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Pulp IS History!!!
History of the Pulps Part 3
By Mark S. Halegua
Yes, that’s right, I said part 3.  So, you’re wondering where are parts 1 and 2?  You haven’t seen them on All Pulp.  So, where are they?
They’re on comicrelated.com.  See, I started writing a pulp blog there and the first two were on the history of pulps, the first pulp magazine (Argosy) and the ones that followed.
But, then Tommy Hancock said, “Hey Mark, will you write a blog for All Pulp on the history of pulps?”
So, I’m thinking, “but, I’ve already started that on comicrelated.com.  If I were to do that I’d be essentially writing what I’ve already started and it would be on two blogs.  Not cool.  How can I differentiate the two?”
A thought came to me.  What if I did the history for All Pulp and something different for comicrelated?  Something maybe more pertinent to comics?  Something interesting about pulps but of more interest to comic book people?
So, here’s the deal, which the kind people at comicrelated.com have agreed to.  I will write there about pulps, but not pulp history.  I will write on All Pulp about pulp history.  And, when I think people need to know about something I’ve written on one or the other site, I will publish a link to it.
The last blog I sent to comicrelated.com was about the recent Windy City Pulp and Paperback convention in Chicago, which I attended as both a dealer and a collector.  If you want to read about that, go to: http://comicrelated.com/news/11678/pulp-1st-returns!
It also has links to some interviews and other things I digitally recorded about the con on YouTube.
You can read the first two parts of my history of pulps here: http://comicrelated.com/news/10971/pulp-1st-debuts
So, that brings you up to date so far.
So last we looked Railroad Man’s Magazine had just come out and was the first pulp to have stories, in this case fiction and non-fiction, about the railroads, and only the railroads.  The first pulp to focus on one genre.  All previous pulps were general fiction, mixing genres.
The next four pulps published were all from Munsey, The Ocean, The Live Wire, The Cavalier, and Munsey’s.
The Ocean published stories occuring on the ocean.  The Live Wire, I don’t know what was published.  If anyone knows, please inform me.  It was a short lived pulp,  starting in February 1908 and ending, or chainging its title, in September 1908.  The Ocean was also a short lived pulp lasting about a year.
The Cavalier was another genaral fiction pulp which lasted several years, till 1914 and 163 issues, before folding into All-Story.  This was a common thing to do to keep the subscribers with the company.
Munsey’s started out as a slick magazine and was converted in 1909 to a pulp.  It was also a general fiction pulp.
In 1909 another title converted from a magazine to a pulp.  Short Stories, one of the longest running of all pulps which for most of its history as a pulp published twice a month, on the 10th and 25th of every month.  It was also notable, starting around 1921, for including a red sun on each issue cover.
In 1910 two more pulps were introduced, one by Street and Smith the other by the Ridgeway Co.  These were Top-Notch and Adventure.  Both were general fiction pulps with Top Notch slanting the stories to a younger audience.
With this the Big Four were now publishing.  Argosy, Blue Book, Adventure, and Short Stories were considered the top pulps, consistently producing best stories and would do so for decades.
In retrospect two others should join these four as notables, All-Story and The Popular.  The Popular in particular was noted for authors starting their careers there and moving on to the higher paying slicks.
Over the next years to 1916 several new pulps would come to the newsstands: New Story, Snappy Stories, Women’s Stories, Romance, Live Stories, Clever Stories, Tip Top Semi-Monthly, Parisienne Monthly, Breezy Stories, Detective Story, Wide-Awake, All Around, Thriller, and Saucy Stories.  So, in this second decade of the pulps 20 new titles were published.  Not all lasted, some lasted a very long time.  But the notables, were Adventure, Short Stories, and Detective Story.
Detective Story was the first all detective and mystery pulp.  The term mystery would have a different meaning for pulps in the 30s and 40s, but this had detective and mystery stories.  Published by Street and Smith, it was renamed from its long running nickel weekly story paper titled either New Nick Carter or Nick Carter Weekly.  Street and Smith did something similar with it’s Buffalo Bill story paper and Western Story a couple of years later.
Women’s Stories published stories directed toward women’s interests and Romance was fiction about, well romance.  It lasted from 1914 thru 1916 and 28 issues.  No fewer than two other pulps with the same name would be published later.


From Mike Chomko-
With Spring fast approaching, it’s time to get your Munsey Award nominations to PulpFest. All members of the pulp community, whether they plan to attend PulpFest 2011 or not, are welcome to nominate a deserving person for this year’s achievement award.

Named after Frank A. Munsey, the man who published the first all-fiction pulp magazine, the Munsey is presented annually to a deserving person who has given of himself or herself for the betterment of the pulp community, be it through disseminating knowledge about the pulps, publishing, or through
other efforts to preserve and to foster interest in the pulp magazines we all love and enjoy. All members of the pulp community, excepting past winners of the Munsey or Lamont awards, are eligible for this prestigious

For further details, please visit www.pulpfest.com and make your nomination.

From Katherine Tomlinson-
This week, Mark Satchwill and I bring the Noir with a tale of secrets and sex.  We hope you like it.


In anticipation of the approaching announcement on March 1, 2011, of the winners of the 2011 Pulp Ark Awards, the first ever given from this new convention/conference for pulp creators and fans, Tommy Hancock, Pulp Ark Coordinator announced the planned design for the ten awards to be given Saturday, May 14, 2011 at the event.
“Each award is a wooden plaque,” Hancock reported.  “8 X 10 with the outline of the state of Arkansas laser engraved into it.  Within the state’s outline will be the PULP ARK name and year and the award and the recipient’s name, also laser engraved.  I designed the award and local business owners Ron and Toy Siler of Southern Charm, a trophy and awards store in Batesville, will produce them.  Mark Herrington, a supporter of pulp creators and a local businessman in the area, is covering the costs of the awards.”
Hancock stated that the winners of the Pulp Ark awards would be announced the morning of March 1, 2011.  Voting for all qualified voters ends at 11:59 PM, February 28, 2011.


Tippin’ Hancock’s Hat-Pulp Reviews by Tommy Hancock
by Tom Johnson
Published by Altus Press
384 Pages

In this day of what is truly a modern Pulp renaissance, we are seeing fantastic new takes on old pulp concepts, new pulp heroes fighting new pulp villains, and new techniques used in telling two fisted action adventure tales.  All that new is necessary to move a genre into the forefront of modern reading, to make sure that a type of fiction continues to live for years and years to come.  Having said that, however, it’s also important, particularly for pulp, that our roots not be forgotten, that the magazines and writers who started this vital arena of heroic fiction be remembered and honored.  Not just in terms of reprinting the old standards.  No, we still need someone skilled enough and willing to write in the old style, to stick to the conventions established by the originals, to write new stories that read like old pulp.

Thank God that we have Tom Johnson to do just that.

EXCITING PULP TALES, Johnson’s latest from Altus Press, is a collection of ten new stories spotlighting little known and even obscure Pulp characters that have entered the public domain.  Names like Ki-Gor, The Purple Scar, Funny Face, and others that mostly didn’t make it past 2 or 3 original appearances fill the pages of this book with excitement, action, mystery, and enough humor to balance it all out.  Normally, I would go story to story and rate them, but with this collection, that’s not necessary.  Johnson emulates the style of pulp authors from the hey day of the medium with such precision and exact attention to not only the period and character elements, but also to the stylistic work of the individual authors.  These stories each could have appeared in a pulp magazine from the 1930s and 40s and fit perfectly.   Do they follow a formula? Yes.  Do they have heroes, villains, and some stock literary devices? Yes.  Do they stand out as some of the best pulp stories I’ve read in a while? You bet.

Are they perfect, though? No.  A couple of stories drag in places, getting more involved in setting the scene than telling the tale, but Johnson quickly pulls the reader back to where they need to be.  On the edge of their seat waiting for the next bullet to be fired or body to be found.  

Exciting? Yep.  Pulp?  No doubt.   Tales?  Ones I would read again and again for the most part.  Altus and Tom Johnson, both known for their excellent work in pulp storytelling, have most assuredly done it again with this one.

FOUR OF FIVE TIPS OF HANCOCK’S HAT-Overall, these stories are exactly what I feel Tom intended them to be.  New tales told in the old way bringing some excellent rarely seen characters to the spotlight where they belong.