He published the well-known Argosy magazine, which got its start in the late 1800s, and several other popular magazines such as The All-Story and Flynn’s Detective Fiction Weekly. Series I came out last year, and now we get Series II.

Series II consists of:

  • Champion of Lost Causes, by Max Brand
  • The Scarlet Blade: The Rakehelly Adventures of Cleve and D’Entreville, Vol. 1 by Murray R. Montgomery
  • Doan and Carstairs: Their Complete Cases, by Norbert Davis
  • The King Who Came Back, by Fred MacIsaac
  • Blood Ritual: The Adventures of Scarlet and Bradshaw, Vol. 1 by Theodore Roscoe
  • The City of Stolen Lives: The Adventures of Peter the Brazen, Vol. 1 by Loring Brent
  • The Radio Gun-Runners, by Ralph Milne Farley
  • Sabotage, by Cleve F. Adams
  • The Complete Cabalistic Cases of Semi Dual, The Occult Detector, Vol. 2: 1912–13 by J.U. Giesy and Junius B. Smith
  • South of Fifty-Three, by Jack Bechdolt

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The ‘radio’ pulp of Ralph Milne Farley

Posted by at 10:00 am Monday, April 18, 2016 in Pulps, Review, Science Fiction Pulps
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

The ‘radio’ pulp of Ralph Milne Farley

The Radio ManAn interesting and somewhat prolific pulp author is Ralph Milne Farley. While during his time he wrote a variety of science fiction pulps, most today know him for his “Radio Man” series.

Ralph Milne Farley is really the pseudonym for Roger Sherman Hoar (1887-1963). He was a state senator and assistant attorney general for Massachusetts. So writing was a side-line for him. He was mainly active from the 1920s into the 1940s, a wrote several novels and short stories. Several of his novels had the word “Radio” in them, though not all are interconnected.

As noted, his most well-known series is the “Radio Man” series, which focused on Myles Cabot and set on Venus. In many ways the series is similar to Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ Mars series, and so Farley is consider another “rival” to Burroughs.

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