Saturday, 25 January 2020

Sunday, 19 January 2020

The Shadow, The Spider and Doc Savage in a title match

I was looking at some Spider pulps on EBay and ran into three titles with Satan in them. I decided to take a quick look at the most common words in the titles, then went on to do the same with Doc Savage and The Spider. Thought you might like to know the results.

The Spider





The Shadow




Doc Savage


Conclusions? All tongue in cheek, of course
  1. Doc Savage never advertised himself in the title, the Spider and Shadow often felt the need. Maybe that was because Doc travelled around the world, whereas the Spider and the Shadow always had to get supervillains to come fight them. How else were the supervillains to know who to fight?
  2. The Spider often struggled against Satan, Hell, slaves and Death in some City.
  3. The Shadow fought against Crime, Murder and Death. Impressive.
  4. Doc Savage on the other hand, fought Death, Terror and the Devil, with a few ghosts and goblins thrown in for good measure.
  5. Put them together and you have the ultimate A-Team. One that can fight Crime, Death, Terror, Satan and the Devil himself in cities and islands, even down to Hell. That adventure would be called The A-Team versus The Black Death from Hell.


Put together your favorite titles that you’d like to read for each hero from the tag clouds above and leave a note in the comments. Longest title wins 😊

Sunday, 29 December 2019

Rothvin Wallace - Editor, Author



I came across Rothvin Wallace’s name while reading The Cobra Woman in the Thrill Book, September 1 1919.




A quick search turned up an obituary which I thought was worth sharing.

A brief bio:

Born: February 23 1882 in Christiana, Pennsylvania
Died: November 14 1922 in Oceanport, New Jersey

Of interest to the readers of this blog, he wrote more than 30 stories for the pulps in his career from , 1910 to 1922, all for top magazines including People’s, Cavalier, New Story, Argosy, All-Story, Thrill Book, The Popular Magazine and Short Stories. Four serials in the Cavalier, none reprinted in book form.
Wallace Rothvin c. 1917
Rothvin Wallace c. 1917

Saturday, 7 December 2019

J.C. Leyendecker exhibition of illustrations

Wondering what to do as vacation time approaches? Go to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, of course, and find out what these two are looking at.

Illustration by J.C Leyendecker


A new exhibition at the Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Leyendecker and the Golden Age of American Illustration, includes 42 original paintings and 101 Saturday Evening Post covers from the National Museum of American Illustration in Newport, Rhode Island,  and the  American Illustrators Gallery in New York, NY., as well as other materials related to Leyendecker’s work in advertising throughout his five-decade career. Click here for tickets

A couple of photos from the exhibit:



If you go there, send me some photos :-). For those who can't go there in person, you know what they say: Those who can, travel. Those who can't, read a book

PS: If you're thinking of picking up a Leyendecker cover, be prepared to part with a serious amount of cash. A recent sale of a cover illustration for the Popular Magazine by Leyendecker fetched nearly a quarter of a million dollars.

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Happy Thanksgiving everyone

As god is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!

Probably had a cover like this to blame.


Alberto Vargas cover for Burten's Follies, November 1933