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Pulp Reference

Historical, biographical, market-related, cover art collections, and overviews of the pulps.

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  1. THE HOODED GUNMAN AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF COLLINS CRIME CLUB

    Regular Price: $50.00

    Sale Price $42.50

    A lavish full-color celebration of the 2000 books by more than 250 authors published by the iconic Crime Club between 1930 and 1994. From Agatha Christie to Reginald Hill, the Hooded Gunman was a guarantee of a first-class crime novel for almost 65 years, and those books are now as sought after and collectible as any book series, with many commanding high prices and almost impossible to find. Pictures the jacket art of every book published over seven decades, descriptive blurbs of every book, facts, figures and lists, and drawing on rare archival photos, correspondence and marketing materials. 350,000-word text. Learn More
  2. THE ART OF ALLEN ANDERSON
    $44.95

    This is the ultimate and only book ever on the preeminent but barely remembered pulp cover artist best known for his sexy women. His work is instantly recognizable, in covers for Planet Stories, Spicy Detective, Spicy Mystery, other Fiction House pulps like Action, Northwest, Lariat, and especially Jungle and the rare Sheena. He also did painted covers for Ziff-Davis comics: Eerie Adventures, G.I. Joe, Space Busters, Lars of Mars...he worked (and lived sometimes) with Norman Saunders, they were lifelong friends. Allen's work can easily be mistaken for Saunders'. Learn More
  3. THE PULPSTER 27
    $12.00

    The Great War in the Pulps. 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. Learn More
  4. THE PULPSTER 26
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    Dangerous Dames. Authors and pulp historians Ron Goulart and Bill Pronzini look at the few female detectives from the pulps, and women authors whose fiction could be found on the pages of the detective pulps. A profile of Robert BlochDetective Fiction Weekly. Horror author and poet Mary Elizabeth Counselman. And very cool full color ads from pulp publishers and dealers illustrating all the best new and old pulp artwork. Learn More
  5. THE PULPSTER 28
    $12.00

    Like PulpFest 2019, this number focuses on the “Children of the Pulps,” with looks at how the pulpwood magazines influenced today’s pop culture, from Star Wars and comics (think Batman in particular, written by Will Murray) to Japanese anime and tokusatsu. In addition to those cover stories, The Pulpster celebrates the 100th anniversaries of two fabled pulps: Romance and The Thrill Book. There’s also a profile of fictioneer Bertrand Sinclair, whose pulp career spanned almost 50 years. Learn More
  6. The Secret History of Science Fiction and Fantasy

    Regular Price: $29.99

    Sale Price $26.99

    Science fiction and fantasy reign over popular culture now. But it wasn't always thus. Lost Transmissions is a rich trove of forgotten and unknown, imagined-but-never-finished, and under-appreciated-but-influential works, as well as little-known information, revealed in nice bite-sized chapters. Larger sections examine Film & TV, Literature, Art, Music, Fashion, Architecture, and Pop Culture, with dozens of smaller pieces in each section. 75 essays by 30 contributors including Neil Gaiman, Paul Tremblay and William Gibson! Learn More
  7. DIGEST ENTHUSIAST Volume 10
    $10.00

    Interview: Author, editor, and publisher James Reasoner delves into his stories for Mike Shayne; his Redemption series, the Wind River series. Ward Smith remembers Armed Services Editions—digests that are not digests. Peter Enfantino tackles Startling Mystery Stories No. 1–18, and a keen assessment of Manhunt 1954 July–Oct. Vince Nowell, Sr. dissects Sol Cohen’s tactics to save Amazing Stories. Richard Krauss examines Charlie Chan’s media empire, with special emphasis on Renown Publications’ digest magazine. Learn More
  8. THE ART OF RAFAEL DESOTO
    $44.95

    This is the consummate art book on the life of pulp, paperback, and men's adventure magazine artist Rafael DeSoto, with reproductions taken directly from DeSoto's original paintings, as well as working drawings, reference photos, rare proof sheets of pulp and paperback covers, as well as historic family photos. He began drawing pulp covers in 1932 and because he was 4F, was one of very few pulp artists to work through the war years. He worked in pulps until the very end in the early 1950s, while expanding into doing paperback covers for Ace, Bantam, Dell, Lion, Signet, and Pocket Books, including the iconic "H Is For Heroin." He also worked for the slicks and for men's magazines. Learn More
  9. ROY THOMAS BARBARIAN LIFE A Literary Biography of Conan The Barbarian Volume 1
    $19.95

    In thousands of four-color panels for Marvel Comics, Roy Thomas told the tale of Robert E. Howard’s greatest creation, Conan the Barbarian. Now, in this definitive biography and analysis, Roy chronicles Conan’s comic-book life, issue by issue, plot by plot, and artist by artist. For ten years, from October 1970 when Roy and artist Barry Smith assembled the first issue of Marvel's Conan the Barbarian, to October 1980 when Roy and artist John Buscema completed their last issue together on the series, Thomas wrote of Conan's gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth—as well as the wars, the wenches, and the wizardry that bedeviled the Cimmerian from one issue to the next. Learn More
  10. DIGEST ENTHUSIAST Volume 9
    $10.00

    Interviews• Filmmaker and author Susan Emshwiller reveals the inside story on her films, the work of her parents, Ed Emshwiller and Carol Emshwiller, along with nearly two dozen rare photographs of her famous family.• Senior Art Director Victoria Green takes us behind the scenes of the art department at AHMM, Analog, Asimov’s, and EQMM. Articles• Vince Nowell, Sr. charts Ray Palmer’s digest dynasty from 1948 to 1958, followed by the bibliography of S.J. Byrne, one of Palmer’s go-to SF storytellers. Learn More

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