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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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Product Details

  • 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2005

    DAZZLING HISTORY OF THE PULPS

    Hard-boiled Detectives, mysterious heroes, shadowy villains, evil oriental masterminds, and dames in distress...they are the stuff of the pulp magazines and the subject of this wonderful book by Frank Robinson which traces the history of pulp magazines and provides covers to hundreds of these great pulp magazines, so many lost in the antiquity of time...not to mention paper drives of the 1940's war years. Robinson begins by tracing the roots of the pulps back to the dime novels of the late 1800's. Argosy would premiere as the first true pulp back in 1896 and before long dozens of competitors would emerge such as Popular Magazine, All-Story Weekly, New Story and so many more. Street & Smith, long a major publisher of dime novels would convert their Nick Carter series into Detective Story Magazine in 1915. The pulps were born! Early on, adventure pulps were the most popular as they transported readers to strange and exotic lands in a time when few would ever leave their own state. It's where we first read the exploits of Tarzan, and heard the names of writers such as Burroughs, Mundy and Rohmer. Adventure magazine was among the most popular of those early days and they even had their own organization you could join called 'The Legion' which would one day evolve into the American Legion. Adventure printed more than just fiction, they had many regular columns including 'Wanted: Men & Adventurers' where real life mercenaries could advertise their skills for hire. In the 1930's, detective pulps became the most popular as there were literally dozens of detective pulps being published. Among the most prominent pulps of the day was Black Mask Magazine, started by prominent newspaperman and political commentator H.L. Mencken. But he considered the pulps so low-brow that he didn't want his name associated with them. Still, Blackmask was a breeding ground for some for some of the great mystery and detective writers ever to pen a story including Dashiell Hammett, Erle Stanley Gardner, Lester Dent, and Raymond Chandler. Robinson's narrative moves from one pulp genre to the next, with a short, but concise history of each. He examines the Western pulps and the interesting history of the man known as Max Brand. Brand was the most prolific pulp writer ever, appearing in 622 issues of Western Story magazine from 1920 - 1935. From there it's on to the hero pulps and the birth of the most famous pulp characters of all including 'The Shadow', 'Doc Savage', and 'The Spider'. The Shadow's covers were always among the most evocative and terrifying, especially those by the great George Rozen. But the genre that gave us the most outrageous and grisly covers of the pulp era belongs to the 'shudder pulps'. Bondage, torture, sadism, nudity...nothing was held back in covers for such pulps as 'Terror Tales' and 'Horror Stories'. These pulps are some of the most sought after today by collectors. Romance, spicy adventures, sports, war...all of these get their just do in Pulp Culture but it's the sci-fi and fantasy section that will be a major appeal for many fans. It was here where some of the most famous and long-running pulps made their mark. Hugo Gernsback would usher in the age of Sci-fi pulps in 1926 with Amazing Stories. Soon there were dozens of competitors including Wonder Stories, Astounding Stories, and many more. And then there is perhaps the most famous, most collectible of all pulps, Weird Tales. Weird Tales would unleash the enormous talents of Robert E. Howard, H.P. Lovecraft, Robert Bloch, August Derleth, and countless others with stories that would endure, and continue to be reprinted, decades after their original publication. There are dozens of covers provided featuring the works of artists like Margaret Brundage and Virgil Finlay. Robinson closes his book by providing an appendix to a handful of pulp dealers and notes on pulp values. This book would be worth the $40 price tag alone JUST for the hundreds of stunni

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