Get a Copy of THE PULPSTER #29

Aug 10, 2020 by

THE PULPSTER #29As Bill Lampkin — editor of THE PULPSTER — recently wrote: “While 2020 may be looking like the “Year Without Pulp Conventions,” we have something for you to look forward to — this year’s number of THE PULPSTER.”

The annual magazine for PulpFest will soon be available, despite the convention having been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Copies of THE PULPSTER #29 will be available for purchase through Mike Chomko, Books, one of the leading purveyors of pulp-related publications in the field.

This year’s Pulpster won’t be a regular edition. While not as thick as a Ziff-Davis AMAZING STORIES QUARTERLY, THE PULPSTER #29 will be almost twice as large as last year’s edition. Weighing in at 84 pages, plus covers, think of the forthcoming issue as THE PULPSTER ANNUAL . . . or PulpFest without the trip to Pittsburgh.

Like our canceled convention, the dual centennials of Ray Bradbury’s birth and the debut of BLACK MASK magazine are the focus of THE PULPSTER #29. To learn more about what’s inside the issue, read “Highlights from THE PULPSTER” on our homepage. Or click right here.

Copies of THE PULPSTER #29  will be available for shipping by early September. The cost of the new issue will be $15, plus postage. It will be mailed in a sturdy cardboard envelope. First-class postage should cost between $4 – 5 within the United States. Buyers from outside the United States should inquire about shipping charges, prior to placing an order.

If you’re interested in reserving your copy of THE PULPSTER #29, please contact Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com or 2217 W. Fairview St., Allentown, PA 18104-6542. The magazine will also be available through Bud’s Art Books, Adventure House, and other purveyors of fine, pulp-related publications.

Please note that if you had registered for PulpFest 2020, you will not be receiving a complimentary copy of THE PULPSTER #29. This special issue of the convention’s award-winning programming book will only be available for purchase.

If you are looking for back issues, only four lightly bumped copies of THE PULPSTER #28 remain available. The per-copy cost is $10, postage paid within the United States. Buyers from outside the United States should inquire about shipping charges, prior to placing an order. All other issues of THE PULPSTER are out of print. Please order your copy of the remaining back number through Mike Chomko, Books before it sells out!

To learn more about THE PULPSTER, visit thepulpster.com. For questions about submissions to THE PULPSTER, write to Bill Lampkin at bill@pulpfest.com. For questions about advertising in THE PULPSTER, write to Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.

(The cover art for THE PULPSTER #29 was originally painted by Frank Kelly Freas’ artwork to illustrate Leigh Brackett’s and Ray Bradbury’s “Lorelei of the Red Mist,” for the Fall 1953 issue of TOPS IN SCIENCE FICTION, originally published by Fiction House.

For those who had already registered for PulpFest 2020, the convention will be more than happy to refund your registration fee. However, if you’d like to attend PulpFest 2021, the convention will honor your 2020 registration for next year’s convention at no additional cost to you. These offers apply to both regular attendees and dealers. Please write to the convention’s chairman, Jack Cullers, at jack@pulpfest.com or by regular mail at 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305 with any questions or concerns. 

PulpFest 2021 will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Mars, Pennsylvania from August 18 – 21, 2021.)

 

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Highlights from THE PULPSTER

Jul 27, 2020 by

THE PULPSTER #29While 2020 may be looking like the “Year Without Pulp Conventions,” we have something for you to look forward to — this year’s number of THE PULPSTER.

Yes, the annual magazine for PulpFest will be available soon despite PulpFest being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It won’t be a regular edition. Think of it as THE PULPSTER ANNUAL. While not Sears Roebuck catalog thick like an AMAZING STORIES ANNUAL, number 29 of THE PULPSTER will be almost twice as large as last year’s edition, coming in at 84 pages plus covers.

And a lot of great content will be filling those pages!

THE PULPSTER has two major themes this year: the 100th anniversary of the birth of author Ray Bradbury, and the 100th anniversary of the debut of BLACK MASK.

Garyn G. Roberts heads up the section on Ray Bradbury with three pieces: a general look at the life of the writer, an essay on Bradbury his friend, and a look at Bradbury’s contributions to the Popular Publication detective pulps. Samuel James Maronie offers a fan’s reflection on meeting Bradbury at a 1996 convention.

Next, we shift from Bradbury himself to the author’s Martian legacy. Leading off, Michael Chomko writes about the influences that led Bradbury to create his singular vision of the Red Planet in THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES. Then, Sara Light-Waller looks at the depiction of Mars through the pulp years. Henry G. Franke III writes about “Bradbury, Burroughs, and Mars,” and how Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Barsoom inspired a young Bradbury. Wrapping up, Albert Wendland discusses how the exploration of Mars by orbiters and rovers has changed the way the planet is portrayed in science fiction.

The second feature section — celebrating BLACK MASK — kicks off with an excerpt from Milton Shaw’s book, JOSEPH T. SHAW: THE MAN BEHIND “BLACK MASK.” Milton Shaw looks at the beginnings of BLACK MASK, and what his father, “Cap” Shaw, accomplished during his 10 years at the pulp magazine’s influential editor.

Will Murray looks at the BLACK MASK writers who “left too many tales untold.” Next, John Wooley looks at Kenneth White, who took over the editor’s fedora at BLACK MASK during the 1940s. Christopher Ryan tells of the surprising response from high school seniors in his lit class to reading a BLACK MASK story, William Cole’s “Waiting for Rusty.” Then Craig McDonald explores the possibility that there may have been an actual killer in the pages of BLACK MASK. And wrapping up the BLACK MASK section, Brooks E. Hefner, co-director of the Circulating American Magazine project, looks at the pulp’s circulation from 1925 – 1940.

If that weren’t enough, we have several other articles in store for readers.

Darrell Schweitzer treats us to a discussion he had with science-fiction authors and couple Leigh Brackett and Edmond Hamilton in 1977, shortly before Hamilton’s death. Stuart Hopen takes a deeper look at Philip Wylie, whose works inspired both the Man of Bronze and the Man of Steel — Doc Savage and Superman — and other fictional heroes.

Tony Davis celebrates the brief reign of Canada’s “King of the Pulp Writers,” Thomas P. Kelley. And Martin Grams Jr. traces the history of “Renfrew of the Mounties.” We also take a look at folk-rocker Bob Dylan’s use of pulp magazine images, written by yours truly.

Robert Deis writes about model and actress Eva Lynd, who was featured in numerous men’s adventure magazine covers and illustrations during the 1960s. Eva was to be the guest of honor at PulpFest 2020 and hopes to attend next year.

Rounding out the magazine is our “Final Chapters” department, celebrating the lives of those in the pulp community that we’ve recently lost.

We hope to have THE PULPSTER to the printer by mid-August, so copies should be available for purchase through Mike Chomko, Books, Bud’s Art Books, and other purveyors by September. (The price is to be determined.) If you’re interested in reserving your copy now, please contact Mike at mike@pulpfest.com.

(The cover of THE PULPSTER #29 features Frank Kelly Freas’ artwork for “Lorelei of the Red Mist,” from the Fall 1953 issue of TOPS IN SCIENCE FICTION, originally published by Fiction House.)

Thanks for Helping with PulpFest 2020

Jul 20, 2020 by

Year after year, there are countless individuals and organizations that help to make PulpFest such a great show. Although this year’s PulpFest has been postponed until August 18 – 21, 2021, the PulpFest organizing committee is very grateful to the following for their generous assistance over the last year:

Jim Beard, Steve Ericson of Books from the Crypt, Martin Grams and the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention, Jeff Harper, Tom Lesser and the Los Angeles Vintage Paperback Collectors Show, Sara Light-Waller, Todd McDevitt and New Dimension Comics, Heidi Ruby Miller, Curt Phillips, and the conventions, websites, magazines, and other media outlets that helped to promote our show by distributing and displaying our advertising materials. We should also mention Christopher Bowser of Geek’s Guide to Pittsburgh and Mike Robertson of VisitPittsburgh.

Our website sponsors, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., For the Love of All Things Edgar Rice Burroughs, and SmartWritingService.com.

Although they were not able to offer their presentations at PulpFest 2020, our presenters worked with PulpFest Programming Director Mike Chomko throughout 2019 and 2020 to assemble a great programming schedule. These volunteers included Matt Betts, John Bruening, Christopher Paul Carey, Wayne Carey, Bob Deis, Wyatt Doyle, Win Scott Eckert, Doug Ellis, FarmerCon, Henry Franke of The Burroughs Bibliophiles, Martin Grams, Geary Gravel, John Gunnison, Ed Hulse, Sara Light-Waller, Craig McDonald, Walker Martin, William Patrick Maynard, Will Murray, Daniel Ritter, David Ritter, Garyn Roberts, Frank Schildiner, Don Simpson, Joab Stieglitz, Albert Wendland, Cathy Willibanks of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., John Wooley and our very special guest of honor, Eva Lynd. Many of our planned 2020 presenters will be contributing to this year’s expanded PulpFest program book, THE PULPSTER #29.

Mike Chomko and Barry Traylor devoted many hours assembling, cataloging, and photographing this year’s auction material. They’ll be at it in the months ahead, adding more auction lots to our 2021 estate auction, scheduled for Saturday morning, August 21, 2021.

PulpFest Advertising Director Bill Lampkin logged countless hours putting together our postcards, web images, newsletter, print advertisements, and new and improved convention banners, not to mention managing the PulpFest homepage. Mike Chomko, Sara Light-Waller, William Patrick Maynard, and a number of guest writers contributed a great deal of interesting content to our homepage.

Jack and Sally Cullers devoted a great deal of time and energy to registrations, newsletter mailing, and many other tasks completed behind the scenes.

Kate Knecht, the Director of Sales & Marketing for the DoubleTree by Hilton – Pittsburgh Cranberry was very helpful throughout the year, taking care of the hotel’s reservation page and helping with the difficult decision to cancel this year’s convention.

The various people who put forward the names of the fourteen individuals who have been nominated for the 2020 Munsey Award and the previous winners of the Lamont Award, Munsey Award, and Rusty Hevelin Service Award who elected the winner of this year’s award. We will be announcing our 2020 Munsey Award winner on Monday morning, August 3, on the PulpFest homepage. So please stay tuned.

Those individuals and organizations who are helping to create the forthcoming PulpFest 2020 program book, THE PULPSTER #29: editor Bill Lampkin, assistant editor Peter Chomko, publisher Mike Chomko, Schuerholz Printing, and contributors Delinda Stephens Buie, Tony Davis, Bob Deis, Wyatt Doyle, Henry Franke, Martin Grams, Brooks E. Hefner, Stuart Hopen, Don Hutchison, Sara Light-Waller, John Locke, Sam Maronie, Craig McDonald, Will Murray, Garyn Roberts, Christopher Ryan, Darrell Schweitzer, Michael Christian Shaw for the excerpt from Milton Shaw’s book, JOSEPH T. SHAW: THE MAN BEHIND BLACK MASK, David Walker, Albert Wendland, and John Wooley. Also, the magazine’s advertisers – The Burroughs Bibliophiles, Camille Cazedessus, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., Fantasy Illustrated, First Fandom Experience, Heartwood Books, Larque Press, Lucina Press, Meteor House Press, Mike Chomko Books, Murania Press, Garyn Roberts, Don Simpson, New Texture, the Pulp Era Amateur Press Society, the Pulp Factory Awards, ThePulp.Net, Recoverings, Stark House Press, Titan Books, Scott P. ‘Doc’ Vaughn, Well-Stacked Books, and the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention.

Finally, the dealers, members, and supporting members who registered for PulpFest 2020. It is your encouragement and support that truly makes our convention what it is. We hope to see all of you next year — along with a good many newcomers — for PulpFest 2021.

If we’ve neglected anyone, please accept our apology and our gratitude. Write to mike@pulpfest.com and we will correct the oversight.

Your PulpFest organizing committee — Mike Chomko, Jack Cullers, Sally Cullers, Bill Lampkin, William Patrick Maynard, and Barry Traylor

(Designed by PulpFest’s artistic director, William Lampkin, our PulpFest 2020 postcard image features the work of artist Norman Saunders. His painting was originally used as the cover art for the March 1950 SUPER SCIENCE STORIES, published by Popular Publications subsidiary, Fictioneers, Inc. The issue featured Ray Bradbury’s short story “Outcast of the Stars.”

You’ll be able to learn more about Ray Bradbury by purchasing a copy of THE PULPSTER #29, our annual program book. We’ll have more details about our forthcoming issue in the weeks ahead. So please stay tuned to www.pulpfest.com.)

Advertise in THE PULPSTER

Jun 8, 2020 by

THE PULPSTER #29Although the 2020 PulpFest has been postponed until August 19 – 22 in 2021, that doesn’t mean that you’ll have to go without our award-winning program book. For almost thirty years, a complimentary copy of THE PULPSTER has been presented annually to all PulpFest members. We’re not going to mess with that kind of record!

Currently, editor Bill Lampkin and publisher Mike Chomko are assembling an expanded issue of this pulp-packed publication. Our 2020 program book will be about thirty pages longer than the normal issue. The 29th number of THE PULPSTER will focus on the life and work of that “magician of words,” Ray Bradbury, and the legendary BLACK MASK — the pulp magazine where the hardboiled detective story first took root. There will also be articles on various authors, tributes to recently departed pulp scholars, a look at Eva Lynd, the talented actress and artist’s model, and even a piece on Bob Dylan and the pulps.

In past years, THE PULPSTER has been given away to PulpFest attendees as part of their registration packet. Without a 2020 convention, THE PULPSTER #29  will be sold through independent bookstores, including Mike Chomko, Books and Bud’s Art Books. PulpFest is also reaching out to additional booksellers interested in carrying the magazine. Generally, each issue of the convention’s program book has a circulation of approximately 450 – 500 copies. Currently, we don’t have a price for the expanded issue.

Our special 2020 PULPSTER will serve as a fundraiser for PulpFest‘s future promotional activities. Your support for our special number will be very much appreciated.

Be a part of PulpFest by placing an advertisement in this year’s issue of THE PULPSTER. The magazine’s advertising rates are very reasonable: inside color full-page – $100; inside black-and-white full-page – $80; color half-page – $80; black-and-white half-page – $50; black-and-white quarter-page – $30. Please note that all of the cover spaces have already been reserved.

Please write to Mike Chomko, publisher of THE PULPSTER, at mike@pulpfest.com to reserve a space in our program book. All spaces are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, with payment expected upon placing your order. You must reserve your advertising space by Sunday, July 5.

The deadline for receipt of your advertising copy is Saturday, August 1, 2020. Mike Chomko will provide technical specifications when you reserve your space.

PulpFest sponsorships for 2021 are also available. You can sponsor the convention’s badges, our welcome banner, the PulpFest hospitality suite, and more. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities at PulpFest, please contact the convention’s marketing and programming director Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.

(The cover art for this mock-up of THE PULPSTER #29 was originally painted by Margaret Brundage for the October 1933 WEIRD TALES. Please note that it is not our final cover for the 2020 issue of THE PULPSTER.

A few copies of THE PULPSTER #27 and 28 are still 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 mike@pulpfest.com.

Back issues may also available through Bud Plant.)

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Advertise in THE PULPSTER

Apr 15, 2020 by

THE PULPSTER #29One of the many highlights of PulpFest is the convention’s program book, THE PULPSTER. For almost thirty years, a complimentary copy of this pulp-packed publication has been given annually to all PulpFest members.

Although THE PULPSTER reflects the themes of each year’s PulpFest, it’s pretty much open to all things pulp. So you’ll find articles on magazines, authors and artists, collecting, how contemporary creators are still inspired by the pulps, and much more. THE PULPSTER reaches a serious core of pop culture collectors and enthusiasts. Each issue of the convention’s program book has a circulation of 450 – 500 copies.

Be a part of PulpFest 2020 by placing an advertisement in this year’s issue of THE PULPSTER. The magazine’s advertising rates are very reasonable: color back cover – $250; inside front color cover – $150; inside back color cover – $125; inside color full page – $100; inside black-and-white full page – $80; color half-page – $80; black-and-white half-page – $50; black-and-white quarter page – $30.

Please write to PulpFest marketing director Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com to reserve your space in THE PULPSTER. You have until June 15 to buy an ad. All spaces are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, with payment expected upon placing your order. Please be aware that our cover spaces sell almost immediately.

Another way to advertise at PulpFest is to donate material to be provided free to our members or to serve as door prizes. Over the years Chaosium, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION, Radio Archives, Stark House Press, and other organizations have donated a variety of materials that have been given away free of charge to PulpFest attendees. Your donation will be acknowledged on our website and at the convention. To make a donation, please contact Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.

Sponsorships are also available. You can sponsor the convention’s badges, our welcome banner, the PulpFest hospitality suite and more. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities at PulpFest, please contact the convention’s marketing and programming director Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.

(The cover art for this mock-up of THE PULPSTER #29 was originally painted by Margaret Brundage for the October 1933 WEIRD TALES.

A few copies of THE PULPSTER #27 and 28 are still 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 mike@pulpfest.com.

Back issues are also available through Bud Plant.)

THE PULPSTER Wants You in 2020!

Feb 17, 2020 by

THE PULPSTER #29One of the highlights of PulpFest for almost 30 years is the latest issue of THE PULPSTER. This pulp-packed publication is available annually to all PulpFest members.

THE PULPSTER reflects the themes of each year’s PulpFest. So this year, we’re considering articles on BLACK MASK magazine, artist Margaret Brundage, fictioneers Edgar Rice Burroughs and Leigh Brackett, and author L. Frank Baum. (Oh, and Ray Bradbury, but we’re already booked for articles on him.)

But in addition to the PulpFest themes, THE PULPSTER also celebrates all things pulp. So we’re open to proposed articles on other pulp topics, from the magazines, the authors and artists, and collecting.

THE PULPSTER reaches a serious core of pulp magazine and popular culture collectors attending PulpFest. So if you’re interested in marketing to these collectors, we have a range of ad sizes, both black-and-white and color, available.

If you have a proposal for an article, please contact editor Bill Lampkin. Articles and artwork must be submitted by the end of April. Bill can be reached at bill@thepulpster.com.

For advertising, please contact PulpFest marketing and programming director and THE PULPSTER publisher Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.

Mike also has a very limited number of back issues of THE PULPSTER available. Drop him a line if interested.

(The cover art for this mock-up of THE PULPSTER #29 was originally painted by Margaret Brundage for the October 1933 WEIRD TALES.)

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Contribute to THE PULPSTER

Nov 18, 2019 by

The PulpsterEven though the next issue of THE PULPSTER won’t be released until PulpFest 2020, we’re already starting work on it.

Top on the to-do list is filling out the lineup for the issue, and that means turning to you for those for articles.

The theme of next year’s PulpFest is “Bradbury, BLACK MASK, and Brundage.” We’re always happy to have articles related to that theme, but we don’t limit contributions to the convention’s theme. We like to have a variety of articles in each issue, articles related to the men and women who wrote, illustrated, edited, and published the pulps, and to the pulp collecting hobby itself.

There are two routes you can take to help us out:

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

• Or, do 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.

'The Pulpster' #28 (2019)You can drop editor Bill Lampkin an email at bill@pulpfest.com. The sooner he hears from you, the better. He has to plan space for articles and start collecting artwork and illustrations.

If you’d like to advertise in THE PULPSTER, please write to PulpFest marketing and programming director (and THE PULPSTER‘s publisher) Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com. Mike can provide pricing and print specifications.

There are limited quantities of issues #27 (2018) and #28 (2019) remaining in stock at Mike Chomko, Books. Visit his website for details.

If you missed out getting your copy of THE PULPSTER this year, don’t delay. Register for PulpFest 2020 to ensure you get a copy of next year’s issue. (If you can’t attend PulpFest, consider registering as a supporting member, and your free copy of the issue will be mailed following the convention.)

(The cover art for THE PULPSTER #28 was painted by Rudolph Belarski  for the September 1939 BLACK BOOK DETECTIVE, published by Ned Pines’ Standard Magazines.)

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Get Your Copy of THE PULPSTER

Sep 16, 2019 by

'The Pulpster' #28 (2019)Copies of THE PULPSTER #28 — the annual PulpFest program book — are available for purchase through Mike Chomko, Books, one of the leading purveyors of pulp-related publications in the field.

Echoing the “Children of the Pulps” portion of our PulpFest 2019 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: ROMANCE and THE THRILL BOOK. Doug Ellis writes about how ROMANCE struggled for a year with its name and its place in the adventure field, while Richard Bleiler looks at the ambitious oddity that was THE THRILL BOOK.

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.

If you’d like to order a copy of THE PULPSTER #28, please write to Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com or 2217 W. Fairview St., Allentown, PA 18104-6542. The cost of the issue is $13, postage paid in the United States. Buyers from outside the United States should inquire about shipping charges, prior to placing an order.

Back issues of THE PULPSTER are also available through Mike Chomko, BooksA limited number of copies of THE PULPSTER #26 and 27 are available. The cost of each is $13, postage paid. Reduced postage is available on orders for multiple books. These prices are good only in the United States. Buyers from outside the United States should inquire about shipping charges, prior to placing an order. All other issues of THE PULPSTER are out of print.

Please note that all issues of THE PULPSTER — included this year’s number — are in very short supply. Order your copies before they are gone!

Mike will accept payments made via check or money order or through Paypal. Please write to him at mike@pulpfest.com or 2217 W. Fairview Street, Allentown, PA 18104-6542 for further instructions.

To learn more about THE PULPSTER, please visit thepulpster.com. For questions about submissions to THE PULPSTER, please write to Bill Lampkin at bill@pulpfest.com. For questions about advertising in THE PULPSTER, please write to Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.

(The cover art for THE PULPSTER #28 was originally painted by Rudolph Belarski  for the September 1939 BLACK BOOK DETECTIVE, published by Ned Pines’ Standard Magazines.)

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PulpFest Primer

Aug 13, 2019 by

PulpFest 2019 will begin on Thursday, August 15, at 3 PM, as our dealers begin to set up their displays for summertime’s pulp con! From 3 PM to 10 PM on Thursday, the dealers’ room will be open for exhibitors to set up their displays. It will also be open for set-up on Friday, August 16, from 9 – 10 AM.

At this point, we urge all of our dealers to take full advantage of our generous load-in and set-up period on Thursday. Access to the dealers’ room for unloading will be through the ballroom back entrance and the nearby banquet dock. Click here for a map showing the loading area of the hotel and here for a map of the Grand Ballroom at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry.

If you need additional help getting to the hotel and/or the loading area, please call or text Jack Cullers at 937.671.1574.

Although the focus of PulpFest is pulp magazines and related materials, digests, vintage paperbacks, contemporary genre fiction and pulp reprints, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, first-edition hardcovers, series books, dime novels, original art, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time-radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age as well as pulp-related comic books and games are also allowed.

Advance registrations to PulpFest 2019 are no longer available. Our Paypal page was shut down at 10 PM on Monday, April 12.

For those who have preregistered, you will be able to pick up your membership material at our registration desk outside the entrance to our dealers’ room at the DoubleTree. To find our registration desk, please look for our “Welcome” banner, sponsored by Meteor House.

For those of you who have not yet registered for PulpFest 2019, you will be able to do so at the door. All members — including dealers — will be able to register for the convention from 4 to 8 PM on Thursday, August 15. Registration will take place at the entrance to our dealers’ room at the DoubleTree.

For the remainder of the convention, you will be able to register at the entrance as you are approaching the dealers’ room. Just stop at the registration desk during our dealers’ room hours. You’ll find our hours by clicking the Programming button on our home page. Or click here to link to our 2019 mobile schedule.

You will be able to pay for your registration at the door using cash, check, or credit card.

To help our registration proceed smoothly, please bring along a completed registration form. You can download a copy by clicking here or through the link found on our registration page.

A full weekend membership to PulpFest 2019 will cost $40 at the door. Daily memberships for Friday or Saturday will also be available for $20 per day. A Sunday single day membership will cost $10 to pay for our program book. There will be no single-day memberships available for Thursday. Children who are fifteen and younger and accompanied by a parent, will be admitted free of charge. However, they still must be registered for the convention.

There will also be early-bird shopping in the dealers’ room from 4 to 8 PM on Thursday, August 15. It’s free for loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s costs by staying at the DoubleTree. The cost is $70 for those who stay elsewhere. This includes a full weekend membership to PulpFest 2019.

PulpFest 2019 will focus on the many ways pulp fiction and pulp art have inspired and continue to inspire creators. We’re calling this year’s theme “Children of the Pulps and Other Stories,” an examination of the pervasive influence of pulp magazines on contemporary pop culture.

There will be programming during the evening hours on Thursday, August 15, beginning at 8:15 PM and running until after midnight. There will also be programming during the evening hours on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 PM and running until after midnight. An auction will also be held on Saturday evening.

The convention will host talks on Sherlock Holmes, Zorro, detective and science fiction, sword & sorcery, Rod Serling’s THE TWILIGHT ZONE, and much more. PulpFest 2019 will also host FarmerCon XIV, celebrating the life and legacy of science fiction’s Philip José Farmer.

PulpFest 2019 will also offer daytime programming, including author readings and signings, writer panels, an art show sponsored by The Burroughs Bibliophiles, and more. Over thirty writers will be at PulpFest.

Our daytime programming will run from 11 AM until 4:40 PM on Friday, August 16. It will run from 10 AM until 4:45 PM on Saturday, August 17. There will be no programming on Sunday.

You can find additional details about all of our programming by clicking the button found at the top of our home page. Or click here to link to our 2019 mobile schedule. Each event on the schedule is linked to a post that provides further information on that event. Just click on the event’s title. Copies of the schedule will also be printed on the back of all membership badges and on signs placed around the PulpFest 2019 dealers’ room.

Watch for our various PulpFest banners. They will mark the location of our programming events.

Saturday evening’s events will include the PulpFest 2019 business meeting, starting at 7 PM. Please try to attend as we will be discussing the future of PulpFestIt will be followed by the 2019 Munsey Award presentation.

PulpFest 2019 is currently planning to hold one live auction on Saturday evening, August 17. It will begin at 9:45 PM, following our scheduled programming. Currently, the auction will consist of items submitted by the members of PulpFest 2019, plus a number of estate items.

Any member of PulpFest 2019 can submit items to the auction. Your PulpFest badge number will be used as your auction bidder and/or seller number. We will begin taking consignments for the auction when our dealers’ room opens at 10 AM on both Friday and Saturday. Our auction coordinator, Mike Chomko, will be accepting material for the auction at his dealer’s tables. Watch for the auction banner and the Mike Chomko Books sign. All auction lots must be submitted by 2 PM on Saturday, August 17.

All lots submitted must have a minimum value of $20. All lots that do not receive a bid of $20 or more will be passed. If you plan to offer an auction lot with a reserve price, your reserve must be $50 or more. No lots with a reserve price of less than $50 will be accepted. PulpFest reserves the right to reject any auction material that is unlikely to meet our minimum bid or reserve price standards, as well as our content standards. The convention charges sellers 10% of the selling price for anything sold in the auction. Our auction rules are included with your registration packet.

'The Pulpster' #28 (2019)On Sunday, August 18, the dealers’ room will be open to all members from 9 AM to 2 PM as our dealers pack up. If you are coming just for the day, please be aware that buying and selling opportunities may be limited. Admission to the convention for Sunday only will be $10, the cost of our annual program book, THE PULPSTER.

For those attendees who would like to ship purchases made at PulpFest to their homes, there is a FedEx Office Print & Ship Center about a half-mile away from the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. Located at 19095 Perry Highway in Mars, Pennsylvania, it is open from 8 AM to 8 PM on Saturdays and from 10 AM to 8 PM on Sundays.

If you would like to lend a hand with the convention, please contact our chairman, Jack Cullers. You can reach him via email by writing to jack@pulpfest.com or by mail at 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305. You can submit your programming items to our programming director, Mike Chomko, at mike@pulpfest.com or via regular mail at 2217 W. Fairview Street, Allentown, PA 18104.

We are hoping that this year’s con will be our biggest and best yet. We have over sixty registered dealers and have been receiving member registrations every day, many from people who have never previously attended PulpFestIf you’ve been thinking about attending, but have yet to pull the trigger, please book a room without delay. You can try calling 1-800-222-8733 to reach our host hotel. Perhaps there is an opening. Be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any special convention deals that may still be available. By staying at the DoubleTree, you help to ensure the convention’s continued success.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry is located at 910 Sheraton Drive in Mars, Pennsylvania, just outside the city of Pittsburgh. It is easy to find at the intersection of three major roadways: Interstate 79, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and State Route 19. Please click here for a map of the hotel’s location or click the map along the right side of our home page. There is ample free parking surrounding the hotel.

If you have other questions, please refer to our FAQ page. Hopefully, we’ll have it covered for you there. If not, there is contact information on the page listing who to ask.

The entire PulpFest 2019 organizing committee – Mike Chomko, Jack and Sally Cullers, Bill Lampkin, William Patrick Maynard, and Barry Traylor – is looking forward to seeing all of you. Have a safe trip to Mars for summertime’s pulp con.

(Nearly sixty years ago, Stan Lee — along with Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and others — introduced the world to The Amazing Spider-Man, The Avengers, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, The X-Men, and other superheroes. Marvel’s greatest success of the period was Peter Parker, The Amazing Spider-Man. Debuting in the August 1962 AMAZING FANTASY — with cover art by Jack Kirby — Spider-Man blended a mixture of “unconventional humor and emotional agony.” In short, Spider-Man mirrored the rather unconventional pulp hero that Lee claimed as inspiration: Richard Wentworth, The Spider.

Following the one-two punch of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Under the Moons of Mars” and “Tarzan of the Apes,” ALL-STORY editor Robert H. Davis cultivated a school of writers to create “pseudoscientific” or “different” stories for the Munsey chain of magazines. At the same time, he continued to ask Burroughs for similar works, including “Thuvia, Maid of Mars.” It was serialized in three parts, beginning with the April 8, 1916 issue of ALL-STORY WEEKLY, featuring cover art by P. J. Monahan.

With war raging in Europe, Hannes Bok contributed a telling cover concerning man’s inhumanity to man to the November 1941 issue of WEIRD TALES. Not long thereafter, the United States entered The Second World War. Bill Lampkin used Bok’s cover art for our New Fictioneers banner. It will be outside our programming area where many of the writers attending this year’s PulpFest will appear.

The cover art for THE PULPSTER #28 was originally painted by Rudolph Belarski  for the September 1939 issue of BLACK BOOK DETECTIVE. It was published by Ned Pines’ Standard Magazines. The pulp featured The Black Bat, a character that debuted about the same time as Batman. Every member of PulpFest — including supporting members — will receive a complimentary copy of THE PULPSTER.)

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 mike@pulpfest.com 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 bill@pulpfest.com. 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 mike@pulpfest.com.)

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