Buying at PulpFest 2020

Feb 24, 2020 by

PulpFest is a paradise for fans of pulp magazines, digests, vintage paperbacks, original artwork, and other collectibles. Collectors will also find first edition hardcovers, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, series books, dime novels, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time-radio shows, vintage comic books, and more in our spacious dealers’ room. We’re at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just nineteen miles north of Pittsburgh.

For those who simply like to read pulp or genre fiction, you’ll find science-fiction hardcovers and paperbacks, mysteries, adventure fiction, and countless pulp reprints from publishers such as Adventure HouseAge of AcesStark House Press, and Steeger Books. Fans of contemporary genre fiction will have readings by authors on both Friday and Saturday, plus books for sale from Will Murray’s Adventures in BronzeFlinch Books, Meteor House, and other publishers. We’ll also have panels on today’s genre fiction as well as author signings and more. Last year, PulpFest had over thirty authors in attendance.

Accommodating over 100 tables, our dealers’ room will be open from 10 AM to 4:45 PM on August 7 and 8. It will be open from 9 AM until 2 PM on Sunday, August 9. Buying and selling opportunities may be limited on Sunday as many dealers will be packing to return home.

We will also have early-bird shopping on Thursday evening, August 6, from 3 to 7:30 PM. If you stay at the DoubleTree, PulpFest is pleased to offer free early-bird privileges. That’s a great savings to reward loyal attendees who reduce the convention’s costs by staying at our host hotel. If you stay elsewhere, you can still purchase early-bird privileges for $30.

In addition to our great dealers’ room, PulpFest 2020 will hold a live auction on Saturday night, August 8. Not only will our 2020 auction feature the usual submissions from the convention’s members, we’ll also have more than 150 lots of pulps, digests, vintage paperbacks, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, joke and gag books, and other paper collectibles from the estate of the late Carl Joecks.

You can book a room at the DoubleTree by clicking the “Book a Room” button below the PulpFest banner on our home page. You can also reserve a room by calling 1-800-222-8733. Be sure to mention PulpFest to receive the special convention rate of $129 plus tax per night.

To learn more about registering for PulpFest 2020, please click the “register” button below the banner on our home page.

If you read or collect pulps, genre fiction, books, vintage paperbacks or comic books, original artwork, or other pop culture collectibles, PulpFest is the place to be.

(If you’re a paper collector, wouldn’t you like to have a time machine to join the people in the photograph above? It’s from late May 1942 and located in Southington, Connecticut. Featured are pulp magazines, comic books, and other publications largely dated June and July 1942.

The original black and white photograph was taken by Fenno Jacobs of the Office of War Information and posted to shorpy.com — the American Historical Photo archive — by Dave, the webmaster and co-owner of Shorpy, Inc. — on December 10, 2013. The image was later colorized by Avi A. Katz and posted to his blog, “Colorizing History,” on October 19, 2014. It is used here with permission.

Why not climb aboard the PulpFest 2020 time machine for a chance to purchase some of the pulp magazines and comic books displayed in our lead image? For more information on buying at PulpFest, please contact Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com or by regular mail at 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305.

Don’t forget to watch for our posts on our PulpFest 2020 dealers. They’ll start on July 13 and run through July 17.)

Blondes Have More Guns

Jan 20, 2020 by

Meet Eva Lynd

PulpFest is looking forward to welcoming our 2020 guest of honor, model Eva Lynd, to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry from August 6 – 9. A frequent collaborator of Doc Savage model Steve Holland, Eva was a favorite of artists Norm Eastman and Al Rossi, two of the top illustration artists who worked for the men’s adventure magazine industry.

Our guest of honor — who will be traveling to Mars, Pennsylvania on August 6 — will have a table inside the PulpFest 2020 dealers’ room. With that in mind, we’ve asked Wyatt Doyle — the ringmaster at New Texture books — to tell us something about Eva’s appearances in magazines, paperback books, and elsewhere. With Robert Deis, Wyatt is the co-editor of EVA: MEN’S ADVENTURE SUPERMODEL and The Men’s Adventure Library series. Wyatt and Bob have offered very popular presentations on the men’s adventure magazines and their relation to the pulps at the last two PulpFests.

A Brief Guide to Collecting All Things Eva

by Wyatt Doyle

Men’s adventure supermodel Eva Lynd’s multi-faceted career began too late for the pulp magazine era. However, she was positively inescapable in the men’s adventure magazines that, starting in the 1950s, sprouted from classic pulp’s ashes. Her familiarity was further bolstered by regular appearances in (and on the covers of) other publications targeted to both sexes. These included confession and true crime mags, record album covers, and print advertisements, to say nothing of her growing visibility thanks to her busy television and film career.

With Eva appearing at this year’s PulpFest, collectors will be wise to review their archives for Eva Lynd appearances they may possess. While a complete checklist would be almost impossible to compile, we did our best to cover as much of Eva’s career as we could in our book EVA: MEN’S ADVENTURE SUPERMODEL (New Texture, 2019). If you number among the unfortunates who don’t yet own a copy, here are a few career highlights and personal favorites to keep an eye out for in the months between now and PulpFest.

Modeling for Magazines

In the mid- to late 1950s, Eva did a great deal of photo modeling for magazines in the romance and “true confession” field, portraying a variety of lovelorn characters in titles like ROMANCE TIME and TRUE LIFE SECRETS. But as those magazines are not widely collected and infrequently discussed, they present a special challenge to Eva collectors. Those who’ve made fresh discoveries in this area are very much encouraged to bring their finds to PulpFest. Eva would be absolutely delighted to see some of these magazines again.

In TRUE ADVENTURES, September 1956, “The Monster We Couldn’t Kill,” by Duncan W. McLeod, recounts the life of frontiersman Simon Girty. The piece marks Eva’s first appearance in print as an artist’s model. Very recognizable in illustrator Al Rossi’s monochrome renderings, Eva portrays not one but both of Girty’s bound blonde captives. Eva quickly became one of Rossi’s favorite models, and she continued to appear in his illustrations well into the next decade.

STAG, February 1957, is a real bonanza, with Eva modeling for Rossi as the title character in the Wenzell Brown story, “Lily Brazil: Week-End Girl.” The resemblance to Eva in the artwork in particularly evident, and the story is punctuated with several smaller Rossi spot illustrations, all focused on Eva.

STAG, August 1957, includes Dave Ballard’s “The Sex Hoax That Scandalized Mexico.” The illustration marked the only occasion Eva worked with the great James Bama, and the lush results speak for themselves. The re-titled story and art were later reprinted in MAN’S WORLD, October 1960.

The September 7, 1957 edition of THE SATURDAY EVENING POST includes “Bring Back the Bride,” by Hannibal Coons. It’s illustrated with a jaw-dropping full color painting by Mike Ludlow of Eva in full Marilyn Monroe mode. The piece proved memorable enough to be swiped by an uncredited artist who copied it (badly) for the adult paperback, TORMENTED VIRGIN, by John D. Keefauver, and published by Epic in 1962.

FOR MEN ONLY, September 1958, includes “The Phony Empire of Lover Boy Leo Koretz,” by Sumner Plunkett. The black and white illo is particularly special; not only because it’s such an appealing rendering of Eva in lingerie, but because Al Rossi served as his own model for the character of “Lover Boy” Leo Koretz, depicted happily smoking a cigar in the bath. A unique comic snapshot of a very special collaboration.

Inside STAG, December 1958, is one of Eva’s very favorite pieces, a gorgeous blue duotone by Al Rossi for Oluf Reed Olsen’s WWII adventure, “You Will Never Come Back.” Eva appears with the iconic Steve Holland, her frequent modeling co-star.

MODERN MAN, January 1959, is adorned with one of Eva’s most seductive photo covers, shot by Leo Fuchs. A detail was featured on the cover of the softcover edition of EVA: MEN’S ADVENTURE SUPERMODEL.

FOR MEN ONLY, July 1964, features another bonanza of terrific art: “Kill and Run Nude.” It features a big, two-page vertical spread of Eva and Steve Holland by Al Rossi, plus a half-dozen spot illos featuring both models.

ACTION FOR MEN, May 1966, included “Man Who Collected Nudes,” by Henry Kane, illustrated by a gorgeous Al Rossi rendition of a scantily clad Eva on the run. This image was subsequently tinted and incorporated into the cover of the EVA: MEN’S ADVENTURE SUPERMODEL softcover.

Norm and Eva

Eva was a favorite model of pantheon artist Norm Eastman. In Eva’s estimation, Norm was the finest illustrator she worked with. Their simpatico working relationship led to Eva’s appearing on scores of Eastman covers from 1964 to 1974, sometimes as a bound captive of Nazi baddies, sometimes as a machine-gun-firing liberator, leading the charge to victory. Eastman tended to cast himself as the villains in his paintings, and an especially memorable example is the May 1965 MAN’S STORY. The cover not only features Eva as the model for both prisoners, but includes Eastman as a Nazi officer, and fellow illustrator Mark Schneider posing as his henchman.

For BLUEBOOK, October 1966, Eastman depicted cover girl Eva looking heroic and fabulous as an armed lookout for fellow saboteur Steve Holland, setting charges to take out a Nazi-controlled bridge. You’ll also find this image on the back of the PulpFest post cards advertising the 2020 convention.

The cover of NEW MAN, October 1968, saw Eastman cast Eva as a battlefield nurse, tending to a badly wounded Steve Holland while the Viet Cong close in on the dynamic duo. The cover is one of Eva’s personal favorites.

The November 1968 WORLD OF MEN cover by Eastman showcases a leggy Eva lashed to a palm tree, with threats of worse to come from SS officer Steve Holland.

NEW MAN, December 1968, is possibly the definitive Eva “hero” cover. This illustration of a cat-suited Eva opening fire on Nazi guards is a bona fide Eastman classic that’s also featured on the cover of EVA: MEN’S ADVENTURE SUPERMODEL’s hardcover edition. PulpFest has also used it in their advertising material.

WORLD OF MEN, January 1969, sports another memorable Eastman “hero” cover, with Eva knee-deep in water to protect downed pilot Steve Holland. His crashed jet burns behind them.

Eva in Hollywood

Eva served as the body double for Kim Novak in the sexy key art for the 1957 film PAL JOEY. So what you’re seeing on the movie poster and the soundtrack LP’s cover is actually Eva’s body with Kim Novak’s face.

Eva makes a memorable appearance in the psychotronic cult film, THE HYPNOTIC EYE (1960, on DVD from Warner Archives). She also appears on many countries’ lobby cards for the motion picture. She has a cameo in the popular Sidney Poitier film FOR LOVE OF IVY (1968), and she stars in the difficult-to-see espionage caper THE GIRL FROM PEKING, aka THAT LADY FROM PEKING (1975). Stills occasionally turn up, but paper on this film — featuring Bobby Rydell and Sid Melton — is extremely rare.

The Paperback Eva

Some memorable appearances of Eva Lynd on paperback covers, all painted by Al Rossi:

NUDE IN THE SAND (1959) by John Burton Thompson (Beacon B253)

SUMMER WIDOW (1961) by Florence Stonebreaker (Beacon B394)

THE SEX REBELS (1964) by Christopher Storm (Signal Sixty B754X)

STRANGE LOVERS (1964) by Dan Bartell (Softcover Library S75151)

SEX FEVER (1965) by Val Munroe (Softcover Library B848X)

SUBURBIA AFTER DARK (1965) by Carlton Gibbs (Softcover Library B890X)

THE EMPTY BED (1966) by Louis Lorraine (Beacon Signal 8567F)

WOMEN’S WARD (1966) by Orrie Hitt (Softcover Library B914X)

Odds and Ends

During the late 1950s, Eva appeared on a variety of record album covers. These included the Mercury album EMOTIONS, featuring film and television composer Richard Shores and his Orchestra, with photography by Lester Krauss (1956); the Vienna State Opera Orchestra —  conducted by Argeo Quadri — Westminster Hi-Fi recording of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s SCHEHERAZADE (1956); Sam (The Man) Taylor and His Orchestra’s MUSIC FOR MELANCHOLY BABIES, released by MGM Records in 1957; and DREAMS OF A CONTINENTAL AFFAIR, recorded by Marcel Guillemin and His Orchestra and released in 1957 by Urania. Unfortunately, the photographers of the last three album sleeves are not known.

In 1959, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel commissioned photographer Earl Leaf to shoot an oversized souvenir postcard, resulting in a beautiful 9” x 6” card of bathing beauty Eva Lynd poolside, reclining in vivid color. The cards were offered to guests of the hotel for years. Mail carriers around the world were happier for it. It’s a very special find for the collector who knows what to seek.

More recently, retro-focused designer Anne Taintor borrowed a glamorous photo of Eva from an ad featured in the December 1957 issue of PLAYBOY. Taintor married the photo to the caption “I love not camping,” and printed it on everything from luggage tags to clutch purses to serving trays to knee socks.

This is just the tip of the iceberg to “All Things Eva.” It’s important to remember that Eva did not keep any real records of her modeling assignments — she simply was too busy booking her next job. Even with our dedication to all things Eva, there are still appearances out there that Bob Deis and I haven’t seen. There are others that we don’t know about. So if you think you’ve found an Eva in the wild that we’ve missed, consider bringing it along to PulpFest for authentication by Eva herself. We’ll all be very interested to see if any lost treasures surface!

An Evening with Eva Lynd

On Saturday, August 8, the talented actress and supermodel will be joined on the PulpFest stage by men’s adventure magazine experts Bob Deis and Wyatt Doyle. They’ll be discussing the process of modeling for cover illustrations and interior illustrations for the men’s adventure magazines and other publications. This should be of great interest to pop culture enthusiasts as the process would have been similar to the experiences of the models who posed for the pulp fiction magazines. They’ll also be discussing Eva’s working relationships with artists Norm Eastman and Al Rossi, as well as fellow model Steve Holland.

So check your collections for Eva appearances and bring them to Mars, Pennsylvania for PulpFest 2020, August 6 – 9 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. Our guest of honor, Eva Lynd, and her editors, Bob Deis and Wyatt Doyle, will be happy to see them and to meet you.

(Although PulpFest prohibits the sale of sexually explicit material — including PLAYBOY, PENTHOUSE, and OUI — the magazines Eva generally appeared in pre-date contemporary notions of “men’s magazines,” and their content is markedly different.

Norm Eastman’s original cover painting for NEW MAN for December 1968 — used as one of PulpFest’s web images — is courtesy of the Rich Oberg Collection.)

Buying at PulpFest 2019

Apr 26, 2019 by

PulpFest is a paradise for fans of pulp magazines, digests, vintage paperbacks, original artwork, and other collectibles. Collectors will also find first edition hardcovers, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, series books, dime novels, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time-radio shows, vintage comic books, and more in our spacious dealers’ room. We’re at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just nineteen miles north of Pittsburgh.

For those who simply like to read pulp or genre fiction, you’ll find science-fiction hardcovers and paperbacks, mysteries, adventure fiction, and countless pulp reprints from publishers such as Adventure HouseAge of AcesAltus PressMeteor HouseSanctum Books, and Stark House Press. Fans of contemporary fiction will have readings by authors on both Friday and Saturday, plus books for sale from Will Murray’s Adventures in Bronze, Flinch Books, Raw Dog Screaming Press, and other publishers.

In addition to our great dealers’ room, PulpFest 2019 will hold a live auction on Saturday night.

Accommodating over 100 tables, our dealers’ room will be open from 10 AM to 4:45 PM on August 16 and 17. It will be open from 9 AM until 2 PM on Sunday, August 18. Sunday buying and selling opportunities may be limited as many dealers will be packing to return home.

We will also have early-bird shopping on Thursday evening, August 15, from 4 to 8 PM. If you stay at the DoubleTree, PulpFest is pleased to offer free early-bird privileges. That’s a great savings to reward loyal attendees who reduce the convention’s costs by staying at our host hotel. If you stay elsewhere, you can still purchase early-bird privileges for $30.

You can book a room at the DoubleTree by clicking the “Book a Room” button below the PulpFest banner on our home page. You can also reserve a room by calling 1-800-222-8733. Be sure to mention PulpFest to receive the special convention rate of $129 plus tax per night.

To learn more about registering for the convention, please click the “register” button below the PulpFest banner on our home page.

If you read or collect pulps, genre fiction, books, vintage paperbacks or comic books, original artwork, or other pop culture collectibles, PulpFest is the place to be.

(Perhaps you’ll find the November 1941 issue of WEIRD TALES — featuring cover art by Hannes Bok — at this year’s PulpFest. Or how about a copy of John Bruening’s Midnight Guardian novel, HOUR OF DARKNESS? The one with cover art by Tom Gianni.

Start planning now to attend PulpFest and its celebration of mystery, adventure, science fiction, and more. This year, we’ll be focusing on “The Children of the Pulps and Other Stories.” Our programming will explore the many ways pulp fiction and pulp art have inspired and continue to inspire pop culture creators.

Be sure to join PulpFest 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry this summer. We’ll be there August 15 – 18, just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

If you’d like a copy of our PulpFest 2019 newsletter — packed with information about the convention — you can download a copy by clicking here or by writing to Jack Cullers at 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305 or jack@pulpfest.com.)

Happy 125th George Delacorte!

Jun 20, 2018 by

PulpFest 2018 will honor the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War. The convention will focus on the so-called “war pulps” of the early twentieth century and the depiction of war in popular culture. The first of these pulps — WAR STORIES — was published by today’s birthday boy, George Thomas Delacorte. Born on June 20, 1893 in Brooklyn, New York, Delacorte was the founder of the Dell Publishing Company.

Following his dismissal from William Clayton’s SNAPPY STORIES MAGAZINE in 1920, Delacorte began his publishing company. His first periodical was I, CONFESS, a confession pulp modeled after Bernarr Macfadden’s TRUE STORY MAGAZINE. Debuting in early 1922, it has been called “the most prominent of the confession pulps.” It lasted for over 200 issues.

Seeking to duplicate the success of I CONFESS, Dell continued to issue love-themed confessional titles over the next three years: CUPID’S DIARY in 1923, MARRIAGE STORIES in 1924and SWEETHEART STORIES in 1925. WESTERN ROMANCES came a few years later, debuting in late 1929. Over half of Dell’s total pulp output was in the love and confessional field.

In 1926, Dell swung to the other side of the spectrum with WAR STORIES, the first of the “war pulps.” Featuring authors such as Larry Barretto, Robert Sidney Bowen, Harold F. Cruickshank, George Fielding Eliot, Steuart Emery, Arthur Guy Empey, Robert H. Leitfred, Ralph Oppenheim, Alexis Rossoff, and Raoul Whitfield, WAR STORIES demonstrated that tales about soldiers in battle could sell magazines.

Fawcett Publications was next to the trough when it launched BATTLE STORIES in the fall of 1927. Although Fiction House’s WINGS came next, it was a general aviation fiction magazine along the lines of AIR STORIES, the pulp that had introduced the air genre. In the spring of 1931, WINGS would gain a new subtitle: “Fighting Aces of War Skies.” Only then would it follow ACES — another Fiction House title, introduced in late 1928 — into the skies over the Western Front.

Dell copied itself in early 1928 with two new titles: WAR NOVELS and WAR BIRDS, the first magazine in the “air war pulps” field. It was soon joined by A. A. Wyn’s FLYING ACES — published by Ace — and the previously mentioned ACES. Street & Smith would join the fray with OVER THE TOP, while Harold Hersey came on board with UNDER FIRE MAGAZINE. The field became a bit more specialized in the early months of 1929 when Dell introduced NAVY STORIES, while Ramer issued ZEPPELIN STORIES. Later that same year, Dell began offering SUBMARINE STORIES. In the spring 0f 1930, Delacorte would debut the last of his war pulps, WAR ACES.

The new kids on the block — Popular Publications and Standard Magazines — would enter the battlefield in the early thirties. Popular’s BATTLE ACES — the forerunner of the hero pulp, G-8 AND HIS BATTLE ACES — was launched during the fall of 1930. It was followed by DARE-DEVIL ACES in early 1932 and BATTLE BIRDS at the end of the same year. The Thrilling Group took off in mid-1932 with SKY FIGHTERS. About a year later, it beat Popular to the first air war hero pulp when it debuted THE LONE EAGLE with its September 1933 issue.

Most of Dell’s war titles shut down during the early years of the Great Depression. Only WAR BIRDS lasted beyond 1932. Although one can blame the rise of fascism in Europe and the early glimpses of the coming war, their demise was largely due to the increasing success of Delacorte’s non-pulp titles — BALLYHOO, INSIDE DETECTIVE, MODERN ROMANCES, MODERN SCREEN, and SCREEN STORIES — and his puzzle and activity books such as DELL CROSSWORD PUZZLES. Delacorte was also experimenting with the new comics medium, publishing a tabloid called THE FUNNIES in 1929. In 1938, Dell formed a very successful partnership with Western Publishing to finance and distribute their comic books. “Best known for its licensed material, most notably the animated characters from Walt Disney Productions, Warner Bros., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and Walter Lantz Studio,” the Dell/Western partnership controlled about one-third of the total comic book market at its peak during the 1950s.

In early 1942, Dell and Western also launched a paperback line. Once again, Dell provided the financing and distribution and Western offered the paper and printing. Largely consisting of genre fiction — particularly mysteries — about 25 million Dell paperbacks were sold annually by the end of the forties. Its reprinting of PEYTON PLACE in September 1957, “put Dell on the map.” In 1963, Delacorte Press was created to assure a steady stream of material for Dell paperbacks. Robert B. Parker, Irwin Shaw, Danielle Steel, and Kurt Vonnegut were some of the authors who signed with the company.

In 1971, George Delacorte sold Dell Publishing to Doubleday and retired from publishing. He died in 1991 at the age of ninety-seven.

(George Delacorte, founder of the Dell Publishing Company, was the first to demonstrate that tales of soldiers and battle could sell magazines. His WAR STORIES — introduced in 1926 — was the first of the war pulps. The magazine used some of the pulp field’s leading writers for its fiction and some of its best artists — including Julius “Jules” Erbit, who painted the cover for the March 1, 1928 issue — for its cover art. PulpFest will explore the war pulps and the depiction of war in popular culture at this year’s convention.

Although never a major player in the pulp industry, Dell would become a leading force in publishing. Its humor, crime, and movie magazines, puzzle and activity books, and comic books and paperbacks — such as Philip Ketchum’s DEATH IN THE LIBRARY (Dell Book #1) with cover art by William Strohmer — would turn Dell into a powerhouse in publishing. In later years, it became the publisher of bestselling authors Robert B. Parker, Irwin Shaw, Danielle Steel, and Kurt Vonnegut, among others.)

 

Buying at PulpFest

Apr 20, 2018 by

Year after year, PulpFest is a paradise for the fan of pulp magazines, digests, vintage paperbacks, original artwork, and other collectibles. The collector will also find first edition hardcovers, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, series books, dime novels, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time-radio shows, Golden and Silver Age comic books, and more in our spacious dealers’ room, located at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just nineteen miles north of the exciting city of Pittsburgh.

In addition to our great dealers’ room, PulpFest 2018 will hold two live auctions. The convention will be offering pulps and other materials from the estates of Woody Hagadish and Larry Latham. We’ll have pulps and digests from such diverse genres as science fiction, adventure, sports, and the western field. Also included will be some rare premiums offered to pulp readers, over twenty Gnome Press, Shasta, and Avalon first edition hardcovers, rare science fiction paperbacks, British science fiction magazines, and more. The auctions will follow our programming on both Friday and Saturday nights.

For those who simply like to read pulp and genre fiction, you’ll find science-fiction hardcovers and paperbacks, mysteries, adventure fiction, and countless pulp reprints from publishers such as Adventure HouseAge of AcesAltus PressMeteor HouseSanctum Books, and Stark House Press. Fans of new pulp will have readings by their favorite authors on both Friday and Saturday, plus books for sale from Will Murray’s Adventures in BronzeAirship 27, Flinch Books, and other purveyors of today’s finest genre fiction.

Accommodating over 100 tables, our dealers’ room will be open to all comers from 10 AM to 4:45 PM on July 27 and 28, and from 9 AM until 2 PM on Sunday, July 29. However, buying and selling opportunities may be limited on Sunday as many of our dealers will be packing up for their return trip home.

Don’t forget about our early-bird hours on Thursday evening, July 26, from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. For an additional $30 over your regular membership fee, you’ll be able to purchase early-bird privileges for an extra three hours of shopping. Better still, if you stay at the DoubleTree, PulpFest is pleased to offer free early-bird privileges. That’s a very significant savings to reward loyal attendees who help us reduce the convention’s costs by staying at our host hotel!

You can book your room at the DoubleTree by clicking one of the Book a Room buttons on our home page. To learn more about registering for the convention, click one of the Register buttons on our home page. Remember, if you read or collect pulps, genre fiction, pulp reprints, books, vintage paperbacks, original artwork, golden-age or silver-age comic books, PulpFest is the place to be.

(Perhaps you’ll find an issue of Fawcett’s BATTLE STORIES at this year’s PulpFest. Perhaps it will be the July 1930 issue, featuring cover art by George Rozen.  Debuting with its September 1927 number, BATTLE STORIES was one of the leaders in its fiction category. It debuted about a year after Dell’s WAR STORIES, the first of the so-called “war pulps.”

We’ll be honoring the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War. The convention will focus on the war pulps of the early twentieth century and the depiction of war in popular culture. We’ll also be celebrating the centennial of the birth of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer. Our guest of honor will be award-winning author Joe Lansdale.

Start planning now to attend PulpFest and its celebration of mystery, adventure, science fiction, and more. Be sure to join PulpFest 2018 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry this summer. We’ll be there July 26 – 29, just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the “pop culture center of the universe.”

If you’d like a copy of our PulpFest 2018 newsletter — packed with information about the convention — you can download a copy by clicking here or by writing to Jack Cullers at 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305 or jack@pulpfest.com.)

90 Years of Frank Frazetta

Feb 5, 2018 by

Born in Brooklyn, New York on February 9, 1928, Frank Frazetta would turn ninety years old this week. Although he never worked in the pulp industry, Frazetta  — along with James Bama — drew many into the pulp community. Bama’s Doc Savage cover art and Frazetta’s paintings for Lancer’s Conan paperbacks and Ace Books’ Edgar Rice Burroughs line coaxed many hard-earned quarters from the pockets of youngsters growing up during the 1960s. Many of these then-young enthusiasts became pulp collectors, seeking the source material from whence the paperbacks were drawn.

As a child, Frazetta was enrolled in the Brooklyn Academy of Fine Arts. He studied under Michele Falanga. At the age of sixteen, the talented young artist began working in Bernard Baily’s comic book studio. Recognizing the youngster’s skill, Graham Ingels helped Frazetta find work with Standard Comics. Before long, Frazetta was working in a wide range of genres including fantasy, funny animal, mystery, romance, superhero, war, and western comics. His work was featured in the comic book lines of Avon, Dell, EC, National Comics, and other publishers.

During the 1950s, Frank Frazetta began working with Al Capp on his Li’l Abner comic strip. He also helped Dan Barry with the Flash Gordon daily strip and produced his own comic strip — Johnny Comet — during this period. Eventually, the artist would join Harvey Kurtzman on the Little Annie Fanny strip, produced for PLAYBOY.

In late 1963, Roy Krenkel asked Frazetta to help him paint covers and provide interior illustrations for Ace’s line of Edgar Rice Burroughs books. Between 1963 and 1965, Frazetta produced twenty-five covers and twenty-two interiors for Ace. Soon thereafter, the first of Frazetta’s Conan paintings appeared: CONAN THE ADVENTURER was released by Lancer Books in 1966. The book’s sales assured the artist’s success. He was soon working for Ballantine Books, Dell, Fawcett, Midwood, Paperback Library, Signet, Warner, and many other paperback publishers.

This period additionally featured Frazetta’s spectacular cover work for Warren Publishing’s CREEPY, EERIE, BLAZING COMBAT, and VAMPIRELLA. The artist also began painting movie posters, beginning with WHAT’S NEW PUSSYCAT?, released by United Artists in 1965. His paintings have also been used as covers for record albums, book jackets, calendars, and more.

On May 10, 2010, Frank Frazetta suffered a stroke and died. His bold and inventive work — the artist stated that he read none of the stories that he illustrated, creating his paintings as he saw fit — will long be lauded by the pulp community and those who appreciate illustrative and commercial art.

(The third edition of Ace Books’ THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT was published in March 1973. Featuring cover art by Frank Frazetta, the painting was originally used as the cover art for the 1964 and 1969 editions of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ BEYOND THE FARTHEST STAR. 

Burroughs novel — the first of three works set on the lost continent of Caprona — takes place during World War I.  From July 26 through July 29, PulpFest 2018 will be honoring the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended The First World War. We’ll be at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City.” BURROUGHS BULLETIN editor Henry G. Franke, III will discuss THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT and other works in “Edgar Rice Burroughs and The Great War.” Additional programming on war in popular culture is also planned for the convention.

You can join PulpFest 2018 and FarmerCon 100 by clicking the Register for 2018 button on the PulpFest home page. And don’t forget to book a room at the DoubleTree while you’re visiting the PulpFest site. They’re going fast!)

Shopping for Collectibles at PulpFest 2017

Jun 7, 2017 by

Year after year, PulpFest is a paradise for the fan of pulp magazines, digests, vintage paperbacks, original artwork, and other collectibles. The collector will also find first edition hardcovers, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, series books, dime novels, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time-radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age comic books in our spacious dealers’ room, located at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just nineteen miles north of the exciting city of Pittsburgh.

For those who simply like to read pulp and genre fiction, you’ll find science-fiction hardcovers and paperbacks, mysteries, adventure fiction, and countless pulp reprints from publishers such as Adventure HouseAge of AcesAltus Press, Meteor House, Sanctum Books, and Stark House Press. Fans of new pulp will have readings by their favorite authors on both Friday and Saturday as well as a panel moderated by Ron Fortier, plus books for sale from Will Murray’s Adventures in BronzeAirship 27, and other purveyors of today’s pulp fiction.

Accommodating over 100 tables, our dealers’ room will be open to all comers from 10 AM to about 4:45 PM on July 28 and 29, and from 9 AM until 2 PM on Sunday, July 30 (although buying and selling opportunities may be limited on our final day as many of our dealers will be packing up for their return trip home). And don’t forget about our early-bird hours on Thursday evening, July 27, from 6 PM to 9 PM. For an additional $30 over your regular membership fee, you’ll be able to purchase early-bird privileges for an extra three hours of shopping. Better still, to reward loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s substantial costs by staying at our host hotel, PulpFest is pleased to offer free early-bird privileges. That’s a very significant savings!

You can book your room at the DoubleTree by clicking one of the Book a Room buttons on our home page. To learn about registering for the convention, click the Register for 2017 button below our home page banner. Remember, if you read or collect pulps, pulp reprints, books, vintage paperbacks, original artwork, golden-age or silver-age comic books, PulpFest is the place to be.

(Perhaps you’ll find one of the early issues of Popular Publications’ DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE — such as the July 1932 issue, featuring cover artwork by William Reusswig — at this year’s PulpFest. Debuting with its November 1931 number, DIME DETECTIVE was one of the leaders in its fiction category and helped to turn Popular into a powerhouse of the pulp magazine industry.

We’ll be celebrating the “hardboiled dicks, dangerous dames, and a few psychos” of the pulps at this year’s convention. Start planning now to attend PulpFest 2017 and its celebration of pulp fiction and pulp art. Join us July 27 – 30, just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the “pop culture center of the universe” in the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry for PulpFest 2017.)

Shopping for Collectibles at PulpFest 2016

May 16, 2016 by

Detective Story 1915-10-05Year after year, PulpFest is a paradise for the fan of pulp magazines, digests, vintage paperbacks, and other collectibles. The collector will also find first edition hardcovers, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, series books, dime novels, original artwork, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time-radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age comic books in our spacious dealers’ room, located in the Battelle South exhibition hall on the third floor of the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

For those who simply like to read pulp and genre fiction, you’ll find science-fiction hardcovers and paperbacks, mysteries, adventure fiction, and countless pulp reprints from publishers such as Adventure HouseAge of AcesAltus Press, Meteor House, Sanctum Books, and Stark House Press. Fans of new pulp will have readings by their favorite authors on both Friday and Saturday as well as a panel moderated by Ron Fortier, plus books for sale from Will Murray’s Adventures in BronzeAirship 27, and other purveyors of today’s pulp fiction. We’ll also have pulp-related gaming supplies.

Accommodating over 100 tables, our dealers’ room will be open to all comers from 10 AM to about 4:45 PM on July 22 and 23, and until 2 PM on Sunday, July 24 (although buying and selling opportunities may be limited on our final day as many of our dealers will be packing up for their return trip home). And don’t forget about our early-bird hours on Thursday evening, July 21, from 6 PM to 9 PM. For an additional $25-30 over your regular membership fee, you’ll be able to purchase early-bird privileges for an extra three hours of shopping. Better still, to reward loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s substantial costs by staying three nights at our host hotel, PulpFest is pleased to offer free early-bird privileges. That’s a very significant savings! Plus, if you prepay your membership and attend our annual business meeting on Saturday evening, you might win a free membership to next year’s PulpFest!

You can book your room at the Hyatt Regency Columbus by clicking one of the Book a Room buttons on our home page and learn about registering for the convention by clicking the Register for 2016 button below our home page banner. Remember, “If you read or collect pulps, pulp reprints, books, vintage paperbacks, original artwork, golden-age or silver-age comic books .  .  .  PulpFest is the place to be.”

(Perhaps you’ll find the first issue of DETECTIVE STORY MAGAZINE — dated October 5, 1915 and featuring cover artwork by John A. Coughlin — at this year’s PulpFest. You won’t find out unless you attend. We’ll be celebrating the specialty pulp magazine — DETECTIVE STORY was the first — at this year’s convention. Later specialty pulps included LOVE STORY, SPORTS STORY, and WESTERN STORY MAGAZINE. We hope to see you in beautiful, downtown Columbus, Ohio from July 21 to 24 at the pop culture center of the universe — Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con!”)

Sell Your Stuff at PulpFest 2015

Jul 17, 2015 by

Newsstand2015With less than one month remaining before the 2015 PulpFest begins, convention chairman Jack Cullers reports that most available exhibit space has already been booked, and that dealers who have not yet registered for the convention should reserve their tables immediately lest they risk being shut out.

Although our huckster room at the Hyatt is quite spacious – almost 16,000 square feet – given the many dealers who have found PulpFest to be a great venue to sell their wares, the space fills up fast. This is especially true with our generous offer for dealers who stay at the Hyatt Regency Columbus during the convention. They receive one free table for every two that they rent. So our remaining space is shrinking fast. Wall tables are already completely gone. As of this writing we can still accommodate more exhibitors, but the time to book is now!

Island tables are priced at $70. Wall tables and placement within the dealers’ room will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. All dealers will also be required to purchase regular three-day memberships for themselves and for any helpers accompanying them to PulpFest.

Although the focus of PulpFest 2015 will be pulp magazines and related materials, vintage paperbacks, digests, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, first edition hardcovers, science-fiction, detective, western, and other genre books and magazines, series books, dime novels, original art, Big Little Books, B-movies and serials and related collectibles, old-time-radio shows, Golden and Silver Age comic books, and pulp-related games and comic books can also be sold.

Most of the people who attend PulpFest are vintage pop culture enthusiasts. So it’s a great place to sell science-fiction books, mystery and detective fiction, adventure or western fiction, original artwork, and more. And it doesn’t have to be old! Publishers such as Adventures in Bronze, Age of Aces, and Murania Press do well selling their pulp reprints and related materials. So do resellers such as Mike Chomko, Books and Martin Grams. Authors and new pulp publishers such as Dick Enos, and Airship 27 have found PulpFest to be a great event to market today’s pulp fiction.

The main themes of PulpFest 2015 are the 125th anniversary of the birth of H. P. LovecraftWEIRD TALES, and Standard Magazines, also known as the “Thrilling Group.” Sales should be hopping in those categories!

Dealers interested in selling at PulpFest 2015 should get in touch with Jack Cullers as soon as possible. You can reach him via email by writing to jack@pulpfest.com or by regular mail at 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305. Please visit our registration page and download a copy of our PulpFest 2015 Dealer Newsletter & Registration Form and, if you like, use our Paypal Order page to reserve your table space today! Please remember to ask for your free table if you will be staying at the Hyatt Regency Columbus and will be renting two or more tables.

If you have not yet booked your room for PulpFest 2015, our host hotel is completely full. However, there are still some rooms available at nearby hotels. Please visit www.pulpfest.com/2015/06/16872/ and you’ll find a link to a list of hotels to choose from. If you are not from the Columbus area and want to sell at PulpFest 2015, we urge to book your room now and not later. Rooms that are relatively close to PulpFest are disappearing fast during the time frame of our convention.

(Like this year’s PulpFest, this 1939 newsstand in Taylor, Texas is bulging with pulps published by the Thrilling Group. We count fifteen different Standard Magazine titles in the rack. The photograph is by Russell Lee and was reproduced on August 4, 2014 on Shorpy.com, a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s.

For more vintage photos of newsstands, please visit Bill Lampkin’s ThePulp.Net at http://www.thepulp.net/pulp-info/pulp-history/pulp-photos/ where you’ll find over one-hundred newsstand photographs.)

Shopping for Collectibles at PulpFest 2015

Apr 28, 2015 by

Thrilling Comics 1939-1Year after year, PulpFest is a paradise for the fan of pulp magazines, digests, vintage paperbacks, and other collectibles. The collector will also find first edition hardcovers, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, series books, dime novels, original artwork, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time-radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age comic books in our 15,800 square-foot dealers’ room.

For those who simply like to read pulp and genre fiction, you’ll find science-fiction hardcovers and paperbacks, mysteries, adventure fiction, and countless pulp reprints from publishers such as Adventure House, Age of AcesAltus Press, Meteor House, Sanctum Books, and Stark House Press. Fans of new pulp will have readings by their favorite authors on both Friday and Saturday as well as a panel moderated by Ron Fortier, plus books for sale from Will Murray’s Adventures in BronzeAirship 27, and other purveyors of today’s pulp fiction. We’ll also have pulp-related gaming supplies.

Accommodating over 100 tables, our dealers’ room will be open to all comers from 10 AM to about 4:30 PM on August 14th and 15th and until 2 PM on Sunday, August 16th (although buying and selling opportunities may be limited on our final day as many of our dealers will be packing up for their return trip home).

And don’t forget about our early-bird hours on Thursday evening, August 13th, from 6 PM to 10 PM. For an additional $25-30 over your regular membership fee, you’ll be able to purchase early-bird privileges for an extra four hours of shopping. Better still, to reward loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s substantial costs by staying three nights at our host hotel, PulpFest is pleased to offer free early-bird privileges. That’s a very significant savings! Plus, if you a prepay your membership and attend our annual business meeting on Saturday evening, you might win a refund of your full membership fee! You can book your room at the Hyatt Regency Columbus by clicking here and learn about registering for the convention by clicking here.

Remember, “If you read or collect pulps, pulp reprints, books, vintage paperbacks, original artwork, golden-age or silver-age comic books .  .  .  PulpFest is the place to be.”

(Perhaps you’ll find the first issue of THRILLING COMICS, dated February 1940 and featuring cover artwork by Alexander Kostuk, at this year’s PulpFest. You won’t find out unless you attend. We hope to see you in beautiful, downtown Columbus, Ohio from August 13th to August 16th at the pop culture center of the universe!”