Saturday, March 24, 2012
The Riverboat issue(July 1946) with a Stoops cover is like all the other issues and has a wraparound cover, very nice depiction of the Mississippi River shipping port. Just a fantastic bunch of stories all 144 bedsheet pages.
My Nephew Norvell by Nelson Bond He twists the beard of Father Time and gayly shakes dice with Destiny. How can you beat a story with an intro like that? A SF tale. The Reluctant Rogue by Wilber S. Peacock, awesome illos by John Fulton ( who I'd like to talk about later on, in another blog. I've talked to his grandsons and they have some neat stuff.) Its A Desperate adventure of that famous minstrel rapscallion Francois Villon. I've read other tales with Villon and its great material. Who would sell a farm and go to sea? by Bill Adams, always good stories by a master storyteller of the sea. H. Bedford Jones adds another tale of Red Sky over Theabes, another great storyteller, very prolific in Blue Book until the day he died 3 years from this issue. I love these stories of Theabes and fantastic illos by Maurice Bower, I can't say enough about the art in Blue Book, OK. or the writers either. Man, its a historical fiction piece on Egypt, The opening line is: The Sphinx Emerald appears again, shapes the destiny of Egypt, and again goes into hiding...Wonderful pulp reading. The Watched House is by Allan Vaughan Elston, also sounds like a teriffic pulp read, As the police admitted Bill didn't fit the case. But when the money was found in his locker, he had to turn detective himself. It goes on and on, The trail of the Crosses by Allan R. Bosworth with amazing 2 tone illos by Hamilton Green, etc.
The Union Army is May 1950 good John Fulton cover art, Road to Granada by Anthony Fon Eisen Gypsies in the 13 century, sounds good to me. A Friend in Ghostland by one of my favorite female writers Beatrice Grimshaw. She had some excellent tales in early issues of Everybodys mag. about pearl hunters in uncharted islands of the Pacific. Bush Pilot by William Byron Mowery beautiful illustrations by Hamilton Green ( who I'll get some of his art up on a future blog also). The story is a northern, a pilot in the wrong place.
The guy with the red shirt and rifle is an excellent cover of January 1949 by Benton Clark Great stories by Kenneth Perkins The Devil in Lucinda Jones, She could name the cards unseen... Cool sounding story. Another Wilber S. Peacock Benevenuto and the Angel An Artist goldsmith proves himself also an artist in steel and Roguery. The Seven Tables of Justice by Walter C Brown Oriental Detective tales, with just terrific illos by John Richard Flanagan another artist I would like to know more about.
The Guy on the white pony is a cover also by Benton Clark for the Sept. 1948 issue. I read this issue and found it an excellent read, even the war stories, some of which were based on true tales. Hey and I paid a dollar for it too! The Seventh Cavalry Staghound by Fairfax Downy was and excellent tale of the 1870'a, Col, George Custer and his dogs! Good storytelling. The Minos Goes to Battle by Kenneth Cassens, The Ancient Cretans elected their rulers for 9 years and then put them to death, awesome story. Really love his stories of historical fiction. John D. McDonald shows up with a detective story called Nicky and the Tin Finger, a robotic shamus, good story. Of course H. Bedford Jones puts in a story, The Gold Dust Wedding, Just great pulp writing.
The Army guys crawling down the nets is by Stoops for Sept 1945 A complete novel Blue Murder by L L Forman, Pilot Bait by Eustace L Adams, H B.Jones puts in Grotto of the Nymphs buried treasure, love it, my kind of story. The drawing are by Maurice Bower, good stuff. The Phenomenal Casimir by Georges Surdez about his French boyhood, more Bower illos. Night Fighter by Arch Whitehouse, a story of the Black Widows, great air fighter storyteller.
The last one is a John Fulton cover illo of Colonials for Feb. 1951 Toward the end of Blue Book as I know it. Shield for Murder by William P McGivern, One crime begets another...A SF tale Beachead on theMoon, by Sidney Leland, great art too. Black Magic by Nelson Bond. The Viking Ship by John Clagett. A tale of the Vikings, based on the ship they found in the Swamps of Oslo...
I could read Blue Book until the ends of the earth, but what fun would that be, when I have so may more styles of pulps to get to. Next time the Westerns I got at the same bunch of stores!
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Amazing Stories for June of 1949, nice Arnold Kohn cover painting for the Blade story. Also some good stories by Guy Archette: Twisted House and another by Robt Moore Jones :The Land of the Golden Men. Not exactly your hard to find items but nice to see in the real world stores.
Amazing for July 1951 Joe Tillotson cover for We the Machine by Gerald Vance, also within a story by Frank Robinson : Good Luck Columbus! Which sounds great. And, very interesting to me, interior illo's by Murphy Anderson and Dan Barry. Both of my favorite comic book artists of the period. Nice to see them doing work in another medium. I once corresponded with Dan Barry back in the 60's as a kid and he did not seem to like his time in the comics at all, I guess his Flash Gordon newspaper strip time was more to his liking. Wonder what he thought of doing pulp art? As for Murphy Anderson, he did a ton of work for every publisher out there, a bunch for my favorite publisher Fiction House, in Planet Comics, good stuff. Of course my favorite stuff came later, Atomic Knights and inking over Infantino in Mystery in Space the Adam Strange Strip there. Oh, and later came his work on Hawkman, all great.
Still later that week, I checked back at antique mall not far from me and have turned up pulps in the past, and found these items:
Astounding March 1952 with a nice novelette Man Down by Jack Williamson and Star Tracks by Sam Merwin with awesome illo's by Cartier
Astounding for Aug. of 1955 Cover by Freas and a novelette by Lester del Rey: Victory!
The Shadow Mag for Jan 1936 nice to see hero pulps turn up once in a while, OK, not the greatest of condition but a reader and not too bad of a price. It features The Ghost Murders.
Here too, for some reason I found Railroad pulps for about 5 bucks each that I passed on, may have to start a Railroad collection if this keeps up....
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Starting with my favorite on on the top.
Frontier Stories a Fiction House mag, Winter 1953 the final issue, before Fiction House closed its comics and pulp door forever. Its got a great lead novel story by Dan Cushman called Salvation Guns with awesome illustrations by Vestal. What I like about the issue best is the cover by what looks like Alan Anderson, I would have bought that off the stands in a heartbeat!
The next one to the right is Best Western January 1953 a Red Circle Pub, a Martin Goodman pulp with a wonderful Norm Saunders cover, action like that you can't beat. It also has a lead novel by Lewis B Patten Called Man on the Stage, obviously the cover illustrates that. It has a Harrison Colt novel Trigger Trail of the XT and others.
The next one over is Big-Book Western Jan. 1953, a Popular Pub. Nice action cover, it contains 2 nice novels, No mans Guns by William Vance and, Mescalero Drums by John Jakes no less. Looks like a great read, man, Jakes could write anything, SF, Fantasy, Mystery, and who all knows.
Western Novels Jan. 1955 another nice Saunders cover and another Goodman Red Circle pup.Another Patton Story, Where the Backshooter Waits, 2 older reprints With plow-Hard Fists and Killer Colts by Raymond W. Porter and The gunman That God Reprieved by L L Foreman.
Star Western Dec. 1945 with Cold Decked by Walt Coburn, others by Harry F Olmsted and Norman A. Fox. All good writers and have read some of this mag before. And, the interior art looks a lot like Everett Raymond Kinstler who did a lot of comics covers and interiors over at Avon.
44 Western July of 1945 a Popular Pub, 10 stories to boot. Tom Roan, Gunnison Steele and Clifford D. Simak. All look like good reads and a good action cover.
Fifteen Western Tales Sept. 1952 A Popular Pub. Contains 2 novelettes Bullets Wild at Bloodrun by Robert W Krepps and Devil Makes a Cowman by Charles W Tyler
Max Brands Western March of 1953 Popular Pub, W H Scott Cover, odd that the guy wearing the star on his chest is the guy running away with the bank bag. Very nice painting though. Its a reprint mag with a bunch of good stories.
And Finally the Dime Western for Feb. 1949. Gotta love the cover here and it contains Walt Coburn's Wanted! Also George C Appell and Saten of the Sierras by Thomas Thompson.
Am gonna jump into the Frontier Stories or the John Jakes story when I get the chance. Oh, and the same mall contain 5 Ranch Romances from the fifties which I may have to go back and get when I can, nice pulps but like the RailRoad pulps I've been seeing a bunch of lately, not high on my list.