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).

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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Advertise in THE PULPSTER

Feb 11, 2019 by

THE PULPSTER #27As we learned last week, Bill Lampkin is hard at work on the next issue of THE PULPSTER. You can expect another great issue from the esteemed editor and designer of our award-winning program book. Every member of PulpFest will receive a complimentary copy of THE PULPSTER.

Why not be part of the 2019 PULPSTER by placing an advertisement in the magazine? You have until June 15 to do so. All advertising is sold on a first-come, first-served basis, with payment expected upon reserving a space. Our cover spaces sell almost immediately.

Advertising rates for THE PULPSTER 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 magazine. THE PULPSTER has a circulation of 450+ copies.

Another way to advertise at PulpFest is to donate material for 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. If you’d like to offer something for our giveaway table or a door prize, please contact Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.

Sponsorships are also available. You can sponsor our 2019 “Welcome to PulpFest” banner for $150. For a contribution of $50 or more, you can be a hospitality suite sponsor. The annual cost of a website sponsorship is $150 per year. That’s just $12.50 per month. Your link will appear in the bar along the right side of our home page. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities at PulpFest, please contact PulpFest marketing and programming director Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.

(The cover art for our 2018 PULPSTER was originally painted by Rudolph Belarski  for the April 1940 THRILLING ADVENTURES, published by Ned Pines’ Standard Magazines.

Copies of THE PULPSTER #26 and 27 are 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.)

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THE PULPSTER: Call for Contributions

Nov 5, 2018 by

Like PulpFest, planning for next year’s issue of THE PULPSTER begins well in advance of the annual convention.

The Pulpster logoWe always start with a clean slate, other than the usual departments, and that means we need your help with articles.

The theme for the 2019 PulpFest is “Children of the Pulps and Other Stories,” an exploration of how the pulp magazines influenced today’s genre fiction and popular culture.

Although we like to echo the convention’s theme in THE PULPSTER, we also include other articles pertaining to the pulps, to the men and women who wrote, illustrated, edited, and published the pulps, and to the pulp collecting hobby itself.

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

THE PULPSTER #27Do 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.

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’re interested in advertising in THE PULPSTER, please write to PulpFest marketing and programming director Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com. Mike can provide pricing and print specifications.

Copies of THE PULPSTER #27, the latest issue, are available from Mike Chomko, Books. He also has limited copies of issues #23 and #26.

(THE PULPSTER #27 marked the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and how the Great War influenced the pulps. The cover, depicting a charge by French soldiers across “No Man’s Land,” was by Rudolph Belarski for the April 1940 THRILLING ADVENTURES.)

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Get Your Copy of THE PULPSTER

Aug 27, 2018 by

THE PULPSTER #27Copies of THE PULPSTER #27 — 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.

THE PULPSTER is back with a battle-scarred 27th issue tied to the themes of PulpFest 2018 — World War I and Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer.

Tom Krabacher takes a look at editor Arthur Sullivant Hoffman’s World War I-era ADVENTURE and how it showed that pulps could be more than just escapist fiction. There’s also an article by Hoffman himself where he recounts the creation of the original American Legion in the pages of his magazine. And illustrator and cartoonist George Evans looks back at growing up reading air-war pulps.

There’s a short biography of Farmer — written by the man himself — as well as a piece on Farmer by PulpFest 2018 Guest of Honor Joe R. Lansdale.

But that’s not all . . .

A letter by author and editor Irene Cumming Kleeberg describes her time as a college intern working summers at Popular Publications in the early 1950s. David W. Smith examines the original Suicide Squad, a team of G-Men who battled crime well before DC Comics’ super-villain team took the name. And editor William Lampkin offers a glimpse at the reading material of Fatty Arbuckle’s cellmate.

Rounding out the issue, are columns by the editor, publisher Michael Chomko, and “Final Chapters,” in which editor emeritus Tony Davis remembers those of the pulp community who have passed away during the last year.

If you’d like to order a copy of THE PULPSTER #27, 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 #23 and 26 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.

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 #27 was originally painted by Rudolph Belarski  for April 1940 THRILLING ADVENTURES, published by Ned Pines’ Standard Magazines.)

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Thanks to Everyone Who Helped with PulpFest 2018

Aug 20, 2018 by

Year after year, there are countless individuals and organizations that help to make PulpFest a great show. The PulpFest organizing committee would like them for their invaluable assistance in helping to make PulpFest 2018 a success. We could not have done it without you:

Our front desk staff – Samantha Childers, Samuel Childers, Jack Cullers, and Sally Cullers; our panelists and presenters – Roger Alford, Jim Beard, John Bruening, Christopher Paul Carey, Wayne Carey, Mike Chomko, Mike Croteau, Tony Davis, Bob Deis, Wyatt Doyle, Win Scott Eckert, Henry G. Franke, III, Robert & Loretta Gould, Don Hutchison, Chris Kalb, Sara Light-Waller, Chuck Loridans, Peter McGarvey, Bill Mann, Michelle Nolan, Gary Rabuzzi, David Saunders, Frank Schildiner, Sai Shankar, and Paul Spiteri; our technical staff – Chuck Welch and J. Welch; our auction staff — John Gunnison and Joseph Saine; and our behind-the-scenes help – Peter Chomko, Dan Zimmer, and Allyssa Tudor and the terrific staff of the DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh — Cranberry.

Many thanks to Joe Lansdale and his wife, Karen, for being our very special guests. Joe was on hand all throughout the convention. We also want to thank Mark Wheatley for his terrific art show.

Many thanks to Mike Chomko, Jack Cullers, Barry Traylor, and Chuck and J. Welch for all the hours devoted to assembling this year’s auctions.

The organizing committee would also like to thank the people who helped to create THE PULPSTER #27 – editor Bill Lampkin, assistant editor Peter Chomko, publisher Mike Chomko, Schuerholz Printing, plus contributors Tony Davis, Tom Krabacher, Joe R. Lansdale, and David W. Smith. We also have to thank Meteor House and the families of the late George Evans and Albert Tonik for their contributions to the issue. Many thanks are offered to the magazine’s advertisers – AbeBooks, Black Hood Press, Bold Venture Press and Stuart Hopen, Confluence, Heartwood Auctions, IDW, Larque Press, Lycophos Press and Bob Stewart, Meteor House, Mike Chomko Books, New Texture, Pegana Press, the Pulp Factory Awards, 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, William Lampkin. Congratulations to Bill and to all of the nominees for our 2018 award. Thank you to 2016 Lamont winner David Saunders for presenting this year’s award and to Mike Chomko for accepting the award in Bill’s absence.

We’d like to thank the following organizations for the books and similar items that were donated to PulpFest for distribution to our members: Airship 27, Chaosium, Inc., Gordon Van Gelder and THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, Larque Press, Mike Chomko, Books, and Radio Archives. We would also like to the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention for loaning the convention their sound system. Thanks as well to our website sponsors: AbeBooks.comSmartWritingService.com, and DoMyEssay.net.

Thanks must also be extended to AbeBooks, Meteor House Press, and the members of the PulpFest organizing committee 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, Todd McDevitt and New Dimension Comics, 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.

Special thanks must be extended to Jesseca Muslin — who wrote about PulpFest for PITTSBURGH MAGAZINE — Christopher Bowser of Geek’s Guide to Pittsburgh, Mike Robertson from VisitPittsburgh, and Julie Oreskovich of AbeBooks. We also want to thank Richard Davies and BEHIND THE BOOKSHELVES for giving us an opportunity to talk about pulps and PulpFest on the AbeBooks podcast.

Thank you as well to the dealers, attending members and supporting members of PulpFest 2018. 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 2019.

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, Barry Traylor, and Chuck Welch

(Designed by PulpFest’s artistic director, William Lampkin, our PulpFest 2018 welcome banner —  sponsored by AbeBooks.com — features the work of freelance artist Mel Hunter. His painting was originally used as the cover to the May 1960 number of THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION, celebrating its 70th year of publication in 2019.)

Sunday at PulpFest

Jul 29, 2018 by

PulpFest 2018 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, 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 their displays, preparing for their trip home.

If you have not been able to attend PulpFest in 2018, start making your plans right now to join the 48th anniversary of “Summer’s Great Pulp Con” in 2019. Your PulpFest organizing committee is already starting to plan for next year’s convention. We’re also hoping to be joined by our FarmerCon friends following their great celebration of 100 years of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer. As always, expect a terrific dealers’ room and superb programming.

To keep informed about PulpFest 2019, bookmark http://www.pulpfest.com/ and visit often. News about the convention can also be found on the PulpFest Facebook site at http://www.facebook.com/PulpFest. And for those who prefer their news short and sweet, follow our Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/pulpfest. 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 will return for PulpFest 2019. Please bring your friends!

Your PulpFest Organizing Committee — Mike Chomko, Jack Cullers, Sally Cullers, Bill Lampkin, Barry Traylor, & Chuck Welch

(This year, in addition to celebrating the century mark of Philip José Farmer, PulpFest 2018 has also honored the centennial of the armistice that ended the First World War. Our focus has been the so-called “war pulps” of the early twentieth century, and the depiction of war in popular culture.

At the start of the twentieth century, reading was a primary form of entertainment in the United States. Cheaply made magazines printed on wood pulp paper and costing a quarter or less were affordable to most. These “pulps” featured a variety of stories: westerns, romances, mysteries, science fiction, and more. Tales of war were largely relegated to the historical past and colonial Britain or France. Except for a single writer — Leonard Nason — stories about the First World War were very limited during the teens and early twenties.

As the century progressed, pulps began to specialize. There were magazines devoted to fantasy, detectives, love, sports, and other genres. In 1926, Dell Publishing introduced WAR STORIES, the first magazine devoted to tales of war. It was followed by many others: BATTLE STORIES — such as the January 1932 number with cover art by Gertrude C. Orde — WINGS, OVER THE TOP, DARE-DEVIL ACES, SKY FIGHTERS, and dozens more. Most had disappeared by 1940.

After World War II, the demand for pulp magazines waned as paperback books took hold. In the fifties, television became the favored form of escapism and the surviving pulps ceased publication. Fiction magazines continued to be published, but in new formats. The science-fiction and mystery digests and men’s “adventure” magazines are considered descendants of the pulps.

Start making your plans right now to join PulpFest 2019 when you can expect more great programming from your PulpFest team and more great collectibles in our tremendous dealers’ room. We look forward to seeing you.)

Highlights from THE PULPSTER

Jul 6, 2018 by

THE PULPSTER #27THE PULPSTER returns with a battle-scarred 27th issue at PulpFest 2018. As usual, it’s packed with a variety of interesting articles pertaining to the pulp magazines.

Assistant editor Peter Chomko and editor William Lampkin put the issue to bed earlier this week. After the July 4 holiday, our printer got to work on the magazine, readying it for the members of this year’s PulpFest and FarmerCon 100.

Number 27 will offer articles that tie into the themes of this summer’s pulp convention — the war pulps and the depiction of war in popular culture, and Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer.

Tom Krabacher takes a look at editor Arthur Sullivant Hoffman’s World War I-era ADVENTURE and how it showed that pulps could be more than just escapist fiction. There’s also an article by Hoffman himself where he recounts the creation of the original American Legion in the pages of his magazine. And illustrator and cartoonist George Evans looks back at growing up reading air-war pulps.

There’s a short biography of Farmer, written by the man himself, as well as a piece on Farmer by PulpFest 2018 Guest of Honor Joe R. Lansdale.

But that’s not all:

A letter by author and editor Irene Cumming Kleeberg describes her time as a college intern working summers at Popular Publications in the early 1950s. David W. Smith examines the original Suicide Squad, a team of G-Men who battled crime well before DC Comics’ super-villain team-up took up that name. And Lampkin offers a glimpse at the reading material of Fatty Arbuckle’s cellmate.

Rounding out the issue, are columns by the editor, publisher Michael Chomko, and “Final Chapters,” in which editor emeritus Tony Davis remembers those of the pulp community who have passed away during the last year.

A longstanding tradition cherished by attendees of summer pulp cons, THE PULPSTER #27 will be released at PulpFest 2018. Every member of PulpFest — including supporting members — will receive a complimentary copy of THE PULPSTER.

PulpFest 2018 begins on Thursday, July 26, and runs through Sunday, July 29 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. We’ll be welcoming  Joe Lansdale — the author of over forty novels, numerous short stories, and more — as our Guest of Honor. The convention will also be hosting a rare gallery showing of original art by acclaimed writer-illustrator Mark Wheatley. Additionally, there will be author readings, a great programming line-up, two auctions featuring unique collectibles, and a dealers’ room filled with pulps, digests, men’s adventure magazines, collectible paintings and illustrations, rare first editions, vintage paperbacks, comic books, unique films and more. All this, plus you get ten dollars off the daily admission to Confluence. It’s taking place the same weekend as summer’s AMAZING pulp con! All you have to do is show your PulpFest badge at the door to Pittsburgh’s long-running science fiction, fantasy and horror conference.

You can join both PulpFest 2018 and FarmerCon 100 by clicking the Register for 2018 button on the PulpFest home page.

(The cover art for THE PULPSTER #27 was originally painted by Rudolph Belarski  for April 1940 THRILLING ADVENTURES, published by Ned Pines’ Standard Magazines.

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 #27 of THE PULPSTER, please write to Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.)

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