One of the magazines that my grandfather sold many stories to was EXCITING WESTERN. This publication was one of a stable (pardon the pun) of Standard Magazines pulps put out by Better Publications, and most of them came on late in the game, starting in the early 1940s, and some not being launched until the late 1940s.
Beginning with one of the EXCITING WESTERN issues that contains a Paul Powers story, here are covers that represent almost all, if not all, of the EXCITING publications.
This is the November 1947 issue of EXCITING WESTERN. The Paul Powers story in here, "Buzzards Hate Bullets," is one of the stories included in the anthology we published last year, RIDING THE PULP TRAIL.
EXCITING SPORTS ran from the Winter of 1941 to the Summer of 1950.
EXCITING NAVY STORIES ran for possibly 3 issues, from Fall 1942 to Spring 1943.
EXCITING MYSTERY was another short-lived title, running only 3 issues in 1942-43.
EXCITING LOVE ran for 78 issues, from the Spring of 1941 to the Spring of 1958. It was the longest running of all the EXCITING titles, but not by much: the EXCITING WESTERN title ran for 76 issues.
EXCITING FOOTBALL sporadically ran for 7 issues between 1941 and 1949.
EXCITING DETECTIVE surprisingly ran for only 15 issues. According to the Galactic Central site, it succumbed to the paper shortage during WWII. Too bad - they had some great covers like this one.
EXCITING BASEBALL ran for only 5 issues, from 1949 through 1953. Question: are these considered a hard to find pulp? Being a baseball fan, I would love to get a hold of a couple of the issues.
Now that I've put this post up, maybe someone could enlighten me on the relationship between the THRILLING titles and the EXCITING ones. For some reason I can't get it straight in my head.
For those of you interested in reading some of the later Westerns that appeared in magazines like EXCITING WESTERN, RIDING THE PULP TRAIL is available in softcover and in ebook.
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