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Our Highest Recommendation. Edited by Ed Hulse, Doug Ellis & Robert Weinberg. Experts in each of the ten major pulp genres, such as Detective, Hero, Spicy, Science Fiction, Adventure, Aviation, chart for the first time the complete history of pulp magazines–the stories and their writers, the graphics and their artists, and, of course, the publishers and their readers. Illustrated with more than 400 examples of the best pulp covers and graphics. Plus two special chapters: David Saunders on artists Norman Saunders and Walter Baumhofer and Ed Hulse looks at H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard. IDW, 2017.

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Experts in each of the ten major pulp genres, such as Detective, Hero, Spicy, Science Fiction, Adventure, Aviation, chart for the first time the complete history of pulp magazines–the stories and their writers, the graphics and their artists, and, of course, the publishers and their readers. Illustrated with more than 400 examples of the best pulp covers and graphics. Plus two special chapters: David Saunders on artists Norman Saunders and Walter Baumhofer and Ed Hulse looks at H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard.

Each chapter is organized in a clear and accessible way, and chronologically. Also: “The Birth of the Pulps” by Doug Ellis, “Afterword: The Death of the Pulps and Rise of Paperbacks,” also by Ed Hulse. A full index and art credits, and a forward by F. Paul Wilson.

All images are fully captioned (many are in essence “nutshell” histories in themselves). Two special features in each chapter focus on topics of particular interest, such as extended profiles of Daisy Bacon, pulp author and editor of Love Story, the hugely successful romance Pulp, and of Harry Steeger, co-founder of Popular Publications in 1930 and originator of the “Shudder Pulp” genre.

Also closely examined within these chapters are: the great action pulps, with Edgar Rice Burroughs at the center, and examining Adventure covers; Hard-Boiled Fiction and Gang Pulps, Max Brand and Northwest Pulps, Sports Pulps by Michelle Nolan, Love and Western Love Pulps; Sex and Sadism in the Weird Menace Pulps; Hugo Gernsback; The Shadow and Doc Savage…

The Art of the Pulps covers every aspect of this fascinating genre; it is the first definitive visual history of the Pulps. This is a dream project, put together by several of the most knowledgeable collectors in the field. Robert Weinberg passed away recently, but fortunately he was able to complete his part of this major project. Finally we have a comprehensive pulp history by the people who know (and own) the pulps (and the original artwork). Doug Ellis has been involved with the periodical Pulp Vault for many years, and holds one of the largest collections of pulp original art in existence. Weinberg was a well known publisher, author and collector who, until his death, had one of the most impressive collections in the world.

If there is only ONE book that you should have about the world of pulp fiction and pulp art, this is the one. This is first class from beginning to end, compiled by the very best people and beautifully designed. It’s a treasure trove of information, anecdotes and must-see cover and interior artwork.

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