Going, Going, Gone! PulpFest Auctions

Jan 15, 2018 by

PulpFest is very well known for its auctions. This year, due to an abundance of material, the convention will host not one, but two auctions. The first will be held on Friday, July 27, beginning at 10:05 PM. Our second PulpFest auction will take place on Saturday, July 28. It will also begin at 10:05 PM.

PulpFest will be offering pulps and related materials from the collection of the late Woody Hagadish. A longtime collector and reader of books and pulps, Woody was a Pulpcon regular for years. Primarily interested in western pulps — particularly WILD WEST WEEKLY — Woody was a reading enthusiast and enjoyed his collection.

We’ll have a variety of both pulps and digests from such diverse genres as sports, science fiction, and the western field. Also included will be a few premiums offered to pulp readers, over twenty Gnome Press, Shasta, and Avalon first edition hardcovers, rare science fiction paperbacks, British science fiction magazines, and much more. We’ll be offering previews of the Hagadish material in the months to come.

This year’s auction will also feature pulp magazines from the collection of the late Larry Latham. One of the founding members of the Oklahoma Alliance of Fandom — one of the earliest comics clubs in the nation — Larry enjoyed a varied career in animation, film, TV, theater and teaching. With a degree in motion picture production, Larry worked at Hanna-Barbera Studios in the storyboard department and graduated to directing and producing at Universal, Walt Disney, Scholastic, and the Berlin Film Company. He won an Emmy for TAILSPIN in 1991. Larry was also admired by the pulp community for his covers and illustrations for ECHOES, THE PULP COLLECTOR, PULP VAULT, and other fanzines. He also created the popular webcomic LOVECRAFT IS MISSING in 2009, which attracted many followers.

PulpFest will be offering copies of ARGOSY WEEKLY and Street & Smith’s long-running WESTERN STORY MAGAZINE, all from Larry Latham’s collection. Additionally, there will be lots submitted to the auction by registered members of the convention. Your PulpFest badge number will be used as your auction bidder and/or seller number.

Are you thinking about selling off part or all of your pulp collection? Has a relative left a pulp collection that you’re unsure what to do with? Do you have a collectible book or magazine that you’d like to sell? Consider using PulpFest‘s annual auction to reach an enthusiastic group of collectors.

PulpFest has the buyers you seek. You’ll find collectors of pulp magazines and related materials, vintage paperbacks, digests, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, original art, first edition hardcovers, series books, reference books, dime novels and story papers, Big Little Books, B-Movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age comic books, as well as newspaper adventure strips. That means your collection or that of a loved one will go to those who will treasure and appreciate it.

While we don’t enjoy thinking about our eventual passing, it’s a good idea to plan ahead. PulpFest will be glad to help. Please write to marketing director Mike Chomko, at mike@pulpfest.comwith your questions. You can also reach him by mail at 2217 West Fairview Street, Allentown, PA 18104. Although the convention welcomes the selling of collections through our auction, smaller accumulations are also welcome. If you’d like to submit something to our auction, please contact Mike in the months ahead.

In addition to our auctions, PulpFest will also be marking the centennial of the armistice that ended the First World War, the century mark of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer, and welcoming our guest of honor, award-winning author Joe Lansdale. Start making your plans now to attend PulpFest 2018 to get in on all the action at Summer’s Great Pulp Con! 

PulpFest 2018 will take place from July 26 through July 29 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City.”

(When the United States entered World War I in 1917, the American Library Association established a Committee on Mobilization and War Service Plans to provide library services to U.S. soldiers and sailors in the United States and overseas. ALA’s wartime program became known as the Library War Service and was directed by Herbert Putnam, Librarian of Congress. Between 1917 and 1920, ALA mounted two financial campaigns and raised $5 million from public donations, erected 36 camp libraries, distributed approximately 7  – 10 million books and magazines gathered through three book drives, and provided library collections to more than 500 locations, including military hospitals.

Charles B. Falls was one of the artists who helped publicize the work of the American Library Association. He designed the “Books Wanted” poster for the ALA, leading to a substantial outpouring of books for the camp libraries of the American Armed Services of The Great War. The poster helped to foster the artist’s reputation as a leader in the fields of advertising and book and magazine art. In addition to his work for such magazines at COLLIER’S, COSMOPOLITAN, and MUNSEY’S MAGAZINE, Fall’s illustrations found their way into pulps such as ADVENTURE and BLUE BOOK.)

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