Mar 222015
 

Covers just don’t get more action-packed than the ones painted by Norman Saunders, do they? And I’ll bet there’s plenty of action inside this issue of COMPLETE DETECTIVE, too, with stories by G.T. Fleming-Roberts, Hugh B. Cave, Wyatt Blassingame, and John H. Knox.

Saturday Morning Western Pulp: Speed Western, October 1944

 James P. Olsen, Laurence Donovan, pulps, Westerns  Comments Off on Saturday Morning Western Pulp: Speed Western, October 1944
Mar 212015
 

That looks like a cover by H.J. Ward on this issue of SPEED WESTERN, the slightly toned-down version of the old SPICY WESTERN. Inside are stories by Laurence Donovan, James P. Olsen, James A. Lawson (who was also really James P. Olsen), and a host of house-names who might have really been either of those guys or several others who wrote regularly for Trojan Publishing Corporation. I’ve read a

The Spider #6: The Citadel Of Hell

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Mar 192015
 

The Spider #6: The Citadel Of Hell, by Grant Stockbridge
March, 1934  Popular Publications

I’m continuing to enjoy the Spider series, and Norvell “Grant Stockbridge” Page delivers once again with this sixth installment, which per the norm plunges our hero into a maelstrom of blood, violence, and mass death. It’s yet another headlong rush into pulpy thrills, leaving the reader almost

Mar 182015
 

Altus Press Announces The
Argosy Library

The First Series of Releases Features Popular Authors Such as
Lester Dent, Otis Adelbert Kline, W.C. Tuttle, and George F. Worts

March 18, 2015: Altus Press today announced the premiere of its
new line of books: The Argosy Library series.

Sunday Morning Bonus Pulp: Ace G-Man Stories, Nov.-Dec. 1937

 Emile C. Tepperman, mystery fiction, pulps, W.T. Ballard, W.Wirt, Wyatt Blassingame  Comments Off on Sunday Morning Bonus Pulp: Ace G-Man Stories, Nov.-Dec. 1937
Mar 152015
 

That’s a nice action cover on this issue of ACE G-MAN STORIES. A lot of good writers turned their hands to this sub-genre while it was popular, including, in this issue, Wyatt Blassingame, best known for his Weird Menace yarns, W.T. Ballard, one of the top Western writers for many years, W. Wirt, whose adventure stories showed up in many issues of ARGOSY and SHORT STORIES, and the prolific and

Saturday Morning Western Pulp: New Western, July-August 1936

 Frank C. Robertson, J.E. Grinstead, Jack Bechdolt, James P. Olsen, pulps, W.T. Ballard, Westerns  Comments Off on Saturday Morning Western Pulp: New Western, July-August 1936
Mar 142015
 

This cover has the stalwart hero and the angry, gun-totin’ redhead, but the other guy’s not an old geezer. I guess the old-timer was busy back at the ranch that day and missed the shootout. There’s a good collection of stories in this issue of NEW WESTERN by top-notch pulp authors Frank C. Robertson, W.T. Ballard, J.E. Grinstead, James P. Olsen, and Jack Bechdolt.

Sunday Morning Bonus Pulp: Ten Detective Aces, October 1940

 Carl McK. Saunders, Harold Q. Masur, Joe Archibald, mystery fiction, Philip Ketchum, pulps  Comments Off on Sunday Morning Bonus Pulp: Ten Detective Aces, October 1940
Mar 082015
 

Another action-packed Norman Saunders cover on this issue of TEN DETECTIVE ACES. I realized recently that one of the featured authors, Carl McK. Saunders (no relation to Norman, since it’s a pseudonym) was really Philip Ketchum. There’s a collection in the works of some of Ketchum’s detective stories under the Saunders by-line, and I’m looking forward to reading it. Also in this issue are

Saturday Morning Western Pulp: Western Story, July 13, 1940

 Cliff Farrell, Frank Richardson Pierce, James B. Hendryx, pulps, Walt Coburn, Westerns  Comments Off on Saturday Morning Western Pulp: Western Story, July 13, 1940
Mar 072015
 

Stampede! That’s a fine cover by H.W. Scott, one of the most prolific cover artists for WESTERN STORY during this era. There’s a good bunch of authors inside, too: Walt Coburn, Cliff Farrell, James B. Hendryx, and Frank Richardson Pierce with a story under his name and another under his Seth Ranger pseudonym. I’d like to see some of Pierce’s work reprinted, especially the novels he did under

The Spider #3: Wings Of The Black Death

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Mar 022015
 

The Spider #3: Wings Of The Black Death, by Grant Stockbridge
December, 1933  Popular Publications

The third volume of The Spider is notable because it was the first to be written by Norvell “Grant Stockbridge” Page, who would go on to write the majority of the ensuing 115 volumes. Having read some of Page’s later volumes, I was curious how different this first one would be. Surprisingly,