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Bits of pulp: ‘Shadow Comics,’ pulp cons

Posted by at 10:00 am Tuesday, May 3, 2016 in Bits of Pulp, Doc Con, Events, Pulps, Windy City
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Bits of pulp: ‘Shadow Comics,’ pulp cons
An interior page from "The Shadow Comics" Vol. 7, No. 7 (1947)

An interior page from The Shadow Comics Vol. 7, No. 7 (1947)

THE FOUR-COLOR SHADOW: Comic Heroes of the Golden Age has posted a couple of dozen issues of The Shadow Comics from the 1940s.

The comic-book scans are .cbr files and zipped into three archives. (Look for the “Download” links sprinkled throughout the cover images.)

Now — and this pretty much goes for any comic-book adaptation of a pulp hero — don’t expect The Shadow to be the same character you read about in the novels. This comic-book version of The Shadow is more like the radio version, with Lamont Cranston heavily involved in the stories and The Shadow possessing the ability to become invisible (or at least “cloud men’s minds so that they cannot see him”).

In addition to The Shadow, you’ll find backup stories featuring pulp characters Doc Savage, Nick Carter, Cap Fury, and The Avenger, as well as characters developed for the comics.

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A rundown of pulp shows for 2016

Posted by at 10:00 am Tuesday, February 9, 2016 in Doc Con, Events, News, Pulp AdventureCon, PulpFest, Pulps, Windy City
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A rundown of pulp shows for 2016

Updated: April 28, 2016.

The first pulp show of the year is less than two weeks away.

Pulp AdventureCon kicks things off on Saturday, Feb. 20, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and will probably close out the pulp show year on Saturday, Nov. 5, in New Jersey. But in between there are plenty of pulp shows, conventions and events for you to get involved.

PulpFest 2015 dealers' room

PulpFest 2015 dealers’ room

In addition to the events listed below, the Gotham Pulp Collectors Club meets the third Saturday of each month at a Manhattan library. The meetings are free, and usually last a few hours before members often adjourning to a nearby spot for coffee and more pulp talk. Check the group’s website for details.

Here in Tallahassee, Fla., we’ve organized a chapter of the Southern Pulpsters group. While we haven’t set regular meetings, we try to get together every couple of months for dinner and to talk about pulps (and popular culture). The group has grown to about eight members over the past year.

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News from Doc Con 2015

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, October 14, 2015 in Announcements, Doc Con, Events, News, Pulp Resources
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Looking at the Arizona Doc Con page on Facebook has only made me more disappointed that I wasn’t able to attend this year’s con.

Fans of Bronze gathered in Glendale, Ariz., on the west side of Phoenix, over last weekend to celebrate Doc Savage and the 40th anniversary of George Pal‘s movie, “Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze.” And what better way to celebrate that than with the star of the movie, actor Ron Ely.

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The biggest Doc Con yet

Posted by at 10:00 am Tuesday, September 15, 2015 in Doc Con, Events, News, Pulps
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Once my buddy Charles Corder and I had our driver licenses, we weren’t limited to having our parents drop us off at the movie theaters anymore.

In the summer of 1975, “Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze” was released, so what better to do than to go see it at one of the multi-screen drive-in theaters that were popular around town.

Both of us were reading the Bantam paperback reprints of Doc Savage, and were eager to see the movie. On top of that, it starred Ron Ely, who also played another pulp character, Tarzan, on TV in the mid-1960s.

I remember sitting in the car, and listening to the John Philip Sousa-inspired theme song, but I don’t remember having a strong impression of the movie one way or the other. But I was excited that the ending teased to a sequel (which we now know never happened).

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PulpFest 2015: Friday report

Posted by at 10:00 am Saturday, August 15, 2015 in Doc Con, Events, News, People, PulpFest, Pulps
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Pulp premium pinsPulpFest‘s Friday activities started off with registration for those just arriving, followed by the opening of the dealers’ room.

I spend much of the day in the dealers’ room, but didn’t take as much time actually looking through the pulps, magazines, books, and much more as I’d hoped. That’s okay, because I was talking with a number of different pulp fans.

Mike Chomko‘s table had a couple of irresistible books, then around the corner, I picked up a number of The Shadow reprints, which were marked down considerably.

Just after that, I ran into Rick Hall and Scott Cranford at Rick’s table. We started talking about pulp premiums, and Rick pulled out his display box.

I had my case with my duplicate pulp premium pins, so Rick and I made a trade. He had a duplicate Hollow Tree Gang pin from Western Story Magazine that I traded a Pete Rice Club pin for. That gave him a complete set of all three versions of that pin.

After talking a half hour or more, it was time to move on. I ended up making a couple of small purchases of Doc Savage material: an old newsprint fan publication relating to the 1975 movie, and a movie still.

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Pulp conventions for 2015

Posted by at 10:00 am Thursday, January 15, 2015 in Doc Con, Events, News, PulpFest, Pulps, Windy City
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Rich Harvey bookends the pulp show season with a pair of Pulp AdventureCons in 2015.

A new Pulp AdventureCon opens the year on Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Universal Palms Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., while the long-running Pulp AdventureCon closes the season on Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Ramada Inn in Bordentown, N.J. Both shows run from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

In between, though, are plenty of opportunities for you to attend a pulp gathering.

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