More Auction Highlights

Jul 6, 2017 by

As mentioned on Wednesday, the Saturday Night Auction returns to PulpFest on July 29. It will begin at 10 PM with the always entertaining John P. Gunnison of Adventure House serving as auctioneer. We’ll have a variety of both pulps, digests, first edition hardcovers, and other collectibles from the estate of Woody Hagadish as well as a variety of pulps from the collection of the late Larry Latham. Today and tomorrow, we’ll be showing more examples from these collections. On Saturday, July 8, we hope to publish a list of our scheduled auction lots. Please note that the list is subject to change.

Below, you’ll find photographs of the first edition hardcovers that PulpFest will be offering this year. These are from the estate of Woody Hagadish. The books were published by Avalon Books, Gnome Press, and Shasta Publishers in the 1950s and early 1960s.

Also featured are a few of the issues of AMRA that are being offered at this year’s auction by one of the convention’s members. They are part of a complete set of the second volume of the award-winning fanzine, numbers 1 – 71. Published by George Scithers and edited by Scithers, Liz Wilson, Dan Adkins, and others, AMRA ran from 1959 through 1982. According to FANCYCLOPEDIA 3, “It was Volume 2 because starting in April 1955 George Heap published a fanzine which was probably a direct predecessor. It had few issues.” AMRA won Best Fanzine Hugos in 1964 and 1967.

If you can’t make it to PulpFest 2017 and would like to bid on any of these highly collectible volumes, please contact PulpFest marketing and programming director Mike Chomko by email at mike@pulpfest.com.

Start making your plans now to attend PulpFest 2017 to see some of the great material that Barry Traylor is assembling for this year’s auction. We hope to see you from Thursday evening, July 27, through Sunday afternoon, 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! Please call 1-800-222-8733 and be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any convention special deals that may still be available.

(COSMIC ENGINEERS, written by Clifford D. Simak was published in hardcover by Gnome Press in 1950. The jacket artist was Edd Cartier. It was originally serialized in three parts by John W. Campbell in the February, March, and April 1939 issues of ASTOUNDING SCIENCE FICTION, published by Street & Smith.

Pictured below are some of the first edition hardcovers that we’ll be offering in the PulpFest 2017 Saturday Night Auction.)

THE STARMEN by Leigh Brackett (Gnome Press)

SCIENCE FICTION CARNIVAL, edited by Fredric Brown and Mack Reynolds (Shasta Publishers)

INVADERS FROM THE INFINITE by John W. Campbell (Gnome Press)

THE RIM OF SPACE by A.
Bertram Chandler (Avalon Books)

THE GLORY THAT WAS by L. Sprague de Camp (Avalon Books)

DAY OF THE GIANTS by Lester del Rey (Avalon Books)

METHUSELAH’S CHILDREN by Robert Heinlein (Gnome Press)

THE DARK PLANET by J. Hunter Holly (Avalon Books)

ENCOUNTER by J. Hunter Holly (Avalon Books)

THE GREEN PLANET by J. Hunter Holly (Avalon Books)

THE CYBERNETIC BRAINS by Raymond F. Jones (Avalon)

THIS ISLAND EARTH by Raymond F. Jones (Shasta Publishers)

THE OUTLAWS OF MARS by Otis A. Kline (Avalon Books)

THE SWORDSMAN OF MARS by Otis A. Kline (Avalon Books)

THE GLASS CAGE by Adam Lukens (Avalon Books)

THE DRUMS OF TAPAJOS by S. P. Meek (Avalon Books)

SF 58, edited by Judith Merrill (Gnome Press)

NORTHWEST OF EARTH by C. L. Moore (Gnome Press)

ARMAGEDDON 2419 A. D. by Philip Francis Nowlan (Avalon)

ALIEN PLANET by Fletcher Pratt (Avalon Books)

THE DAWNING LIGHT by Robert Randall (Gnome Press)

COLLISION COURSE by Robert Silverberg (Avalon Books)

STARMAN’S QUEST by Robert Silverberg (Gnome Press)

COSMIC ENGINEERS by Clifford Simak (Gnome Press)

THE ATOM CONSPIRACY by Jeff Sutton (Avalon Books)

AMRA, Volume 2, Numbers 1 and 2

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Still More 2016 Auction Highlights

Jul 10, 2016 by

As mentioned on Friday, the Saturday Night Auction returns to PulpFest on July 23. It will begin at 10 PM with the always entertaining John P. Gunnison of Adventure House serving as auctioneer. In addition to a number of early Arkham House books — including a very exceptional copy of H. P. Lovecraft’s THE OUTSIDER AND OTHERS — we’ll have over two hundred pulps from the collection of Woody Hagadish. On Saturday and today, we’ve been showing a sampling of the pulps from this collection.

The excitement will continue on Monday, when we offer a look at the massive collection of pioneering comic book dealer Ron Killian. It will be debuting at this year’s convention. So please visit www.pulpfest.com tomorrow for yet more collectible books and magazines.

Pictured below are some of the books and pulps that we’ll be offering in the PulpFest 2016 Saturday Night Auction.

A selection of LARIAT

Lariat 28-09

Lariat 32-02

Lariat 41-03

Lariat 41-11

Lariat 43-01

Lariat 49-09

A selection of general fiction pulps, including ARGOSY and BLUE BOOK

Argosy 31-04-11

Argosy 35-06-01

Blue Book 35-07

Blue Book July 1938

Brief Stories 24-05

Mammoth Adventure 47-09

A selection of sports pulps, including a number featuring boxing covers

Complete Sports 53-12

Exciting Baseball Spring 1949

Sports Leaders 48-04

Sport Story 35-09-2

Romance magazines, including a number of issues of LOVE STORY MAGAZINE

Love Story 34-12-08

Love Story 34-12-22

Love Story 35-01-19 1

Romance 43-09

THE NIGHT MASTER, Robert Sampson’s classic study of The Shadow, with book plate signed by the author and artist

Night Master

In addition to the pulps, we’ll also have three Street & Smith subscription premiums from the Hagadish estate. You’ll find scans of all three premiums in our auction post from Friday, July 8.

Don’t forget to stop back on Monday when we’ll be offering a peek at the collection of Ron Killian. No wonder PulpFest 2016 is going to be “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con.” We look forward to seeing you in less than two weeks at the Hyatt Regency and the Greater Columbus Convention Center. You’ll have a FANTASTIC time with an auction like this!

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More 2016 Auction Highlights

Jul 9, 2016 by

As mentioned on Friday, the Saturday Night Auction returns to PulpFest on July 23. It will begin at 10 PM with the always entertaining John P. Gunnison of Adventure House serving as auctioneer. In addition to a number of early Arkham House books — including a very exceptional copy of H. P. Lovecraft’s THE OUTSIDER AND OTHERS — we’ll have over two hundred pulps from the collection of Woody Hagadish. Today and tomorrow, we’ll be showing a sampling of the pulps from this collection.

The excitement will continue on Monday, when we offer a look at the massive collection of pioneering comic book dealer Ron Killian. It will be debuting at this year’s convention. So please visit www.pulpfest.com for the next three days.

Pictured below are some of the books and pulps that we’ll be offering in the PulpFest 2016 Saturday Night Auction.

A selection of ACTION STORIES

Action Stories 27-09

Action Stories 28-01

Action Stories 28-12 1

Action Stories 29-11

Action Stories 30-03

A selection of western romance pulps

Complete Western Love 32-09

North-West Romances 43-02

Ranch Romances 38-04-1

Ranch Romances 40-12-2

Rangeland Love Story 31-02

Romance Western 48-06

A selection of detective pulps

All Story Detective 49-10

Complete Detective Novel 31-02

Dime Detective 41-08

Dime Detective 43-01

A couple of aviation pulps, including an early BILL BARNES

Bill Barnes 34-07

Exciting Navy Stories 43-W

THE ILLUSTRATED TARZAN BOOKS NO. 2

Illustrated Tarzan Books No. 2

AMAZING STORIES from the Howard Browne years

Amazing 51-11

Amazing 52-06

Amazing 52-08

Amazing 52-10

In addition to the pulps, we’ll also have three Street & Smith subscription premiums from the Hagadish estate.You’ll find scans of all three premiums in our auction post from Friday, July 8.

Don’t forget to stop back on Sunday for more collectible books and magazines from the collection of Woody Hagadish. And come Monday, we’ll be offering a peek at the collection of Ron Killian. No wonder PulpFest 2016 is going to be “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con.” We look forward to seeing you in less than two weeks at the Hyatt Regency and the Greater Columbus Convention Center. You’ll have a FANTASTIC time with an auction like this!

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PulpFest? What’s PulpFest?

Jan 21, 2015 by

So what’s this PulpFest thing that has so many people talking? With over two-thousand likes on Facebook and hundreds of followers on Twitter, it certainly has been generating a lot of excitement. But what’s it all about?

AllStory-12-10PulpFest is named for pulp magazines, periodic fiction collections named after the cheap paper on which they were printed. Frank A. Munsey pioneered the format in 1896 with THE ARGOSY. A decade later, pulps began to pick up steam with titles like BLUE BOOK and ADVENTURE, then exploded in 1912 when ALL-STORY printed a little yarn by Edgar Rice Burroughs called “Tarzan of the Apes.” Soon thereafter, genre titles began to flourish, among them DETECTIVE STORY, WESTERN STORY, and LOVE STORY. In the twenties, publishing legends such as BLACK MASK, WEIRD TALES and AMAZING STORIES took hold. The following decade saw the advent of the so-called “hero pulps” with magazines such as THE SHADOW, DOC SAVAGE, and THE SPIDER attracting new readers to the rough-paper format.

By the early fifties, the pulps were gone, killed by competition from paperback books, comic books, radio, and television. But the fiction and artwork that appeared in these everyday consumables of the early twentieth century kept them alive in the hearts and minds of countless individuals. Haunting back-issue magazine shops, flea markets, science-fiction conventions, and other venues, these hearty souls gradually assembled astounding collections of genre fiction, all published in the rough and ragged magazines known as pulps. Eventually, these collectors organized a convention dedicated to the premise that the pulps had a profound effect on American popular culture that reverberated through a wide variety of mediums—comic books, movies, paperbacks and genre fiction, television, men’s adventure magazines, radio drama, and even video and role-playing games. Today, we call this convention, PulpFest.

The summertime destination for fans and collectors of vintage popular fiction and related materials, PulpFest seeks to honor the pulps by drawing attention to the many ways these throwaway articles have inspired writers, artists, film directors, software developers, and other creators over the decades.

Why not come see what it’s all about? PulpFest 2015 will take place at the beautiful Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Columbus, Ohio beginning on Thursday, August 13th. It will continue through Sunday afternoon, August 16th. Start planning now to attend PulpFest 2015 and join hundreds of pulp fiction fans at the pop-culture center of the universe! You can book a room by clicking here.

Published by the Frank A. Munsey Company, the October 1912 issue of THE ALL-STORY featured Edgar Rice Burroughs’ novel “Tarzan of the Apes,” published in its entirety. Clinton Pettee painted the front cover art for the magazine.

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Over 150 Pulps to be Auctioned at PulpFest 2014!

Jul 8, 2014 by

Saine AuctionPulpFest 2014 is very pleased to announce that it will be offering a substantial accumulation of pulp magazines at this year’s Saturday Night Auction, taking place on August 9 at 9:30 PM. Thanks to auctioneer Joseph F. Saine, who acquired this collection from the Boston area, over seventy lots of this year’s auction will be almost entirely devoted to pulp magazines.

Featuring over 150 pulps as well as digests and dime novels, the collection ranges from fair condition materials to collectibles in very good or better condition. A wide variety of titles will be offered: Argosy, All-Story Weekly, Amazing Stories, Bill Barnes, Dare-Devil Aces, Detective Fiction Weekly, Dime Mystery Magazine, Doc Savage, Frontier Stories, Galaxy Science Fiction, G-8 and His Battle Aces, Horror Stories, Ka-Zar, The Lone Eagle, Operator #5, Pete Rice Western, Pioneer Tales, The Shadow, Speed Adventure Stories, Spicy Adventure Stories, The Spider, Strange Stories, Terror Tales, and others.

To take a look at the collection that Joe will be selling at the PulpFest Saturday Night Auction, please visit the Joseph F. Saine website and click “View Photo Gallery” button.

The full-time proprietor of an antique toy shop by day and a mystery mavin by night, Joe has been a PulpFest dealer for the last three years. Hailing from northwest Ohio, his passion and vocation is the acquisition and placement  of the finest antique toys and toy soldiers. A licensed auctioneer, Joe is the owner of Joseph F. Saine Toy Soldiers & Antique Toys. Please visit his website and tell him that PulpFest sent you.

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