About the Pulps
Pulp magazines (often referred to as “the pulps”), also collectively known as pulp fiction, refers to inexpensive fiction magazines published from 1896 through the 1950s. The typical pulp magazine was seven inches wide by ten inches high, half an inch thick, and 128 pages long.At their peak of popularity in the 1920s and 1930s, the most successful pulps could sell up to one million copies per issue. The most successful pulp magazines were Argosy, Adventure, Blue Book and Short Stories described by some pulp historians as “The Big Four”. Among the best-known other titles of this period were Amazing Stories, Black Mask, Dime Detective, Flying Aces, Horror Stories, Love Story Magazine, Marvel Tales, Oriental Stories, Planet Stories, Spicy Detective, Startling Stories, Thrilling Wonder Stories, Unknown, Weird Tales and Western Story Magazine.
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Where do these scans come from?
This library wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of people who take time to scan these magazines. The scanning process can be time consuming and arduous. The cheap paper used in the original printing process often contains a higher acid content than the higher quality paper varieties available today. Over time this low quality paper becomes more fragile and brittle. The scanners have to use special care to make sure the scanning process does as little damage possible. On some occasions the magazines are to far gone and must be broken apart or separated to be scanned. A special thanks goes out to the following groups and websites who have provided all the pulps available here.
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10 Story Detectiveadd_circle_outline
10 Story Westernadd_circle_outline
A. Merritt’s Fantasyadd_circle_outline
Ace-High Western Storiesadd_circle_outline
Adventure was an American pulp magazine that was first published in November 1910 by the Ridgway company, an offshoot of the Butterick Publishing Company. Adventure went on to become one of the most profitable and critically acclaimed of all the American pulp magazines. The magazine had 881 issues. The magazine’s first editor was Trumbull White, he was succeeded in 1912 by Arthur Sullivant Hoffman (1876–1966), who would edit the magazine until 1927. –Taken from Wikipedia
Amazing Stories is an American science fiction magazine launched in April 1926 by Hugo Gernsback’s Experimenter Publishing. It was the first magazine devoted solely to science fiction. Science fiction stories had made regular appearances in other magazines, including some published by Gernsback, but Amazing helped define and launch a new genre of pulp fiction.
American Sky Devilsadd_circle_outline
Astounding Science Fictionadd_circle_outline
Astounding Science Fiction UKadd_circle_outline
Best Sports Storiesadd_circle_outline
Big Book Detectiveadd_circle_outline
Big Book Western Magazineadd_circle_outline
Bill Barnes Air Talesadd_circle_outline
Black Book Detectiveadd_circle_outline
Originally published in May of 1938, Captain Hazzard was a one shot issue magazine intended to be published bi-monthly by Magazine Publishers under the Ace Magazine imprint. Hazzard was a clone of Street and Smith’s extremely popular Doc Savage. While Doc was raised in an environment created to make him the optimal human being. Hazzard was an orphan who had lost his sight for 15 years. During his time of blindness Hazzard “developed his mental powers far beyond those of the average person” including the ability to communicate with others telepathically. In a typical pulp hero fashion after his vision returns he studies Oriental mysticism, becomes a mechanical genius, creates a research facility: Hazzard Labs, and collects other scientists and adventures to help him battle the forces of evil.
Like Doc Savage Capt. Hazzard has a unique eye color that changes based on the the situation, fluctuating between gray and a steely blue. The character of Captain Hazzard fell into public domain several years ago. The original story Python Men of Lost City has been reprinted and rewritten by Ron Fortier and four new stories have been published. Captain Hazzard: Custer’s Ghost, Captain Hazzard: Cavemen of New York, Captain Hazzard: Citadel of Fear, and Captain Hazzard: Curse of the Red Maggot.
While the author of the original magazine story is credited to a pseudonym Chester Hawks, the true author remains unknown.
Civil War Storiesadd_circle_outline
Complete War Novelsadd_circle_outline
Detective Fiction Weeklyadd_circle_outline
Detective Mystery Noveladd_circle_outline
The other, other “Great Detective”, Dixon Hawke (although fans would say Hawke was a better read than Sexton Blake) appeared in The Dixon Hawke Library in 1919, which ran 576 issues till 1941. His adventures also appeared in the subsequent Dixon Hawke Case Books, plus the weekly paper, “Adventure” and in the Sunday Post. The library issues were smaller than pocket libraries. — Taken from comicbookplus.com
F.B.I. Detective Storiesadd_circle_outline
Fifteen Sports Storiesadd_circle_outline
Fifteen Western Talesadd_circle_outline
Foreign Legion Adventuresadd_circle_outline
G-8 and His Battle Acesadd_circle_outline
Marvel Science Storiesadd_circle_outline
Masked Rider Westernadd_circle_outline
Mystery Book Magazineadd_circle_outline
The Phantom Detective was the second pulp hero magazine published, after The Shadow. The first issue was released in February 1933, a month before Doc Savage, which was released in March 1933. The title continued to be released until 1953, with a total 170 issues. This is the third highest number of issues for a character pulp, after The Shadow, which had 325 issues, and Doc Savage, which had 181. In western titles, Texas Rangers would have around 212 issues of their main character, known as the Lone Wolf.
The Phantom (as he was called in the stories) is actually the wealthy Richard Curtis Van Loan. In the first few issues of the title, the Phantom is introduced as a world-famous detective, whose true identity is only known by one man—Frank Havens, the publisher of the Clarion newspaper. Richard Curtis Van Loan is orphaned at an early age, but inherits wealth. Before World War I, he leads the life of an idle playboy, but during the war he becomes a pilot and downs many German planes.
After the war, Van Loan has a difficult time returning to his old life. At the suggestion of his father’s friend, Havens, he sets out to solve a crime that had stumped the police. After solving it, he decides he has found his calling.
He trains himself in all facets of detection and forensics, and becomes a master of disguise and escape. He makes a name for himself as the Phantom, whom all police agencies around the world know and respect. When dealing with law enforcement officials he carries a platinum badge in the shape of a domino mask as proof of his true identity. The initial stories were less about a detective than an adventurer using disguise and lucky escapes to conclude his cases. –Taken from Wikipedia
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Rocket Stories is a short lived American pulp magazine published by Space Publications based in New York. It only ran for three issues in 1953. It was edited by the writer Lester Del Rey (Marooned on Mars) for the first two issues and by the writer Harry Harrison (Stainless Steel Rat) for the last.
Rocket Stories was a companion magazine to Fantasy Fiction, Space Science Fiction and Science Fiction Adventures. All four magazines were closed down when the publisher lost interest.
Scoops is considered the first British S.F. magazine, although, at the time it was sometimes referred to as a comic. Published by Pearson, London. This is a rare title nowadays and of great interest is that, “The Poison Belt” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is serialised from #13. The scans are from old tired, copies and the text might be difficult to read in places but the illustrations are excellent. 1 is missing page 2 and the cover is from the internet.— Taken from comicbookplus.com
Spicy Adventure Storiesadd_circle_outline
Sports Novels Magazineadd_circle_outline
Strange Detective Storiesadd_circle_outline
Super Science Storiesadd_circle_outline
Ten Detective Acesadd_circle_outline
British weekly “pulp” featuring well written and illustrated, fast moving and atmospheric crime and mystery stories. Some well known authors and characters appeared in The Thriller incl. The Saint, Shadow, Blackshirt, Mr. Preed, J.G. Reeder. Writers incl. Charteris, Horler, Douthwaite, Edmund Snell, GH Teed, Barry Perowne, John G. Brandon, Anthony Skene. The covers were often excellent, especially those by Arthur Jones – atmospheric, dangerous and exciting. — Taken form comicbookplus.com