PulpMags

The official blog for the Pulp Magazines Project, an open-access digital archive of early twentieth-century pulp magazines

New Issues/ Title: Startling Stories (9/10/2014)

The Pulp Magazines Project has added 10 new issues (and 1 new SF title) to its full-text digital archive. They are the Jan., Mar., May, & Nov. 1939; Jan. & May 1940; Nov. 1941; Jun. 1946; and Jan. & May 1947 issues of Startling Stories, feat. works by Stan Weinbaum (Jan. 1939), Otis Adelbert Kline (Guest Editorial-“Prophets of Science” Jan. 1939), Ed Hamilton (May 1939), Robert Bloch (Nov. 1941), Henry Kuttner (Jun. 1946), Murray Leinster (Jan. 1947), and Robert A. Heinlein (May 1947) among others.

New Scans, September 2014

This brings the total number of full-text issues available on the PMP website to 282. In related news, the PMP website was migrated to a new server last week, which should result in faster download times, esp. for those large (50+ MB) PDF files.

Cheers.

New Issues/ Histories: Munsey Pulps (3/30 & 5/30/2014)

The Pulp Magazines Project has added 12 new issues to its full-text digital archive, representing 5 major pulp magazine titles published by the Frank A. Munsey Co. (NY) between 1913 and 1940.

They include flagship titles Argosy (Mar. 27, 1920; feat. Ray Cummings, “The Right Thing”); The All-Story (Dec. 1913; feat. Edgar Rice Burroughs, Warlord of Mars, Pt. 1/4); and Argosy All-Story Weekly (Dec. 1, Dec. 8, & Dec. 15, 1923; and Sept. 15, 1928)—in addition to Railroad Stories (May 1934; Feb. & Apr. 1935; and Apr. 1936); and the sf reprint magazine, Famous Fantastic Mysteries (Jan. & Feb. 1940).

New Scans, May 2014

Also, be sure to check out the history of Famous Fantastic Mysteries (Sept. 1939-Jun. 1953), the Munsey sf “reprint magazine… that introduced a new generation of readers to the scientific romances, lost civilizations, and otherworldly love stories of the early 20th century” (Nathan Vernon Madison, VCU).

New Scans, April 2014

And finally, in April, 6 new issues of Wonder Stories Quarterly (Sum. & Fall 1930; Spr., Fall, & Win. 1931; and Spr. 1932) were also made available on the site. For further news and updates to the site, along with a complete list of issues and title histories posted, check out our News & Updates page here.

Cheers.

New Issues: Blue Book, Exciting Western, and Jungle Stories (2/20 & 3/25/2014)

The Pulp Magazines Project has added 9 new issues to its full-text digital archive. They include the Jun. & Jul. 1940, and Aug. 1941 issues of Blue Book, feat. Dornford Yates’s When the Devil Drives (Jul. 1940); the Aug. 1946 and Jan. 1947 issues of Exciting Western, feat. W.C. Tuttle’s Trail of the Flame (Jan. 1947); and 4 new issues of Jungle Stories (Spr. 1946; and Spr., Fall, & Win. 1948), feat. stories by John Peter Drummond (Kigor, Jungle Lord) and Edgar Wallace (Sanders of the River).

New Scans, March 2014This brings the total number of full-text magazines available on the PMP website to 254. For further news and updates to the site, along with a complete list of issues and title histories posted, check out our News & Updates page here.

Cheers.

New Issues/ Titles: Amazing Stories Quarterly, Mammoth Adventure, Mammoth Mystery, Planet Stories, and Wonder Stories Quarterly (2/10/2014)

The Pulp Magazines Project has added 10 new issues (and 4 new over-sized pulp titles) to its full-text digital archive. They include the Win.-Fall 1928 issues of Amazing Stories Quarterly, feat. A. Hyatt Verrill’s The World of the Giant Ants (Fall 1928); the Nov. 1946 issue of Mammoth Adventure, feat. Tom W. Blackburn’s The Cassock and the Sword; the January 1946 issue of Mammoth Mystery; the Summer 1932 issue of Wonder Stories Quarterly, feat. Raymond Gallum’s “The Menace from Mercury”; and 3 new issues of Planet Stories (May & Jul. 1951, and Jan. 1954). This brings the total number of full-text magazines available on the PMP website to 245.

New Scans, November 2013 & February 2014And finally, in October and January, histories for Planet Stories and Dynamic Science Stories (Nathan Vernon Madison, VCU) were made available as well. For further news and updates to the site, along with a complete list of issues and title histories posted, check out our News & Updates page here.

Cheers.

 

New Issues: Adventure and Blue Book (9/25/2013)

The Pulp Magazines Project has added 5 new issues of 2 classic pulp titles to its full-text digital archive. These include the Jun. 15, 1935 and May 1949 issues of Adventure, feat. Cleopatra’s Promise, by prolific pulp author Talbot Mundy (Jun. 15, 1935); and the May 1936, Mar. 1937, and Jul. 1938 issues of Blue Book, feat. short stories by H. Bedford Jones, along with William L. Chester’s Tarzan-inspired series, Kioga. There are now a total of 235 full-text magazines available on the site.

For news and updates to the site, along with a complete list of issues posted, check out our News & Updates page here.

New Scans II, September 2013For more information on the history of these classic pulp titles, check out Patrick Belk’s “Adventure Magazine: America’s No. 1 Pulp“; Mike Ashley’s “The Golden Age of Pulp Fiction“; and R.D. Mullen’s “From Standard Magazines to Pulps & Big Slicks“.

And for October, more SF!

New Issues/ Titles: Western Pulp Magazines (9/15/2013)

The Pulp Magazines Project has added 6 new Western pulp titles (8 new complete issues) to its full-text digital archive. These include All Western Magazine (Apr.-Jun. 1950; feat. Ernest Haycox, The Feudists); Exciting Western (Sept. 1947; featuring W.C. Tuttle, Alias Adam Jones); Fifteen Western Tales (Jan. 1953); Masked Rider Western (Winter 1945 & Nov. 1950); Ten Story Western (December 1949; feat. Tom Roan, Yellow Devil Starves Tonight!); and Two-Gun Western (Novels) (Apr. 1942 & Nov. 1955).

New Scans, September 2013For more information on the history of Western pulp magazines, check out John A. Dinan’s The Pulp Western: A Popular History of the Western Fiction Magazine in America. For an excellent memoir on writing for the Western pulps, see Pulp Writer: Twenty Years of Writing for the American Grub Street, by Paul S. Powers.

Cheers, pardners.

New Issues: Black Mask & Top-Notch (8/20 & 8/25/2013)

With the start of the new semester, the Pulp Magazines Project returns with regular monthly updates to its digital archive. In the final weeks of August, we’ve added to the project’s growing collection of pre-1923 pulps with new issues of The Black Mask and Top-Notch Magazine:

New Issues, August 2013Included are the Nov. 1920 and Aug. 1922 issues of The Black Mask—which feature Murray Leinster’s “The Vault” (Aug. 1922)—and the Feb. 1912, Mar. 1913, and May 1 1915 issues of Street & Smith’s Top-Notch Magazine—featuring Part I of Johnston McCulley’s Force Inscrutable (Mar. 1913).

Enjoy.

New Issues/ Histories: Black Mask, Dime Mystery, et al

Publishing legends The Black Mask (1920), Weird Tales (1923), and Amazing Stories (1926) are considered so “extremely rare and valuable” that the U.S. Library of Congress houses its collection of 277 issues in Washington, D.C.’s Rare Book and Special Collections Division—along with the personal libraries of Presidents, medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, and one of only three known perfect copies of the Gutenberg Bible in existence. With its latest addition of 4 issues of The Black Mask (Aug. & Sept. 1920; Dec. 1921; and Apr. 1922), the Pulp Magazines Project has made all 3 classic titles available together—for the first time—in high-quality, cover-to-cover digital editions.

New Titles, May 2013Also available at the Pulp Magazines Project, new issues of the iconic “weird menace” pulp, Dime Mystery Magazine (Apr. 1938 and Sept. 1946); Adventure (Jul. 1, 1928; feat. Walt Coburn’s “The Man Who Hated Himself”); Western Story (Jul. 27, 1940); Detective Story (May 1938; feat. Zorro-creator Johnston McCulley’s “Thubway Tham’s Thothial Thecurity”); and histories of both The Black Mask (E.R. Hagemann; UCLA) and Dime Mystery Magazine (Emily Sisler; University of West Florida).

New Issues/ Contexts/ Histories (4/13/2013): The ‘Girlie’ Pulps!

In the 1920s and ’30s, The New York Society for the Suppression of Vice (est. 1873) prosecuted a long war against the so-called “girlie” pulps, a burgeoning field of mildly risqué pulp-paper magazines featuring sex-themed stories, scantily clad women, and sometimes nude photography.

In 1925, the organization attacked as indecent the magazines Artists and Models and Art Lovers’ Magazine.

In 1930, the NYSSV forced pulp publisher Harold Hersey to suppress depictions of violence and lawlessness in his new line of gang pulps.

In 1934, the organization raided magazine shops to confiscate four new magazines with the titillating titles Real Boudoir TalesReal Temptation TalesReal Forbidden Sweets, and Real French Capers….

For 2013, let’s hope it all goes better for these long lost, and much maligned step-children of popular 20th century print culture history:

New_Issues, April_2013

The Pulp Magazines Project has posted 8 new scans, feat. representative issues of the snappy, spicy, & girlie varieties (shown above) of semi-slick or pulp-paper magazines from the 1930s and 1940s.

They include 10 Story Book (Jul. 1934), Follies (Winter 1933), Gay Life Stories (c. 1939), Hollywood Nights (May 1937), La Paree (Nov. 1935), Night Life Tales (Winter 1940), Pep Stories (Apr. 1932), and Spicy Stories (Sept. 1936).

To access these issues, just click here.

Also available now at the Pulp Magazines Project, from Lauren Gibson (The University of West Florida), a history of George T. Delacorte’s “I Confess” (1922 – 1932).

And from Beau Collier (Darwination Scans), an illustrated history of the “girlie” pulps (1912 – 1946). Just see “Birth of the Girlie Pulps.”

The Pulp Magazines Project wishes to thank Pulpscans and Digital Pulp Preservation.

New Issues/ Contexts (3/25 & 3/30, 2013)

In the final week of March, we’ve added to our growing collection of sf pulps, with new issues of Amazing Stories and Planet Stories. Included is the Aug. 1927 Amazing Stories, which reprints Part 1 of H.G. Wells’s classic invasion novel, The War of the Worlds (first pub. in Cosmopolitan, Apr.-Dec., 1897; see Chez Zeus’s WOTW Book Cover Collection, featuring 115 years of cover illustrations from around the world); and in the Jan. 1951 Planet Stories, readers debate the science of L. Ron Hubbard’s Dianetics (see “The Vizigraph: Letters from Readers,” pp. 104-12).

New Issues, Mar_30_2013

Additionally, the Pulp Magazines Project has just added several new related items to its website, including 15 Golden Age comic books (1940-52) from pulp magazine publishers of the 1930s and 1940s:

Adventures Into The Unknown (Fall 1948), Crime Detective Comics (Mar./ Apr. 1952), Complete Love (Apr. 1952), Fight Comics (Feb. 1940), Ghost Comics (Dec. 1951), Indians (Spr. 1950), Jungle Comics (Sept. 1941), Planet Comics (Jan. 1940), Speed Comics (Jul. 1940), Startling Comics (Aug. 1941), Thrilling Comics (Nov. 1940), War Comics (May 1940), Weird Comics (Aug. 1940), Western Love Trails (Nov. 1949), and Wings (Mar. 1941).

For these Golden Age comic books from pulp publishers, click here.

Comic_Books

For April, we’ll be posting a wide selection of “girlie pulps,” including new titles such as Pep StoriesLa Paree, French Night Life Stories, and Hollywood Nights.

The Pulp Magazines Project wishes to thank Gordon & Alice Dell (for their near-complete run of Amazing Stories) and The Digital Comic Museum.

Ad Me’ah Ve’Esrim Shanah.

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