Pulp

Captain Satan debuts – 1938

captain satanCaptain Satan made its debut with the March 1938 issue.

Captain Satan was the temporarily rebranded Strange Detective Mysteries. After two issues in 1937, the magazine – which focused on bizarre detectives – was retitled to focus on Captain Satan.

Captain Satan is one of the titles featured in The Beginner’s Guide to Pulp Fiction.

Captain Satan ran for five issues from March to July 1938 before reverting to Strange Detective Mysteries again in November. Captain Satan was Cary Adair, a wealthy playboy who leads a private army that robs from the evil and fights crime. The stories were credited to William O’ Sullivan and published by Popular Publications.

The entire five-story run has been reprinted by Altus Press, some stories have been reprinted in High Adventure and the first story is available in audiobook from Radio Archives.

Pulp

Airship 27 sale!

s-l1600As some may remember, we were the authorized agent for Airship 27 at PulpFest in 2019. We’ve got a few books left from the show and are blowing those out at $10 each including shipping (in the U.S.). Simply email orders@chaskabooks.com if you are interested and we’ll send you a PayPal invoice.

Following titles are available (new condition unless noted):

  • Aviation Aces Vol. 1
  • Bulldog Drummond: On Poisoned Ground by I.A. Watson
  • Challenger Storm: The Isle of Blood by Don Gates
  • Dead Man’s Melody by Fred Adams Jr.
  • Dead Sheriff: Cannibals & Bloodsuckers by Mark Justice & Ron Fortier
  • Fred Adams Jr. Pulp Writer
  • The Green Lama Unbound by Adam Lance Garcia
  • Ike Mars: Bloody Key by Fred Adams Jr.
  • Jezebel Johnston: Danseuse by Nancy Hansen
  • Lance Star Sky Ranger Vol. 2
  • Marty Quade Private Detective Vol. 1
  • The Purple Scar: The Black Fog by Gene Moyers
  • Secret Agent X Vol. 6 (minor wear to back cover)
  • Shadow Legion: Nightmare City by Thomas Deja
  • Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective Vol. 11
  • Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective Vol. 12
  • Sun Koh: Heir to Atlantis by Art Sippo

 

Events, Pulp

Windy City Pulp and Paper rescheduled

The Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention has been rescheduled for September. We still plan on attending and having our books available there. More details below from the show organizers.

March 17, 2020 – On March 16, 2020, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker mandated that social gatherings of 50 or more people be cancelled for the next eight weeks.  Given other recent developments in the Covid-19 crisis, we anticipated that some sort of ban might be imposed that would make it impossible to hold our convention at its scheduled time in April, 2020.  Out of concern for the health of our extended family of attendees, dealers and staff, for the past week we had been working with our hotel — the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center in Lombard, Illinois — to attempt to reschedule our convention.  

We can now announce that we’ve just reached an agreement to postpone the convention to September 11-13, 2020. The location of the convention remains the same, and we thank the fine folks at the Westin Lombard for working with us to make this change.  All attendance pricing remains the same and all existing dealer table reservations and membership pre-registrations will be honored for the revised convention dates. Convention programming and hours, including dealer setup the night before the convention begins, will remain the same.  While the show will be later in the year than usual, we will work hard to make our 20th anniversary show our best one ever!  (And with the revised dates, any possibility of snow, even in Chicago, has been eliminated.)

If you had existing hotel reservations at the Westin, those should be cancelled automatically (though you may want to double-check). Those members with reservations at hotels other than the Westin and all members with travel reservations are advised to revise their bookings.  The new cut-off date for the convention room rate of $122 per night at the Westin will be August 27, 2020.

We very much regret any inconvenience to our members caused by this rescheduling.  We are glad that we didn’t have to cancel and are hopeful that the revised dates will give everyone time to update their plans.  If you cannot attend on the rescheduled dates for 2020 and have already pre-registered (or reserved dealer tables), please let us know (using the “Contact” option at windycitypulpandpaper.com or email to info@windycitypulpandpaper.com) as soon as possible and we will transfer your registration/reservation to our 2021 convention instead or refund your money, at your election. 

Pulp

L. Ron Hubbard (1911-1986)

L. Ron Hubbard was born today (March 13) in 1911.Hubbard Thrilling Western

Hubbard is one of the many writers featured in The Beginner’s Guide to Pulp Fiction.

Known these days as the founder of Scientology, Hubbard was in fact a prolific writer of pulp fantasy, science fiction, adventure, westerns, mysteries and more. Hubbard wrote under his own name and multiple pseudonyms including Winchester Remington Colt, Kurt von Rachen and René Lafayette.

He published extensively in the pulps in the 1930s and ‘40s, with more than 140 published stories. Hubbard began publishing science fiction in 1938 with the “The Tramp,” appearing in Astounding Science Fiction. He would continue to write for Astounding, Unknown Worlds, Startling Stories, Thrilling Wonder Stories and Super Science Stories, among others, until he published Dianetics in 1950.

Reviews

Review: The Pulps: A Yearly Guide by Jess Nevins

The Pulps: A Yearly Guide by Jess Nevinspulps yearly guide

This book takes a decidedly different approach to the pulps. And that’s what makes it a useful guide for anyone looking to learn more about this genre.

Nevins analyzes the pulps by looking at the stats behind them year by year from 1918 to 1953. That means taking a look at the number of titles and issues published and what percentage each genre is responsible for. That makes for an easy way to tell, at a glance, what market segments were most popular at any given time.

This approach highlights the surprising strength of the spicy pulps and the surprisingly smaller impact of the detective pulps, to offer just two examples.

It’s a useful and interesting reference book. My only word of advice is if you are pondering the purchase, pick up the paperback version instead. I found myself struggling with the Kindle format making it difficult to flip back and forth. (I’ve since purchased the paper version as well.)

Pulp

Doc Savage debuted this month

It’s a birthday month of sorts for Doc Savage, one of the biggest stars to come out of the Doc Savagepulps.

Doc Savage debuted with his March 1933 issue.

Doc Savage is one of the many hero pulps featured in The Beginner’s Guide to Pulp Fiction.

With the runaway success of The Shadow, Street & Smith was on the lookout for another hero pulp in 1932.

Publisher Henry Ralston and editor John Nanovic worked with writer Lester Dent to create the character of Clark “Doc” Savage Jr., introducing him in the March 1933 issue of Doc Savage. Savage is a scientist, adventurer, inventor, explorer and physician trained since childhood to be a “superman.” Known as “The Man of Bronze,” Savage had superhuman strength and great intelligence, with knowledge in almost every academic field.

Through most of his adventures, Savage is helped by a team of five aides: attorney Ham Brooks, chemist Monk Mayfair, engineers Long Tom Roberts and Renny Renwick, and geologist Johnny Littlejohn. Doc’s female cousin Pat Savage also joins the adventures at times.

The original pulp lasted until 1949 for a total of 181 issues. The original stories have been reprinted in various forms, most notably in a series of Bantam paperbacks in the 1960s and ‘70s and larger format reprints by Sanctum Books in the 2000s.

New authorized stories were written by Philip Jose Farmer and Will Murray in the 1990s. In recent years, Altus Press has also published new authorized stories in the series.

Besides the pulps, Doc Savage appeared in comic books, two different radio serials and a 1975 film directed by George Pal. Additional movies have been rumored over the years but have not yet come to fruition.