Storytelling in the Pulps, Comics, and Radio: How Technology Changed Popular Fiction in America / Edition 1

Storytelling in the Pulps, Comics, and Radio: How Technology Changed Popular Fiction in America / Edition 1

by Tim DeForest
     
 

ISBN-10: 0786419024

ISBN-13: 9780786419029

Pub. Date: 05/20/2004

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

The first half of the twentieth century was a golden age of American storytelling. Mailboxes burgeoned with pulp magazines, conveying an endless variety of fiction. Comic strips, with their ongoing dramatic storylines, were a staple of the papers, eagerly followed by millions of readers. Families gathered around the radio, anxious to hear the exploits of their

Overview

The first half of the twentieth century was a golden age of American storytelling. Mailboxes burgeoned with pulp magazines, conveying an endless variety of fiction. Comic strips, with their ongoing dramatic storylines, were a staple of the papers, eagerly followed by millions of readers. Families gathered around the radio, anxious to hear the exploits of their favorite heroes and villains. Before the emergence of television as a dominant—and stifling—cultural force, storytelling blossomed in America as audiences and artists alike embraced new mediums of expression.

This examination of storytelling in America during the first half of the twentieth century covers comics, radio, and pulp magazines. Each was bolstered by new or improved technologies and used unique attributes to tell dramatic stories. Sections of the book cover each medium. One appendix gives a timeline for developments relative to the subject, and another highlights particular episodes and story arcs that typify radio drama. Illustrations and a bibliography are included.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786419029
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
05/20/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
235
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface1
Introduction3
Part I.The Pulps; or, One Darn Thing After Another11
1.Story Papers13
2.Dime Novels15
3.Birth of the Pulps26
4.The Western and Max Brand30
5.Adventure: Pirates, Gladiators and Sudden Death for the Discerning Reader37
6.Weird Tales: Things That Bump into You in the Night44
7.The Hard-Boiled Detective56
8.Amazing, Astounding Science Fiction64
9.Edgar Rice Burroughs: Ape Men, Dinosaurs and Martians77
10.Unpleasant Interlude89
11.Shadows, Spiders and Flying Aces: The Single-Character Pulps92
12.The Death of the Pulps108
Part II.Adventure Comic Strips; or, War, Death, Horror and Fine Art109
13.The Early Years111
14.Wash Tubbs: An Unlikely Adventurer115
15.Dick Tracy: Cops in the Comics122
16.From the Jungle to the Round Table128
17.Milt Caniff: Fighter Pilots, Pretty Girls and the Dragon Lady140
18.Assigning Blame146
Part III.Radio Drama and Adventure; or, Just Shut Up and Listen148
19.Thundering Hoofbeats and Silver Bullets150
20.As Inevitable as a Guilty Conscience: The Shadow on Radio157
21.Orson Welles: Master Storyteller162
22.Faster Than a Speeding Bullet: Superman168
23.Frights for Smart People: Horror on Radio173
24.Tired of the Everyday Routine? Suspense, Escape, Carlton Morse and The Scarlet Queen178
25.Dramatizing Reality: Dragnet189
26.The Law in Dodge City: Gunsmoke193
27.From the Far Horizons: Science Fiction on Radio197
28.The End of Radio201
Appendix ITimeline205
Appendix IIRadio Favorites208
Notes213
Bibliography221
Index225

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