Classicon — Fall’s Last Pulp and Paperback Show

Oct 17, 2016 by

Dime Detective 33-11-01As the leaves disappear from the trees, the pulp and paperback convention scene draws to a close. Classicon, one of the oldest pulp and paperback shows, marks the end of the season. Two times each year, Classicon takes place at the University Quality Inn, 3121 East Grand River Ave, in Lansing, Michigan. A one-day show, you’ll find calendar, pin-up, and illustration artwork, plus thousands of rare pulp magazines, paperbacks, vintage comic books, and other collectibles for sale or trade. The fiftieth edition of Classicon will take place on Saturday, November 19 from 10 AM to 4 PM.

Although Classicon marks the end of the 2016 pulp shows, there are plenty more events coming up next year. To keep abreast of them all, please bookmark http://www.pulpfest.com/ and visit often. You can also find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/PulpFest. For those who prefer their news short and sweet, follow our Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/pulpfest. Wherever you find PulpFest on the world wide web, you’ll be able to stay informed about all the shows in the pulp universe.

Many thanks to everyone who attended this year’s PulpFest. We hope that you enjoyed yourself and will return for PulpFest 2017. We’ll be back next summer for our forty-sixth convening. It will be a celebration of “Hardboiled Dicks, Dangerous Dames, and a Few Psychos.” Bring your friends!

(We’re fairly certain that the midget could be a psycho, but the dame in the background is surely dangerous to his well-being. The artist is William Reusswig. He supplied the cover art to the first 37 issues of Popular Publications’ DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE, including the November 1, 1933 issue. Reusswig sold freelance pulp covers to general fiction magazines such as ARGOSY, SHORT STORIES and ADVENTURE and contributed cover art for the detective, war, and western genre magazines.)

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Pulp AdventureCon — Fall’s Great Pulp Con

Oct 3, 2016 by

Pulp AdventureCon 2016On November 5, fall’s great pulp con returns to Bordentown, New Jersey. At last year’s Pulp AdventureCon, Brendan Faulkner and Martin Grams were selling vintage movies. PAPERBACK PARADE publisher Gary Lovisi had a variety of collectible paperbacks. John Gunnison of Adventure House was there with many great pulp magazines. Pin-up model Mala Mastroberte was on board with a selection of photos, books, and postcards. Ed Hulse had BLOOD ‘N’ THUNDER and other great stuff. Walker Martin completed his run of THE ALL-STORY. It’s probably the only complete collection in the world! What more can you ask for?

Located in the Ramada Inn of Bordentown, just off exit 7 of the New Jersey TurnpikePulp AdventureCon is a one-day show that features an afternoon of pawing through boxes of pulp magazines, vintage paperbacks, vintage movie memorabilia, original artwork, golden age comics, and more! You’ll find fifty tables of swell swag at this show. You can sign up for the convention’s mailing list at http://boldventurepress.us10.list-manage1.com/subscribe?u=895b936a0770f2ab003d81f30&id=ea92fbffc6.

Hopefully, conventions such as Pulp AdventureCon will keep you satisfied until the PulpFest 2017 arrives next year. Visit PulpFest.com to learn about many of the great conventions throughout the year.

(The 2016 Pulp AdventureCon flyer features the work of artist Earle Bergey. He found a ready market for his work at Ned Pines’ Thrilling Group, painting covers for the publisher’s sports and science fiction lines – including this one for the May 1951 issue of STARTLING STORIES. As the pulp market began to shrink, Bergey’s work increasingly found its way to paperback book covers, particularly those published by Pines’ Popular Library. The artist died in 1952 at the age of fifty-one.)

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Fans of Bronze to Gather for Doc Con XIX

Sep 26, 2016 by

Doc Con XIX (2016)Fans of Doc Savage, the Man of Bronze, will gather for the 19th annual Doc Con on Friday, November 4, through Sunday, November 6, in Glendale, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix.

The con has grown from the five fans who first got together in Scottsdale, Arizona, in 1998, to almost 100 fans who attended last year to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1975 movie DOC SAVAGE: THE MAN OF BRONZE with its star and con Guest of Honor Ron Ely.

This year, fans will have a chance to meet guests Will Murray, pulp historian and author of the “All-New Wild Adventures of Doc Savage,” and Joe DeVito, the artist for Murray’s original Doc Savage books at Bantam and Altus Press. “Attendees will meet Will and Joe in a way that they never have before,” says Jay Ryan, one of Doc Con‘s organizers. “We hope our format will make them more personable and accessible and that we will get to know them as a human being rather than just for their roles as Doc’s author and artist.”

Jay also says that with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson having announced that he’s signed on to play Doc in a new movie, written and directed by Shane Black, this may be the last year for Doc Savage fans to gather before the flood gates of fandom open wide.

Doc Con XIX begins Friday evening with a group dinner, continues Saturday with a day full of programming, and wraps up Sunday morning. Evenings — “Doc Con After Dark” — include a variety of activities and a chance to mingle with fellow fans and their families.

The convention will again be held at the Comfort Suites Glendale, 9824 W Camelback Rd, Glendale, Ariz. A pre-registration web page remains open for a short while longer. For more information, visit the Doc Con Facebook page, or email Jay Ryan at jryands@aol.com.

The Last Martian

Sep 26, 2016 by

bobweinbergOne of the last of the dinosaurs who attended the first PulpconRobert Weinberg — passed away on September 25. A lover of pulps and science fiction to the very end, Bob was seventy years old.

An editor, publisher, bookseller and creator of fanzines — including PULP — Bob was one of the first publishers to concentrate on magazine stories from the pulps. In today’s print-on-demand world, we’ve seen an explosion of small presses releasing pulp reprints like never before. Back in the 1970s — years before digitalized text — Weinberg published several series that reprinted pulp fiction: INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES, LOST FANTASIES, PULP CLASSICS, and WEIRD MENACE.

In addition to his work in reprint fiction, Bob was an extremely active indexer. Beginning with AN INDEX TO ANALOG in 1965, Weinberg compiled bibliographies of the work of Robert E. Howard, the Cthulhu Mythos, the hero pulps, and more. His A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY ARTISTS — published by Greenwood in 1988 — is one of the leading works on the art of the fantastic.

The winner of the 1983 Lamont Award, Robert Weinberg joined Martin H. Greenberg as editor of LOVECRAFT’S LEGACY and with Greenberg, Stefan R. Dziemianowicz, and others edited WEIRD TALES: 32 UNEARTHED TERRORS, FAMOUS FANTASTIC MYSTERIES: 30 GREAT TALES OF FANTASY AND HORROR, HARD-BOILED DETECTIVES: 23 GREAT STORIES FROM DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE, and many other anthologies.

Beginning with “Destroyer,” a short story featured in the May 1969 issue of WORLDS OF IF, Weinberg began publishing genre fiction. Although his contributions to the world of fiction were rather infrequent during the seventies and most of the eighties, he increasingly turned to fiction writing with works such as THE DEVIL’S AUCTION, THE ARMAGEDDON BOX, and THE BLACK LODGE.

We bid adieu to this longtime science fiction and fantasy fan, author, editor, publisher, bookseller, fanzine creator, and pulp fan — known to his wife and son as “Our favorite Martian.”

(The late Jon Arfstrom‘s portrait of Robert Weinberg. Mr. Arfstrom was a guest at PulpFest 2015. The last of the WEIRD TALES artists, Mr. Arfstrom passed away on December 2, 2015.)

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150 Years of H. G. Wells

Sep 19, 2016 by

Amazing Stories 27-08Born on September 21, 1866, H. G. Wells is considered a central pillar to what we now call science fiction. Educated in the sciences and a literary genius, Herbert George Wells came into prominence during the late nineteenth century. By the turn of the century, he was considered by many to be the world’s most important social thinker.

A prodigious talent, Wells wrote for the popular fiction magazines of his native England during “The Age of the Storytellers.” His classic novels, “The War of the Worlds” and “The Invisible Man,” were originally published in PEARSON’S MAGAZINE in 1897. His later science fiction, including “The First Men in the Moon” (1900-1901) and “The Country of the Blind” (1904), would run in THE STRANDHis countless scientific romances are still enjoyed today.

Wells was important to the development of both science fiction and AMAZING STORIES, the first science fiction magazine. Hugo Gernsback, the magazine’s founder, reprinted something by Wells in each of AMAZING‘s first twenty-nine issues.

PulpFest 2016 celebrated the writer and his strong relation to the early AMAZING STORIES with, “Traveling through Time with H. G. Wells.” Professor Garyn G. Roberts discussed Wells and his many achievements, including the author’s many contributions to the early days of pulp magazine speculative fiction. You can listen to Garyn’s presentation via William Lampkin’s ThePulp.Net. It features a special coverage page for PulpFest 2016. You’ll find links to audio recordings from nine events, including Garyn’s salute to H. G. Wells. What better way to say, “Happy Birthday,” to one of the greats of science fiction?

(Frank R. Paul, the “grandfather of science-fiction art,” painted the cover for the August 1927 issue of AMAZING STORIES. H. G. Well’s “The War of the Worlds” was serialized by the magazine in two parts. PulpFest 2016 used Paul’s cover art throughout 2015 and 2016 to promote the gathering at book stores, comic shops, and other conventions and fairs.)

 

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Happy Labor Day from PulpFest 2017

Sep 5, 2016 by

Dime Detective 41-11On this day when we honor America’s laborers, PulpFest is pleased to announce that the organizing committee is working to find a new venue for our 2017 convention. Due to the business decision of the Hyatt Regency to concentrate on larger groups than the 400+ pulp fans who have been attending the Columbus-based PulpFest since 2009, the summertime pulp con will have a new home come next year. It’s a tough job, but your organizing committee — particularly convention chairman Jack Cullers and volunteer coordinator Sally Cullers — are up for the task. No wonder we’ve decided to call our 2017 confab, “Summer’s Hardboiled Pulp Con!”

Our programming theme for 2017 will be “Hardboiled Dicks, Dangerous Dames, and a Few Psychos.” Mike Chomko, the convention’s marketing and programming director, is already lining up a fine slate of pulp culture scholars. We’ll have presentations on DIME DETECTIVE, the villains of THE SHADOW MAGAZINE, “The Dangerous Dames of Kenneth Robeson,” Hollywood detective Dan Turner, Señorita Scorpion and the Domino LadyPhilip José Farmer, and much more.

PulpFest 2017 will also be honoring the 100th anniversary of the birth of Robert Bloch, author of PSYCHO, and offering live theater on Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon. The convention is pleased to announce that the Narada Radio Company will be bringing their Pulp-Pourri Theatre to next summer’s PulpFest. Based in Corpus Christi, Pulp-Pourri Theatre is an all-new audio drama anthology series that has its origins in vintage pulp fiction, but presents its stories in the modern way. Pete Lutz is the company’s producer-director. You can sample their work online or via iTunes. The group will also be performing several readings at the convention.

PulpFest auction coordinator J. Barry Traylor is already lining up some exciting material for next year’s Saturday Night Auction. Once again, we’ll be offering pulps from the collection of Woody Hagadish. A longtime collector and reader of books and pulps, Woody often attended the old Pulpcon and bought a wide array of magazines. Primarily interested in western pulps — particularly WILD WEST WEEKLY — Woody was a reading enthusiast and enjoyed his collection. We’ll be offering magazines from such diverse genres as sports fiction, air stories, westerns, science fiction, and the detective field. 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.

Advertising director and PULPSTER editor William Lampkin is putting together some knock-out concepts for our 2017 marketing campaign as well as planning our award-winning program book. If you’re new to PulpFest and are not familiar with the magazine that Bill puts together each year, a few copies remain of our 2016 PULPSTER. Centered around “90 years of AMAZING STORIES,” a collection of essays on the history and legacy of the first all-science-fiction pulp magazine written by many of its editors, including founder Hugo Gernsback, Howard Browne, Joseph Wrzos (Joe Ross), Barry N. Malzberg, PulpFest 2016 Guest of Honor Ted White, Elinor Mavor, and Patrick L. Price, you can learn more about THE PULPSTER #25 and how to acquire a copy by visiting http://www.pulpfest.com/2016/08/copies-pulpster-25-available/.

Of course we couldn’t market PulpFest 2017 without technical and social media director Chuck Welch keeping all of the nuts and bolts of our various websites in line. As always, Chuck is tinkering in the background to make sure you won’t meet up with any glitches when you try to register for next summer’s convention. Of course, our registration page won’t be ready until we have a time and place for next year’s convention. So please stay tuned by visiting www.pulpfest.com at least once a week. We’ll be offering a new post every Monday morning around 9 AM, eastern time. Alternately, you can read our posts via our facebook site or catch our tweets by following us via our Twitter page.

(While training for the priesthood in his native Puerto Rico, Rafael DeSoto began taking private art lessons with a local artist. He emigrated to the United States in 1923 and soon found work at an advertising company. He began to draw interior story illustrations for Street & Smith’s western pulp magazines in 1930. Two years later, he started to sell freelance cover paintings to all the major pulp magazine publishers including Clayton, Dell, Fiction House, Popular, Street & Smith, and the Thrilling Group. It was DeSoto who created the cover art for the November 1941 issue of Popular Publications’ DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE.

DeSoto continued to produce pulp covers up until the demise of the industry during the 1950s. He also sold freelance illustrations to slick magazines, many paperback book covers, and covers and interior story illustrations for men’s adventure magazines. The artist retired from freelance illustration in 1964 and began teaching at the State University of New York, Farmingdale. He taught art for the rest of his life and embarked on a very successful career as a portrait artist.)