PulpFest 2020 Estate Auction

Sep 5, 2019 by

Over the Labor Day weekend, PulpFest acquired a substantial collection of pulps, digests, vintage paperbacks, first edition hardcovers, underground comics, fanzines, and more.

The primary focus of the magazine collection is the science fiction genre. There are also miscellaneous periodicals from the adventure, detective, hero, spicy, and war genres. The collection contains magazines in both the pulp and digest formats.

The vintage paperbacks run the gamut of genres that are popular in that area of book collecting.

The collection belonged to the late Carl Joecks, a retired television cameraman, electronic equipment repairman, and carpenter who lived in the state of Vermont. A graduate of Ottowa University in Kansas — where he majored in majored in history and political science, with a special interest in speech and debate — Carl served as one of the coaches for the speech and debate team at South Burlington High School in Vermont. He became enamored with science fiction, comic books, radio, and astronomy during his youth. In addition to books, Carl was passionate about photography, cars, watches, cameras, and anything else well engineered.

According to PulpFest member Lohr McKinstry — who helped to negotiate the exchange with the estate — the collection was kept in a darkened room. Most of the books and magazines were shelved in quality bags. The interior paper of many of the items appears to be quite nice.

PulpFest will begin selling the Carl Joecks Collection at our 2020 convention. Given its size, it will take a number of years to disperse the entire collection. Now begins the difficult and time-consuming work of organizing, cataloging, lotting, and photographing the collection. We will update you about our progress throughout the coming year.

To stay informed about our auction and PulpFest 2020 in general,  please bookmark pulpfest.com or like our Facebook page. Over on Twitter, catch our tweets. You’ll also find selected posts on various newsgroups, including Pulpmags. And don’t forget about our Instagram page!

PulpFest 2020 will focus on Bradbury, BLACK MASK, and Brundage. We may even throw in a touch of Brackett and Burroughs for good measure.

So stay tuned! We’re planning to announce a very special guest in a few weeks. You’ll find all that and a great auction at PulpFest 2020. It will be AMAZING!

(Wayne Francis Woodard — better known as Hannes Bok — painted the cover art for the November 1951 issue of MARVEL SCIENCE STORIES. PulpFest 2020 will be selling a copy of the issue during its auction on Saturday evening, August 8. We’ll keep you posted about the sale right here at pulpfest.com.)

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PulpCon founder Rusty Hevelin’s Collection now Housed at the University of Iowa

Jan 12, 2015 by

Al Tonik (L) & Rusty Hevelin (R) at Pulpcon 1999

Al Tonik (L) & Rusty Hevelin (R) at Pulpcon 1999
(Photo by Chuck Welch)

An article in a recent edition of the Des Moines Register highlights the University of Iowa’s acquisition of the Rusty Hevelin Collection. Donated by the PulpCon founder upon his death, the collection is now partially accessible to the public.

“The scope of the collection is astounding,” said Peter Balestrieri, the UI curator in charge of cataloging the Hevelin Collection. “There are fanzines that date back to before World War I all the way into the 21st century. Every topic you could imagine is covered there, and we’ve just begun to unpack it.”

Columnist Daniel Finney writes that “Hevelin was by most accounts the greatest science fiction convention collector and attendee of all time. He built a massive archive in more than 70 years of collecting.” Rusty is, of course, well-known to the PulpFest crowd. His PulpCon was the precursor to the summer pulp festival now held in Columbus, OH.

On why Hevelin donated his collection to UI, Finney writes: “He helped found the two largest conventions in Iowa — Icon in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids area, and DemiCon in Des Moines. His positive experiences apparently led him to donate his archives to UI.”

For more information on the Hevelin Collection please contact the University of Iowa Library Special Collections at lib-spec@uiowa.edu

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