Returning to Sunny Florida: Pulp AdventureCon

Jan 16, 2017 by

Timely Comics artist Allen Bellman

Timely Comics artist Allen Bellman

A new year of pulp conventions kicks off with the southern edition of Pulp AdventureCon on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Special guest for the event will be Timely Comics artist Allen Bellman, who contributed to CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS, THE HUMAN TORCH, MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS, SUB-MARINER COMICS, ALL-WINNERS COMICS, and many other Timely titles. (Timely, of course, would morph into Marvel Comics.) Bellman, a longtime South Florida resident, will be on hand to sign autographs and talk about Timely publisher Martin Goodman and his company’s comics and pulps.

Pulp AdventureCon takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Universal Palms Hotel, 4900 Powerline Rd., Fort Lauderdale. But attendees staying at the hotel usually hold informal gatherings Friday night before the show, and Saturday evening afterward, and anyone who’d like to participate is welcome. If you’re planning to stay overnight, use the special codeword “pulp” to receive the $109 room rate.

The Florida con, now in its third year, features pulp magazines, of course, but also a variety of pulp culture collectibles, such as New Pulp books, Golden Age comic books, Big Little Books, old-time radio and movie memorabilia, and more. (It’s also a great way to escape the winter weather; typical seasonal temperatures in Fort Lauderdale in February are highs in the upper 70s and lows in around 60.)

For more information, visit the Pulp AdventureCon website and the con’s blog.

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

Hopefully, conventions such as Pulp AdventureCon will keep you satisfied until the PulpFest 2017 arrives next year. Visit 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.)

The Ron Killian Collection

Jul 11, 2016 by


One of the most exciting posts in our series on the dealers appearing at PulpFest 2016 was the one that appeared on June 29. In that post, we announced that Milwaukee’s John Hauser — who brought to market the Green River and the Curator pedigree comic book collections — would be debuting the Ron Killian collection of pulp magazines and books at this year’s convention.

Ron Killian — who passed away on May 1, 2016 at the age of 78 — was the owner of Milwaukee’s The Turning Page, one of the city’s earliest direct-sales comic book shops. He launched the first comic book shows in the city and was very highly regarded in science fiction and comic book circles.

Longtime customer and friend David Beard, wrote about Killian for ICv2, the Website of Geek Culture:

Ron began selling comics in an antique mall before becoming one of Milwaukee’s earliest direct-sales comics shops.  In the 1980s, he carved a niche by importing Doctor Who toys, books, games and magazines and supporting the local and regional Doctor Who fan clubs.  Ron enjoyed pulp fiction and science fiction, and every Saturday, the shop was filled with the sounds of polka.

Ron’s death is the loss of an anchor to the Milwaukee comics community and to this friend and collector.

To learn more about Ron Killian, please read Beard’s entire eulogy at and watch Matthew Curley’s You Tube video on Killian and The Turning Page at

John Hauser has described Ron Killian’s collection to PulpFest as “massive.” Pulpfest 2016 will be the first opportunity for the public to buy part of Ron’s lifetime collection. Below, you’ll find several photographs of the collection that John will be selling at the convention. We hope that you’ll join us July 21 -24 at the Hyatt Regency and the Greater Columbus Convention Center in beautiful downtown Columbus, Ohio for “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con.” It’s the only way you’ll be among the first to see and perhaps own part of Ron Killian’s FANTASTIC collection of books and pulp magazines.


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Dealers’ Tables Are Still Available!

Jun 13, 2016 by


With about six weeks remaining before PulpFest 2016 begins, convention chairman Jack Cullers reports that a great deal of exhibit space has already been booked. However, with our large dealers’ room in the Battelle South exhibition hall on the third floor of the Greater Columbus Convention Center, we can still accommodate more sellers. Wall tables are extremely limited and positioning within the dealers’ room cannot be guaranteed. So if you’ve been waiting to reserve your space in the PulpFest hucksters’ hall, now is the time to do it!

Since all dealers must be registered as prepaid members of the convention, any PulpFest member can attend as a dealer. PulpFest 2016 will charge $70 for island tables and $80 for wall tables. We are also happy to supply a third table free of charge for every two tables rented in our hucksters’ room to all PulpFest 2016 exhibitors. The large confines of the Battelle South exhibition hall enable us to provide extra exhibit space to all PulpFest dealers who support the convention. Each table will be six feet in length. The PulpFest’s dealers’ room will be open for all dealers to set up their exhibits on Thursday, July 21 from 4 – 11 PM.

Accommodating at least 120 tables, our dealers’ room will be open to all comers from 10 AM to about 4:45 PM on July 22 and 23, and until 2 PM on Sunday, July 24 (although buying and selling opportunities may be limited on our final day as many of our dealers will be packing up for their return trip home). And don’t forget about our early-bird hours on Thursday evening, July 21, from 6 PM to 9 PM. To reward loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s substantial costs by staying three nights at our host hotel, PulpFest is pleased to offer free early-bird privileges. For an additional $10 over our regular membership fee, buyers who are not staying at the Hyatt Regency will be able to purchase early-bird privileges for an extra three hours of shopping. The price will increase to $25 on July 2 and to $30 on July 21. So act right now to get in on the savings!

Although the focus of PulpFest 2016 will be pulp magazines and related materials, vintage paperbacks, digests, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, first edition hardcovers, science-fiction, detective, Western, and other genre books and magazines, series books, dime novels, original art, Big Little Books, B-movies and serials and related collectibles, old-time-radio shows, Golden and Silver Age comic books, and pulp-related games and comic books can also be sold.

The people who attend PulpFest are vintage pop culture enthusiasts. So it’s also a great place to sell science-fiction books, mystery and detective fiction, adventure or western fiction, original artwork, and more. And it doesn’t have to be old! Publishers such as Adventures in Bronze, Age of Aces, and Murania Press do well selling their pulp reprints and related materials. So do resellers such as Mike Chomko, Books and Martin Grams. Authors and new pulp publishers such as Dick Enos, William Patrick Maynard, and Airship 27 have found PulpFest to be a great event to market today’s pulp fiction.

The convention has been widely promoted through post-card giveaways at book and comic shops and collectibles events. It will be marketed in various periodicals and through the convention’s website, Facebook site, Twitter feed, and via Internet newsgroups, event calendars, Instagram and TumblrPulpFest also plans to use its website to publicize its dealers. For further information about our website and its dealer promotion, please contact marketing director Mike Chomko at 2217 West Fairview Street, Allentown, PA 18104 or via email at You can also write to Mike if you are interested in advertising in THE PULPSTER, the convention’s program book.

Dealers interested in selling at PulpFest 2016 should get in touch with Jack Cullers as soon as possible. You can reach him via email by writing to or by regular mail at 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305. You can also request a copy of our annual newsletter, which also contains information about dealing at PulpFest. Don’t forget to ask for your free table if you will be renting two or more tables.

You can also learn about registering for the convention as a dealer by clicking the Register for 2016 button below our home page banner. Please remember that the Hyatt Regency Columbus is sold out of rooms for July 21 through July 23. At, you’ll find a list of area hotels courtesy of the Greater Columbus Convention CenterAlternately, you can search for a room at tripadvisor or a similar website to find a hotel near the convention. 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.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning now to attend PulpFest 2016 as a dealer and join hundreds of pulp fiction fans at the pop-culture center of the universe! And to make things even easier, you can download a PulpFest 2016 dealer registration form by clicking on the link below.

PulpFest 2016 Dealer Registration Form

(This Boston newsstand — photographed in September 1965 — would not have featured any pulp magazines. By that time, the pulps were gone, killed off by television, comic books, and most prominently, paperback books. However, a buyer still might be able to find copies of AMAZING STORIES — in its digest format — and ARGOSY — in its men’s adventure format — somewhere on its racks.

We’ll be saluting the 90th anniversary of AMAZING STORIES’ birth, and the 120th anniversary of the birth of the first pulp magazine — ARGOSY — at PulpFest 2016. Please join us July 21 through July 24 for “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con” in the Columbus, Ohio Arena district at the Hyatt Regency hotel and the city’s spacious convention center.)

Shopping for Collectibles at PulpFest 2016

May 16, 2016 by

Detective Story 1915-10-05Year after year, PulpFest is a paradise for the fan of pulp magazines, digests, vintage paperbacks, and other collectibles. The collector will also find first edition hardcovers, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, series books, dime novels, original artwork, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time-radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age comic books in our spacious dealers’ room, located in the Battelle South exhibition hall on the third floor of the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

For those who simply like to read pulp and genre fiction, you’ll find science-fiction hardcovers and paperbacks, mysteries, adventure fiction, and countless pulp reprints from publishers such as Adventure HouseAge of AcesAltus Press, Meteor House, Sanctum Books, and Stark House Press. Fans of new pulp will have readings by their favorite authors on both Friday and Saturday as well as a panel moderated by Ron Fortier, plus books for sale from Will Murray’s Adventures in BronzeAirship 27, and other purveyors of today’s pulp fiction. We’ll also have pulp-related gaming supplies.

Accommodating over 100 tables, our dealers’ room will be open to all comers from 10 AM to about 4:45 PM on July 22 and 23, and until 2 PM on Sunday, July 24 (although buying and selling opportunities may be limited on our final day as many of our dealers will be packing up for their return trip home). And don’t forget about our early-bird hours on Thursday evening, July 21, from 6 PM to 9 PM. For an additional $25-30 over your regular membership fee, you’ll be able to purchase early-bird privileges for an extra three hours of shopping. Better still, to reward loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s substantial costs by staying three nights at our host hotel, PulpFest is pleased to offer free early-bird privileges. That’s a very significant savings! Plus, if you prepay your membership and attend our annual business meeting on Saturday evening, you might win a free membership to next year’s PulpFest!

You can book your room at the Hyatt Regency Columbus by clicking one of the Book a Room buttons on our home page and learn about registering for the convention by clicking the Register for 2016 button below our home page banner. Remember, “If you read or collect pulps, pulp reprints, books, vintage paperbacks, original artwork, golden-age or silver-age comic books .  .  .  PulpFest is the place to be.”

(Perhaps you’ll find the first issue of DETECTIVE STORY MAGAZINE — dated October 5, 1915 and featuring cover artwork by John A. Coughlin — at this year’s PulpFest. You won’t find out unless you attend. We’ll be celebrating the specialty pulp magazine — DETECTIVE STORY was the first — at this year’s convention. Later specialty pulps included LOVE STORY, SPORTS STORY, and WESTERN STORY MAGAZINE. We hope to see you in beautiful, downtown Columbus, Ohio from July 21 to 24 at the pop culture center of the universe — Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con!”)