Reviews and Recordings of PulpFest 2019

Sep 23, 2019 by

The dealers' room at PulpFest 2019

PulpFest 2019 is over a month past now, but you can partly re-live it through the reports and recordings posted online.

We’re sorry if you couldn’t make PulpFest this year. You missed a pulp-packed weekend of programming, readings, signings, dealers, and more. Hopefully these links will encourage you to make the trip next August 6-9 to PulpFest 2020.

Read all about it

  • Lewis Forro posting as “The Supreme Leader” once again has a bit of fun with his photographic report from PulpFest 2019 on his blog, The Leader’s Chronicles.
  • Mike Glyer has posted about this year’s Munsey Award winner, George Vanderburgh, at his File 770 blog.
  • J.L. Gribble posted her report of PulpFest on her blog.
  • Ed Hulse, publisher at Murania Press, offers his report of traveling to PulpFest 2019 on his EDitorial Comments blog.
  • Walker Martin‘s annual report on PulpFest has moved to Sai Shankar’s Pulp Flakes blog this year.
  • Raw Dog Screaming Press, which celebrated its 16th anniversary at PulpFest 2019, has posted photos from author readings it held at the convention.
  • Speaking of Sai Shankar, his PulpFest report is a photographic one, with shots of some of the interesting and rare pulps he came across in the well-stocked dealers’ room.
  • Bill Lampkin of ThePulp.Net posted photos from PulpFest 2019 to Instagram throughout PulpFest 2019, but you can now view them on his blog, Yellowed Perils.

For your listening (or viewing) pleasure

  • Bold Venture Press, which has reprinted the Zorro stories, has posted a video of editor Rich Harvey’s presentation, “A Century of Zorro,” from PulpFest 2019.
  • Raw Dog Screaming Press also posted a reading by author John Edward Lawson on its Facebook page.
  • ThePulp.Net has posted audio recordings and photos of 11 PulpFest 2019 panels (almost seven-and-a-half hours) on its website, as well as through its Pulp Event Podcast. The podcast is available for free through the iTunes App Store or Google Play store
  • And ThePulp.Net did a Facebook Live video walk-through of the PulpFest 2019 dealers’ room.

This year’s PulpFest may be over, but there’s plenty of time to start planning to attend 2020’s gathering. The convention returns to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just north of Pittsburgh, from Thursday, August 6, through Sunday, August 9. See you then!

(The dealers’ room at PulpFest 2020 was a popular gathering spot during the day, as pulp fans and collectors searched for items and visited with friends.)

Zorro’s Centennial with Johnston McCulley Biographer D. Kepler

Aug 10, 2019 by

D. Kepler is a historian, journalist, writer and Zorro expert. After doing research in Europe for a book, he bought an 18th century hacienda in Portugal and lives a reclusive life in the sun. This year he published the first biography of Johnston McCulley, the creator of Zorro. An excerpt of the book is in THE PULPSTER this year. For PulpFest fans, Mr. Kepler offered a short interview in which he talks about Johnston McCulley and “100 Years of Zorro.”

Why did you wrote this biography in the first place?

I think it’s important to keep the legacy of pulp writers alive. Nowadays everybody knows Batman, Zorro and Doc Savage or the names of actors who played their part in the movies. Hardly anybody knows who actually created these characters and the stories back in the days. In general, producers and the people who own the rights to the characters are only interested in making money. The Gertz family, who own the rights to Zorro, are making millions with McCulley’s brainchild, but they hardly mention his name on their website, social media and so on. They should be ashamed. Interestingly enough, when I did the research for the biography in dusty newspaper archives and talked to relatives, I discovered that the life of McCulley was almost like a thrilling pulp adventure. It was fun to do!

In your biography and especially in the second part of the book 100 YEARS OF ZORRO, you have serious doubts if the Gertz family are the right people for owning the legacy of Zorro. Why?

Well, I’m not the only one, even judges nowadays are not convinced they are the rightful owners of Zorro. For example, a while ago a judge said the first Zorro story is in public domain and people could use the story without paying the Gertz family. John Gertz and his sister (Zorro Productions Inc.) were smart and went to the trademark office in the 1970s with the name Zorro. Zorro Productions Inc. has a trademark for uncountable products, but don’t produce these products. They just want to receive money when somebody else produces a “Zorro” product. They’re not very picky with the licenses. There is even a Zorro slot machine. I think it’s rather disgraceful to exploit a great character like that. If they actually were related to McCulley, it would be a different story. Instead, they are just strangers who shamelessly take advantage of the great ideas of a dead writer. In one of the chapters of my book, I write about how Zorro ended up in porn movies. Show some respect, please!

But didn’t Johnston McCulley sell the rights to Zorro to their father, Mitchell Gertz, in the 1940s?

That’s what they want us to believe. After doing extensive research, I have come to the conclusion that McCulley somehow might have been forced by Mitchell Gertz to sell him the rights. Who knows what happened? It doesn’t make any sense why McCulley sold the rights. Gertz was a former wrestler and Hollywood agent with a bad reputation. There isn’t even proof Gertz was actually McCulley’s agent and McCulley didn’t need the money. He was a wealthy man. After a few years, Gertz sold the rights to Disney. Years later, Disney sold the rights back to the children of Gertz. In fact, the stepdaughter of McCulley sued Gertz and Disney for conspiring to defraud. After years, the case was settled. Gertz was already dead by then, but Disney did settle for a reason with McCulley’s stepdaughter.

So in 2019, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Zorro. Reading your book we’ve noticed you are more a fan of the old Zorro adaptions and not really a huge fan of the modern Zorro.

I’m a fan of the Zorro created by Johnston McCulley. For decades, Hollywood producers and comic book writers made up a completely different version of the original character. For example Don Diego was originally a dandy who knew he was a caballero by blood (upper class), a great character. In the fifties, Disney changed Don Diego into a more popular, manly, masculine type of guy for TV. Interesting character, but not the same. Furthermore, McCulley wrote for adults with romance and adult humor. Disney turned Zorro into a show for children. Slapstick humor and all that. That was where the money was. And still is. The Zorro movies with Banderas were still pretty childish for the same reason. They were still entertaining, but I would rather watch a rerun of the wonderful 1940 MARK OF ZORRO.

While doing your research, did you find anything that you would have preferred not to find?

I’m a writer, but also a historian and journalist. Therefore, I want to sell books, but also establish the truth. The problem with Zorro (or any other character with a fanbase) is, the fans don’t want to read bad things about their idol. So if you want to sell a lot of books, you might want to make a book for the fans and stick with the cheering. I didn’t. I write about the good Zorro stuff and the bad stuff. The latter is sometimes more entertaining by the way. I was afraid the biography could turn out boring but it didn’t. Not at all! The biography has some juicy stories and, it has to be said, some disturbing details. McCulley wasn’t exactly a saint. For example he ended up in court for molesting a 15 year old girl. Quite shocking stuff to write about, but like I said, it’s a biography and not a fan book.

At the end of the book you have added a bonus story by Johnston McCulley. Why that particular story?

It is actually the first story he wrote that got published in a magazine in 1906. It’s an interesting little story that has never before been republished. It’s unbelievable. It was written 13 years before his first Zorro story and when you read it, you immediately notice the man had talent!

Last question: PulpFest is coming up. Are you a fan of conventions?

First of all, I want to thank you guys for publishing an excerpt of the book in your program book. It’s great to be part of PulpFest 2019, especially with the 100th anniversary of Zorro. I think conventions like PulpFest are a great way to honor the godfathers of story writing. Next to that, it’s fun to meet writers, dealers, pulp collectors, and fans in person. Nowadays, everybody is chatting with each other and buying stuff on the internet. Nothing wrong with that, but conventions are more old school. You gotta love that! See you all at PulpFest!

The book JOHNSTON MCCULLEY, CREATOR OF ZORRO: THE BIOGRAPHY is available for Kindle via Amazon.

(Published in November 2018, D. Kepler’s biography of Johnston McCulley is subtitled: “100 Years Of Zorro The Exploitation Of A Cultural Icon.”

Our featured image of Johnston McCulley comes from the article, “Chillicothe’s Master Storyteller,” published in May 2013 by PEORIA MAGAZINE.)

Highlights from THE PULPSTER

Aug 7, 2019 by

'The Pulpster' #28 (2019)The 28th edition of THE PULPSTER will be in your hands at PulpFest 2019 in just a week, and, once again, it lands with a Pow! Smash!

Echoing the “Children of the Pulps” portion of this year’s PulpFest theme, THE PULPSTER takes a look at how characters and fictioneers from the pulpwood paper magazines influenced other characters, television, movies, and more that came after them.

Fronting the magazine is art by Rudolph Belarski from the cover for the September 1939 BLACK BOOK DETECTIVE magazine. It illustrates one aspect of how the pulps influenced the creation of the superhero in comics, with a decidedly Batman-looking Black Bat. That leads into the first of our cover stories.

Will Murray recalls how he and Anthony Tollin pieced together how the creators of Batman lifted elements from THE SHADOW MAGAZINE for their Dark Knight. Will also writes about Johnston McCulley, whom he calls the grandfather of the superhero. Meanwhile, D. Kepler looks at how McCulley’s most famous character — Zorro — on the 100th anniversary of his debut, has been portrayed on screens around the world.

Scott Tracy Griffin surveys how Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan begat generations of jungle men, women, and children in popular culture.

Three articles examine the pulp magazines’ influence on movies and television: Aaron H. Oliver writes about the 1960s western/spy TV series THE WILD WILD WEST; Jess Terrell looks at the original STAR WARS trilogy; and Sara Light-Waller details how Japanese anime (animated) and tokusatsu (live-action special effects film) drew from the pulps.

THE PULPSTER also celebrates the 100th anniversaries of two pulp magazines: THE THRILL BOOK and ROMANCE. Richard Bleiler looks at the ambitious oddity that was THE THRILL BOOK, while Doug Ellis writes about how ROMANCE struggled for a year with its name and its place in the adventure field.

Then editor emeritus of THE PULPSTER, Tony Davis, writes about Bertrand Sinclair and his nearly 50-year career in the pulps. And THE PULPSTER reprints a letter from fictioneer G. T. Fleming-Roberts in which he reflects on the influence of Sherlock Holmes on his career.

Of course, this issue has the regular departments: “Final Chapters,” by Davis, which notes those of the pulp community who have passed away during the last year; and columns by publisher Michael Chomko and editor Bill Lampkin. And we would be remiss without noting assistant editor Peter Chomko’s help with this issue.

A longstanding tradition cherished by attendees of the summer pulp con, THE PULPSTER will be released at PulpFest 2019. Every member of PulpFest — including supporting members — will receive a complimentary copy of THE PULPSTER.

(The cover art for THE PULPSTER #28 was originally painted by Rudolph Belarski  for September 1939 BLACK BOOK DETECTIVE, published by Better Publications Inc.

Following the convention, a limited number of copies of our program book will be available for purchase through Mike Chomko, Books. Please write to Mike — who also serves as the marketing and programming director for PulpFest — at or 2217 W. Fairview St., Allentown, PA 18104-6542 to reserve your copy. Mike also has selected back issues of THE PULPSTER. Please write to him to learn about availability.

For questions about submissions to THE PULPSTER or comments about the issue, please write to Bill Lampkin at For any questions about advertising in future issues of THE PULPSTER, back issues, or ordering issue #28 of THE PULPSTER, please write to Mike Chomko at

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Last Call to Contribute to THE PULPSTER

Feb 4, 2019 by

THE PULPSTER with cover art by Walter BaumhoferDeadline for contributing articles to this year’s issue of THE PULPSTER is the end of April.

There is already an outstanding lineup of articles planned from Will Murray, Doug Ellis, Richard Bleiler, Scott Tracy Griffin, and others. But editor Bill Lampkin is always open to pitches for additional features. Please drop him an email at

In addition to the magazine’s general focus on the pulp magazines, this year’s edition will also reflect the theme of PulpFest: The Children of the Pulps and Other Stories. We will examine how the pulp magazines influenced popular culture from the pulp era through today.

THE PULPSTER will also include the usual departments: Lampkin’s Editorial, “From the Publisher” by Mike Chomko, and the annual tributes by Tony Davis to those who have gone on to browse the great pulp rack in the sky.

Lampkin would like to hear your idea for an article. If you have one that you’d like to write — or if you have a topic you’d like to see covered in THE PULPSTER — please email him at Deadline for submissions is April 30.

If you’re interested in promoting your work or organization by advertising in THE PULPSTER, please write to Mike Chomko at

Meanwhile, stay tuned for another exciting issue of THE PULPSTER coming to PulpFest in August.

(The art used for this proposed cover of THE PULPSTER was originally painted by Walter Baumhofer. It depicts the original superman and was created for the March 1933 DOC SAVAGE MAGAZINE, published by Street & Smith Publications.

Copies of THE PULPSTER #26 and 27 are available for purchase through Mike Chomko, Books, one of the leading purveyors of pulp-related publications in the field. The cost of each issue is $13 or $24 for both, postage paid in the United States. Buyers from outside the United States should inquire about shipping charges, prior to placing an order. For additional information, please write to Mike at

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Pulp Adventurecon Returns to Sunny Florida for a Fifth Year

Jan 14, 2019 by

Pulp Adventurecon, Florida 2019Pulp Adventurecon celebrates its fifth year in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019.

The one-day event will be held at the Fort Lauderdale Grand Hotel (formerly the Universal Palms Hotel), 4900 Powerline Road, Fort Lauderdale, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5.

Bold Venture Press, run by Rich Harvey and Audrey Parente, has also hosted the Pulp Adventurecon in New Jersey each November for nearly 20 years. Both shows feature collectors and vendors of pulp magazines, vintage paperbacks, Golden Age comic books, movie memorabilia, and related paper collectibles. Pulp Adventurecon focuses on material from the 1900s through 1959, which includes a significant portion of the pulp era.

Scheduled to appear at the Florida con are:

  • Allen Bellman, Golden Age illustrator of Timely Comics and Lev Gleason Publications. He is best-known for his contributions to Captain America, The Human Torch, Sub-Mariner, and The Patriot. Allen created the one-page “Let’s Play Detective” feature, which appeared in Marvel Comics in the 1940s.
  • Bold Venture Press, the show hosts and publishers of New Pulp and classic pulp fiction, including Zorro: The Complete Pulp Adventures and Primal Spillane: Early Stories 1941-1942 by Mickey Spillane.
  • Dick Kulpa, caricaturist, cartoonist, and former publisher of CRACKED magazine.
  • Glaister “Silverback” Ormsby, author and artist.
  • The Luscious Ladies, a social group of ladies who cherish and live a retro lifestyle. Meet the women of The Luscious Ladies and join them on their pinup adventures.
  • Stuart Hopen, New Pulp author and artist.

Events like Pulp Adventurecon may keep you satisfied until the next PulpFest. So stay informed. Bookmark to learn about all things pulp! Then like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

PulpFest 2019 will take place from August 15 – 18, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. Click the register button below our home page banner to join us.

(The Pulp Adventurecon banner is designed by Rich Harvey of Bold Venture Press. Check them out!)

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THE PULPSTER: Call for Contributions

Nov 5, 2018 by

Like PulpFest, planning for next year’s issue of THE PULPSTER begins well in advance of the annual convention.

The Pulpster logoWe always start with a clean slate, other than the usual departments, and that means we need your help with articles.

The theme for the 2019 PulpFest is “Children of the Pulps and Other Stories,” an exploration of how the pulp magazines influenced today’s genre fiction and popular culture.

Although we like to echo the convention’s theme in THE PULPSTER, we also include other articles pertaining to the pulps, to the men and women who wrote, illustrated, edited, and published the pulps, and to the pulp collecting hobby itself.

Do you have an idea for an article that you would like to write for THE PULPSTER? Please let us know.

THE PULPSTER #27Do you have an idea for an article that you would like to read in THE PULPSTER (but not necessarily write)? Let us know that, too, and we will see what we can do about finding someone to write it.

You can drop Editor Bill Lampkin an email at The sooner he hears from you, the better. He has to plan space for articles and start collecting artwork and illustrations.

If you’re interested in advertising in THE PULPSTER, please write to PulpFest marketing and programming director Mike Chomko at Mike can provide pricing and print specifications.

Copies of THE PULPSTER #27, the latest issue, are available from Mike Chomko, Books. He also has limited copies of issues #23 and #26.

(THE PULPSTER #27 marked the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and how the Great War influenced the pulps. The cover, depicting a charge by French soldiers across “No Man’s Land,” was by Rudolph Belarski for the April 1940 THRILLING ADVENTURES.)

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Reports and Recordings from PulpFest 2018

Sep 17, 2018 by

“Summer’s Great Pulp Con” returned to Pittsburgh, Pa., for July 26-29, 2018. If you weren’t able to make it — or even if you did — check out these reports and recordings from PulpFest.

Read all about it

  • Lewis Forro writing as “The Supreme Leader” on his blog, The Leader’s Chronicles, provides a photographic report from PulpFest 2018. Expect a bit of tongue-in-cheek elements here.
  • Mike Glyer posts the Munsey Award announcement at his blog, File 770.
  • Ed Hulse, editor at Murania Press, had so much fun at this year’s convention that he had to break his report into part one and part two. His posts include photos by Curt Phillips.
  • Walker Martin reports on his visit to PulpFest, as well as offering his take on the future of the summer’s pulp convention. His is always a lively report, with plenty of conversation in the comments section.
  • Sai Shankar provides a photogaphic report from the convention, including interesting finds in the dealers’ room and the auctions.
  • David Lee Smith posted his PulpFest report on the Pulp Magazines group at (You will have to register and join the group to read the report.)

Also, J. Randolph Cox, editor emeritus of DIME NOVEL ROUND-UP, will have a PulpFest report in the next issue of the zine.

For your listening pleasure

Chris Ryan conducted a series of interviews at this year’s PulpFest for the podcast “Tell the Damn Story”:

This year’s PulpFest may be over, but there’s plenty of time to start planning to attend 2019’s gathering. The convention will be back at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just north of Pittsburgh, from Thursday, August 15, through Sunday, August 18. See you then!

(Robert Gould — the son of pulp artist John Fleming Gould — was one of the many presenters who spoke at PulpFest 2018. “Summer’s Great Pulp Con” is highly regarded for its programming. Please join us in August 2019 for “Children of the Pulps and Other Stories.” We’ll be exploring the many ways pulp fiction and pulp art have influenced writers, artists, film directors, software developers, game designers, and other creators over the decades.)

Highlights from THE PULPSTER

Jul 6, 2018 by

THE PULPSTER #27THE PULPSTER returns with a battle-scarred 27th issue at PulpFest 2018. As usual, it’s packed with a variety of interesting articles pertaining to the pulp magazines.

Assistant editor Peter Chomko and editor William Lampkin put the issue to bed earlier this week. After the July 4 holiday, our printer got to work on the magazine, readying it for the members of this year’s PulpFest and FarmerCon 100.

Number 27 will offer articles that tie into the themes of this summer’s pulp convention — the war pulps and the depiction of war in popular culture, and Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer.

Tom Krabacher takes a look at editor Arthur Sullivant Hoffman’s World War I-era ADVENTURE and how it showed that pulps could be more than just escapist fiction. There’s also an article by Hoffman himself where he recounts the creation of the original American Legion in the pages of his magazine. And illustrator and cartoonist George Evans looks back at growing up reading air-war pulps.

There’s a short biography of Farmer, written by the man himself, as well as a piece on Farmer by PulpFest 2018 Guest of Honor Joe R. Lansdale.

But that’s not all:

A letter by author and editor Irene Cumming Kleeberg describes her time as a college intern working summers at Popular Publications in the early 1950s. David W. Smith examines the original Suicide Squad, a team of G-Men who battled crime well before DC Comics’ super-villain team-up took up that name. And Lampkin offers a glimpse at the reading material of Fatty Arbuckle’s cellmate.

Rounding out the issue, are columns by the editor, publisher Michael Chomko, and “Final Chapters,” in which editor emeritus Tony Davis remembers those of the pulp community who have passed away during the last year.

A longstanding tradition cherished by attendees of summer pulp cons, THE PULPSTER #27 will be released at PulpFest 2018. Every member of PulpFest — including supporting members — will receive a complimentary copy of THE PULPSTER.

PulpFest 2018 begins on Thursday, July 26, and runs through Sunday, July 29 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. We’ll be welcoming  Joe Lansdale — the author of over forty novels, numerous short stories, and more — as our Guest of Honor. The convention will also be hosting a rare gallery showing of original art by acclaimed writer-illustrator Mark Wheatley. Additionally, there will be author readings, a great programming line-up, two auctions featuring unique collectibles, and a dealers’ room filled with pulps, digests, men’s adventure magazines, collectible paintings and illustrations, rare first editions, vintage paperbacks, comic books, unique films and more. All this, plus you get ten dollars off the daily admission to Confluence. It’s taking place the same weekend as summer’s AMAZING pulp con! All you have to do is show your PulpFest badge at the door to Pittsburgh’s long-running science fiction, fantasy and horror conference.

You can join both PulpFest 2018 and FarmerCon 100 by clicking the Register for 2018 button on the PulpFest home page.

(The cover art for THE PULPSTER #27 was originally painted by Rudolph Belarski  for April 1940 THRILLING ADVENTURES, published by Ned Pines’ Standard Magazines.

Following the convention, a limited number of copies of our program book will be available for purchase through Mike Chomko, Books. Please write to Mike — who also serves as the marketing and programming director for PulpFest — at or 2217 W. Fairview St., Allentown, PA 18104-6542 to reserve your copy. Mike also has selected back issues of THE PULPSTER. Please write to him to learn about availability.

For questions about submissions to THE PULPSTER or comments about the issue, please write to Bill Lampkin at For any questions about advertising in future issues of THE PULPSTER, back issues, or ordering issue #27 of THE PULPSTER, please write to Mike Chomko at

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Feb 19, 2018 by

In 2018, PulpFest will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. The War to End All Wars had been raging in Europe since 1914. Though the Allied Forces and the Central Powers signed an armistice on Nov. 11, 1918, the war was only getting started in the pulp magazines. THE PULPSTER will look at how World War I was reflected in the pulp magazines during and in the decades after the Great War.

A draft cover for this year’s issue of THE PULPSTER is shown at left. French troops rush across no man’s land in artwork by Rudolph Belarski for the April 1940 issue of THRILLING ADVENTURES.

However, World War I is not the only subject we hope to cover in the issue. And that’s where you come in.

THE PULPSTER reflects not only the themes of PulpFest, but also the pulp magazine collecting hobby in general. We’re looking for articles on the pulps, their authors, artists, and editors, pulp history, and collecting itself. If you’ve got an idea, we’d like to hear it!

New material is preferred, but reprinted features — of limited distribution that our readers may not have seen — are also welcome.

PulpFest 2018 will also be saluting the centennial of the birth of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer. So THE PULPSTER is certainly interested in articles on the celebrated author of TARZAN ALIVE: A DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY OF LORD GREYSTOKEDOC SAVAGE: HIS APOCALYPTIC LIFE, the Riverworld and World of Tiers series, and many other works.

Please email editor Bill Lampkin at with your ideas. We have a number of articles in the works. So the earlier you reach out, the better. The deadline for completed articles is May 1, 2018.

If you’re interested in advertising in THE PULPSTER, please contact publisher Mike Chomko at He can provide prices for ads and reserve your space. For information on ad sizes, please see the Advertising page at THE PULPSTER website. Cover spaces sell quickly, so order early.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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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