2010 Munsey Nominees
There were sixteen nominating petitions for the 2010 Munsey Award that met the criteria for the award. Many thanks from the PulpFest organizing committee to all who participated in the nominating process.
The nominee ballot was forwarded to the past winners of the Munsey and Lamont Awards who then selected the person to be honored. The 2010 Munsey Award was presented during Saturday evening’s programming on July 31st.
Congratulations to all the nominees for the 2010 Munsey.
It was Tony Tollin who had the fortitude to convince Conde Nast to license authorized reprints of Doc Savage, The Shadow, The Avenger, and The Whisperer. Tony’s regularly issued Sanctum Books are some of the most popular reprints in the field today. Practically every month, we can enjoy a double dose of some of the pulp era’s greatest heroes, coupled with informative articles about the authors, the sources for the stories and the pop culture that they inspired. These books continue to serve as a major gateway for new people to enter the pulp-collecting hobby. Additionally, Tony was the co-author with Walter Gibson of The Shadow Scrapbook and helped to put together and introduce numerous recorded collections of pulp-related radio programs during his association with Radio Spirits. He was also involved with several comic book interpretations of the great pulp heroes.
A graphic and web designer by trade, Chris’ Internet work and many publishing ventures have helped to attract people who are being exposed to pulps for the first time. There isn’t anyone out there making better use of all the new technology while still preserving the “oldness” of pulps and popular culture. He has become the person to go to for publishers who want a retro-design for their books or website. His work for Age of Aces Books, the newly redesigned Blood ‘n’ Thunder, his own The Spider Returns, The 86th Floor, and G-8 and His Battle Aces websites and, of course, the PulpFest website are all proof of his devotion to the pulps and his mastery of melding the past with the present.
For nearly ten years, Dan has been working to promote greater awareness of pulp artists by producing and distributing Illustration Magazine. He has tirelessly contributed his time, expertise and his personal wealth to promote a more respectful awareness of the artistic accomplishments of pulp artists through the deluxe publication of the many biographical articles on pulp artists that have appeared in his magazine, distributed around the globe. He has done this despite the overwhelming fact that his creative vision is far beyond receiving any reasonable economic return for his efforts. Dan’s devotion to classic American illustrators is manifest in the elegant presentation of his magazine and has helped to turn the tide in our culture’s growing appreciation of pulp art. Additionally, he has supported the pulp community by drawing his readers’ attention to various pulp conventions, including the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention, Pulpcon, and PulpFest. Dan has also served as the sponsor of Windy City’s annual pulp art exhibit and created the limited edition print of David Saunder’s Munsey Award painting without cost to the PulpFest organizing committee.
For decades, Don has been a major force in research about the lives and works of Dashiell Hammett, Robert E. Howard, Charles Willeford, Philip K. Dick, Clark Ashton Smith, and other pulp writers, as well as promoting their works to wider audiences. In 1977, Don created the Dashiell Hammett Tour and has led it in San Francisco ever since. It is the longest-running literary tour in the world. His Hammett tour has been covered regularly by the media, and Don has appeared on radio and television in America, Great Britain, Japan, and Germany. Don has been a frequent contributor to The Cimmerian, one of the leading periodicals devoted to Robert E. Howard and his works, in addition to editing books about the author. Don has also been an important contributor to the Howard Days conferences in Texas and has earned several awards for his work on Howard. He has written or edited numerous pulp-related books including The Dark Barbarian: The Writings of Robert E. Howard (1984), the five-volume Selected Letters of Philip K. Dick (1991-1997), The Barbaric Triumph: A Critical Anthology on the Writings of Robert E. Howard (2004), The Dashiell Hammett Tour: Thirtieth Anniversary Guidebook (2009), and others.
Professor Roberts is the Chair of the Communications/English Discipline at Northwestern Michigan College. He is also an unabashed fan of the pulps. Garyn has written extensively about the pulps, both professionally and as a fan. He has edited or co-edited some of the best collections from the pulps including A Cent a Story: The Best from Ten Detective Aces, More Tales of the Defective Detective in the Pulps, The Compleat Adventures of the Moon Man, The Magical Mysteries of the Green Ghost and The Compleat Great Merlini. His insightful essays in these books and elsewhere have led to a greater understanding of the pulps both inside and outside of the pulp community. His collection, The Prentice Hall Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy, a college level textbook, is notable for the attention paid to the pulp magazines. Additionally, Garyn has helped other researchers with various pulp-related projects and is a regular attendee of pulp conventions.
A researcher of fantasy, science fiction, mystery and adventure fiction for over twenty years, Gene has extensively studied and indexed the magazines of the pulp era, especially those published by the Frank A. Munsey Company. Never too busy or tired to help, Gene has volunteered his time, knowledge and editorial abilities, contributing to projects published by Adventure House, Off-Trail Publications, Battered Silicon Dispatch Box, and others. He annually volunteers at the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention, in addition to proofing their program book, and has been a long-time attendee at other pulp-related conventions. In conjunction with Black Dog Books, he has compiled and edited a number of rare and previously unreprinted works, including Cornell Woolrich’s The Good Die Young, George Allan England’s The Empire in the Air, Seabury Quinn’s Demons of the Night, Murray Leinster’s The Silver Menace, The Space Annihilator, and several forthcoming collections. He also serves as series editor for Black Dog Books’ multi-volume Talbot Mundy Library.
Through his Battered Silicon Dispatch Box, George has published nearly 400 books, many of them directly related to the pulps. He was largely responsible for finally getting all of Fred Davis’ classic Moon Man stories back into print. And what about his Peter the Brazen series, his five volumes featuring the work of Seabury Quinn, The Compleat Adventures of the Park Avenue Hunt Club, his Green Ghost set, The Compleat Saga of John Solomon, and the just completed The Adventures of the Golden Amazon? He has also given us numerous collections of detective fiction, including volumes featuring the Thinking Machine, Dr. Thorndyke and Martin Hewitt. Looking at his website, his future plans include several books reprinting pulp authors who have been unjustly forgotten. Along with Robert Weinberg, George was recently named the co-editor of Arkham House Books. A regular attendee of pulp conventions, George has helped both longtime and new fans to collect the tales of some of the most fantastic heroes from the pulps.
Howard has been publishing the Doc Savage fan magazine The Bronze Gazette for nearly twenty years. He created the Gazette when there was no real Internet and very little information readily available about Lester Dent’s “Man of Bronze.” His main reason for starting the publication was to gather information about Doc Savage, disseminate this news to the “Fans of Bronze,” and keep Doc fans going during the “lean” years when Doc was, for the most part, a mere memory. Through Howard’s efforts, interest in Doc was maintained and his return to the limelight assured.
For years, John has selflessly aided researchers, sharing his collection and knowledge. He is a joy with whom to share his, and our, joy of pulps. He has quietly helped many people, sharing stories and his experience with no thought of anything in return. He is quiet about his generosity, never thinking to remark on it. His self-published Key to Other Doors: Some Lists from a Pulp Collector’s Notebook, is still an excellent source of information about pulp fanzines, pulp reprints, pulp conventions and the single-character pulps.
The granddaughter of pulp author Paul S. Powers, Laurie was introduced to the pulp community in 2007 through the publication of Pulp Writer: Twenty Years in the American Grub Street, an autobiography and appreciation of her grandfather. Later that same year, she started Laurie’s Wild West, an Internet blog site that has become a favorite destination for those interested in the pulps. She has published articles on pulp memoirs, “Who Read the Pulps?,” collectors’ guides to the pulps, holiday pulp covers, and, most recently, a series of articles put together by various pulp fans entitled “My Favorite Pulps.” Although relatively new to the world of pulps, Laurie has shown tremendous support for the community by spreading the word about pulp fiction and publicizing the conventions that salute our wonderful hobby.
Mike Chomko (2010 winner)
Mike has been involved in the pulp hobby for over twenty years, writing his first article for Echoes in the late eighties. After Bob Sampson’s passing, Mike continued the indexing of both Echoes and The Pulp Collector. In 1995, he launched the pulp fanzine Purple Prose. Running for seventeen issues, Purple Prose published biographical sketches of early pulp readers such as Richard Minter, Nick Carr, and George Evans, a lengthy study of Fiction House’s Wings, a biography of pulp artist John Howitt, and much more. Perhaps the highlight of the run was the publication of “The Steeger Papers,” a draft pulp history penned by Popular Publications’ Harry Steeger and annotated by Mike. He has also volunteered at various pulp conventions over the years and is one of the leading distributors of pulp-related publications. With Jack Cullers, Ed Hulse, and Barry Traylor, Mike helped to organize the first PulpFest in 2009.
A Burroughs and science fiction fan and intermittent pulp collector since the 1950s, Mike has been puttering around with writing since the late seventies. He sold his first mystery short story in 1978 and wrote various pieces in that genre, including ghosting for the Mike Shayne series and for several pulp-related novelettes set in the 1930s. Mike returned to writing about the pulps in the late 1990s when he began reviewing a variety of pulp magazines for Camille Cazedessus’ Pulpdom. Over the last twelve years, he has described selections from nearly every pre-1930 general fiction pulp line published, including Argosy, All-Story, Cavalier, Popular, and other titles. His many articles have appeared in the fanzine Pulpdom, which celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in May 2010.
Ron, a professional writer for over twenty-five years, and illustrator Rob Davis started Airship 27 Productions to create a home for new, pulp-inspired fiction. Since 2007, Airship 27 has revived long moribund pulp characters such as the Green Lama, Jimmy Anthony, the Masked Rider, Secret Agent X, and Fortier’s own version of Ace Periodicals’ Captain Hazzard. Ron’s books have inspired contemporary writers and artists to turn out new adventures featuring many of the characters long remembered by the pulp community. They have also served as ports of entry for new people to become involved with the world of pulps. In 2009, Ron helped develop the Pulp Factory Awards, inaugurated to support, applaud, and encourage the creation of new pulp fiction and art. The first PFAs were awarded at the 2010 Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention.
For much of the last decade Ron, through his Wild Cat Books operation, has been doing a fantastic job of maintaining interest in the great pulps, making them both available and affordable to old and new fans alike. Beginning with his fanzine Lost Sanctum, Ron has published material by both new and old writers and artists, all of them with a great love for the pulps. A few years ago, he took his love of pulps to the next level and began presenting brand new pulp fiction and art by some of today’s finest creators. Most recently, he has revived the classic science-fiction magazine, Startling Stories. Ron doesn’t get rich doing any of this. No, his efforts come from his heart and his genuine love for the pulps.
Stephen T. Miller
Steve has been helping to index the pulps for years. Along with Michael Cook, he compiled Garland Publishing’s Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Fiction: A Checklist of Fiction in U. S. Pulp Magazines, 1915-1974, an exceptionally useful resource for collectors of not only detective pulps, but also hero and some adventure magazines. With Bill Contento, Steve compiled Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Weird Fiction Magazine Index (1890-2006), a guide to more than 900 different magazines, published on CD-ROM by Locus Press and updated periodically by the publisher. Over the years, Steve has also helped many different people with pulp-related research, sharing his knowledge as well as his collection with them.
Probably best known for the Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Weird Fiction Magazine Index (1890-2006) that he compiled with Steve Miller, Bill has assembled other works that have become essential tools of reference. These include his Index to Science Fiction Anthologies and Collections, Index to Crime and Mystery Anthologies (with Martin H. Greenberg), and The Supernatural Index (with Mike Ashley). In the last ten years, he has built up the online FictionMags Index into a research juggernaut. It currently lists the contents of over 44,000 issues of almost 3000 different magazine titles. Pulps are heavily represented, of course, but pulp writers turn up in other magazines, too, and the FictionMags Index allows them to be discovered. A huge endeavor, the FictionMags Index has been a tremendous boon to pulp-magazine research.
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