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.
May 23
1934—Bonnie and Clyde Are Shot To Death
Outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, who traveled the central United States during the Great Depression robbing banks, stores and gas stations, are ambushed and shot to death in Louisiana by a posse of six law officers. Officially, the autopsy report lists seventeen separate entrance wounds on Barrow and twenty-six on Parker, including several head shots on each. So numerous are the bullet holes that an undertaker claims to have difficulty embalming the bodies because they won't hold the embalming fluid.
May 22
1942—Ted Williams Enlists
Baseball player Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox enlists in the United States Marine Corps, where he undergoes flight training and eventually serves as a flight instructor in Pensacola, Florida. The years he lost to World War II (and later another year to the Korean War) considerably diminished his career baseball statistics, but even so, he is indisputably one of greatest players in the history of the sport.
May 21
1924—Leopold and Loeb Murder Bobby Franks
Two wealthy University of Chicago students named Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold, Jr. murder 14-year-old Bobby Franks, motivated by no other reason than to prove their intellectual superiority by committing a perfect crime. But the duo are caught and sentenced to life in prison. Their crime becomes known as a "thrill killing", and their story later inspires various works of art, including the 1929 play Rope by Patrick Hamilton, and Alfred Hitchcock's 1948 film of the same name.
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