Set Sail with Gordon Young

Jul 24, 2017 by

Here’s your chance to own a piece of pulp history! Over the past weekend, the granddaughter of pulp author Gordon Ray Young contacted the convention’s Facebook page. Years ago, Young’s granddaughter and her mother attended an Ohio Pulpcon. They had a wonderful experience at the convention, meeting the people who were keeping the pulps alive for posterity.

Young’s family still has the author’s travel trunk that he used while traveling to Europe with his family in 1927. The trunk is rather worn, but it still bears his name. His family would like to find a good home for this piece among the people who would appreciate it the most. Therefore, they have decided to donate the trunk to PulpFest for inclusion in this year’s Saturday Night Auction.

Gordon Ray Young was the author of some of the finest adventure fiction to grace the pages of the American pulp magazines during the first half of the twentieth century. His work appeared regularly in titles such as ADVENTUREARGOSYBLUE BOOKROMANCE, and SHORT STORIES, his fiction spanned genres as diverse as westerns, crime stories, South Seas adventure, international intrigue, historical fiction, and humor.

Young’s travel trunk has been added to our auction catalog as Auction Lot #88. Any proceeds from the sale will be donated to PulpFest. There is one stipulation: the trunk is currently in northern California. The winning bidder will be responsible for paying the costs to have the trunk shipped to its destination. These costs will be over and above the winning bid.

Below are a few photographs of the trunk. These will also be shown during the PulpFest Saturday Night Auction.

(As part of its celebration of the hardboiled dicks of the pulps, PulpFest 2017 has asked pulp scholar and historian Tom Krabacher and esteemed collector and hardboiled fiction authority Walker Martin to discuss Young’s character Don Everhard — AKA “The Most Dangerous Man in America.” They’ll examine the character’s relationship to the development and evolution of the hardboiled detective story. Young’s character was pictured twice on the cover of ADVENTURE magazine — including the May 1936 issue with cover art by Walter M. Baumhofer.)

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Saturday Night Auction Catalog

Jul 22, 2017 by

As we previewed on July 5 – 7 of this year, the Saturday Night Auction returns to PulpFest on July 29. It will begin shortly after 9 PM with the always entertaining John P. Gunnison of Adventure House serving as auctioneer. Assisting him will be Joseph Saines, a full-time proprietor of an antique toy shop and one of the leading dealers of antique toy soldiers. Joe will be returning to PulpFest after a few years’ absence.

The PulpFest 2017 auction will feature material from the estate of Woody Hagadish — a longtime collector and reader of books and pulps, as well as a regular attendee of Pulpcon — and the estate of  Larry Latham, who enjoyed a varied career in animation, film, TV, theater and teaching. 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.

We’ll have a variety of both pulps and digests from such diverse genres as air war, science fiction, western, and the detective fields. Also included will be several premiums offered to readers of Street & Smith’s DOC SAVAGE and THE SHADOW MAGAZINE. Finally, there will be a number of Gnome Press, Shasta, and Avalon first edition hardcovers offered. We’ll also have copies of THE ARGOSY and THE ALL-STORY, a large number of issues of FAMOUS FANTASTIC MYSTERIES and WESTERN STORY MAGAZINE, and a number of hero pulps, including the May 1934 issue of DOC SAVAGE, autographed by cover artist Walter Baumhofer.

You can see photographs of some of the material that will be offered at this year’s PulpFest auction by viewing our “Auction Highlights” posts of July 5 – 7. You can find them easily by clicking “The PulpFest Auction” button along the righthand side of our home page.

For a catalog listing of the Hagadish and Latham auction material that will be offered during this year’s auction, please click this link. Please note that our catalog listing is subject to change.

(A selection of spicy-style detective pulps will be featured as lot number 160 in the PulpFest 2017 Saturday Night Auction. Featured in the lot are the November 1942 issue of DETECTIVE SHORT STORIES — published by Red Circle, the forerunner to Marvel Comics — the September 1944 and February 1946 issues of PRIVATE DETECTIVE, plus the April 1945 issue of SUPER-DETECTIVE — all “Speed” magazines, published by Culture Publications, best known for SPICY DETECTIVE STORIES. Their publisher, Harry Donenfeld, is known primarily for being the owner of National Allied Publications, better known as DC Comics.)

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Still More Auction Highlights

Jul 7, 2017 by

As mentioned on Thursday, the Saturday Night Auction returns to PulpFest on July 29. It will begin at 10 PM with the always entertaining John P. Gunnison of Adventure House serving as auctioneer. We’ll have a variety of both pulps, digests, first edition hardcovers, and other collectibles from the estate of Woody Hagadish as well as a variety of pulps from the collection of the late Larry Latham. Today we’ll be showing more examples from these collections. If time allows, we will publish a list of our scheduled auction lots to our website. So please keep visiting pulpfest.com for the latest developments.

Below, you’ll find photographs of some of the pulps and digests that PulpFest will be offering this year. We’ll have a variety of both pulps and digests from such diverse genres as air war, general fiction, science fiction, westerns, and the detective field. There will be periodicals from both the United States and Great Britain. The magazines offered are from the estates of Woody Hagadish and Larry Latham.

If you can’t make it to PulpFest 2017 and would like to bid on any of these highly collectible volumes, please contact PulpFest marketing and programming director Mike Chomko by email at mike@pulpfest.com.

Start making your plans now to attend PulpFest 2017 to see some of the great material that Barry Traylor is assembling for this year’s auction. We hope to see you from Thursday evening, July 27, through Sunday afternoon, July 30, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City.” You can join PulpFest by clicking the Register for 2017 button on our home page. And if you’re not from the Pittsburgh area, don’t forget to book a room at the DoubleTree. They’re going fast! Please call 1-800-222-8733 and be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any convention special deals that may still be available.

(SOJARR OF TITAN, Prize Science Fiction Novel, No. 11, was published by Crestwood in 1949. The cover artist is Herman Vestal.

Written by Manly Wade Wellman, “Sojar” originally appeared as the lead novel in the March 1941 issue of STARTLING STORIES, published by Standard Magazines.

Pictured below are some of the pulps and digests that we’ll be offering in the PulpFest 2017 Saturday Night Auction.)

Selection of air war pulps

Air Stories for March 1929 & Oct 1929

Sky Raiders for Dec 1942 & Apr 1943

Sky Riders for Sept 1929

War Aces for Nov 1931

War Birds for Dec 1933

War Birds for Dec 1934

War Novels for July 1930

The All-Story for Nov 1911

The All-Story for Oct 1911

All-Story Weekly for Apr 12, 1919 & Feb 2, 1918

3 issues of The Wide World

Amazing Stories for Dec 1947 & Mar 1948

Fantastic Adventures for June and Sept 1948

First 3 issues of Famous Fantastic Mysteries

8 1940 issues of Famous Fantastic Mysteries

Beyond Fantasy Fiction Complete Run

Infinity Science Fiction Complete Run

Other Worlds Science Fiction Complete Run

Science Fiction Complete Digest Run

Manly Wade Wellman’s Sojarr of Titan

Super-Science Fiction Complete Run

First 10 & Final Issue of Venture Science Fiction

First 24 issues of WORLDS OF TOMORROW

Selection of Science Fiction Digests

Selection of Science Fiction Digests

Selection of Popular’s Big-Book Western

Selection of Popular’s Big-Book Western

Selection of Columbia’s Double-Action Western

Selection of Columbia’s Double-Action Western

Selection of Columbia’s Famous Western

Selection of Columbia’s Famous Western

Selection of Popular’s Fifteen Western Tales

Selection of Popular’s .44 Western

Selection of Popular’s New Western

Selection of Standard’s Thrilling Ranch Stories

Selection of Standard’s West

Selection of Ace Periodical’s Western Aces

Selection of Red Circle’s Western Short Stories

Western Story 08/15 & 11/07 from 1931

Western Story 05/23 & 01-03 from 1942

Selection of Ace Periodical’s Western Trails

Selection of Columbia’s Crack Detective

Ten Detective Aces for June 1935

Three 1940s Issues of Ace’s Ten Detective Aces

Selection of Ace & Ziff-Davis Detective Pulps

Selection of Spicy Style Detective Pulps

Selection of Detective Pulps

England’s Authentic Science Fiction #26, 38 – 48

Selection of British Science Fiction Novels

Selection of British Science Fiction Novels

Complete Run of Science Fiction Adventures

Complete Run of Science Fiction Adventures

Complete Run of Science Fiction Adventures

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More Auction Highlights

Jul 6, 2017 by

As mentioned on Wednesday, the Saturday Night Auction returns to PulpFest on July 29. It will begin at 10 PM with the always entertaining John P. Gunnison of Adventure House serving as auctioneer. We’ll have a variety of both pulps, digests, first edition hardcovers, and other collectibles from the estate of Woody Hagadish as well as a variety of pulps from the collection of the late Larry Latham. Today and tomorrow, we’ll be showing more examples from these collections. On Saturday, July 8, we hope to publish a list of our scheduled auction lots. Please note that the list is subject to change.

Below, you’ll find photographs of the first edition hardcovers that PulpFest will be offering this year. These are from the estate of Woody Hagadish. The books were published by Avalon Books, Gnome Press, and Shasta Publishers in the 1950s and early 1960s.

Also featured are a few of the issues of AMRA that are being offered at this year’s auction by one of the convention’s members. They are part of a complete set of the second volume of the award-winning fanzine, numbers 1 – 71. Published by George Scithers and edited by Scithers, Liz Wilson, Dan Adkins, and others, AMRA ran from 1959 through 1982. According to FANCYCLOPEDIA 3, “It was Volume 2 because starting in April 1955 George Heap published a fanzine which was probably a direct predecessor. It had few issues.” AMRA won Best Fanzine Hugos in 1964 and 1967.

If you can’t make it to PulpFest 2017 and would like to bid on any of these highly collectible volumes, please contact PulpFest marketing and programming director Mike Chomko by email at mike@pulpfest.com.

Start making your plans now to attend PulpFest 2017 to see some of the great material that Barry Traylor is assembling for this year’s auction. We hope to see you from Thursday evening, July 27, through Sunday afternoon, July 30, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City.” You can join PulpFest by clicking the Register for 2017 button on our home page. And if you’re not from the Pittsburgh area, don’t forget to book a room at the DoubleTree. They’re going fast! Please call 1-800-222-8733 and be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any convention special deals that may still be available.

(COSMIC ENGINEERS, written by Clifford D. Simak was published in hardcover by Gnome Press in 1950. The jacket artist was Edd Cartier. It was originally serialized in three parts by John W. Campbell in the February, March, and April 1939 issues of ASTOUNDING SCIENCE FICTION, published by Street & Smith.

Pictured below are some of the first edition hardcovers that we’ll be offering in the PulpFest 2017 Saturday Night Auction.)

THE STARMEN by Leigh Brackett (Gnome Press)

SCIENCE FICTION CARNIVAL, edited by Fredric Brown and Mack Reynolds (Shasta Publishers)

INVADERS FROM THE INFINITE by John W. Campbell (Gnome Press)

THE RIM OF SPACE by A.
Bertram Chandler (Avalon Books)

THE GLORY THAT WAS by L. Sprague de Camp (Avalon Books)

DAY OF THE GIANTS by Lester del Rey (Avalon Books)

METHUSELAH’S CHILDREN by Robert Heinlein (Gnome Press)

THE DARK PLANET by J. Hunter Holly (Avalon Books)

ENCOUNTER by J. Hunter Holly (Avalon Books)

THE GREEN PLANET by J. Hunter Holly (Avalon Books)

THE CYBERNETIC BRAINS by Raymond F. Jones (Avalon)

THIS ISLAND EARTH by Raymond F. Jones (Shasta Publishers)

THE OUTLAWS OF MARS by Otis A. Kline (Avalon Books)

THE SWORDSMAN OF MARS by Otis A. Kline (Avalon Books)

THE GLASS CAGE by Adam Lukens (Avalon Books)

THE DRUMS OF TAPAJOS by S. P. Meek (Avalon Books)

SF 58, edited by Judith Merrill (Gnome Press)

NORTHWEST OF EARTH by C. L. Moore (Gnome Press)

ARMAGEDDON 2419 A. D. by Philip Francis Nowlan (Avalon)

ALIEN PLANET by Fletcher Pratt (Avalon Books)

THE DAWNING LIGHT by Robert Randall (Gnome Press)

COLLISION COURSE by Robert Silverberg (Avalon Books)

STARMAN’S QUEST by Robert Silverberg (Gnome Press)

COSMIC ENGINEERS by Clifford Simak (Gnome Press)

THE ATOM CONSPIRACY by Jeff Sutton (Avalon Books)

AMRA, Volume 2, Numbers 1 and 2

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Auction Highlights

Jul 5, 2017 by

The Saturday Night Auction returns to PulpFest on July 29. It will begin at 10 PM with the always entertaining John P. Gunnison of Adventure House serving as auctioneer. We’ll be previewing some of the highlights from this year’s auction over the next three days. On Saturday, July 8, we hope to publish a list of our scheduled auction lots. Please note that the list is subject to change.

Although PulpFest annually invests a great deal of time and energy to develop a top-notch programming schedule, it also prides itself for the effort it puts into its annual auction. Each year, the convention’s auction director, J. Barry Traylor, endeavors to put together a range of material to make for lively bidding.

Our 2016 auction included over two hundred pulps from the collection of Woody Hagadish. A longtime collector and reader of books and pulps, Woody a Pulpcon attendee in the past. Primarily interested in western pulps — particularly WILD WEST WEEKLY — Woody was a reading enthusiast and enjoyed his collection. PulpFest will be offering more material from Woody’s collection at our 2017 auction.

We’ll have a variety of both pulps and digests from such diverse genres as air war, science fiction, western, and the detective fields. Also included will be several premiums offered to readers of Street & Smith’s DOC SAVAGE and THE SHADOW MAGAZINE. Finally, there will be a number of Gnome Press, Shasta, and Avalon first edition hardcovers offered. The estate is hoping to find good homes for all of these collectibles, getting them to the people who would best appreciate them, as Woody Hagadish had done during his lifetime.

This year’s auction will also feature a number of pulp magazines from the collection of the late Larry Latham. Larry enjoyed a varied career in animation, film, TV, theater and teaching. He was one of the founding members of the Oklahoma Alliance of Fandom, one of the earliest comics clubs in the nation. 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 a variety of pulps from Larry Latham’s collection, such as copies of THE ARGOSY and THE ALL-STORY, the first three issues of FAMOUS FANTASTIC MYSTERIES, a selection of THE WIDE WORLD, and a number of hero pulps, including the May 1934 issue of DOC SAVAGE, autographed to Latham by cover artist Walter Baumhofer.

One of our members has also mentioned that he may be offering a complete set of the second volume of AMRA — no. 1 to no. 71 — published by George Scithers from 1959 to 1982. AMRA was printed by offset lithography, with high-quality artwork, including by Roy G. Krenkel, Gray Morrow, and Jim Cawthorn. The written content was impressive too, the contributors including L. Sprague de Camp above all others, Poul Anderson, Leigh Brackett, John Boardman, Jerry Pournelle, Fritz Leiber, and Marion Zimmer Bradley.

If you can’t make it to PulpFest 2017 and would like to bid on any of these highly collectible volumes, please contact PulpFest marketing and programming director Mike Chomko by email at mike@pulpfest.com.

There will also be lots submitted to the auction by registered members of the convention. 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 will all be allowed in the auction. Modern graphic novels and comic books will be allowed only if they are related to the pulps. Sexually explicit magazines such as PLAYBOY, PENTHOUSE, and OUI and soft-core porn will not be allowed. Any member of PulpFest 2016 can submit items to the auction. Your PulpFest badge number will be used as your auction bidder and/or seller number.

Start making your plans now to attend PulpFest 2017 to see some of the great material that Barry Traylor is assembling for this year’s auction. We hope to see you from Thursday evening, July 27, through Sunday afternoon, July 30, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City.” You can join PulpFest by clicking the Register for 2017 button on our home page. And if you’re not from the Pittsburgh area, don’t forget to book a room at the DoubleTree. They’re going fast! Please call 1-800-222-8733 and be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any convention special deals that may still be available.

(Robert G. Harris’ painting for “The Sea Angel” — originally used as the cover art to the November 1937 issue of DOC SAVAGE MAGAZINE – served as a premium provided to readers of the pulp magazine. Over at THE SHADOW MAGAZINE, Street & Smith art director Bill Lawler — who was noted for his hawkish visage — posed for a black and white portrait dressed as Walter B. Gibson’s “Dark Avenger.” Readers would clip a number of coupons from issues of THE SHADOW or DOC SAVAGE MAGAZINE and mail them in to receive these free giveaways.

Below is a sampling of some of hero pulp collectibles from the collections that we’ll be auctioning at PulpFest 2017. Please visit our site on Thursday and Friday for more examples from the PulpFest 2017 Saturday Night Auction.)

Robert Harris Doc Savage pulp premium with envelope

Doc Savage Club Cards and envelope

The Shadow Club Cards with envelope

The Shadow Magazine Premium featuring Bill Lawler

The Shadow for March 15, 1934: The Green Box

The Shadow for November 1, 1941: The Blackmail Ring

Doc Savage Fanzines

Incredible Radio Exploits of Doc Savage: The Green Ghost

May 1934 Doc Savage, autographed by Walter Baumhofer

Doc Savage for April 1940 “The Evil Gnome”

The Spider for February 1943: The Secret City of Crime

Operator #5 for August 1934

The Pulps and The Fantastic Pulps

Complete set of Avenger paperbacks by Warner

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Going, Going, Gone! Auctions at PulpFest

Oct 24, 2016 by

planet-stories-54-smThe PulpFest 2017 auction is already lining up to be a great one. We’ll be offering more pulps and related materials from the collection of the late Woody Hagadish. A longtime collector and reader of books and pulps, Woody a Pulpcon attendee in the past. Primarily interested in western pulps — particularly WILD WEST WEEKLY — Woody was a reading enthusiast and enjoyed his collection. PulpFest will be offering more material from Woody’s collection at our 2017 auction.

We’ll have a variety of both pulps and digests from such diverse genres as sports, air war, science fiction, westerns, and the detective field. Also included will be several premiums offered to readers of Street & Smith’s DOC SAVAGE and THE SHADOW MAGAZINE. Finally, there will be a number of Gnome Press, Shasta, and Avalon first edition hardcovers offered. The estate is hoping to find good homes for all of these collectibles, getting them to the people who would best appreciate them, as Woody Hagadish had done during his lifetime.

This year’s auction will also feature a number of pulp magazines from the collection of the late Larry Latham. Larry enjoyed a varied career in animation, film, TV, theater and teaching. He was one of the founding members of the Oklahoma Alliance of Fandom, one of the earliest comics clubs in the nation. 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 a variety of pulps from Larry Latham’s collection, such as copies of THE ARGOSY and THE ALL-STORY, the first three issues of FAMOUS FANTASTIC MYSTERIES, a selection of THE WIDE WORLD, and a number of hero pulps, including the May 1934 issue of DOC SAVAGE, autographed to Latham by cover artist Walter Baumhofer.

One of our members has also mentioned that he may be offering a complete set of the second volume of AMRA — no. 1 to no. 71 — published by George Scithers from 1959 to 1982. AMRA was printed by offset lithography, with high-quality artwork, including by Roy G. Krenkel, Gray Morrow, and Jim Cawthorn. The written content was impressive too, the contributors including L. Sprague de Camp above all others, Poul Anderson, Leigh Brackett, John Boardman, Jerry Pournelle, Fritz Leiber, and Marion Zimmer Bradley.

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 most. We like to see collections stay within the pulp community.

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 auction director, J. Barry Traylor, at barry@pulpfest.comwith your questions. You can also reach him by mail at 1767 Crooked Oak Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601. 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 Barry in the months ahead.

Start making your plans now to attend PulpFest 2017 to get in on the action at Summer’s Hardboiled Pulp Con!

(The legendary Frank Kelly Freas‘ painting of an interplanetary slave auction was featured on the front cover of the Summer 1954 issue of PLANET STORIES. While attending the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Freas began to contribute freelance artwork to the pulp magazines. He sold his first cover paintings to WEIRD TALES. They were published in the early 1950s. Following his graduation from art school in 1951, he began selling covers to pulps such as ASTOUNDING SCIENCE FICTION, PLANET STORIES, SCIENCE FICTION QUARTERLY, and SUPER SCIENCE STORIES. His illustrations also appeared in ANALOG and ELLERY QUEEN’S MYSTERY MAGAZINE. In 1957, he sold his first cover illustration for MAD MAGAZINE and went on to paint many other covers for the publication. Freas’s artwork was also favored by the paperback book industry. His covers appeared on books published by Ace, Avon, Ballantine, DAW, Signet, and other publishers. He was the first artist to win ten Hugo Awards and was nominated for the Hugo twenty times.)

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