Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Pulps A-Z: The Letter P

Some of these are well known - like POPULAR and PETE RICE - but I thought I'd throw them in with samples of some of their better covers. I especially like the POPULAR cover.

PRISON LIFE STORIES, September 1935

POPULAR BASEBALL, Spring 1951

PRIZE AIR PILOT STORIES, March 1930

PIRATE STORIES, November 1934

PETE RICE, September 1934

PEOPLES, April 1907

PECOS KID WESTERN, July 1950

POPULAR, June 7, 1917




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8 comments:

Deka Black said...

Pirate Stories seems interesting. I wonder if itwill have some storie takingplace NOT in the caribbean.

Barry Traylor said...

Pirate Stories was published by Hugo Gernsback after he lost ownership of Amazing Stories if memory serves (too lazy to look it up).And I see there is a Raoul Whitfield story in that issue of Prize Air Pilot Stories. Popular Engineering Stories is a title that only lasted one issue.

Walker Martin said...

POPULAR was called the "training ground for the Saturday Evening Post" because of the high quality fiction. It took me over 30 years to track down a set of this title, which lasted for over 600 issues between 1903-1931. It was killed off by the depression.

For those of you who subscribe to BLOOD N THUNDER, Ed Hulse wrote a long two part article about the history of POPULAR.

Ed Hulse said...

I hadn't heard of PRIZE AIR PILOT STORIES and ran to the Adventure House guide to see if it was listed there. And sure enough, it was. The entry lists three issues. Has anybody ever seen one in person, so to speak? It's got to be incredibly rare.

Ron Scheer said...

Thanks. Prison stories? That's a new one for me.

Ron Scheer said...

Oh, now I see J. Edgar was a contributor. That makes it even more interesting.

Laurie Powers said...

Ron: Actually, there were two Prison pulps - PRISON STORIES and PRISON LIFE STORIES. From what I know, PRISON STORIES is the more famous of the two, although I don't think either one had a long run. Your remark about J. Edgar brought up some interesting thoughts I had when watching the Eastwood bio a few weeks ago. There are a lot of references in the movie to "comic books" that J. Edgar "contributed to," but no mention of pulps. I know he lent his name to G-MAN. Perhaps Clint left that out because he thought no one would know what a "pulp" was? But he has been known to play fast and loose with the facts.

Ed: Whoa, I stumped the expert. One you never heard of! I should get a prize for that.

Barry, I should've looked into Popular Engineering - that's a good one.

Barry Traylor said...

About Popular Engineering Stories, I have long thought that the pulp magazine publishers would on occasion throw an idea on the wall to see if it would stick and then publish the title.
I do know the story (hope it is true) about how the decision to publish Astounding came about.
I wonder if either Walker or Ed have ever read that issue of Popular Engineering? Have either Adventure House or Girasol reprinted it?