|Vintage Pulp||Jan 8 2011|
Above we have a couple of sports-themed Argosy covers, which we’ve posted today because once again it’s the most wonderful time of the year over in the U.S.—NFL playoff time. Thanks to the wonders of satellite technology we don’t have to forgo watching the games, however we do have to watch them at the most wack hours imaginable, which throws the whole “have some friends over and drink a few beers” concept into serious doubt. Not that our friends actually appreciate American football. Anyway, these examples of Argosy hail from 1938 and 1939, and the covers are by Rudolph Belarski. Inside, you get fiction from Eustace L. Adams, William Du Bois and, in the second issue, part one of a novel length football adventure from Judson P. Philips. Okay, so after we nailed last year’s predictions, we know you’re positively atwitter with anticipation for this year’s. We’ve taken all of this weekend’s favorites. That’s Colts –3, Ravens –3, Eagles –3, and Saints –11. Bank it. You can see more vintage magazines at National Road Books here.
Update: One for four this weekend. Oh, the pain...
|Reader Pulp||Jan 2 2011|
Above is a cover of Frank A. Munsey’s Argosy from June 18, 1938, with a famous painting by Rudolph Belarski for Max Brand’s western adventure story “Señor Coyote”. Even though Argosy was the first real pulp magazine, we haven’t featured it often here because issues in good condition can be difficult to find. With this one we got lucky—the highly regarded antiquarian and collectible website National Road Books, who we’ve bought other magazines from, sent us an e-mail letting us know they’ve uncovered a trove of more than a hundred issues of Argosy, and included the scan. So thanks for the assist, guys. It’s always needed. And speaking of assists, we want to remind everyone that our reader pulp feature, in the sidebar at right, is available to anyone who wants to share pulp treasures. How’s about we all make that a resolution for 2011? Agreed? Great.
|Sportswire||Oct 28 2009|
In the U.S., Major League Baseball’s World Series begins tonight when the Philadelphia Phillies play the New York Yankees in New York City. These are two of the oldest organizations in the majors—the Phillies date from 1883, and the Yankees were formed in 1901 as the Baltimore Orioles, before moving to New York in 1913 and rechristening themselves with a new name. So in honor of these venerable teams, and baseball in general, we’ve cobbled together a collection of baseball-themed pulp magazines—seven, actually, for the number of games we want the series to go. But however long it lasts, let’s hope the games are entertaining and the fiery rioting in the winning town is non-lethal. Most of these images came from here.
|Vintage Pulp||Sep 22 2009|
We decided to revisit Argosy magazine today, with a cover from September 1948. The idyllic image of a man who’s positively blissful over his boat motor was painted by Peter Stevens, a Welsh artist who settled in the U.S. during WWII, and after a career in the pulps, went on to become a well-regarded portraitist. You can see more pieces and read a bio here. Meanwhile we’ll be doing to some research on boating to try and find out what kind of happy vapors this guy is inhaling.
|Vintage Pulp||Jun 2 2009|
Frank Munsey’s Argosy is generally considered to be the first pulp magazine. By the time this beautiful June 1955 issue came out it had already been publishing for seventy-three years, and would last another twenty-three. The cover art, with its fearsome cat exploding from the heart of darkness to strike at a solitary hunter, perfectly embodies William Blake’s famous poem The Tyger, in which he wrote of the fire in the creature's eyes, and of its brain forged in a furnace. We’ll have much more from Argosy in the future.