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The Art of Pulp Fiction: An Illustrated History of Vintage Paperbacks

The Art of Pulp Fiction chronicles the early history of American pocket-sized paperbound books designed for mass-market consumption, concentrating on the period from 1940 to 1960. Those decades saw paperbacks eclipse cheap pulp magazines and expensive clothbound books as the most popular delivery vehicle for escapist fiction. To catch the eyes of potential buyers they were […]

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Blood ‘n’ Thunder 2021 Annual

The award-winning journal of adventure, mystery, and melodrama is back! After a two-year absence Blood ‘n’ Thunder returns as a book-length Annual, its 264 pages crammed with articles, illustrations, and fiction reprints. As always, the emphasis is on pulp magazines, vintage Hollywood movies, and Old Time Radio drama. The Annual’s first section is a centennial […]

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When Dracula Met Frankenstein

In 1968 two ambitious young filmmakers, working on a shoestring, made a movie about a ruthless motorcycle gang. Titled Satan’s Sadists, it became the initial release of their new company, Independent-International Pictures, and was wildly profitable. Over the next two decades Sam Sherman and Al Adamson collaborated on a succession of low-budget films that attracted […]

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Blood ‘n’ Thunder, Second Series, Number Two

The second issue of the revived Blood ‘n’ Thunder opens with a special section devoted to Jimmie Dale, alias the Gray Seal, Frank L. Packard’s World War I-vintage protagonist whose adventures in Street & Smith’s People’s Magazine presaged the Depression-era hero-pulp phenomenon. Award-winning writer, editor, documentarian, and pop-culture historian Don Hutchison makes his first appearance […]

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Blood ‘n’ Thunder, Second Series, Number One

Between 2002 and 2016, Blood ‘n’ Thunder was the premier journal for devotees of adventure, mystery and melodrama in American popular culture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This award-winning magazine, written by enthusiasts for enthusiasts, eventually expanded its readership to include casual fans of vintage storytelling mediums: pulp fiction, motion pictures, Old […]

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The Purple Eye

This wildly melodramatic thriller, originally published in the August 1933 issue of Dime Mystery Magazine, provided the template for countless pulp-hero novels published during the Thirties. Depression-era readers craved outlandish menaces to take their minds off their troubles, and The Purple Eye was at the top of the list. The Eye, maniacal criminal mastermind and […]

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Johnston McCulley Omnibus

Among the most prolific fictioneers ever to pound a typewriter, Johnston McCulley has earned pop-culture immortality as the creator of Zorro, who made his debut in 1919. At that time he was just one of many McCulley characters romping through the shag-edged pages of America’s pulp-fiction magazines. Most others appeared in Street & Smith’s Detective […]

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Satan Lives for My Love! — Sex and Sadism in Marvel’s Horror Pulps, 1938-1940

Before launching what would become the Marvel Comics empire, Martin Goodman published low-rent pulp magazines issued by a dizzying array of shell companies designed to insulate him from creditors. In order to compete in an already-crowded marketplace, he allowed editor-in-chief Robert O. Erisman to distinguish their periodicals with lurid covers and sensational fiction. Bearing Goodman’s […]

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Behind the Mask: The Making of Republic’s Lone Ranger Serials

In addition to being the most profitable chapter play in the 20-year-history of Republic Pictures—generating more than $1.1 million in worldwide revenue—The Lone Ranger (1938) set new standards of excellence for motion pictures adapted from characters originating in other media. It was a genuine phenomenon, securing bookings from major theater circuits and big-city picture palaces […]

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