PulpFest 2020 Estate Auction Update

Mar 30, 2020 by

PulpFest is the summertime convention for fans of popular culture both old and new. It seeks to honor the pulps by drawing attention to the many ways these throwaway magazines have inspired writers, artists, film directors, game designers, and other creators over the years.

From August 6 – 9 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Mars, PA, PulpFest will focus on a pair of creators and a magazine.

PulpFest 2020 will salute the centennial of author Ray Bradbury’s birth; the 100th anniversary of BLACK MASK — the pulp where the hardboiled detective story took root; and the 120th anniversary of the birth of WEIRD TALES artist Margaret Brundage. “Bradbury, BLACK MASK, and Brundage” have inspired and continue to inspire creators the world over.

If three “B’s” aren’t enough, how about Burroughs, Brackett, Baum, a pair of “B” movies, and our special guest: the “B”eautiful Eva Lynd?

Eva was a top model for artists Norm Eastman and Al Rossi, and a frequent collaborator with Doc Savage model Steve Holland.

PulpFest 2020 will have panels and presentations on all of these topics, but will be paying particular attention to the centennial of Ray Bradbury’s birth.

Professor Garyn G. Roberts — Bradbury’s pal for more than thirty years — will talk about the Science Fiction Grand Master and “Poet of the Pulps.” Our 2013 Munsey Award winner promises to share many unique items that he collected during his long friendship with Bradbury.

We’ll also have presentations on Bradbury in comic books, television, and film. Filling out our Bradbury salute will be several presentations concerning Mars in fiction, plus a look at early science fiction fandom.

However, we’re not stopping there. PulpFest will also be holding an auction during which you’ll actually be able to purchase vintage books and magazines where the celebrated author’s work first appeared . . .

You’ll find a copy of the first paperback printing of Ray Bradbury’s THE ILLUSTRATED MAN — Bantam Books #991 from April 1952, with cover art by Charles Binger — in auction lot #15, a selection of early hardcover and paperback books by the author.

The April 1943 number of ASTONISHING STORIES — featuring cover art by Milton Luros — can be found in auction lot #17. The issue features the original appearance of Ray Bradbury’s rarely reprinted short story, “Subterfuge.” It’s part of a lot containing nine issues of the Popular Publications science fiction pulp.

Auction lot #22 — eleven issues of Standard Magazines’ STARTLING STORIES — features Bradbury’s celebrated tale, “Marionettes, Inc.” This classic short story concerning humanity’s sometimes excessive dependence on technology was originally published in the March 1949 STARTLING STORIES, behind a cover by Earle K. Bergey. It has often been reprinted, most importantly in the author’s third published collection, THE ILLUSTRATED MAN.

Ray Bradbury’s short story, “A Blade of Grass,” can be found in auction lot #29 — ten issues of Standard Magazines’ THRILLING WONDER STORIES. Reprinted in BRADBURY STORIES: 100 OF HIS MOST CELEBRATED TALES, the story originally ran in the December 1949 THRILLING WONDER, behind an apocalyptic cover painting by Earle Bergey.

These fours lots and many others will be part of our auction on Saturday night, August 8. PulpFest 2020 will be offering 185 lots of pulps, digests, vintage paperbacks, men’s adventure magazines, and more from the collection of the late Carl Joecks.

A retired television cameraman, electronic equipment repairman, and carpenter from Vermont, Carl Joecks became enamored with science fiction, comic books, radio, and astronomy during his youth. He was soon collecting the things that he loved.

Acquired over many years, Carl stored his collection in a darkened room. Most of the magazines were bagged with backing boards and stored flat for additional protection.

Given the size of the Joecks Collection, it will take several years to disperse everything. In 2020, PulpFest will be selling Carl’s pulps, digest magazines, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, plus a selection of joke and gag books and other material. The convention will also be selling a small selection of comic books and assorted collectibles.

For photographs of selected items from all 185 auction lots, together with brief descriptions of the items included in each of the individual lots, please click the 2020 Auction button below our homepage banner.

Please note that most of the items found in each lot have not been graded, although an attempt has been made to note exceptional items as well as substantial defects.

For a catalog in PDF format featuring the Joecks auction lots that will be offered during the PulpFest 2020 auction please click here.

Time will be set aside during the afternoons of August 7 and 8 so that PulpFest attendees can examine our auction lots. Please click our Programming button for the scheduled times. The PulpFest 2020 auction will begin at 9 PM on Saturday, August 8.

All attendees of the convention will be able to bid on the available material. Members of the general public will also be allowed to attend the auction. However, they will be asked to register as bidders if they plan to place bids. Please visit our 2020 Auction Page for more details.

For those who are not able to attend PulpFest 2020, the convention will accept bids placed through our silent bidding page. For additional details on silent bidding, please visit our 2020 Auction Page.

(The displayed images are not photographs of the actual copies found in the Joecks collection. You will find the actual photographs of selected items from each auction lot by clicking the 2020 Auction button below our homepage banner.)

 

 

Windy City Pulp & Paper Convention

Mar 23, 2020 by

The Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention 20 commemorates twenty years of pulp con excellence as it returns to the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center from September 11 to 13 this year. The convention doors open at 11:00 AM on Friday, but Early Bird Shoppers can get in 90 minutes early starting at 9:30 AM. The con suite will be open from 8:00 PM on Thursday, September 10, until midnight. The convention runs until 3:00 PM on Sunday.

This year’s show marks the centennial of BLACK MASK, the pulp that came to define the hardboiled detective and crime story genre, as well as the 90th anniversary of ASTOUNDING, Street & Smith’s pulp predecessor to today’s ANALOG SCIENCE FICTION AND FACT digest.

Additionally, there’s the annual Windy City Film Festival, organized and emceed by the one and only Ed Hulse of Murania Press. The Friday and Saturday night auctions will feature the collections of the Robert Weinberg Estate and the Glenn Lord Estate. The annual art show, panels, and New Pulp Sunday are also on the schedule.

Click on the link that starts our post to learn more about this year’s Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention or visit the convention’s Facebook page.

You don’t have to wait until September to discover pulp treasures. This year, Windy follows PulpFest 2020, “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con.” PulpFest 2020 will begin Thursday evening, August 6, and run through Sunday afternoon, August 9. It will take place just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. It’s easy to register, just click the register button below the PulpFest homepage banner.

(In conjunction with their host hotel, The Westin Lombard, the organizers of Windy City 20 have rescheduled their convention to early September to help assure the safety of its members. Please watch the Windy City homepage or Facebook site for additional announcements.

The revised Windy City Pulp & Paper Convention 20 promotional flyer was adapted from Fred Craft‘s front cover art for the December 1927 issue of BLACK MASK. From 1927 to 1936, Craft sold freelance artwork to pulp magazines, primarily to western and detective pulps. He is best remembered today for his extensive cover work for BLACK MASK, the magazine that PulpFest will be celebrating in August.)

PulpFest 2020 Estate Auction Update

Dec 16, 2019 by

In THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION for May 1963 — a special Ray Bradbury issue — William F. Nolan wrote:

Bradbury is indeed a prose poet in the age of space, a man possessed by the beauty of the written word; his work reflects a passion for the shape and sound and precise rhythms of the language — and he has been able to translate this passion into imaginative literature of a very high order.

PulpFest 2020 will celebrate the centennial of Ray Bradbury’s birth from August 6 – 9 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Mars, PA. Professor Garyn G. Roberts — Bradbury’s pal for more than thirty years — will talk about the Science Fiction Grand Master and “Poet of the Pulps.” Our 2013 Munsey Award winner promises to share many unique items he collected during his long friendship with Bradbury.

We’ll also have presentations on Bradbury in comic books, television, and film. Filling out our Bradbury salute will be several presentations concerning Mars in fiction, plus a look at early science fiction fandom.

However, we’re not planning to stop there. You’ll actually be able to purchase a copy of the Bradbury issue of THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION — featuring cover art by artist and illustrator Joe Mugnaini — during our PulpFest 2020 auction. It’s one of several Bradbury collectibles that will be featured in our estate auction.

PulpFest 2020 will be offering more than 150 lots of pulps, digests, vintage paperbacks, men’s adventure magazines, and more from the collection of the late Carl Joecks. A retired television cameraman, electronic equipment repairman, and carpenter in the state of Vermont, Carl became enamored with science fiction, comic books, radio, and astronomy during his youth. He was soon collecting the things that he loved.

Acquired over many years, Carl stored his collection in a darkened room. Most of the magazines were bagged with backing boards and stored flat for additional protection.

Given the size of the Joecks Collection, it will take a number of years to disperse everything. In 2020, PulpFest will be selling Carl’s pulps, digest magazines, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, plus a selection of joke and gag books and other material. The convention will also be selling a small selection of comic books and assorted paper collectibles. These will include the 1935 Pleasure Books edition of THE POP-UP BUCK ROGERS and a number of “Ace Doubles,” one of them being the very first double paperback issued by the company.

The PulpFest 2020 auction will begin at 9 PM on Saturday, August 8. All attendees of the convention will be able to bid on the available material.

For those who are not able to attend PulpFest 2020, the convention will accept bids placed via email. The highest of these “silent” bids will establish the opening bid for each auction lot. If no bid made during the live auction is higher than the opening silent bid, the lot will be won by the silent bidder.

All silent bidders will have to register with PulpFest to place their bids. We will begin accepting registrations for silent bidding after the Joecks material has been lotted and photographed. All silent bids will have to be placed by 9 PM on Saturday, July 25, two weeks prior to the start of our PulpFest 2020 auction.

Click here for an inventory of the Joecks material that we are currently planning to offer during the PulpFest 2020 auction. Please note that this list is not final. Nor is it the auction lot list. The material to be offered will be lotted and photographed some time after the holidays. We will also be posting a picture of each auction lot online. This will appear either on the PulpFest website or via an auction website.

We are planning another auction update in late February. So please stay tuned to pulpfest.com.

(Although all of the items pictured are part of the Joecks collection, the displayed images are not photographs of the actual copies found in the collection.

The three magazines in the middle of the post all feature work by Ray Bradbury. The short story, “A Blade of Grass,” appears in the December 1949 issue of THRILLING WONDER STORIES, with cover art by Earle Bergey. “Death and the Maiden,” another short story, can be found in THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION for March 1960, with cover art by Mel Hunter. The April 1949 SUPER SCIENCE STORIES — with cover art by Lawrence Sterne Stevens — features the short story, “I, Mars.” It has rarely been reprinted. Bid on the Joecks copy for a chance to read this Bradbury story.

The lower images are miscellaneous items that are part of the collection. The 1935 Pleasure Books edition of THE POP-UP BUCK ROGERS is illustrated by Dick Calkins. Ace Books number D-1 — the first of the Ace Doubles — features the complete and unabridged novel “The Grinning Gismo,” by Samuel W. Taylor. The flip side of the book is an original novel by Keith Vining, “Too Hot for Hell.” Both covers are by Norman Saunders. The third item pictured is the March 1936 SPICY-ADVENTURE STORIES, featuring cover art by William F. Soare.

Finally, because it has been one of our most popular PulpFest 2020 Internet images, below you’ll find Hannes Bok’s original wrap-around cover art for the November 1963 issue of THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION. There will be two copies of this issue — featuring Roger Zelazny’s classic Mars story, “A Rose for Ecclesiastes” — in the PulpFest 2020 auction. Start making your plans to attend right now!)

 

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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Saturday Night Auction

Aug 2, 2019 by

PulpFest auction bannerPulpFest is known for its enjoyable auctions. Over the last few years, PulpFest has sold three major collections of pulps, books, fanzines, and related materials. This year’s auction will be a bit quieter.

Our Saturday night auction will feature 25 lots remaining from the collections of the late Woody Hagadish and Albert Tonik. Click here for descriptions of these lots. You’ll also find photographs of selected lots below.

In addition to our estate lots, all members of PulpFest 2019 can submit items to sell at auction. All auction lots must have a $20 minimum value. If you plan to offer an auction lot with a reserve price, your reserve must be $50 or more. PulpFest reserves the right to reject any auction material that does not meet our standards. The convention charges sellers 10% of the selling price for anything sold at auction.

To submit material to the PulpFest 2019 Saturday night auction, look for our auction banner. It will be located at Mike Chomko’s table. That’s where all of our 2019 members can bring materials that they’d like to place into our Saturday night auction. Your material must be submitted to PulpFest prior to 2 PM on the day of the auction.

After all the lots have been processed, there will be an auction preview, running from 4:15 – 4:45 PM on Saturday, August 17. There will also be a last minute preview running from 9:30 – 9:45 PM. Our auction banner will be outside the preview room to direct the curious to where they can view the auction lots.

The Saturday night auction will begin at 9:45 PM on August 17 in the PulpFest programming hall.

If you have questions concerning the auction or are interested in submitting an absentee bid, please contact programming and marketing director Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com or 2217 W. Fairview Street, Allentown, PA 18104-6542.

PulpFest 2019 will take place from August 15 through August 18 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City.” You can register for the convention by clicking one of the Register buttons on our home page. And don’t forget to book a room at the DoubleTree. You can reserve a room by calling 1-800-222-8733. Please be sure to mention PulpFest when placing your reservation in order to receive any convention special deals that may still be available. There is ample free parking surrounding the hotel.

(PulpFest advertising director Bill Lampkin designed the convention’s auction banner. It is based on a colorized photo of a June 26, 1942 magazine display rack from Yreka, California.)

 

1 — Sketches by George Evans

3 — Signed John Nanovic letter concerning John Campbell

5 — Autographed by John Nanovic

10 — Autographed by Jerome Rozen

19 — Mexican pulp paperback

20 — Shadow Club Code Card and Pin from Shadow Club kit movie tie-in

20 — Shadow Club ring from Shadow Club kit movie tie-in

21 — Chesley Bonestell art print

21 — Mel Hunter art print

21 — Mel Hunter art print

21 — Ron Walotsky art print

22 — FIGHTING WESTERN for February 1945

23 — Alex Schomburg art print

24 — SHADOW MAGAZINE Photo Premium

25 — Dean Koontz’s “Time Thieves”

 

Going, Going, Gone! PulpFest Auctions

Jan 28, 2019 by

PulpFest auction bannerAre you thinking about selling off part or all of your pulp collection? Has a relative left a pulp or book collection that you want to offer for sale? Do you have a collectible magazine or perhaps a cover painting that you’d like to sell? Over the last few years, PulpFest has sold three major collections of pulps, books, fanzines, and related materials. Please consider using PulpFest‘s annual auction to reach an enthusiastic group of collectors, willing to bid on your memorabilia.

Our convention has the buyers you seek. PulpFest is attended by collectors of pulp magazines and related materials, vintage paperbacks, digests, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, original art, first edition hardcovers, series books, reference books, dime novels and story papers, Big Little Books, B-Movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time radio shows, newspaper adventure strips, and other pop culture collectibles.

If you’d like to learn more about PulpFest‘s auction services, please write programming director Mike Chomko, at mike@pulpfest.com. You can also reach him at 2217 West Fairview Street, Allentown, PA 18104. Although the convention welcomes the selling of large collections through our auction, smaller accumulations are also welcome. PulpFest will help you reach many collectors of pop culture memorabilia, the sort of people who will treasure and appreciate your collection or unique collectible.

All members of PulpFest 2019 are also invited to submit items to sell in our auctions. The convention charges all sellers ten percent of the gavel price for items sold at auction. Please write to programming director Mike Chomko for additional details.

PulpFest 2019 will take place from August 15 through 18 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City” in the town of Mars. You can click here to download the convention’s 2019 member registration form. For additional information, please click the “register” button below the PulpFest banner at the top of our home page.

You can also book a room at our host hotel through our website. Just below the PulpFest banner at the top of the convention’s home page,  you’ll find a button that reads “Book a Room.” Click it and you’ll be redirected to a secure site where you can place your reservation.

(Bill Lampkin, the convention’s advertising director, designed the PulpFest auction banner.)

Saturday Night Auction

Jun 29, 2018 by

PulpFest is very well known for its auctions. This year, due to an abundance of material, the convention will host not one, but two auctions. The first will be held on Friday, July 27, beginning at 10:05 PM. Our second auction will take place on Saturday, July 28. It will also begin at 10:05 PM.

Our Saturday night auction will again feature material from the collections of the late Woody Hagadish and Larry Latham. There will also be signed letters and post cards from pulp artists and writers written to the late Albert Tonik.

The auction will also include nearly 400 copies of WESTERN STORY MAGAZINE, a selection of sports pulps and Martin Goodman’s Red Circle magazines, a collection of letters from Popular Publications founder Henry Steeger, a painting by paperback cover artist Rudy Nappi, long and nearly complete runs of science fiction digests such as ASTOUNDING SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASTIC, and IMAGINATIVE TALESquantities of science fiction digests from the United Kingdom including NEBULA, NEW WORLDS SCIENCE FICTION, and SCIENCE FANTASY, and a selection of western pulps such as DIME WESTERN, WESTERN ACTION, REAL WESTERN, and 10 STORY WESTERN MAGAZINE.

Click here for a look at the preliminary catalog for our Saturday Night Auction.

Please note that we are still working on the Hagadish collection and may be adding more items — most likely, early science fiction paperbacks — to the list. Keep watching www.pulpfest.com for any revisions to our catalogs. If time allows, we also hope to post a few images featuring material from our 2018 auctions.

In addition to more than 300 estate lots, all members of PulpFest 2018 can submit items to sell at auction. All auction lots must have a $20 minimum value. If you plan to offer an auction lot with a reserve price, your reserve must be $50 or more. PulpFest reserves the right to reject any auction material that does not meet our standards. The convention charges sellers 10% of the selling price for anything sold at auction. All auction lots must be submitted to PulpFest prior to 1:30 PM on the day of the auction. If you have questions concerning the auction, please contact programming and marketing director Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com or 2217 W. Fairview Street, Allentown, PA 18104-6542.

If you cannot attend PulpFest 2018 and are interested in submitting an absentee bid, please contact Mike Chomko at one of the addresses noted above.

PulpFest 2018 will take place from July 26 through July 29 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City.” You can register for the convention by clicking one of the Register buttons on our home page. And don’t forget to book a room at the DoubleTree. You have one more week to book at the convention’s special rate!

(Rudy Nappi’s recreation of his original paperback cover art for Bradford Scott’s BADLANDS BOSS — a Walt Slade adventure, originally published in 1956 by Pyramid Books — will be one of the lots offered at our Saturday Night Auction. The auction will begin at 10:05 PM on Saturday, July 28 in the programming room at PulpFest 2018.)

Friday Night Auction

Jun 27, 2018 by

PulpFest is very well known for its auctions. This year, due to an abundance of material, the convention will host not one, but two auctions. The first will be held on Friday, July 27, beginning at 10:05 PM. Our second PulpFest auction will take place on Saturday, July 28. It will also begin at 10:05 PM.

PulpFest will be offering pulps and related materials from the collection of the late Woody Hagadish. A longtime collector and reader of books and pulps, Woody was a Pulpcon regular for years. Primarily interested in western pulps — particularly WILD WEST WEEKLY — Woody was a reading enthusiast and enjoyed his collection.

We’ll have a variety of both pulps and digests from such diverse genres as sports, science fiction, and the western field. Also included will be a few premiums offered to pulp readers, over twenty Gnome Press, Shasta, and Avalon first edition hardcovers, rare science fiction paperbacks, British science fiction magazines, and much more.

This year’s auction will also feature pulp magazines from the collection of the late Larry Latham. One of the founding members of the Oklahoma Alliance of Fandom — one of the earliest comics clubs in the nation — Larry enjoyed a varied career in animation, film, TV, theater and teaching. Larry worked at Hanna-Barbera Studios in the storyboard department and graduated to directing and producing at Universal, Walt Disney, Scholastic, and the Berlin Film Company. He won an Emmy for TAILSPIN in 1991. Larry was also admired by the pulp community for his covers and illustrations for ECHOES, THE PULP COLLECTOR, PULP VAULT, and other fanzines. He also created the popular webcomic LOVECRAFT IS MISSING in 2009, which attracted many followers. PulpFest will be offering numerous copies of ARGOSY WEEKLY and Street & Smith’s long-running WESTERN STORY MAGAZINE, all from Larry Latham’s collection.

Our Friday Night Auction will include nearly 500 copies of WILD WEST WEEKLY, about 180 issues of ARGOSY, a nearly complete run of PLANET STORIES, the first three volumes of Leonard Robbins’ monumental THE PULP MAGAZINE INDEX, over fifty Ace Science Fiction Doubles in paperback format, a first edition of C. L. Moore’s JUDGMENT NIGHT, signed letters and post cards from author Mike Avallone and several western authors, a SHADOW MAGAZINE premium, art prints by fan favorite Frank Hamilton, and nearly complete runs of ANALOG, ISAAC ASIMOV’S SCIENCE FICTION MAGAZINE, and THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION into the early 1990s.

Click here for a look at the preliminary catalog for our Friday Night Auction.

Please note that we are still working on the Hagadish collection and may be adding some more items — most likely, early science fiction paperbacks — to the list. Keep watching www.pulpfest.com for any revisions to the catalog. If time allows, we also hope to post a few images featuring material from our 2018 auctions.

In addition to more than 300 estate lots, all members of PulpFest 2018 can submit items to sell at auction. All auction lots must have a $20 minimum value. If you plan to offer an auction lot with a reserve price, your reserve must be $50 or more. PulpFest reserves the right to reject any auction material that does not meet our standards. The convention charges sellers 10% of the selling price for anything sold at auction. All auction lots must be submitted to PulpFest prior to 1:30 PM on the day of the auction. If you have questions concerning the auction, please contact programming and marketing director Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com or 2217 W. Fairview Street, Allentown, PA 18104-6542.

If you cannot attend PulpFest 2018 and are interested in submitting an absentee bid, please contact Mike Chomko at one of the addresses noted above.

PulpFest 2018 will take place from July 26 through July 29 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City.” You can register for the convention by clicking one of the Register buttons on our home page. And don’t forget to book a room at the DoubleTree. You have one more week to book at the convention’s special rate!

(The September 19, 1942 issue of WILD WEST WEEKLY — featuring front cover art by Henry William Kiemle, Jr. — is just one of nearly 500 copies of the Street & Smith pulp magazine that will be offered in our Friday Night Auction. The auction will begin at 10:05 PM on Friday, July 27 in the programming room at PulpFest 2018.)

Going, Going, Gone! PulpFest Auctions

Jan 15, 2018 by

PulpFest is very well known for its auctions. This year, due to an abundance of material, the convention will host not one, but two auctions. The first will be held on Friday, July 27, beginning at 10:05 PM. Our second PulpFest auction will take place on Saturday, July 28. It will also begin at 10:05 PM.

PulpFest will be offering pulps and related materials from the collection of the late Woody Hagadish. A longtime collector and reader of books and pulps, Woody was a Pulpcon regular for years. Primarily interested in western pulps — particularly WILD WEST WEEKLY — Woody was a reading enthusiast and enjoyed his collection.

We’ll have a variety of both pulps and digests from such diverse genres as sports, science fiction, and the western field. Also included will be a few premiums offered to pulp readers, over twenty Gnome Press, Shasta, and Avalon first edition hardcovers, rare science fiction paperbacks, British science fiction magazines, and much more. We’ll be offering previews of the Hagadish material in the months to come.

This year’s auction will also feature pulp magazines from the collection of the late Larry Latham. One of the founding members of the Oklahoma Alliance of Fandom — one of the earliest comics clubs in the nation — Larry enjoyed a varied career in animation, film, TV, theater and teaching. With a degree in motion picture production, Larry worked at Hanna-Barbera Studios in the storyboard department and graduated to directing and producing at Universal, Walt Disney, Scholastic, and the Berlin Film Company. He won an Emmy for TAILSPIN in 1991. Larry was also admired by the pulp community for his covers and illustrations for ECHOES, THE PULP COLLECTOR, PULP VAULT, and other fanzines. He also created the popular webcomic LOVECRAFT IS MISSING in 2009, which attracted many followers.

PulpFest will be offering copies of ARGOSY WEEKLY and Street & Smith’s long-running WESTERN STORY MAGAZINE, all from Larry Latham’s collection. Additionally, there will be lots submitted to the auction by registered members of the convention. Your PulpFest badge number will be used as your auction bidder and/or seller number.

Are you thinking about selling off part or all of your pulp collection? Has a relative left a pulp collection that you’re unsure what to do with? Do you have a collectible book or magazine that you’d like to sell? Consider using PulpFest‘s annual auction to reach an enthusiastic group of collectors.

PulpFest has the buyers you seek. You’ll find collectors of pulp magazines and related materials, vintage paperbacks, digests, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, original art, first edition hardcovers, series books, reference books, dime novels and story papers, Big Little Books, B-Movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age comic books, as well as newspaper adventure strips. That means your collection or that of a loved one will go to those who will treasure and appreciate it.

While we don’t enjoy thinking about our eventual passing, it’s a good idea to plan ahead. PulpFest will be glad to help. Please write to marketing director Mike Chomko, at mike@pulpfest.comwith your questions. You can also reach him by mail at 2217 West Fairview Street, Allentown, PA 18104. Although the convention welcomes the selling of collections through our auction, smaller accumulations are also welcome. If you’d like to submit something to our auction, please contact Mike in the months ahead.

In addition to our auctions, PulpFest will also be marking the centennial of the armistice that ended the First World War, the century mark of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer, and welcoming our guest of honor, award-winning author Joe Lansdale. Start making your plans now to attend PulpFest 2018 to get in on all the action at Summer’s Great Pulp Con! 

PulpFest 2018 will take place from July 26 through July 29 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City.”

(When the United States entered World War I in 1917, the American Library Association established a Committee on Mobilization and War Service Plans to provide library services to U.S. soldiers and sailors in the United States and overseas. ALA’s wartime program became known as the Library War Service and was directed by Herbert Putnam, Librarian of Congress. Between 1917 and 1920, ALA mounted two financial campaigns and raised $5 million from public donations, erected 36 camp libraries, distributed approximately 7  – 10 million books and magazines gathered through three book drives, and provided library collections to more than 500 locations, including military hospitals.

Charles B. Falls was one of the artists who helped publicize the work of the American Library Association. He designed the “Books Wanted” poster for the ALA, leading to a substantial outpouring of books for the camp libraries of the American Armed Services of The Great War. The poster helped to foster the artist’s reputation as a leader in the fields of advertising and book and magazine art. In addition to his work for such magazines at COLLIER’S, COSMOPOLITAN, and MUNSEY’S MAGAZINE, Fall’s illustrations found their way into pulps such as ADVENTURE and BLUE BOOK.)

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Set Sail with Gordon Young

Jul 24, 2017 by

Here’s your chance to own a piece of pulp history! Over the past weekend, the granddaughter of pulp author Gordon Ray Young contacted the convention’s Facebook page. Years ago, Young’s granddaughter and her mother attended an Ohio Pulpcon. They had a wonderful experience at the convention, meeting the people who were keeping the pulps alive for posterity.

Young’s family still has the author’s travel trunk that he used while traveling to Europe with his family in 1927. The trunk is rather worn, but it still bears his name. His family would like to find a good home for this piece among the people who would appreciate it the most. Therefore, they have decided to donate the trunk to PulpFest for inclusion in this year’s Saturday Night Auction.

Gordon Ray Young was the author of some of the finest adventure fiction to grace the pages of the American pulp magazines during the first half of the twentieth century. His work appeared regularly in titles such as ADVENTUREARGOSYBLUE BOOKROMANCE, and SHORT STORIES, his fiction spanned genres as diverse as westerns, crime stories, South Seas adventure, international intrigue, historical fiction, and humor.

Young’s travel trunk has been added to our auction catalog as Auction Lot #88. Any proceeds from the sale will be donated to PulpFest. There is one stipulation: the trunk is currently in northern California. The winning bidder will be responsible for paying the costs to have the trunk shipped to its destination. These costs will be over and above the winning bid.

Below are a few photographs of the trunk. These will also be shown during the PulpFest Saturday Night Auction.

(As part of its celebration of the hardboiled dicks of the pulps, PulpFest 2017 has asked pulp scholar and historian Tom Krabacher and esteemed collector and hardboiled fiction authority Walker Martin to discuss Young’s character Don Everhard — AKA “The Most Dangerous Man in America.” They’ll examine the character’s relationship to the development and evolution of the hardboiled detective story. Young’s character was pictured twice on the cover of ADVENTURE magazine — including the May 1936 issue with cover art by Walter M. Baumhofer.)