Monday, September 12, 2011

Pulps A-Z: The Letter F

Other than the contest and the regular series like this one, the blog will be a little quiet this week. I've got what I think are some repetitive motion issues going on - anyone who works at a computer all day every day for years knows what I'm talking about - and I need to take it easy until I figure this all out. Don't worry - I've got my physical therapist and my doctor on the case.

There are some gems in the Fs when it comes to unusual titles.

FIFTH COLUMN STORIES, January 1941

FAMOUS SPY STORIES, Jan/Feb, 1940

FAR EAST ADVENTURE STORIES, November 1930

FLYING STORIES, December 1928

FLASH GORDON STRANGE ADVENTURES, December 1936



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8 comments:

Barry Traylor said...

First let me say that I hope you have your carpal tunnel (which I assume it is) taken care of soon and all will be well. I thought I was getting it and my doctor said it was just arthritis (I am an old geezer dontcha know).
I always found it interesting that in spite of the America Firsters in the late 1930's there were magazines like this months before the Pearl Harbor attack. I had a hunch you'd pick Flash Gordon. Some very good choices once again.

Laurie Powers said...

Thanks, Barry - I'm not sure if it's carpal tunnel because the symptoms are a little different. But there's definitely something inflamed that's causing my thumbs to have very uncomfortable pain and stiffness.

What are the American Firsters?

Deka Black said...

First of all: Hope is nothing serious, health is first.

Second: I go with Flash Gordon. But only because having a character named "Hans Zarkov" made it cool.

Barry Traylor said...

I am not quite old enough to know first hand about the America Firsters (I just read a lot of twentieth century history) and hopefully this will help. I can't put a real link here but I guess you can just copy/paste.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/America_First_Committee

Barry Traylor said...

Since pulp publishers hit just about every genre and sub-genre you can shake a stick at I wonder how they missed these, there was a Navy Stories and Army-Navy Flying Stories. So I wonder how they missed the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Marines? I'm surprised Harold Hersey did not think of it!

Richard R. said...

Don't see a lot of pulps with a giant tarantula on the cover.

Hope your painful thumbs are better soon. Maybe too much texting?

Alfred Jan said...

America Firsters advocated non-intervention in Europe after Hitler started invading countries and killing Jews. They were a non-issue after Pearl Harbor, after which we declared war on Japan, and Germany then declared war on us. I hope your wrists get better soon.

Laurie Powers said...

Thanks, all and thanks for the lesson on American Firsters. I knew there was a strong sentiment to not get involved in the War; just didn't know of the name.

Actually it's my thumbs, but it's connected as they say. Rick, I rarely text. I think it's from typing on a keyboard.