Vintage Pulp Jul 8 2009
COCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH
Where have all the cowboys gone?


Written by Kim Lindsay, the western pulp Mountain Man is set in the U.S.A., but was published in Australia during the 1950s as part of the American Ranch Romances series. We don’t see much that could be considered romantic about the freaky eyeless cowpoke Stanley Pitt painted for the cover, but since the perspective he used is basically groin-first, maybe we’re not even supposed to be looking at his eyes. That criticism aside, it’s one of the more striking western-themed paintings (of a soul eating demon) we’ve seen, and we’ll have more from American Ranch Romances a little ways down the line.

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Vintage Pulp Feb 14 2009
ROMANCE LANGUAGE
Pulps for women found a major market in the U.S.

Pictured below, you see assorted romance pulps from the 1930s and 1940s. These did quite well during the golden age of pulp, and in fact, Ranch Romances was among the last true pulp magazines published, appearing on newsstands until the 1960s. The people who painted these covers remain mostly unknown, but these are some representative examples of the art.

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History Rewind
The headlines that mattered yesteryear.
June 25
2009—Farrah Fawcett Dies
American actress Farrah Fawcett, who started as a model but became famous after one season playing detective Jill Munroe on the television show Charlie's Angels, dies after a long battle with cancer.
June 24
1938—Chicora Meteor Lands
In the U.S., above Chicora, Pennsylvania, a meteor estimated to have weighed 450 metric tons explodes in the upper atmosphere and scatters fragments across the sky. Only four small pieces are ever discovered, but scientists estimate that the meteor, with an explosive power of about three kilotons of TNT, would have killed everyone for miles around if it had detonated in the city.
June 23
1973—Peter Dinsdale Commits First Arson
A fire at a house in Hull, England, kills a six year old boy and is believed to be an accident until it later is discovered to be a case of arson. It is the first of twenty-six deaths by fire caused over the next seven years by serial-arsonist Peter Dinsdale. Dinsdale is finally captured in 1981, pleads guilty to multiple manslaughter, and is detained indefinitely under Britain's Mental Health Act as a dangerous psychotic.
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