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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.


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.

Complete 5-Volume Run of The Railroad Man’s Magazine

Seven new issues of The Railroad Man’s Magazine (1906-79) now up.

This completes volumes 10 through 14 of Frank A. Munsey’s seminal railroad-themed monthly, the first pulp magazine devoted to a single genre.

New Issues_Mar_20_2012

Next week, we add to our growing collection of science fiction pulps, with new issues of Amazing Stories and Planet Stories. Then in April, a wide selection of “girlie pulps,” including issues of Pep Stories, La Paree, and Hollywood Nights.

New Issues (3/5/2013)

The Pulp Magazines Project has added 6 new issues from Volumes 11, 12, & 13 of The Railroad Man’s Magazine, those for May-October 1910.

New Issues, March 2013

This completes Volumes 10-12 (Oct. 1909-Sept. 1910) of Frank A. Munsey’s seminal railroad-themed monthly, the first single-genre pulp magazine title.

For issues and cover images (1906-79), see Phil Stephensen-Payne’s Checklist.

Cheers, all.

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).

New Issues/ Contexts (2/5/2013)

We’ve added 4 new issues (of which 3 are new titles) of 1930s and 40s “love,” “snappy,” and “girlie” pulps to the Pulp Magazines Project website: Ginger Stories (June 1929), New Love (March 1943); Snappy Magazine (November 1937); and Sweetheart Stories (August 1942).

New Issues, February 2013

Also, reprinted is Thomas H. Uzzell’s article, “The Love Pulps” (first published in Scribner’s Magazine, April 1938), in which the author takes aim at the “sub-mass female reader,” catered to by these “magazines that sell glamour for a dime… the escape literature of three million maidens.”

The Pulp Magazines Project wishes to thank Pulpscans and Digital Pulp Preservation. Special appreciation goes to Laurie Powers, author of Laurie’s Wild West, for bringing Uzzell’s 1938 essay to our attention in January.


New Issues/ Titles/ Contexts: Thrills Incorporated, Saucy Stories, et al.

In September and October, the Pulp Magazines Project added 17 new issues to the archive, including 7 issues of Australia’s first SF pulp, Thrills Incorporated, created by Stanley Horowitz’s Transport Publications. Following the success of Transport’s weird mystery pulp Scientific Thriller (1948), Thrills Incorporated appeared in March 1950 and lasted for 23 issues. It ended in June 1952.

Issues added for September and October were Argosy and Railroad Man’s Magazine (Apr. 5, 1919); The All-Story Magazine (May 1905 & Aug. 1909); The Popular Magazine (Jul. 23 & Oct. 20, 1915); Astounding Stories (Nov. 1932, Nov. 1933, Jan. 1936, and Aug. 1938); Thrills Incorporated (AUS; Mar.-July 1950, Nov. 1951, and Jun. 1952); and North West Romances (Winter 1950).

New Issues, Sept-Oct 2012In December, the Project added several more issues to its existing run of titles, augmenting a growing number of first appearances by popular British authors. These included Short Stories (Apr. 1916; Achmed Abdullah, “The Fetish of Remorse”); People’s (Nov. 1916; Bram Stoker, “Greater Love”); Live Stories (July 1919); Hutchinson’s Story Magazine (UK; Sept. 1919; Rider Haggard, She Meets Allan, Pt. 3/9 & Sapper, Bulldog Drummond, Pt. 1/5); and Detective Story Magazine (Oct. 5, 1916; Sax Rohmer, The Yellow Claw, Pt. 1/6).

New Issues, Dec 2012Further, the Project welcomes the New Year with the introduction of 4 new pulp titles: Wide Awake Magazine (Jan. 10, 1916); Saucy Stories (May 1919 & Aug. 22, 1922); Romance (Oct. 1920; Edgar Lee Masters, Mitch Miller, Pt. 5/5 & Jan. 1920; Joseph Conrad, The Rescue, Pt. 3/6); and Railroad Man’s Magazine (Oct. 1909; Johnston McCulley, “The Courage Club” & Oct. 1912).

New Issues, Jan 2013Finally, be sure to check out John Locke’s “The Rise and Fall of the Pulps: and the Authors Who Rose and Fell With Them.”

(Many thanks to John Locke for his kind permission to reprint the materials presented with this lecture which took place at the Thompson Library, Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio on Thursday, August 9, 2012.)

Happy New Year, all.

New Issues/ Contexts (8/8/2012 & 9/22/2012)

In August and September, the Pulp Magazines Project added several new items to the website, including 12 issues of pre-1923 “slick” and “book-paper” magazines:

McClure’s (Jul 1897); Black Cat (Dec 1899); Saturday Evening Post (Aug 18, 1906); Red Book (Apr 1908); Harper’s (Sept 1910); Everybody’s (Mar 1911); Smith’s (Jul 1913); Young’s (Jan 1914); Scribner’s (Mar 1914); Munsey’s (Feb 1915); Collier’s Weekly (Jun 14, 1919); and The Smart Set (Dec 1919).

You can find those magazines here.

Also, check out R.D. Mullen’s superb essay “From Standard Magazines to Pulps and Big Slicks: A Note on the History of US General and Fiction Magazines.”

(Many thanks to Arthur Evans and Carol McGuirk for their kind permission to reprint Dr. Mullen’s essay, which first appeared in Science Fiction Studies, Vol. 22, No. 1 [March 1995]: pp. 144-156.)

In addition to these, there are 4 issues of Hugo Gernsback’s Air Wonder Stories (Jul-Aug, Dec 1929, and May 1930) now available.

The Pulp Magazines Project wishes to thank Conrad First, Modernist Journals ProjectPulpscans, and Digital Pulp Preservation.


New Issues (7/25/2012): The Popular Magazine

We’ve added 9 new issues of Street & Smith’s flagship pulp-paper title, The Popular Magazine, to the Pulp Magazines Project website. These issues were published just before or during the First World War. They are dated Nov. 23, 1912; July 1, 1913; Nov. 7, 1914; Feb. 23, 1915; Jan. 7, Nov. 7, & Dec. 20, 1916; Apr. 20, 1917; and Apr. 20, 1918.

The Nov. 23, 1912 issue (pictured above, top row, at far left) features an iconic cover by the artist N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945). Wyeth contributed the cover illustrations for over two dozen issues of The Popular Magazine between 1909 and 1923.

The Pulp Magazines Project wishes to thank Magazines For All for uploading and making these scans available.

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