Thursday, December 31, 2009

Sailing Into 2010 with Some Pulp Covers

Happy New Year everyone! I think it's pretty safe to say that most of us are going to be VERY happy to see 2009 go into the dumpster.

I'm planning on 2010 to be a fantastic year, starting out with a trip to England in the next couple of months. I may be buying my ticket today. And to celebrate, I'm posting some pulp covers of one of my favorite symbols of travel: ships. I don't know if all of you know this, but I used to scuba dive quite a bit - was a instructor for a while - but that's another post. So ships, boats, catamarans, cruisers, sailboats, even six-packs and Zodiacs all bring back fond memories.

Now let's push off the dock and sail into 2010.

All Story, December 1905

Adventure, April 18, 1918

Argosy All Story Weekly, May 6, 1922

Sea Stories, November 20, 1922

Sea Stories, September 1924

Argosy All Story Weekly, November 8, 1924

Adventure, August 23, 1926.

Sea Stories, November 1926

Sea Stories, June 1929

Science Wonder Stories, July 1929

Argosy, September 20, 1930

Blue Book, March 1933

Blue Book, April 1936

Famous Fantastic Mysteries, June 1945

Railroad, September 1945

Dime Detective, April 1950



You're coming to the UK, I'm going to the States - we'll cross in the air.

Walker Martin said...

I just finished watching Billy Budd, the 1962 film starring Robert Ryan and Terrence Stamp. Then a couple minutes later I see you have several nice covers showing ships and the sea. I'm glad you picked 4 covers from Sea Stories, an unjustly forgotten pulp which lasted 118 issues during the 1922-1930 period. Somehow over an almost 40 year period, I've managed to get 112 of the issues.

The interesting thing about Sea Stories is that it was obviously aimed at the adult male and sailor. The covers are always well done and the long letter column is full of letters from sailors and officers who sailed under both steam and sail.

An optimistic start for 2010. Happy New Year.

Laurie said...

Archavist, with any luck we'll miss each other. Just kidding.

Walker, I'm glad you wrote about Sea Stories. I was wondering how popular it was and the quality of the stories. I wouldn't mind getting a few of these - how hard are they to acquire I wonder.

Walker Martin said...

Laurie, Sea Stories are not easy to find since all the 1920's magazines are getting rarer and rarer. Not many people collect it but you usually can spot a few issues at Windy City or PulpFest.

Melissa Marsh said...

Oooh, I'm so excited for you! I went to England by myself in October 2008 and had a BLAST. Enjoy!!! (if you need any pointers, let me know...)

Charles Gramlich said...

I love sailing ships. I don't know why, since I have no experience with them at all, but something about it fires my imagination. Maybe in a past life I was a sailor!

Laurie said...

Walker, hopefully I'll pick up a few when I get to PulpFest. Maybe I should start my wish list now..

Melissa - let's fast can I email you?! Woops, I just did. Too bad we couldn't go together - what fun we would have.

Charles, me too. There's just something that's very calming about being out on the sea (and under it, too.)

Barry Traylor said...

I see you included an Argosy All Story Weekly with A. Merritt's The Ship of Ishtar. I loved this yarn when first I read it. Great story!

Evan Lewis said...

Nice. I have that Dime Detective and I want those Sea Stories.

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