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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: 2 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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Fanzine focus: ‘Blood ‘n’ Thunder’ #46-48

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, September 9, 2016 in Fanzines, Hero Pulps, Non-fiction, Reprints, Review, Western Pulps
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Fanzine focus: ‘Blood ‘n’ Thunder’ #46-48

After too long we get two more issues of Murania Press‘ excellent magazine Blood ‘n’ Thunder.

Blood ‘n’ Thunder covers not just pulps, but their dime novel forerunners, movie serials, and early radio. But every issue has something of interest to pulp fans, and these are no exceptions, having both new articles, and reprints of both fiction and non-fiction. As I noted in my previous review, editor Ed Hulse‘s plan is to continue the magazine until #50, then continue it as a series of books.

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Fanzine focus: ‘Pulp Adventures’ #20

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, March 9, 2016 in Domino Lady, Fanzines, Johnston McCulley, New Pulp, Proto-pulp, Review, Western Pulps, Zorro
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Fanzine focus: ‘Pulp Adventures’ #20

'Pulp Adventures' #20Pulp Adventures #20 (Winter 2016) is the sixth issue of the new version from Bold Venture Press.

As with the others, we get a collection of classic pulp fiction, new pulp fiction, and non-fiction articles, all under a Norman Saunders cover (a western this time). In my view, this blend of new and old pulp fiction (with occasional pre-pulp and post-pulp) that doesn’t focus on one pulp genre (we get western, horror, science fiction, sports, and pulp hero in this one) makes this one of the best pulp fiction fanzine coming out now. You might not like everything that appears in an issue, but I know you will like something.

So what’s in this issue?

In the area of proto-pulp is the classic horror tale, “The Horla” by Guy De Maupassant. It first appeared in 1886 in a French periodical. For me, this is the most well-known story of his, which tells through the use of journal entries of a man being driven insane by the presence of a ghostly entity who seems to haunt or possess him. This story influenced many, including H.P. Lovecraft.

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Fanzine focus: ‘Pulp Adventures’ #18

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, September 25, 2015 in Adventure Pulps, Detective Pulps, Fanzines, Post-pulp, Pulps, Review, Western Pulps
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Fanzine focus: ‘Pulp Adventures’ #18

"Pulp Adventures" #18Pulp Adventures #18 (Summer 2015), the fourth issue of the new version from Bold Venture Press, is now out. We get a collection of pulp fiction, along with some “post pulp fiction” taken from the various “men’s adventure” magazines that replaced the pulps, and some new stuff, all under a Norman Saunders crime cover. As I’ve noted in reviews of previous issues, we don’t have any similar series of pulp reprints out there now, and this is a great series.

The issue starts with an editorial that gives an overview of the men’s adventure magazines. There are several works out there that focus on them (even an ad for several of them). And we then get right to it with “MacDonald’s Nightmare Safari,” which gives the adventure of Jim MacDonald on his quest for diamonds in South America. But it’s not so simple as he must contend with dangerous natives, a man-eating dinosaur (or is it a giant lizard?), and a dame. Who wrote this tale for issue of Man’s Conquest in 1959 is unknown, as it was billed as written by Jim MacDonald himself! Thought it interesting that the issue’s cover was by George Gross, a long-time pulp cover artist who later did the great covers for paperback reprints of The Avenger and others.

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Fanzine update: ‘Blood ‘n’ Thunder’ #45

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, September 18, 2015 in Fantomas, Fanzines, Hero Pulps, Non-fiction, Science Fiction Pulps, Western Pulps
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Fanzine update: ‘Blood ‘n’ Thunder’ #45

"Blood 'n' Thunder" No. 45Well, it’s Summer of 2015, and we get another issue of Murania Press‘ (Ed Hulse‘s) excellent magazine Blood ‘n’ Thunder.

Last summer we got a single issue (#41) and after another delay, we got another huge triple issue for 2014-15 that covered #42-44. So I decided to just cover this issue rather than hold off for when the next issue will come out (which should be this fall).

Blood ‘n’ Thunder covers 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.

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The Argosy Library, Series I

Posted by at 10:00 am Monday, August 3, 2015 in Altus Press, Fantasy Pulp, Lester Dent, Pulps, Review, Western Pulps
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The Argosy Library, Series I

Genius JonesWhile most people when dealing with pulps focus on the later periods of the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s, the hero pulps that occurred then, the crime, detective, mystery, science-fiction and fantasy of those eras, it’s important to also look at the pulp fiction that preceded those eras.

The pulp magazines got their start due to 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.

Now, Altus Press has 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 those magazines, now often overlooked.

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