Pulp Culture: The Art of Fiction Magazines

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Pulp fiction's lurid adventures were vividly reflected on the magazines' eye-catching covers. Hard-boiled dames, bizarre monsters, dicks and 'tecs, sinister villains, and muscled warriors all appeared each month to tempt readers out of their hard-earned dimes. This gorgeous full-color compilation features hundreds of the genre's most thrilling covers and includes an index. Taken collectively, they provide a dazzling panorama of some 60 years of illustration and social ...
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Pulp fiction's lurid adventures were vividly reflected on the magazines' eye-catching covers. Hard-boiled dames, bizarre monsters, dicks and 'tecs, sinister villains, and muscled warriors all appeared each month to tempt readers out of their hard-earned dimes. This gorgeous full-color compilation features hundreds of the genre's most thrilling covers and includes an index. Taken collectively, they provide a dazzling panorama of some 60 years of illustration and social commentary.
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Tarzan of the Apes got his start in them. So did Doc Savage and the Shadow. The groundbreaking detective stories of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett made their first appearance in them as well. They were fiction, or "pulp," magazines, a form of cheap entertainment that originated in the 1890s and flourished through the first half of the 20th century before finally giving up the ghost in the early 1950s. In Pulp Culture: The Art of Fiction Magazines, Frank M. Robinson and Lawrence Davidson celebrate the glory days of the pulps and the eye-catching art that enticed readers of yore to purchase them.
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Between the 1890s and the 1930s, pulp magazines (named for the rough wood-pulp paper on which they were printed) were widely popular. This visual tour of the genre presents 440 illustrated covers, with text describing their history and content. Some information about collecting and evaluating, dealers, and libraries for research is included. Of interest to collectors and aficionados, of course, but also to graphic artists and designers who will find it an eclectic source of imaginative ideas. Distributed in the US by Rizzoli through St. Martin's Press, and in Canada by McClelland & Stewart. 11.5x11.75<"> Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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With more than 300 full-color examples, there is something for everyone in this comprehensive collection of a virtually forgotten American popular art. -- Steven Heller, The New York Times Book Review
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  • ISBN-13: 9781933112305
  • Publisher: Collectors Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 10.90 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 2
In the Beginning 14
Tales of Timbuktu: Adventures in Exotic Lands 33
Gals, Gats, and Gumshoes: You've Gotta Have a Gimmick 51
Writers of the Purple Sage: Westward Ho! 71
The Shadow Knows: Super Heroes and Super Villains 85
Nightmares on Main Street: The Mad-Slasher Pulps 100
Come Up and See Me Sometime: Love, Sin, and Sex 111
Winning One For the Gipper: Teenage Dreams of Glory 124
From Bayonets to Biplanes: Dawn Patrols 133
The Rocketeers Have Shaggy Ears: Science Fiction Addiction 147
Gorilla of the Gas Bags: From Adventure Stories to Zeppelin Tales 163
Author! Author! The Editors Tell it Like it Was 177
Pulpliography: Dealers in Pulp Magazines and Related Material 196
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  • Posted August 29, 2009

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    Wizbang Book

    This is a coffee table sized book, jam packed with wizbang reproductions of zillions, well maybe just hundreds, of covers from the pulp era. If it is possible to bring back memories of an era most of us never knew; then this book succeeds brilliantly. The vibrantly alive, dazzlingly colored, action covers bring these pulps to life much as they did for our parents and grandparents of the 20's and 30's. Highly recommended for the young in spirit and the gray of hair alike, for who knows what evil lurks in these pages.

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