Sunday, November 27, 2011

Pulps A-Z: The Letter O

You'd think that the letter "O" would be another problematic letter with few titles, and even fewer titles that would be considered interesting. You would be wrong. The Letter "O" gives us a cavalcade of titles that were either obscure, rare, or famous, or sometimes a combination of all three.

OVER THE TOP, April 1929


OPERATOR #5, December 1934

THE OCTOPUS, Feb/March 1939

THE OCEAN, April 1907, Vol. 1, No. 2


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Deka Black said...

Over the Top... fun title! i hope it makes honour to his name.

Barry Traylor said...

I have long wondered who read OVER THE TOP as I can't imagine veterans of the Western Front waxing nostalgic for the good old days in the trenches.
ORIENTAL STORIES was a companion title to Weird Tales and many of the same writers had stories in both magazines. This title morphed into The Magic Carpet Magazine.
THE OCTOPUS has an interesting history as there was only one issue in spite of the fact that it is vol. 1 #4. This is due to the fact that the magazine is a retitling of Western Raider which ran for 3 issues. I was told back in the 1970's that fans searched for years to find numbers 1-3 of The Octopus. This title was then renamed The Scorpion (which only lasted one issue) The Scorpion character was actually The Octopus. They just changed the name in the story as they had the manuscript in house when The Octopus was cancelled.

Richard R. said...

That's a darn nice painting for the cover of Over The Top.

I gather there was a lot of that name changing of characters and re-titling of pulps for the borderline sellers.