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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.

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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/ 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/ Histories (2/25/2013)

We’ve added 6 new issues from Volumes 10-11 of The Railroad Man’s Magazine, those for November-December 1909 and January-April 1910.

New Issues, Feb-Mar. 2013

In March, we’ll be adding the remaining issue from Volume 11 (May 1910), and full runs of Volumes 12-14 (June 1910-May 1911). This represents a complete 5-volume run of Frank Munsey’s seminal railroad-themed monthly, the first pulp magazine devoted to a single genre.

Also available now at the Pulp Magazines Project, from Nathan Vernon Madison (Virginia Commonwealth University), a history of the publication that made Munsey a millionaire, Munsey’s Magazine (1889-1929).

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.

History of Astounding Stories now available (2/21/2012)

Inspired by the success of Hugo Gernsback’s Amazing Stories, Clayton Publishing Co. released, in January of 1930, the first issue of Astounding Stories. Early issues lacked much of Gernsback’s attention to the scientific and extrapolative possibilities of the SF genre, and instead featured many instances of stock, pulp adventure yarns simply transplanted into exotic or alien environments. While possibly a travesty in the eyes of SF purists, it attracted many SF fans and general pulp readers, and aided Astounding‘s first three years of survival, until its cancellation during the height of the Great Depression in March of 1933.

Thankfully, the departure was short-lived; the pulp industry giant Street & Smith Corp. purchased the title, and in October 1933 Astounding Stories returned. The stock adventure stories that had appeared previously were replaced, with what editor F. Orlin Tremaine dubbed “thought-variants:” stories that were just as interesting and exciting, but also held some scientific or technological truth at their core. This approach—combining the adventure of the pulps with the ideas of Gernsbackian extrapolation—in addition to the social, political and introspective elements increasingly incorporated by its authors into their stories, would help define Astounding in the coming years…

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

New Issues/ Histories (2/18/2012)

Due to an overwhelmingly positive response received last weekend to the posting of issues 1-6 (over 4,000 new visits in just three days), we’ve added two more issues from Volume 1 of Amazing Stories, those of October and November. This rounds out the year 1926 for Hugo Gernsback’s seminal science-fiction magazine.

Also available now at the Pulp Magazines Project, from Andrew Ferguson (University of Virginia) a history of Amazing Stories; and from Jeremy Larance (West Liberty University) a history of Fiction House’s Fight Stories, the first all-fiction pulp magazine dedicated entirely to a single sport. Take that, baseball.

New Issues/ History/ Contexts (1/22/2012)

We’ve added 5 new titles to the Pulp Magazines Project website: Famous Fantastic Mysteries (Sept/ Oct 1939, Nov. 1939, and Dec 1939); Fight Stories (June 1928, Sept 1930, and Aug/ Oct 1949); Flying Stories (May 1929, 1st issue of Vol. 2); Thrilling Adventures (July 1932); and Weird Tales (Aug/ Sept 1936, July 1937, and February 1938).

Eleven new issues in all (ranging in pub. dates from 1929 to 1949):

Also available at the Pulp Magazines Project, the history of Weird Tales (Leif Sorensen; Colorado State University) and two new Contexts pages: Pulp Market Share 1922 (Jess Nevins; World Fantasy Award-nominated Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana, 2005) and an Office Dummy, or prototype, issue of Flying Stories Vol. 2, No. 1 (May 1929).

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