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.

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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

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.)

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Coming to Sunny Florida: Pulp AdventureCon

Jan 18, 2016 by

Pulp AdventureCon Florida 2016

PulpFest 2016 is still six months away, but the first pulp show of the year arrives in just over four weeks. The second annual Pulp AdventureCon is Saturday, February 20th, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The one-day show will convert the Universal Palms Hotel into a collector’s mecca of rare magazines, movie posters, vintage paperbacks, golden age comics and other pulp-paper memorabilia. Until last year, collectors had to travel to the Midwest for pulp-related events in Columbus, Ohio, and Chicago.

Daniel Judson Philips, the son of author Judson P. Philips, will be special guest at AdventureCon. He will be at the show from 11AM until 2PM. Philips and the show’s co-organizer Audrey Parente have been working on a biography, “Once a Pulp Man: The Secret Life of Judson Philips (as Hugh Pentecost),” which will be released at the show.

Also debuting at the show will be a reissue of “Cancelled in Red,” the first novel the elder Philips wrote as Hugh Pentecost. It features Inspector Luke Bradley, and was the “Red Badge” prize-winner of 1939. It originally appeared in ARGOSY.

Also, Allen Koszowski, illustrator and publisher of INHUMAN (a digest magazine inspired by UNKNOWN), will have a table and be displaying artwork.

While this is the second AdventureCon in Florida, the show has a northern sibling that has run for over 15 years in New Jersey. Now, like a pair of bookends, the pulp show season starts with AdventureCon in Florida and ends with AdventureCon in autumn in New Jersey.

“In their heyday, before television, comics or graphic novels existed, characters like The Shadow, Tarzan, and Zorro prospered in the pulps,” said show co-organizer Rich Harvey of Sunrise, FL. “Authors like Erle Stanley Gardner and Edgar Rice Burroughs started their careers in these rough-edged old magazines, before moving into books and the lucrative Hollywood realm.”

Most superheroes, from Superman to the X-Men are rooted in the old magazines. Captain Future appears weekly on a background poster in the situation comedy The Big Bang Theory. Writers like Dashiell Hammett, L. Ron Hubbard and Ray Bradbury filled the pulps with inexpensive entertainment in a world before the Internet and television. Western writers Max Brand and Zane Grey also wrote for the pulps.

Pulp AdventureCon will be held Saturday, February 20th, 2016, at the Universal Palms Hotel, 4900 N. Powerline Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309. The show runs from 10AM to 5PM. Admission is $5. For more information, please visit

(The Pulp AdventureCon banner features the artwork of the incomparable Norman Saunders. The painting originally appeared as the cover for the December 1952 issue of DETECTIVE TALES. The career of Saunders (1907-1989) spanned pulp magazines, comic books, paperbacks, men’s magazines, trading cards, and advertising.)

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Pulp AdventureCon — Autumn’s Great Pulp Con

Oct 19, 2015 by

Pulp AdventureCon

On the first Saturday of November, fall’s great pulp con returns to Bordentown, New Jersey, for another grand convention. At last year’s Pulp AdventureCon, Robert Gould — son of pulp artist John Fleming Gould — visited and brought several magnificent pieces of original artwork for display and sale. Brendan Faulkner had his usual extensive selection of vintage movies, some of which are so rare the actors and crew don’t even remember them! Gary Lovisi, the leader at Gryphon Books and hand-on-the-crank at PAPERBACK PARADE magazine, had his usual fine publications, and John Gunnison of Adventure House had his usual extensive stock of vintage and rare pulp magazines. Mala Mastroberte, our favorite pin-up model, was present — and that’s good enough for us — but Mala also had a selection of photos, books, and postcards.

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 memoribilia, golden age comics and more! You’ll find fifty tables of swell swag at this show. For further details, sign up for the convention’s mailing list by visiting

Hopefully, conventions such as Pulp AdventureCon will keep you satisfied until the big one — PulpFest 2016 — takes place at the Hyatt Regency Columbus from  July 21 – 24, 2016. We’ll try to keep you posted about such conventions in the months ahead.

(The Pulp AdventureCon banner features the artwork of Robert A. Maguire, the twentieth-century American illustrator and fine artist known primarily for his crime noir paperback cover art. Between 1950 and his death in 2005, Maguire created over 600 covers for such publishers as Pocket, Dell, Ace, Harper, Avon, Silhouette, Ballantine, Pyramid, Bantam, Lion, Berkeley, Beacon and Monarch.)

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Autumn Leaves and Pulp Cons

Sep 8, 2013 by

StartlingStories50-03With fall just two weeks away, here in the Northeast our thoughts are turning to autumn’s vibrant colors and a bevy of conventions in the coming weeks including the pop culture extravaganza, Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention, the 25th New York City Collectible Paperback & Pulp Fiction Expo, the Southwest’s Doc Con, and the Northeast’s Pulp AdventureCon and Classicon.

Beginning September 19th and running through September 21st, the annual Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention will take place at the Wyndham hotel in Hunt Valley, Maryland. The brainchild of PulpFest dealer Martin Grams and his wife, Michelle, the convention is a three-day festival designed to stimulate interest in nostalgia. During the event, you can watch screenings of vintage movies and television shows, world premiere documentaries, Hollywood celebrities posing for photos and signing autographs for fans, slide show seminars from authors and historians, and visit over 200 vendor tables featuring retro-merchandise, antiques, and collectibles. It’s a lot of fun.

For the last 25 years, Gary Lovisi, the publisher of Paperback Parade, has hosted the New York City Collectible Paperback & Pulp Fiction Expo. This one-day show is centered around a dealers’ room featuring tens of thousands of vintage and collectible paperbacks, pulps, digest, and mens’ adventure magazines, videos and DVDs, original art, hardcovers, and much more. There’s always a substantial guest list and this year’s convention is no exception. Announced appearances include Hard Case Crime publisher and author Charles Ardai; mystery and crime writer Lawrence Block; artist Marcus Boas; pop culture authority Ron Goulart; artist Bob Larkin; F. Paul Wilson, creator of the Repairman Jack series; and many others. Gary’s expo will occur on Sunday, October 13th, at the Holiday Inn at 440 West 57th Street in the Big Apple.

Doc Con 2013Beginning five days later on October 18th, Doc Con 16 will take place at the Comfort Suites in Glendale, Arizona. Dedicated to the fans of bronze and the eightieth anniversary of America’s first superhero, Doc Savage, the convention will run through Sunday, October 20th. According to Doc Con  organizer Jay Ryan, “a surprise is scheduled for Friday night’s Doc Savage Suite, while Saturday promises to be fast paced and entertaining.” Will Doc’s cousin, Pat, pop out of a cake? You’ll only find out only by joining Doc Con 16.

Bordentown’s Ramada Inn, just off exit 7 of the New Jersey Turnpike, will become a pulp collecting Mecca on Saturday, November 2nd when Rich Harvey’s Pulp AdventureCon 2013 moves into its banquet area. “There’s something for everyone, whether you collect H. P. Lovecraft or Dashiell Hammett, The Shadow or Doc Savage, Argosy or Black Mask . . . the list could, quite possibly, be endless.” This one-day event is always a lot of fun so why not sign up?

On the same day many miles to the north, Classicon 44 comes to the University Quality Inn, located in Lansing, Michigan. One of the first-established pulp and paperback shows, Classicon offers thousands of collectible pulp magazines, digests, and paperbacks for sale or trade. Also available are vintage comic books, pin-ups and calendars, original paperback art from the fifties and sixties, and much more. It is hosted by PulpFest dealer Ray Walsh and his Curious Book Shop.

So while you await PulpFest 2014, why not tryone of these fine shows. If you do, please tell them that PulpFest sent you.

Erle Bergey painted the cover for the March 1950 issue of Startling Stories, published by Ned Pines’ Standard Magazines. The Doc Con 2013 poster is the work of Julián Puga, Cristian Diaz, and Alvaro Fernandois.