Paul Powers Items Added to 2014 Auction!

Aug 2, 2014 by

Tom Lovell Sonny TaborAlthough writer Paul Powers is best known for his contributions to magazines such as Weird Tales, Wild West Weekly, Thrilling Ranch Stories, and Western Story Magazine, he was also a collector. Thanks to the Powers family, PulpFest has added four more auction lots from the estate of an accomplished pulp author to its Saturday Night Auction. The convention will also be offering twenty-five lots of books, manuscripts, and ephemera from the collection of Everil Worrell, a writer for Weird Tales.

The convention is grateful to pulp fan and scholar Laurie Powers and her family for adding this material to an already exciting auction, one that will include over 150 pulps as well as digests and dime novels from a Boston collection acquired by auctioneer Joseph F. Saine. To honor Paul’s love of animals, especially dogs, all proceeds from the sale of the four Powers lots will be donated to the Grand-Paws Senior Sanctuary in Acton, California. If desired, the sanctuary will happily provide receipts to the winners of the lots for tax purposes.

As part of its Saturday Night Auction, beginning at 9:30 PM on August 9th, PulpFest is please to offer the following lots from the estate of writer and collector Paul S. Powers:

1.  One hardbound copy of  the first US edition of Paul S. Powers’ Doc Dillahay, published by Macmillan in 1949. Overall condition is good with browning of front end paper. Covers are in very good condition with a tight spine. Dustjacket is in poor condition. This full-length historical-fiction novel is described on the front cover blurb of Bantam paperback #832 as “A smashing, true-to-life novel of Old Arizona!”

2.  One hardbound copy of the first UK edition of same, published by Hodder and Stoughton in 1950. Overall condition is good to very good. Covers have faded slightly. No marks inside except for pasting of an author’s agent sticker on inside of end paper. Dustjacket is in fair condition with slight tears along edges and small piece missing from bottom of spine.

3.  A color reproduction of Tom Lovell’s portrait of “Sonny Tabor and Paint,” suitable for framing and offered as a premium to readers of Wild West Weekly, circa 1935. Readers were asked to send in three coupons clipped from consecutive issues of the pulp magazine to procure the artwork.

4.  A color reproduction of H. W. Scott’s portrait of “Kid Wolf and Blizzard,” suitable for framing and offered as a premium to readers of Wild West Weekly, circa 1935. There were at least three other reproductions in the set featuring portraits of Bud Jones, the Whistlin’ Kid, and the Circle ‘J’ Pards, the descendants of the original Billy West gang.

Four more reasons to be in Columbus from August 7th through August 10th for “Summer’s Great Pulp Con,” PulpFest 2014!

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Laurie’s Wild West at Ohio State

Jul 19, 2014 by

Riding the Pulp TrailOhio State University’s Thompson Library will again be hosting a lecture by a prominent pulp authority in conjunction with the start of this year’s PulpFest. Laurie Powers, the granddaughter of author Paul S. Powers, will be discussing her grandfather’s life and work. The editor and co-author of Pulp Writer: Twenty Years in the American Grub Street, an autobiography and appreciation of her grandfather, Laurie is the publisher of Laurie’s Wild West, an Internet blog site that has become a favorite destination for those interested in the pulps. She is currently working on a biography of pulp editor Daisy Bacon, editor of Love Story Magazine.

Paul S. Powers was a prolific pulp fiction writer whose career spanned over twenty-five years. From 1925 to 1950, Powers wrote over 450 stories for a variety of fiction magazines. An expert in the American West, he wrote over 400 stories for the famous pulp magazine Wild West Weekly alone. His western characters Sonny Tabor, Kid Wolf, Freckles Malone, and Johnny Forty-five enraptured an entire generation of readers during the Great Depression. Other stories appeared in magazines such as Weird Tales, Thrilling Detective, Mystery Tales, Exciting Western, Thrilling Western, Texas Rangers, Thrilling Wonder Stories, and more.

In December 2013, Laurie and her aunt and uncle, Pat and Ted Binkley,  generously donated a collection featuring the personal papers of Paul S. Powers as well over 400 pulp magazines featuring his work to the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library at Ohio State University. They will be part of the university’s significant popular fiction holdings in the William Charvat Collection of American Literature, one of the world’s foremost collection of materials in this field, and their growing pulp fiction magazine collection. There they will be available for viewing and study by scholars, students, and pulp fiction enthusiasts and historians.

All PulpFest 2014 attendees are cordially invited to attend Laurie Powers’ lecture at Ohio State’s Thompson Library on Thursday, August 7th, beginning at 4:30 PM. It will be held in Room 150 A/B. The library is located at 1858 Neil Avenue, about two and one-half miles from the Hyatt Regency Columbus. Click on the Thompson Library link above for directions.

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