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Archive for the month “May, 2012”

History of Ranch Romances now available (5/30/2012)

Ranch Romances: The Last of the Original Pulps

Despite the survival of untold thousands of science fiction pulp magazines — which seemingly were hoarded by numerous fans who never heard the term “pulp collector” — the long-running hybrid title Ranch Romances holds a unique distinction in the world of the rough-paper magazines.

It is likely that no other long-running title has been ignored by pulp collectors as often as Ranch Romances. And yet, so many potentially collectible issues survive, due to its immense circulation for more than four decades. Ironically, issues often sell well in antique stores, where thay are purchased by nostalgic female readers. Ranch Romances is also pretty much the least-expensive of the original pulps…

Read the fuller history of this title here at the Pulp Magazines Project.

We’d like to again thank Michelle Nolan for contributing her histories of Love Story Magazine and Ranch Romances.

History of Love Story Magazine now available (5/28/2012)

Author and longtime Street & Smith editor Daisy Bacon made Love Story Magazine one of the most successful of all pulps, but she was incorrect in one respect when she evaluated the long-running magazine. In her how-to book Love Story Writer (Hermitage 1955), Bacon writes: “During the many years that Love Story enjoyed its large circulation and weekly status it was never successfully imitated, as any circulation man can tell you…”

Bacon’s statement is certainly true with regard to sheer volume. Love Story was published weekly for more than 20 years, starting in September 1922, the only such long-running weekly romance pulp. The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps lists the magazine’s overall run as 1,158 issues, published from August 1921 through February 1947, and that’s no surprise — only Street & Smith had the financial wherewithal to publish a romance pulp on a weekly basis, not to mention weekly western and detective pulps as well…

Read the fuller history of this title here at the Pulp Magazines Project.

The Pulp Magazines Project wishes to thank Michelle Nolan for contributing her history of Love Story. Check out Michelle’s books, Love on the Racks: A History of American Romance Comics (2008) and Ball Tales (2010), a study of baseball, basketball and football fiction from 1930 to 1960.

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