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.




FLYING STORIES, December 1928


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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.

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.