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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).


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 (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.

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/ 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.

New Issues (6/30/2012): All-Story Weekly, Detective Story, and Dynamic Science Stories

We’ve added several new issues to the Pulp Magazines Project website, including four issues of All-Story Weekly for February 3 1917, January 25, June 14, and June 21 1919; Detective Story Magazine for January 5 1917; and two issues of Dynamic Science Stories for February and April/ May 1939 (this is a full 2-issue run).

The Pulp Magazines Project wishes to thank the Pulpscans Group and Digital Pulp Preservation for all their help.

Archive Reaches 78 Issues

The Pulp Magazines Project is well on the way to posting its 100th individual issue. As of April 2012, there are over 75 magazines available on the website as high-quality, full-text, cover-to-cover scans. They represent 40 different titles from 22 publishers, 16 magazine editors, over a dozen genres, and hundreds of individual authors. There are stories by John Buchan, Djuna Barnes, H.G. Wells, Rider Haggard, Albert Payson Terhune, Robert E. Howard, H.P. Lovecraft, Robert Bloch, Ray Cummings, A.L. Burkholder, Seabury Quinn, Blasco Ibanez, H. Bedford Jones, Baroness Orczy, and Captain Dingle. There are adventure, romance, western, SF, sea, aviation, weird, horror, sport, detective, and girlie pulps. We have Teddy Roosevelt’s favorite pulp, Adventure, and Ludwig Wittgenstein’s favorite pulp, Detective Story. There are British pulps, East Coast pulps, and pulps published in Chicago. There are long-running pulp titles like Argosy and Ranch Romances, and there are one-shot flops like Basketball Stories.

Importantly, they show the dizzying variety of fiction, poetry, and even non-fiction that was published for over half a century in the pulp magazines. And these are just the beginning.

Magazines now available on the Project’s website include:

Love Story Magazine (Mar. 10 and Oct. 20, 1934; Mar. 30, 1935); “I Confess” (Jan. 12, 1923); Ranch Romances (Sept. 1, 1933; Mar. 1, 1943; and Feb. 11, 1944); Amazing Stories (April 1928); The Argosy (Nov. 1908; Albert Payson Terhune, From Flag to Flag, Pt. 1/4); Sea Stories Magazine (August 1929); Western Story Magazine (June 5, 1926); Out of this World Adventures (July and Dec. 1950); Planet Stories (Fall 1944); Jungle Stories (Summer 1950); Indian Stories (Winter 1950); Ghost Stories (Jan. 1927); Basketball Stories (Winter 1937); Argosy All-Story Weekly (Oct. 21, 1922; Ray Cummings, The Fire People, Pt. 1/5); All-Story Weekly (June 19, 1920; Ray Cummings, The Light Machine); The Frontier (May 1926); Detective Story Magazine (Aug. 27, 1921); Adventure (Oct. 1915; Albert Payson Terhune, From the ‘Tip’ of the Rocket); Hutchinson’s Story Magazine (UK; July 1919; Rider Haggard, She Meets Allan, Pt. 1/9); The Merry Magazine (UK; March 1929); Wonder Stories (Dec. 1930; Jan.-Aug. 1931; Oct. 1931; Aug. 1932); Amazing Stories (Oct.-Nov. 1926); Amazing Stories (April-Sept. 1926); Famous Fantastic Mysteries (Aug./ Oct.-Dec. 1939); Fight Stories (June 1928, Sept. 1930, and Aug./ Oct. 1949); Flying Stories (May 1929); Thrilling Adventures (July 1932); Weird Tales (Aug./ Sept. 1936; REH, Red Nails, Pt. 2/3); Weird Tales (July 1937); Weird Tales (Feb. 1938; REH, Haunting Columns); Air Stories (August 1927; 1st Aviation Pulp); Astounding Stories (Feb. 1932; Ray Cummings, Wandl, The Invader, Pt. 1/4); Frontier Stories (May 1927); Breezy Stories (March 1916); Green Book (March 1912); Short Stories (Aug. 10, 1926); World Fiction (Nov. 1922; Blasco Ibanez, A Wedding Serenade); Wonder Stories (Aug. 1934; A.L. Burkholder, Dimensional Fate); Ginger Stories (Feb. 1930); Amazing Stories (Dec. 1926; H.G. Wells, The First Men in the Moon [r], Pt. 1/3); Detective Story Magazine (Mar. 5, 1916); Live Stories (May 1919); Snappy Stories (Mar. 3, 1916) New Story (July 1914; H. Bedford Jones, A Discord in Avalon); People’s Story (Nov. 25, 1922; Captain Dingle, The Redheads); The All-Story Weekly (June 5, 1915; John Buchan, The Thirty-Nine Steps, Pt. 1/2); Top-Notch Magazine (October 17, 1917); Adventure (Aug. 3, 1919; Baroness Orczy, Needs Must); The Argosy (Aug. 1905; Albert Payson Terhune, The Fugitive, Pt. 1/4); Blue Book (Aug. 1916); The Cavalier Weekly (Sept. 28, 1912); and The Popular Magazine (December 1908; H.G. Wells, Tono-Bungay, Pt. 4/5).

The Pulp Magazines Project wishes to thank the Pulpscans Group, Digital Pulp Preservation, the Digital Comic MuseumNewsstand: 1925, and Conrad First for all their help.

Cheers everybody, keep on scanning, and enjoy pulps.

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