Wednesday, November 30, 2011

WILD WEST WEEKLY - United Kingdom Issues

At PulpFest last summer, Walker Martin found a copy of WILD WEST WEEKLY that was issued in the United Kingdom. We'd always known that the magazine had an English counterpart, but I for one had never seen one. One of the ads in this issue advertises a future issue in which Sonny Tabor, one of my grandfather's heroes, would appear. Walker, being the generous person he is, gave me this copy as a gift.

Then, last weekend my aunt showed me a box full of WILD WEST magazines that were issued in the United Kingdom in the late 1930s - most of them 1938-39.

There are many distinct differences between the US version and the US. The magazine was called WILD WEST instead of WILD WEST WEEKLY, was bedsheet size and the exterior cover art is totally different than the US counterparts. The contents appear to be an average of 8 to 10 stories, but none of the issues have a Table of Contents. None of the stories have a byline; so no authors are given credit for their stories. Zero.

The most interesting difference to me was that Sonny Tabor ends up as "Sonny Taylor" in the UK version (even though they advertised it as Sonny Tabor earlier.)

For those of you who are interested, the publisher, as indicated on the back, was The Amalgamated Press, Ltd., and the printer was The Sun Engraving Company.

Here are more scans of just a fraction of the collection. Unfortunately my scanner isn't big enough to capture the entire cover, but you get the idea. The art work ranges from quite striking to bizarre.

So the WILD WEST WEEKLY adventure continues.

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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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Western Stories to Read by the Fire

There is a new collection of Western stories out, just in time for Christmas. Titled THE CHRISTMAS CAMPFIRE COLLECTION, it contains stories by James Reasoner, his wife Livia, Troy D. Smith, Frank Roderus, Tim Champlin, Larry D. Sweazy, Robert Vaughan, Douglas Hirt, Dusty Richards, Kerry Newcomb, Matthew P. Mayo, Robert J. Randisi, Rod Miller, and Terry Burns.

It's very reasonably priced over at Amazon. I may have to get a copy for myself for Christmas.

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

It's a Wild West Day Over at James Reasoner's Blog

James Reasoner, one of the best Western writers around, if not THE best, has a weekly post every Saturday morning, "Saturday Morning Western Pulp." Today his post is on the February 11, 1939 WILD WEST WEEKLY, featuring a Johnny Forty-five story by my grandfather, written under the pen name Andrew Griffin. Go on over and check it out - the cover is one of my favorite WWW covers.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

My Thanksgiving List

What I'm grateful for this Thanksgiving:

1. A job that kept a roof over my head this year.

2. Friends that supported me this year through some tough losses and nagging health issues.

3. My family that continues to support me and this crazy pulp fiction hobby I have.

4. My grandfather's talent and his inability to throw anything away, including unpublished manuscripts.

5. New friends on the east coast who have helped me jump with both feet into a pretty exciting new project and opened up their homes to me, even though I was practically a complete stranger. Elaine, Nikki, Bill and Nora - I'm talking about you.

6. A 75 pound dog who is always at the front door, without fail, every time I come home and who wiggles with happiness to see me, even if I've only been gone for 20 minutes.

7. A cat that hung in there and didn't die, even though she had several opportunities to do so earlier this year. She is now a beautiful creature and grows more affectionate every day. She has helped me get over the pain of losing Xena (although that grieving process is nowhere near finished).

8. I am grateful for those in uniform who continue to put their lives on the line for us every day. I wish them all a happy and peaceful Thanksgiving.

9. I am grateful for the many groups out there who are tireless in their battle to fight animal abuse, child abuse, poverty, domestic violence, injustice - in other words, the people who work tirelessly to make the world a better place.

10. That, even though it's been a very tough year, almost all of my friends are still hanging in there. That includes all of you who continue to check in here - I'm grateful that you're still around, even though I've been AWOL a good portion of the year because of the job and other issues.

Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the day with your loved ones.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Another Great Review of RIDING THE PULP TRAIL

I was very pleased to see a great review of RIDING THE PULP TRAIL over at It's always gratifying to see t people are enjoying the stories. It seems that all of the reviews I've read have one common theme: everyone is impressed by the freshenss of the stories and that they don't seem dated at all.

Here's an excerpt of the review on Amazon:

The stories are a delicious mix of action, humor, and colorful character All are infused with simple morality and the need for justice in a land where the law is sparse and sometimes suborned by evil. What struck me most about the stories were their seeming freshness, as though they'd been written this year and not 60 or so years ago.

Thanks to the "Deadly Inkster" for taking the time to post a review. And of course, more reviews are always welcome from those of you who have read it! I know my grandfather would have been tickled pink.

Go here for RIDING THE PULP TRAIL's page on Amazon.

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Pulps A-Z: The Letter N

The Letter N provides some nice eclectic titles, some of which only lasted two issues, like NEWSPAPER ADVENTURE STORIES. I don't know why that didn't last - I would've bought them.

Nickel Western January 1933

North West Romances, Spring 1947

Newspaper Adventure Stories, Vol 1, No. 2, 1934

New Mystery Adventures, March 1935

New Fiction Library, 1932

Navy Stories, February 1929

Nick Carter, June 1933

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Pulps A-Z: The Letter M

Okay! Sorry I've been away. Rest assured, it's been for a good cause.

This week's letter is M, and finally we have a letter that has more than a few pulp titles to its credit. In fact, the letter M brings us three words that seem to fit perfectly together: Murder, Mystery, and Marriage.




MARRIAGE STORIES, September 1927


MYSTERY LEAGUE, October 1933

MAVERICKS, September 1934

MAN STORIES, June 1931

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Some of you might know the periodical DIME NOVEL ROUND-UP, either because you are subscribers or you've seen it referenced in other places such as web sites, bibliographies or scholarly periodicalS. The DIME NOVEL ROUND-UP is a highly respected monthly collection of articles on dime novels, and pulp magazines are also covered frequently in articles and book reviews. If I'm not mistaken, the DNRU, which was formed in 1931, is the oldest periodical of its kind. The Reference Shelf features a book revie every month, and a summary of the newest books received.

This summer at PulpFest I had the pleasure of meeting Randy Cox, the editor of the DIME NOVEL ROUND-UP, who is the gentleman on the right in the photo below. Randy was kind enough to send me a history of Dime Novel Round Up recently and here it is.

I know I have always enjoyed receiving the monthly issues. If you're interesting in subscribing, Randy's information is at the bottom of this post. If you're doing any research on dime novels and/or pulp magazines, go to this Index, which lists all articles back to 1970

History of Dime Novel Round-Up

by Randy Cox

Once upon a time there was a group of men, collectors of dime novels, who met on occasion to share their enthusiasm for the little books. From time to time they would also show off their collections, especially when they were meeting at the home of one of the collectors who had something new to brag about. Since most of the collectors lived in New England they frequently met at the home of collector and dealer Ralph F. Cummings of Grafton, Mass.

One day one of them suggested they form a club to solidify their efforts. That was the beginning of what came to be known as the Happy Hours Brotherhood since all of them could remember spending happy hours as boys reading and swapping dime novels, five-cent weeklies and issues of story papers. Once that was settled, someone decided they ought to publish a magazine as a forum for the collectors to exchange lists of wants and offers. And thus, in January 1931, the first issue of Dime Novel Round-Up was printed and mailed to the members of the Brotherhood. Ralph Cummings, who called himself “Reckless Ralph” after a pseudonym used on a story paper serial, was appointed editor.

Those first issues were slim, sometimes only four pages in length, with an article on the front page and the rest of the pages devoted to ads placed by collectors. As time went on, the issues began to attract more and longer articles devoted to authors, series characters, collecting and other subjects of interest. When fewer and fewer readers came from the rank of those who remembered the dime novels they had bought and read as boys the magazine started publishing articles about cloth bound series books and pulp magazines.

After 20 years as editor, Ralph Cummings turned the magazine over to Eddie LeBlanc who edited it for about 40 years. It was Eddie who introduced the feature called “Dime Novel Sketches” that described various series in detail such as the number of issues and the names of authors who appeared in its issues. He also published lists of the titles that made up each series: Boys of New York, Wide Awake Library, Diamond Dick Library, and so forth. To this day the December issue is devoted to a bibliography, sometimes a list of the contents of a specific series, sometimes lists of stories by specific writers or about specific heroes. Occasional articles are written by academics, but most of them are still by collectors and fans that want to share their enthusiasms.

We have published articles about Old Sleuth, the first series detective in dime novels, about the Buffalo Bill stories written by Ned Buntline (there weren’t as many as you may think), about Laura Jean Libbey, a prolific romance writer who knew how to advertise to market her stories, about John Paul Jones, hero of the American Revolution, about Nick Carter longest-lived detective next to Sherlock Holmes, and many more.

Go to for the tables of contents of issues back to 1970. At the bottom of that page is information on how to subscribe to the longest running publication devoted to a specific topic in popular culture.

Randy Cox

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

PULPS A-Z: Letters K and L

For the first time, I'm combining two letters, K and L. I could only find one worthy in the K category (except for KA-ZAR, but then everyone knows about that one.) Surprisingly, I couldn't find too many L's either. When oh when will we be able to get out of this abyss of bad letters?!

I like this KNOCKOUT cover because of the cover story on Joe Louis. And HEY, I know that KNOCKOUT might not be considered officially a pulp because it has true stories, but give me a break, will ya?

KNOCKOUT, May-June, 1937



LIVE GIRL STORIES, November 1928

And I know LOVE STORY is not even close to being an obscure pulp, but I thought this cover to be very significant, as this is an issue after Street & Smith sold the magazine to Popular and is one of the very last issues of this most popular of all pulps.

LOVE STORY, February 1954

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