Friday, April 4, 2014
Where have I been...
So, your thinking what does one do in a thing like this, well the first thing was try and get around it, routing in a big rig is hard to change, so I was told to stay on the interstate, not a good concept! But, a i-Pod helps lots, as does a CB radio, but mostly, I'm the kind of guy who reads, especially when you have the air brakes pulled and your not moving, of course! This then is what I reviewed, a short read in any case, but a nice mag I picked up at a antique store about a mile from my terminal in WI.
Second story by Gilbert Patten The Deadwood Trail is much better a western set in the Black Hills of the Dakota's. This one is much better, a kid sets out to meet his uncle and go to his gold claim, misses him and chances after him. He at least has a sensible explanation of why they would send so young a kid from the east out there by himself! He meets a girl and her brother and you have an idea where it goes from there!
William George Patten is his real name and his other writing name is Burt L Standish, who as it turns out is the Editor for the mag.
Best Story for me in the issue is In The Coulee by Albert W. Tolman a short story with a tough steer! He wrote quite a bunch of fiction from 1910 to about 1944, which being that he was born in the 1860's was probably his last bit of wordage.
There's a Julian St Dare Baseball story, I'm not big on, and a Robert Russell one on football, OK, but not my style.
So, very interesting reads for back in the Pre-Pulp days of Top Notch, by October of this same year, it had switched from its 8x10 32 page 5 cent (go figure when they call them Dime novels) mag to the better known 7x10 128 page pulp mag. With a much more diverse set of stories and more to my liking. Oh, and I was looking at the Fiction Mags site ( you can Google it and see) where most of the info I found was and low and behold there's my copy of the mag, tape and all. Pretty cool, I found the issue awhile back and posted on the Pulpmags list page about it, and was placed it on the opening page.
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I have this issue and it's interesting how TOP NOTCH started off in 1910 in the dime novel format but within a few issues switched to the standard pulp size of 7 by 10 inches. For the most part the magazine was definitely aimed at the teenage boy market during the teens and twenties. But around 1930 it started to publish a more adult story. Not one of my favorite general fiction magazines. You can't beat ADVENTURE, SHORT STORIES, BLUE BOOK, ARGOSY, ALL STORY and the POPULAR MAGAZINE.ReplyDelete
Hey Walker, I would guess that the issue is not all that scarce. I agree that all those pulps you listed are the real top notch mags, but I do like the late 20's issues of Top Notch and have another blog on them coming, sooner or later. Oh, and as for Popular, I picked up a bunch of them a year ago, but, haven't read enough of them yet. To many serials...Delete