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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Thanks to Everyone Who Helped with PulpFest 2019

Sep 9, 2019 by

Year after year, there are countless individuals and organizations that help to make PulpFest such a great show. The PulpFest organizing committee would like them for their invaluable assistance in helping to make PulpFest 2019 a success. We could not have done it without you:

Our front desk staff – Maura Childers, Marge Coiner, Jack Cullers, and Sally Cullers.

Our panelists and presenters – Jason Aiken, Roger Alford, Jennifer Barnes and the writers from Raw Dog Screaming Press — Mike Arnzen, Carrie Gessner, John Edward Lawson, Jason Jack Miller, and Stephanie Wytovich — John Bruening, Christopher Paul Carey, Wayne Carey, Mike Chomko, Gene Christie, Jeremiah Dylan Cook, Bob Deis, Wyatt Doyle, Win Scott Eckert, John Gunnison, Rich Harvey, Morgan Holmes, Ed Hulse,  John Edward Lawson and the writers from Dog Star Books — Matt Betts, J. L. Gribble, Heidi Ruby Miller, K. W. Taylor, Albert Wendland, and K. Ceres Wright — Sara Light-Waller,  John Locke, William Patrick Maynard, Craig McDonald, Will Murray, Nicholas Parisi, Garyn Roberts, David Saunders, E. C. Skowronski, Paul Spiteri, Joab Stieglitz, Sara Tantlinger, George Vanderburgh, Chet Williamson, and John Wooley.

Thanks to Henry G. Franke, III and the Burroughs Bibliophiles for putting together our 2019 art show. We’d also like to thank Jason and Sunni Brock for authorizing our showing of their film, CHARLES BEAUMONT: THE SHORT LIFE OF TWILIGHT ZONE’S MAGIC MAN.

Many thanks to Mike Chomko and Barry Traylor for the time they devoted to assembling this year’s auction. Thanks also to our auctioneers John Gunnison and Joseph Saine and our auction staff, Maura Childers, Marge Coiner, and Sally Cullers.

We want to thank our technical staff – Bill Lampkin and William Patrick Maynard – and our behind-the-scenes help – Peter Chomko, Dan Zimmer, and Kate Knecht, Kirsty McCray, and Kyle Thompson and the terrific staff of the DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh — Cranberry, including Austin and Stephanie, who helped a great deal with set-up.

The organizing committee would also like to thank the people who helped to create THE PULPSTER #28 – editor Bill Lampkin, assistant editor Peter Chomko, publisher Mike Chomko, Schuerholz Printing, plus contributors Richard Bleiler, Tony Davis, Doug Ellis, Scott Tracy Griffin, D. Kepler, Sara Light-Waller, Will Murray, Aaron H. Oliver, and Jess Terrell. We also want to thank James T. Roberts, Esq., for allowing us to reprint his father’s article about Sherlock Holmes. Many thanks are also offered to the magazine’s advertisers – Bear Manor Media, Black Hood Press, CONvergence, Heartwood Auctions, Meteor House Press, Mike Chomko Books, Murania Press, New Texture, the Pulp Factory Awards, Readercon, Recoverings, Stark House Press, ThePulp.Net, and the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention.

Many thanks to the nominators and Lamont AwardMunsey Award, and Rusty Hevelin Service Award winners who helped to select the winner of this year’s Munsey, George Vanderburgh. Congratulations to George and to all of the nominees for our 2019 award. Thank you to 2018 Munsey winner Bill Lampkin for presenting this year’s award.

We’d like to thank the following organizations for the books and similar items that were donated to PulpFest for distribution to our members: Chaosium, Inc., Gordon Van Gelder and THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION,  and Mike Chomko, Books. We would also like to the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention for loaning the convention their sound system. Thanks to Meteor House Press for sponsoring this year’s PulpFest banner and to our website sponsors, SmartWritingService.com and DoMyEssay.net.

Thanks must also be extended to John and Maureen Gunnison of Adventure House, David and Daniel Ritter of First Fandom Experience, Richard Meli of Heartwood Books and Art, Mike Croteau, Paul Spiteri and Win Scott Eckert of Meteor House Press, Mike Chomko, Books, Mark Redfield and Jennifer Rouse of Redfield Arts Audio, author Christopher Ryan, Steven Spilger of Mr. Polyester Books and Comics, Christopher Maffei of Well-Stacked Books, and Doug Ellis and John Gunnison of the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention for sponsoring this year’s hospitality suite at the DoubleTree.

Finally, thanks to Ron Adams and Monster Bash, Jim Beard, Doug Ellis, Steve Ericson, Martin Grams, Steve Hager, Jeff Harper, Sara Light-Waller, Todd McDevitt and New Dimension Comics, Heidi Ruby Miller, Curt Phillips, Rick Thomas, Ray Walsh and the Curious Book Shop, Publicity Chair Karen Yun-Lutz and Confluence, and the many conventions, book and paper fairs, bookstores, comic and collectible shops, web sites, magazines, newspapers, 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, Hanna Lynn and PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER, and Mike Robertson of VisitPittsburgh, who helped in various ways.

Thank you as well to the dealers, attending members and supporting members of PulpFest 2019. It was due to your encouragement and support that our convention was successful. We hope to see all of you in the coming year — along with a good many newcomers — for PulpFest 2020.

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 2019 welcome banner —  sponsored by Meteor House Press — features the work of artist Walter Baumhofer. His painting was originally used as the cover to the March 1933 issue of Street & Smith’s DOC SAVAGE MAGAZINE.)

Sunday at PulpFest 2019

Aug 18, 2019 by

PulpFest 2019 is drawing to a close, but there is still time to get in on the action. The dealers’ room will be open from 9 AM until 2 PM today. With most of our dealers getting ready to head for home, our admission for the day is only $10, which includes a copy of our highly collectible program book, THE PULPSTER. Children who are fifteen and younger and accompanied by a parent, will be admitted free of charge. There are no programming events scheduled for Sunday.

Located in the Grand Ballroom of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, our dealers’ room will feature exhibitors selling and trading 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. Although our dealers’ room will be open, buying opportunities may be limited as most of our dealers will be packing up to head home.

If you have not been able to attend PulpFest in 2019, start making your plans right now to join the 49th anniversary of summer’s annual pulp con in 2020. We’ll be setting our sights on Bradbury, BLACK MASK, and Brundage from August 6 – 9 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Mars, Pennsylvania. For good measure, we may add a touch of Brackett and Burroughs to the mix. Our FarmerCon friends should also be back to celebrate the life and legacy of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer. As always, expect a terrific dealers’ room and superb programming.

To keep informed about PulpFest 2020,  please bookmark pulpfest.com or like our Facebook page. Over on Twitter, you’ll find tweets with our updates. You’ll also find selected posts on various newsgroups, including Pulpmags. And don’t forget about our Instagram page where we have been exploring “The Children of the Pulps.” Wherever you look for PulpFest on the web, we’ll be sure to keep you informed of our plans.

Many thanks to all of you who attended this year’s convention. We hope that you enjoyed yourself and plan to return for PulpFest 2020. Please bring your friends!

Your PulpFest Organizing Committee — Mike Chomko, Jack Cullers, Sally Cullers, Bill Lampkin, William Patrick Maynard, & Barry Traylor

(PulpFest is the summertime destination for fans and collectors of popular fiction — old and new — and related materials. 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.

While Batman artist Bob Kane cited Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy as one of his inspirations — particularly for his villains — Bill Finger, Batman’s writer, admitted that, “My first (Batman) script was a take-off on a Shadow story . . . . I patterned my style of writing Batman after the Shadow . . . . It was completely pulp style.” The Batman was introduced to readers in DETECTIVE COMICS #27, dated May 1939.

Although The Shadow certainly played the most influential role in the creation of the Batman saga, other pulp characters also inspired Bill Finger and Bob Kane.

PulpFest 2019 has focused on the many ways pulp fiction and pulp art have inspired and continue to inspire creators. Next year, the convention will set its sights on Bradbury, BLACK MASK, and Brundage (with a touch of Brackett and Burroughs thrown in for good measure).

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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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