Still More 2016 Auction Highlights

Jul 10, 2016 by

As mentioned on Friday, the Saturday Night Auction returns to PulpFest on July 23. It will begin at 10 PM with the always entertaining John P. Gunnison of Adventure House serving as auctioneer. In addition to a number of early Arkham House books — including a very exceptional copy of H. P. Lovecraft’s THE OUTSIDER AND OTHERS — we’ll have over two hundred pulps from the collection of Woody Hagadish. On Saturday and today, we’ve been showing a sampling of the pulps from this collection.

The excitement will continue on Monday, when we offer a look at the massive collection of pioneering comic book dealer Ron Killian. It will be debuting at this year’s convention. So please visit www.pulpfest.com tomorrow for yet more collectible books and magazines.

Pictured below are some of the books and pulps that we’ll be offering in the PulpFest 2016 Saturday Night Auction.

A selection of LARIAT

Lariat 28-09

Lariat 32-02

Lariat 41-03

Lariat 41-11

Lariat 43-01

Lariat 49-09

A selection of general fiction pulps, including ARGOSY and BLUE BOOK

Argosy 31-04-11

Argosy 35-06-01

Blue Book 35-07

Blue Book July 1938

Brief Stories 24-05

Mammoth Adventure 47-09

A selection of sports pulps, including a number featuring boxing covers

Complete Sports 53-12

Exciting Baseball Spring 1949

Sports Leaders 48-04

Sport Story 35-09-2

Romance magazines, including a number of issues of LOVE STORY MAGAZINE

Love Story 34-12-08

Love Story 34-12-22

Love Story 35-01-19 1

Romance 43-09

THE NIGHT MASTER, Robert Sampson’s classic study of The Shadow, with book plate signed by the author and artist

Night Master

In addition to the pulps, we’ll also have three Street & Smith subscription premiums from the Hagadish estate. You’ll find scans of all three premiums in our auction post from Friday, July 8.

Don’t forget to stop back on Monday when we’ll be offering a peek at the collection of Ron Killian. No wonder PulpFest 2016 is going to be “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con.” We look forward to seeing you in less than two weeks at the Hyatt Regency and the Greater Columbus Convention Center. You’ll have a FANTASTIC time with an auction like this!

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More 2016 Auction Highlights

Jul 9, 2016 by

As mentioned on Friday, the Saturday Night Auction returns to PulpFest on July 23. It will begin at 10 PM with the always entertaining John P. Gunnison of Adventure House serving as auctioneer. In addition to a number of early Arkham House books — including a very exceptional copy of H. P. Lovecraft’s THE OUTSIDER AND OTHERS — we’ll have over two hundred pulps from the collection of Woody Hagadish. Today and tomorrow, we’ll be showing a sampling of the pulps from this collection.

The excitement will continue on Monday, when we offer a look at the massive collection of pioneering comic book dealer Ron Killian. It will be debuting at this year’s convention. So please visit www.pulpfest.com for the next three days.

Pictured below are some of the books and pulps that we’ll be offering in the PulpFest 2016 Saturday Night Auction.

A selection of ACTION STORIES

Action Stories 27-09

Action Stories 28-01

Action Stories 28-12 1

Action Stories 29-11

Action Stories 30-03

A selection of western romance pulps

Complete Western Love 32-09

North-West Romances 43-02

Ranch Romances 38-04-1

Ranch Romances 40-12-2

Rangeland Love Story 31-02

Romance Western 48-06

A selection of detective pulps

All Story Detective 49-10

Complete Detective Novel 31-02

Dime Detective 41-08

Dime Detective 43-01

A couple of aviation pulps, including an early BILL BARNES

Bill Barnes 34-07

Exciting Navy Stories 43-W

THE ILLUSTRATED TARZAN BOOKS NO. 2

Illustrated Tarzan Books No. 2

AMAZING STORIES from the Howard Browne years

Amazing 51-11

Amazing 52-06

Amazing 52-08

Amazing 52-10

In addition to the pulps, we’ll also have three Street & Smith subscription premiums from the Hagadish estate.You’ll find scans of all three premiums in our auction post from Friday, July 8.

Don’t forget to stop back on Sunday for more collectible books and magazines from the collection of Woody Hagadish. And come Monday, we’ll be offering a peek at the collection of Ron Killian. No wonder PulpFest 2016 is going to be “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con.” We look forward to seeing you in less than two weeks at the Hyatt Regency and the Greater Columbus Convention Center. You’ll have a FANTASTIC time with an auction like this!

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2016 Auction Highlights

Jul 8, 2016 by

The OutsiderThe Saturday Night Auction returns to PulpFest on July 23. It will begin at 10 PM with the always entertaining John P. Gunnison of Adventure House serving as auctioneer.

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 2015 auction included the original typescript for the Philip José Farmer novel DAYWORLD, with notes and corrections in the author’s hand; a number of lots from the estate of Earl Kussman who, along with Ed Kessell and Nils Hardin, organized the first Pulpcon; lots of ARGOSY, ADVENTURE, STARTLING STORIES, and other pulps; the first issue of SINISTER STORIES; original artwork by Gahan Wilson and Jon Arfstrom; signed books, photos, and ephemera; fanzines; and much more.

One of the highlights that will be part of our PulpFest 2016 auction will be a number of early Arkham House books, including a very exceptional copy of H. P. Lovecraft’s THE OUTSIDER AND OTHERS. After examining the volume, one of the leading collectors and dealers of WEIRD TALES and Arkham House books stated that it was among the top ten percent of the book’s remaining copies. THE OUTSIDER AND OTHERS was the first book published by Arkham. Printed in an edition of 1268 copies, it has never been reprinted.

Other titles in the Arkham collection that will be offered during this year’s auction will be Lovecraft’s BEYOND THE WALL OF SLEEP, Robert E. Howard’s SKULL-FACE AND OTHERS, William Hope Hodgson’s THE HOUSE ON THE BORDERLAND, and Clark Ashton Smith’s LOST WORLDS. There’s also a copy of the Wandering Star edition of Howard’s THE SAVAGE TALES OF SOLOMON KANE, originally published in 1988. This copy also has original artwork by Gary Gianni, the book’s illustrator. Most of these books are in very desirable condition.

If you can’t make it to PulpFest 2016 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.

Doc Savage Baumhofer RevisedIn addition to the Arkhams, we’ll have 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. We’ll be offering a variety of magazines from such diverse genres as sports pulps, general fiction magazines, romance pulps, hero pulps, air war stories, science fiction, westerns, and detective magazines. Also included are three portraits that served as premiums for readers of DOC SAVAGE and THE SHADOW MAGAZINE. 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.

If all goes well with this year’s auction, PulpFest is hoping to offer more pulp magazines from the collection of Woody Hagadish during our 2017 confab. You’ll find some examples of the pulps and other collectibles from Woody’s collection (as well as the Arkham edition of SKULL-FACE AND OTHERS) at the bottom of this post.

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 2016 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 21, through Sunday afternoon, July 24, in the Columbus, Ohio Arena district at the Hyatt Regency hotel and the city’s spacious convention center for PulpFest 2016 — “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con!”

If you are not from the Columbus area and have yet to book your room for this year’s PulpFest, you can try calling 1-888-421-1442 to reach the Hyatt Regency. Perhaps there are rooms still available. Alternately, you can search for a room at tripadvisor  or a similar website to find a hotel near the convention. Other sites include www.columbusconventions.com/thearea.phpcourtesy of the Greater Columbus Convention Center, and the Experience Columbus lodging page at http://www.experiencecolumbus.com/stay Thanks so much to everyone who has reserved a room at our host hotel. By staying at the Hyatt Regency, you’ve helped to ensure the convention’s success.

(Released in 1939 by Arkham House, H. P. Lovecraft’s THE OUTSIDER AND OTHERS has never been reprinted. It features dust jacket art by the great pulp and fantasy artist, Virgil Finlay. He got his start as an artist during the Great Depression when he sent unsolicited illustrations to his favorite pulp magazine, WEIRD TALES. Even today, Finlay remains one of the most highly regarded artists in the fields of science fiction and fantasy.

Walter Baumhofer’s classic portrait of Doc Savage — originally used as the cover art to the July 1935 issue of DOC SAVAGE MAGAZINE, featuring the novel “Quest of Qui”– served as a premium provided to readers of the pulp magazine. A print of Robert G. Harris’ painting for “The Sea Angel,” published in the November 1937 issue, was also used as a premium.

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 small sampling of some of the pulps and other collectibles from the Woody Hagadish collection that will be up for bid at this year’s PulpFest auction. From the top: ACTION STORIES for June and December 1940; ARGOSY for June 1, 1935; BLUE BOOK for July 1938; the first issue of EXCITING BASEBALL, dated Spring 1949; DOC SAVAGE MAGAZINE pulp premium with art by Robert G. Harris; and THE SHADOW MAGAZINE pulp premium featuring Bill Lawler as The Shadow. At the bottom is SKULL-FACE AND OTHERS by Robert E. Howard, with dust jacket art by Hannes Bok. It was published by Arkham House in 1946 in an edition of 3,004 copies.)

Action Stories 40-06  Action Stories 40-12  Argosy 35-06-01 Blue Book July 1938 Exciting Baseball Spring 1949

Shadow Premium Revised

Doc Savage Harris Revised

Skull-Face

 

 

 

Going, Going, Gone! Auctions at PulpFest

Nov 30, 2015 by

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? Consider using PulpFest‘s annual auction to sell it to an enthusiastic group of collectors.

PulpFestSummer’s Great Pulp Con! — 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 to make sure that your beloved collection finds a good home. It’s also wise to provide your loved ones with instructions about whom you would like to handle the dispersal of your collection. If anyone would like to submit an estate collection or part of their own collection for auction at PulpFest or has a question about the convention’s auction, please write to the PulpFest auction director, J. Barry Traylor, at 1767 Crooked Oak Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601, or via email at barry@pulpfest.com.

PulpFest 2017’s auction will take place Saturday evening, July 29. Our auction director, Barry Traylor, endeavors to put together a range of material to make for lively bidding. Last year’s auction included over two hundred pulps from the collection of Woody Hagadish, as well as a selection of highly collectible Arkham House books.

Although the convention welcomes the selling of collections through our auction, any member of PulpFest 2017 will be able to submit items to the auction. Your PulpFest badge number will be used as your auction bidder and/or seller number.

All lots submitted to our PulpFest 2017 auction must have a minimum value of $20. All lots that do not receive a bid of $20 or more will be passed. If you plan to offer an auction lot with a reserve price, your reserve must be $50 or more. No lots with a reserve price of less than $50 will be accepted. PulpFest reserves the right to reject any auction material that is unlikely to meet our minimum bid or reserve price standards, as well as our content standards. (In addition to the range of items mentioned at the top of this article, modern graphic novels and comic books will be allowed in the annual auction 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.) Due to time constraints, limitations may be placed on the number of lots a seller can include in the auction.

The convention charges sellers 10 percent of the selling price for anything sold in the auction. If a reserve price is placed on an auction lot and it fails to sell, there will be no charge applied. All auction lots must be submitted to PulpFest prior to 2 PM, Saturday, July 29. If you’d like to submit a large number of pieces to the auction, please contact Barry Traylor prior to the start of the convention. PulpFest makes no guarantees concerning materials submitted to the Saturday Night Auction. If you plan to bid on an item, please examine it before bidding. Time will be provided for an examination of all lots prior to the start of the auction.

Start making your plans now to attend PulpFest 2017 to see some of the great material that Barry Traylor hopes to assemble for this year’s auction. Although the Saturday Night Auction will take place on July 29, the convention itself will begin on Thursday evening, July 27, and continue through Sunday, July 30.

(Granted, the PulpFest auctions are a bit more tame than this depiction by Milton Luros for the DIME DETECTIVE from February 1939. Nevertheless our auctions are quite exciting. Over the years, we’ve sold the fanzine and reference collection of popular culture historian Albert Tonik, the manuscripts of WEIRD TALES author Everil Worrell, books and artwork from the collection of author Paul S. Powers, and much more. If you’d like to learn more about the convention’s auctions, please write to PulpFest’s auction director, J. Barry Traylor, at 1767 Crooked Oak Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601 or via email at barry@pulpfest.com.)

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