The Blood ‘n’ Thunder Sampler
By Ed Hulse and BnT's Writers Brigade
For more than 14 years, Blood ‘n’ Thunder chronicled the evolution of adventure, mystery and melodrama in pulp fiction, radio drama, comic strips, and motion pictures produced in the first five decades of the Twentieth Century. Exhaustively researched and engagingly written by hobbyists, historians, and academics, the non-fiction pieces in Blood ‘n’ Thunder raised the bar for scholars of American popular culture.
This anthology collects some of the most memorable works to grace the journal’s pages, along with the illustrations that accompanied their initial publication. Newly obtained illos have been added, as has information uncovered since the articles were originally published. Such popular pulp heroes as The Spider and Doc Savage are explored. Early multi-media appearances of famous fictional characters Zorro, Tarzan, Hopalong Cassidy, and the Green Hornet are covered in depth. Lengthy biographical essays profile such giants of the pulp-magazine industry as publisher Frank A. Munsey, writer Gordon Young, and artist Norman Saunders. The Golden Age of American popular culture is celebrated in each and every selection, with Blood ‘n’ Thunder contributors offering previously unreported and long-forgotten facts. Painting a vivid picture of a bygone era, the material contained herein is not only educational but entertaining as well.
The Sampler is 250 pages long, reprints 17 articles, and contains more than 140 illustrations. It’s a great value for only $24.95 (and that price includes shipping to domestic U.S. customers).
If you’ve read about but not tried Blood ‘n’ Thunder for yourself, here’s a great way to sample the zine. Who knows, the Sampler just might inspire you to buy all the back issues and see what you’ve been missing!
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