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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

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

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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Pulp conventions for 2015

Posted by at 10:00 am Thursday, January 15, 2015 in Doc Con, Events, News, PulpFest, Pulps, Windy City

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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Windy City 2014 convention reports

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, May 2, 2014 in Events, Pulps, Windy City

Updated: May 21, 2014.

Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention was held April 25-27 in Lombard, Ill. If like me, you weren’t able to attend, reading reports from the convention is the next best thing.

Please let me know if you have written or know of a convention report not included, and I will update the list with it. (Links are listed alphabetically.)

Now, onto the reports…
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Windy City is the next pulp event

Posted by at 10:00 am Tuesday, April 22, 2014 in Doc Con, Events, News, PulpFest, Pulps, Windy City

Pulps at a pulp eventUpdated: April 24, 2014.

As Walker Martin mentioned in last Thursday’s installment of “3 pulp questions,” Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention is this coming weekend, April 25-27.

It’s not the first pulp convention of the year, but it is the first of the two big annual events (the other, of course, being PulpFest in August).

Windy City, which will be held at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center near Chicago, boasts 150 dealer tables, several panel discussions and films, plus an art exhibit featuring art from the western and detective pulps and paperbacks. Windy City also plans auctions for Friday and Saturday evenings. Saturday’s auction is dedicated to The Shadow, with pulps, books and other collectibles.

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Fans, the gems of pulpdom

Posted by at 10:30 am Monday, October 7, 2013 in Doc Con, Events, Opinion, Pulpcon, PulpFest, Windy City

Doc Con 2013As I’ve mentioned before I first discovered the stories from the pulps — and the pulps themselves — during junior high.

For the longest time, there were only two or three friends who shared my enthusiasm for the pulps: Charles Corder, my friend since first grade; Curtis Collins, a high-school classmate who worked at a local comic book store; and Darryl (I’ve forgotten his last name), who we met through the store. That was about it, except occasionally for a friend who had a mild interest in one or two specific pulp characters.

After college, we all went different ways as we journeyed into adulthood and “real life.” Throughout the ’80s, I was pretty much a lone pulp fan who kept his eyes out for any pulp-related reprints or studies that might show up in the local bookstore’s “Books in Print” catalog — which once discovered would be promptly order. That’s how I discovered the Crime Club’s reprints of The Shadow, and pulp scholar Robert Sampson‘s various books published by the Popular Press.

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