Blog: Thoughts and comments on the world of the pulp magazines

‘Amazing Stories’ (September 1928)

Posted by at 10:00 am Thursday, May 22, 2014 in Great Pulp Art, Pulp Art, Pulp History, Pulps
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Scientifiction. It’s not a word that just rolls off your tongue.

But that’s the portmanteau that Hugo Gernsback created back in 1926 before science fiction was known as science fiction.

(Scientifiction was somewhat popular until the phrase “science fiction” caught on in the late 1940s and really took over.)

Though it’s not your typical pulp cover, I like to think of the September 1928 number of Amazing Stories as Great Pulp Art.

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‘Dime Mystery Magazine’ (November 1934)

Posted by at 10:00 am Tuesday, May 6, 2014 in Great Pulp Art, Pulp Art, Pulps
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‘Dime Mystery Magazine’ (November 1934)

Our latest installment of Great Pulp Art takes a turn toward a dark corner of the pulps.

It’s the November 1934 number of Popular PublicationsDime Mystery Magazine.

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‘Adventure’ (September 1913)

Posted by at 10:00 am Tuesday, April 1, 2014 in Great Pulp Art, Pulp Art, Pulps
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‘Adventure’ (September 1913)
Gerrit A. Benecker

Gerrit A. Benecker

Adventure is often called the greatest of the pulp magazines because of its excellent fiction. Time magazine dubbed it the “No. 1 pulp” in 1935, upon Adventure‘s 25th anniversary.

Adventure first appeared in November 1910 and continued as a pulp for 753 issues, until March 1953. (After that, it segued into a run-of-the-mill men’s adventure magazine.)

In addition to its acclaimed stories, Adventure also featured Great Pulp Art on many of its covers.

Today’s installment features the September 1913 number of Adventure. It’s not your typical pulp cover.

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‘New Western Magazine’ (August 1947)

Posted by at 10:00 am Tuesday, March 4, 2014 in Great Pulp Art, Pulp Art, Pulps
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Pulp artist Sam Cherry

Sam Cherry

I don’t write much about the western pulp genre. While I enjoy a good movie western, I haven’t had the urge to read much in the way of western fiction.

But that doesn’t prevent me from enjoying the Great Pulp Art that graced the covers of the western pulps.

Western-themed pulps were certainly popular. There were over 165 different pulp titles in print between 1919 (when Street & Smith‘s Western Story Magazine debuted) and the end of the pulp era in the late 1950s (though some titles, particularly Ranch Romances, continued through the 1960s).

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‘Oriental Stories’ (February/March 1931)

Posted by at 9:59 am Tuesday, November 26, 2013 in Great Pulp Art, People, Pulps, Pulpsters
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‘Oriental Stories’ (February/March 1931)

The first three covers of Oriental Stories must have almost jumped off the newsstand for someone browsing for reading material in late 1930 and early ’31.

They are bright, rainbow-colored and visually unlike any other pulp cover.

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‘Amazing Stories’ (October 1949)

Posted by at 9:30 am Thursday, October 31, 2013 in Great Pulp Art, Pulps
Reading time: 2 minutes

‘Amazing Stories’ (October 1949)

Today’s installment of Great Pulp Art is a Halloween one.

Having spent a lot of time watching TV while growing up, I had a regular dose of horror and science fiction movies from the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s. This cover for the October 1949 number of Amazing Stories always makes me think of those films.

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