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Going on hiatus

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, October 6, 2017 in Old Time Radio (OTR), Pulp, The Shadow
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

Going on hiatus

This blog, That’s Pulp!, is going on an extended vacation. I can’t tell you when I’ll return… I don’t know.

To all you pulp fans who have visited here over the past two years, I want to thank you for your interest, your support, and your kind comments. And to Bill Lampkin, who owns and operates ThePulp.Net, I want to extend my sincere gratitude for allowing me the opportunity to address you weekly. A nicer and more helpful guy I’ve never met.

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Perry Mason novels: #49 and #50

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, September 29, 2017 in Old TV Shows, Perry Mason, Pulp
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Perry Mason novels: #49 and #50
Erle Stanley Gardner in one of his several appearances as a judge.

Erle Stanley Gardner in one of his several appearances as a judge.

Erle Stanley Gardner started writing for the pulps in 1923. But it was for Perry Mason, the courtroom attorney, that he became the most well known. The first Perry Mason mystery was published in 1933 and the final one was published in 1973, three years after Gardner’s death.

In today’s blog, I’ll be discussing the 49th and 50th Perry Mason stories. Both were published in 1956, the year before Perry Mason debuted on television with Raymond Burr in the lead role… a part he went on to make his own.

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TMM #11: Death in the Blue Room

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, September 22, 2017 in Movies, Pulp, The Shadow, Two-Minute Mystery
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

TMM #11: Death in the Blue Room
A series of puzzlers starring a classic pulp figure

A series of puzzlers starring a classic pulp figure

This week, we provide you with another in the rotating series of The Shadow two-minute mysteries. Don’t hold me to the two-minute part… but it’s close. That’s how long it will take to read. Solving the mystery may, however, take more than two minutes. Examine the clues; test your sleuthing skills.

This mini-mystery originally appeared on my Shadow in Review website a dozen years ago. The one presented here today was one of those. Perhaps you’ll remember it, and remember the solution, as well. And perhaps not…

This mystery is based upon the original 1930s pulp character, The Shadow. Not the radio version. No clouding men’s minds, here. Just a black cloak and slouch hat.

The solution, at least the one that author had in mind, will appear (below) next Friday. That gives you time to mull over the crime.

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Advertising The Shadow

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, September 15, 2017 in Mail-away premiums, Movies, Old Time Radio (OTR), Pulp, Serials, The Shadow
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

Advertising The Shadow
Ad found in a 1938 issue of Doc Savage Magazine.

Ad found in a 1938 issue of Doc Savage Magazine.

Ads and promotions for The Shadow appeared in many forms. Below you will see examples of some of them. Most are advertisements intended to entice radio listeners to tune in each Sunday afternoon for another exciting episode of The Shadow program. There are also a few advertisements for the pulp magazines and movies shown.

Ink blotters were probably the most commonly found types of advertising material for The Shadow. Although nobody uses ink blotters any more, back in the old radio era ball-point pens were not yet being mass produced and most people wrote with fountain pens and regularly used ink blotters. They were cheap to produce and became a popular advertising medium for all sorts of products and businesses.

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Perry Mason novels: #47 and #48

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, September 8, 2017 in Old TV Shows, Perry Mason, Pulp
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

Perry Mason novels: #47 and #48
Erle Stanley Gardner - rarely seen without glasses.

Erle Stanley Gardner – rarely seen without glasses.

Perry Mason. Let’s see… he was on TV… he was on the radio… he was in the movies… he was in the comic books… there was a daily newspaper strip… Now what am I forgetting? Oh, yeah, he was also in books. Books! You remember those things. Sometimes hard covered, sometimes soft covered. Words, no pictures. Yeah, that’s right… books!

Erle Stanley Gardner started writing Perry Mason for the book market. After 10 years of honing his writing skills in the pulp magazine market, Gardner wrote the first Perry Mason novel in 1933. The last and 85th of the Perry Mason books was published in 1973 after Gardner’s death. It was the book series that inspired all the other appearances in the media… the TV, radio, movies, etc. It all started with the books.

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TMM #10: The Grove of Mystery

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, September 1, 2017 in Pulp, The Shadow, Two-Minute Mystery
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

TMM #10: The Grove of Mystery
A series of puzzlers starring a classic pulp figure

A series of puzzlers starring a classic pulp figure

Here’s a new entry in my rotating series of The Shadow two-minute mysteries. Another chance to match wits with The Shadow, solve the mystery along with crimedom’s nemesis. Sharpen your sleuthing skills and give it a couple minutes of your valuable time.

This mini-mystery originally appeared on my Shadow in Review website, a dozen or more years ago. You may remember it… you may remember the solution, as well. But for those of you who missed it the first time around, here’s a summer rerun!

This mystery is based upon the original 1930s pulp character, The Shadow. Not the radio version. No clouding men’s minds, here. Just a black cloak and slouch hat.

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The Shadow on television

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, August 25, 2017 in Movies, Old Time Radio (OTR), Old TV Shows, Pulp, Serials, The Shadow
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

The Shadow on television

The version of The Shadow that radio listeners heard beginning in 1937 was designed specifically for the medium of radio. And it was a perfect fit. A crime fighter with the power to become invisible required no special effects other than what the individual mind could conjure.

That version of The Shadow did not translate well to the screen, either large or small. There were a series of motion-picture shorts that featured an early radio version of The Shadow… where The Shadow was an unseen narrator of the stories. Four feature-length motion pictures were produced between 1937 and 1946, but they used a more pulp version of The Shadow. A 1940 movie serial used the same approach. It wasn’t until 1994 and the motion picture The Shadow, starring Alec Baldwin, that radio’s version of The Shadow appeared in movie theaters… and disappeared, using his power to cloud men’s minds.

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