Lights, Camera Action — Cinevent 2018

Apr 23, 2018 by

 

If you’re a fan of silent and early sound films or a collector of motion pictures and related items, then Cinevent 2018 is for you. One of the associated conventions – along with FarmerCon and Monster Bash – found on our home page, this year’s Cinevent runs from May 24 through May 27 at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel on 50 North 3rd Street in the heart of Columbus, Ohio.

For fifty years, Cinevent has gathered fans of silent and early sound films, as well as collectors of motion pictures and related items. The convention was co-founded by Steve Haynes — a big fan and supporter of PulpFest — who passed away in April of 2015.

In addition to over one-hundred tables of movie-related collectibles such as posters, lobby cards, press kits, DVDs and 16 mm films, Cinevent hosts one of the country’s largest live auctions of vintage posters. The convention also features an extensive schedule of classic sound and silent films. For a look at this year’s Cinevent film program, click here.

To book a room at the Renaissance Columbus, the convention’s host hotel, click here. And to keep abreast of the latest details on this fun convention, be sure to like the Cinevent Facebook page.

Although PulpFest 2018 will not have its own film program, the convention will still have a lot of great programming. Add to that a dealers’ room featuring tens of thousands of pulp magazines, vintage paperbacks, digests, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, original art, first edition hardcovers, genre fiction, 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. So what are you waiting for? Start making your plans to join us at the “pop culture center of the universe” for PulpFest 2018. It will be held July 26 through July 29 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City” of Pittsburgh.

(Started 50 years ago by a few folks who had a shared interest in watching films on 8mm and 16mm, Cinevent has grown into a Memorial Day tradition for hundreds of attendees who gather together every year. Movie screenings are available nearly continually every day of the convention from morning through evening, with a few hours off for sleep.)

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Head North Young Pulp Fan

Apr 11, 2018 by

The Fantastic Pulps Show & Sale is celebrating its 22nd year! The show is held annually in the lower level of the Lillian H. Smith Branch of the Toronto Public Library, 239 College Street in Toronto, Ontario.

A small but terrific show featuring a wide variety of pulp and pulp-related items, you’ll find over twenty-five dealers’ tables crammed with collectible pulp magazines, pulp reprints, vintage paperbacks, posters, and other ephemera. There’s also a half-hour pulp magazine cover slide show. It’s a great time for both serious pulp collectors as well as the casually interested, with lots of great stuff to see!

Admission is only $3, with tickets available at the door. Children under ten are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

So if you reside in the states, grab your passport, and head north to Ontario for the Fantastic Pulps Show & Sale on Saturday, May 12, beginning at 10 AM and running until 4 PM. For additional details, you can email Neil or Leigh Mechem at info@girasolcollectables.com or call 905-820-7572. Please tell them that PulpFest sent you.

(This year’s Fantastic Pulps poster — designed by Neil and Leigh Mechem — features the art of the great George Rozen. It originally appeared on the cover to the July 15, 1934 issue of THE SHADOW MAGAZINE, the Street & Smith hero pulp that started the genre.

Although The Shadow is best known for his exploits as a crimefighter, he is closely tied to the two themes of PulpFest 2018. The convention will honor the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War and will salute the centennial of the birth of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer.

The Shadow was, in actuality, a man named Kent Allard. With the advent of World War I, Allard enlisted and became a flying ace. He also served as an intelligence agent for the Czar, adopting the alias of The Black Eagle to protect his true identity.

In Philip José Farmer’s THE ADVENTURE OF THE PEERLESS PEER, Allard — using the identity of Colonel Kentov — is assigned to fly Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson on a mission.)

Windy City Pulp & Paper Convention

Mar 5, 2018 by

The Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention returns to the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center beginning with early-bird shopping at 10 AM on Friday, April 6. The dealers’ room will open to all at 11 AM. Additionally, the Windy City hospitality suite will be open on Thursday night, April 5, from 8 PM to midnight. You can pick up your registration materials during this time. The convention runs through Sunday afternoon, April 8, with its dealers’ room closing at 4 PM.

This year’s Windy will be celebrating the 90th anniversary of WINGS and the air war pulps. It will also be honoring the 125th anniversary of the birth of pulp publisher and editor Harold Hersey. As part of its celebration, Windy City has invited the award-winning and bestselling author F. Paul Wilson to be its Guest of Honor.

The Windy is noted for its substantial auctions; its art exhibition, sponsored by Illustration Magazine; and its extensive film program, organized by Ed Hulse of Murania Press. Once again, there will be “new pulp” panels and presentations on Sunday. This year’s Friday night auction will feature material drawn from the estate of Glenn Lord, the literary executor for the Robert E. Howard estate. You’ll find more details on the Windy home page.

Click on the link that starts our post to learn more about the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention or visit the convention’s Facebook pagePulpFest marketing and programming director Mike Chomko and volunteer coordinator Chuck Welch will all be attending Windy City. Stop by Mike’s table right next to the Adventure House booth and pick up a registration form for PulpFest 2018. He’ll be sharing his table with author Will Murray.

Chuck and Mike will be more than happy to answer your questions about this summer’s PulpFest. It starts on Thursday evening, July 26, and runs through Sunday afternoon, July 29. Start making your plans to join us at the “pop culture center of the universe” at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just nineteen miles north of the exciting city of Pittsburgh. You can book your room directly through the PulpFest website. Just click the “Book a Room” link on our home page or call 1-724-776-6900. Be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive the convention rate. And we do hope to see you at Windy City!

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California Here I Come: The LA Vintage Paperback Collectors Show

Feb 12, 2018 by

Although PulpFest 2018 is about five months off, do not despair. There are other collectors conventions fast approaching. For instance, on Sunday, March 18, the annual Los Angeles Vintage Paperback Collectors Show will take place at the Glendale Civic Auditorium at 1401 North Verdugo Road in Glendale, California from 9 AM to 4 PM. It’s the best bargain in town, featuring an admission price of five bucks!

Now in its 39th year, this convention was started by Tom Lesser, who invited dealers, fellow collectors and paperback enthusiasts to his home in Chatworth, California in 1980. Since then, it has grown to be the world’s largest vintage paperback gathering. This year’s show will feature more than 80 dealer tables with tens of thousands of vintage paperbacks for sale, from inexpensive filler copies to the most elusive and rare collectibles in the hobby. In addition to collectible paperbacks, you’ll also find pulp magazines, original illustration art, hardbound science fiction and mystery books, and more. There is no telling what might show up! Even with a crowd of collectors around, it’s possible to be the first person to discover a hidden gem during the event. Each year there are great finds reported by folks who attend the show. This year, you could be the person telling the story.

Over the years, an important attraction of the show has been its exciting roster of guest authors and artists. It has included such notables as Robert Bloch (18 years); A. E. Van Vogt , Ray Bradbury, Poul Anderson, and Fredrik Pohl (all for over 10 years); and the show’s champ, William F. Nolan (with over 32 years of appearances). This year the show will feature nearly sixty guests who will be available to meet the attendees and sign their works for free! Click here for a schedule of this year’s guest writers and artists.

You’ll find more information on this great collectors gathering at the convention’s website or by calling Tom Lesser at 818-855-1786. And while you’re at the show, be sure to pick up a PulpFest 2018 post card to learn more about “Summer’s Great Pulp Con,” taking place from Thursday evening, July 26 and running through Sunday afternoon, July 29. It will take place just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Mars, PA. Joe Lansdale — the author of over forty novels and numerous short stories — will be the convention’s guest of honor.

Start making your plans now to join us at the “pop culture center of the universe” for PulpFest 2018.

(The Los Angeles Vintage Paperback Collectors Show & Sale’s characteristic poster images were originally designed by the late Glenn Souza, starting in the early 1990s and continued by him through 2007, when he handed on his legacy to Tony Gleeson. Pictured here is the convention’s 2018 poster, featuring the cover artwork from the March 1952 issue of PLANET STORIES, painted by Allen Anderson.)

Returning to Sunny Florida: Pulp AdventureCon

Jan 29, 2018 by

Pulp AdventureCon, FloridaTired of all of this cold weather? Why not head to sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for the weekend?

If you’re into pulp magazines, golden-age comics, original art, men’s adventure magazines, vintage paperbacks, and movie memorabilia, then you should make the trip to join the activities at Pulp AdventureCon on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.

The annual South Florida convention, sponsored by Bold Venture Press, is a one-day event and runs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., at the Universal Palms Hotel, at 4900 Powerline Road. It’s the sister of the long-running Pulp AdventureCon that’s been held in Bordentown, NJ, each November.

Golden-age comics artist Allen Bellman is the Guest of Honor. He started working for Timely Comics (the predecessor to Marvel Comics) in 1942, and was soon inking backgrounds for Syd Shores on CAPTAIN AMERICA, and illustrating the original Human Torch, The Patriot, and other comic-book heroes. He also contributed illustrations to several pulps published by Martin Goodman, who also was behind Timely Comics.

He stayed in the comic-book industry into the 1950s, last working for Lev Gleason Publications.

Bellman will have on hand copies of his recent memoir of working in the golden-age comic industry, TIMELY CONFIDENTIAL: WHEN THE GOLDEN AGE OF COMICS WAS YOUNG, which was published by Bold Venture Press, the sponsor of Pulp AdventureCon.

The con is less than a month away. Not only are tickets available for attending, but you can probably still reserve a table if you’re interested in hawking your pulps or pop-culture-related material. Contact the organizers, Bold Venture Press’ Rich Harvey or Audrey Parente, at boldventure@aol.com.

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Classicon — Fall’s Last Pulp Con

Oct 23, 2017 by

As 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. This fall’s Classicon will take place on Saturday, November 18. It will run from 10 AM until 4 PM.

PulpFest tries to keep you abreast of all the pulp and paper conventions. So 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 and paperback universe.

Many thanks to everyone who attended this year’s PulpFest. We hope that you enjoyed yourself and will return for PulpFest 2018. We’ll be back at the beautiful DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in 2018 for our forty-seventh convening. We’ll be honoring the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War and the century mark of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer.

PulpFest 2018 is scheduled to begin on Thursday, July 26, and run through Sunday, July 29. Celebrated author Joe R. Lansdale will be the convention’s Guest of Honor.

(In honor of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, PulpFest 2018 will focus on the so-called “war pulps” of the early twentieth century. One of the leading magazines of the genre was Fawcett Publications’ BATTLE STORIES. Jerome Rozen painted six covers for the magazine, including the June 1928 number. His twin brother, George Rozen, was far more prolific for the publication, painting almost thirty BATTLE STORIES covers.)

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New Jersey’s Pulp AdventureCon

Oct 2, 2017 by

On November 4, 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. Ed Hulse had BLOOD ‘N’ THUNDER and other great stuff. Cowboy Tony, Paul Herman, and others were also on hand with a variety of pulps and other collectibles. 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 PulpFest arrives next year. Beginning on Thursday evening, July 26, and running through Sunday, July 29, PulpFest 2018 will be returning to the beautiful DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just outside Pennsylvania’s Steel City. In the meantime, be sure to bookmark PulpFest.com to learn about many of the great conventions like Pulp AdventureCon that are held throughout the year.

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Twenty Years of Doc Con!

Sep 18, 2017 by

Doc Con XX (2017)In fall 1998, five Doc Savage fans gathered together in a hotel in the Phoenix area to celebrate their shared love of a 1930s and ’40s pulp hero and his 181 adventures at the first Doc Con.

This year many more fans will again gather in Glendale, Ariz., for the 20th Doc Con on Oct. 20 – 22 to celebrate the exploits of Doc Savage, the Man of Bronze. (Fifty attended last year’s Doc Con XIX.)

“I am glad that what I started in 1998 has endured for so long,” said Rob Smalley, who organized the original con. “It’s a testimony to the dedication of the core group of people, which by the way gets larger every year. The Doc Con has changed in format and venues over the years, but each and every Doc Con over the last 19 years has been tons of fun no matter where it was held or how many fans attended.”

Jay Ryan, who with Rob has attended all Doc Cons, said, “Twenty years does seem like an accomplishment. The aspect that intrigues me the most is the fact that most of us were in our mid- to late 30s when we started Doc Con. Just a bunch of 30-something guys getting together to talk about a character that we appreciated. Hopefully, Doc Con is still just that except that now it is a bunch of 50-something guys.

“The most important part is still the getting together,” Jay continued, “and apparently we still enjoy that because Doc Con has grown from one day to three and in some cases four days. The die-hards still come in on Thursday and leave midway through Sunday. Of course, Doc Con has also expanded on events and the time is filled to the brim but all of it still revolves around hanging out together.”

The Doc Con XIX (2016) group photo

The Doc Con XIX (2016) group photo

Jay, Rob, and the other Arizona Fans of Bronze who organize and put on the convention have big plans for number 20. “Doc Con XX will be special in the obvious way… a milestone accomplishment reached,” Jay said. “Of course, as special guest, author David Avallone’s attendance will be appreciated by everyone. We had the current Doc Savage novel writer, Will Murray, in attendance last year, and this year it seemed fitting to have the current Doc Savage comic-book writer, Mr. Avallone, meet everyone and have him fill us in on that medium of Doc Savage. We also have some very special things planned for this year and the pre-registration gift is going to knock everyone’s socks off.”

Doc Con XX returns to the Comfort Inn University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix. You can register for the con at docfantasycovers.com/Doc-Con/.

“My whole intent for starting Doc Con was to get Doc Savage fans together. Too many of us enjoyed our Doc Savage experience in solitude,” Rob said. He, like other Doc fans, is looking forward to this year’s con. “Every year I enjoy the company of all my Doc friends, and I really enjoy seeing new people attending and joining in the excitement and fun.”

Why PulpFest?

Jul 19, 2017 by

Today, we’ve decided to share a short essay written by Walker Martin for Steve Lewis’ Mystery*File blog. Walker has been a reader and collector for over sixty years. In 1997, he received the Lamont Award at Pulpcon 26 in Bowling Green, Ohio. We’re proud to have him as one of our own and can think of no one better to answer the question, “Why PulpFest?” Take it away Walker . . .

PulpFest 2017, July 27-30, Pittsburgh, Pa.

The last couple days I’ve been thinking about PulpFest, which will be held July 27 through 30 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. That’s just three weeks away! I’ve been deluged by logical and sane-looking collectors and non-collectors all asking me the same question: why bother attending PulpFest? They have shown up at my house; they have called me on the telephone; they have sent me emails. Enough is enough! Here’s a list of excuses for not attending that I hear all the time, and why none of them are valid:

1 – I have no money! Sorry, but I’ve attended many a Pulpcon in the 1970’s, 1980’s, and 1990’s and I went with very little money. Are there no credit cards? Are there no credit unions? Are there no non-collecting spouses to borrow money from? Even when I had the money, I often blew it before the convention by visiting local bookstores like Bonnett’s and Dragon’s Lair in Dayton, Ohio. If not in the bookstores, then in the hotel rooms of friends who let me see what they were bringing to sell. I learned to go without much cash, but I brought a few boxes of pulps to trade and sell at my table.

2 – I’m in poor health and too sick to attend. Sorry again! I had a friend who had a terminal illness and came to Pulpcon anyway. Another friend actually collapsed at the convention and died soon after. I myself once threw my back out three days before the show and my doctor and chiropractor both told me to forget about making the long drive to the convention. I felt like I was crippled for life, but I managed to squeeze into the car and drive out. I had to stop numerous times near hotels because I thought I was not going to make it. Perhaps I could rent a room and lay there for a couple weeks until I could stand. It took me 16 hours instead of the usual 9 hours, but I made it. I spent the entire convention standing because sitting down caused back spasms.

3 – I have no space or I live in a small apartment. Collectors always make space for the things they love! When I first met Bob Lesser in the 1970’s he had an apartment full of Disney toys. This was New York City and the place was tiny. A path from the front door to the bed and another path to the bathroom. Otherwise, every inch was toys, robots, and paintings. I once ran out of space and I hunted for over a year until I found a bigger house. I went to dozens of open houses and looked at hundreds of houses. I finally found a big house. Unfortunately, I soon filled it up with books. Now I need a bigger place! The old story. . .

4 – My wife is a non-collector and forbids me to go. Tell me about it! I’ve been married over 40 years and I’ve heard it all. I still go and I still collect. Les Mayer told me in 1990 at the Wayne, New Jersey Pulpcon that his wife thought he was at a business meeting. If she knew he was at Pulpcon she might burn his pulps. Collectors have to become masters of deception and great liars to defeat the non-collector. Many a time I’ve lied and many a time I’ve smuggled books into the house in the dead of night while “she who must be obeyed” slept the innocent sleep of the non-collector. Non-collectors exist to be ignored . . .

5 – I can’t get off from work. Sorry, but this is not a valid reason. My employers always knew I was a rabid book collector who took off without exception a week for Pulpcon in the summer. I made sure that my vacation request was in as early as I knew the convention dates. Once they sorrowfully told me I couldn’t go because of some work bullshit. I went anyway and left it to them to ignore my absence without leave or put up with one pissed-off book collector. I realize the employment situation is different nowadays, but which is more important, your job or your collection? Your marriage or your collection? Right, your collection.

6 – Who cares about the convention? I can buy my pulps off ebay. Back in the 1920’s and 1930’s, dime novel collectors existed. But they didn’t have a convention and died off. Now I know of only a few in existence and dime novels are just about worthless. If I had a table full of dime novels priced at a buck apiece, most collectors would scurry away in disgust. We have to support the two big pulp conventions — Windy City in Chicago and PulpFest in Columbus. If we don’t, then one day we will wake up and the pulps will be dead. These shows garner a lot of attention and people keep talking about the pulps because of the efforts of Mike Chomko, Jack and Sally Cullers, Doug Ellis, John Gunnison, Bill Lampkin, Barry Traylor, Chuck Welch, and all the other people who lend a hand.

7 – It’s too late! Like hell. There are hotels with rooms available nearby. What’s the most important thing in a serious collector’s life? His collection, without a doubt. We work, we slave, we march on to the bitter end where we will eat dirt in the boneyard. We live lives of quiet desperation and worry about the afterlife. Go to PulpFest and collect some books and pulps! You only live once . . .

8 – And finally the best reason for attending! They are a hell of a lot of fun. Not only do you get to roam around a gigantic dealers’ room full of books and pulps, but you get to meet and talk to some of the greatest collectors and dealers. These will lead to future deals and contacts. Plus you can eat and drink with them! Though I seem to be one of last of the drinkers. And the panels! All day and all night, we will be discussing pulps and books. What’s cooler than that?

I’ve never met a magazine or book collector who regretted attending PulpFest. I hope to see some of you there!

(And so do we. The convention will take place from Thursday evening, July 27, through Sunday afternoon, July 30, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just outside Pennsylvania’s “Steel City.” Start making your plans to join us at the “pop culture center of the universe” for PulpFest 2017. You’ll have an AMAZING time!

If you are not from the Pittsburgh area and have yet to book your room for this year’s PulpFest, you can book your room directly through the DoubleTree website. You can also reserve a room by calling 1-800-222-8733. Please be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive the special rate. Thanks so much to everyone who has reserved a room at our host hotel. By staying at the DoubleTree, you’ve helped to ensure the convention’s success.

Walker Martin’s essay, “Why Attend PulpFest?” originally appeared — in slightly different form — on Steve Lewis’ Mystery*File blog on August 9, 2015 as the seventeenth segment of “Collecting Pulps: A Memoir.”) 

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Head to Michigan for the 2017 Dum-Dum

Jun 29, 2017 by

As we’ve been reminding you for pretty much all of the last year, “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con” will take place from Thursday, July 27, through Sunday, 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! Plus, you only have until July 5 to get a room at the special PulpFest rate.

PulpFest 2017 will be here before you know it and then, like all good things, it will be over. But all is not lost . . . .

Michael A. Hatt of Montgomery, Michigan will be hosting the 2017 Dum-Dum, the annual gathering of Edgar Rice Burroughs enthusiasts. It will be held at the Quality Inn and Suites in Coldwater, Michigan from Thursday, August 3 through Saturday, August 5, with a farewell breakfast planned for Sunday, August 7. The convention’s guests of honor will be Martin Powell, a writer for ERB, Inc, and story board and comic book artist Bo Hampton.

Also appearing at the convention will be Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. president, Jim Sullos along with the ERB team of Cathy and Tyler Wilbanks.  Jim will update the convention attendees with the latest projects and events emerging from Tarzana. Bob Zeuschner, the author of the detailed bibliography EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS: THE BIBLIOGRAPHY, and author Mike Chapman will also be guests at the convention.

Edgar Rice Burroughs vacationed in Coldwater for almost twenty years. It was the summer home to his wife’s family, the Hulberts. In celebration of the area’s history, all members of this year’s Dum-Dum will receive a copy of a special limited edition of BEYOND THIRTY, partially written by Burroughs in Coldwater.

We hope you enjoy the 2017 Dum-Dum. It will certainly help ease your pop culture needs and get you through the next year, as you await the arrival of PulpFest 2018.

(The logo for the Coldwater Dum-Dum was drawn by Oscar Gonzales, created by Casey Daws based on an idea by Michael Hatt, and used with the permission of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. The aero submarine “Coldwater” was originally drawn by Gonzales for the online comic strip, “The Lost Continent.”)