Sunday, 1 March 2020

Photos of Walt Coburn's house in Tucson, Arizona

Walt Coburn was a famous western author in the pulps. He started his career as a writer when his lifetime goal of being a cowboy was ended after an accident. With a little encouragement from author Robert J. Horton, who had heard Coburn's stories earlier and realized his talent for storytelling, Coburn parlayed his start with a vignette in the July 8, 1922 issue of Argosy into  a thirty year, multi-million word career in the pulps.

Author Walt Coburn riding a horse near his house in Tucson, Arizona
Author Walt Coburn riding a horse near his house in Tucson, Arizona

Sunday, 16 February 2020

What is a pulp?

Recently had a disagreement about what constitutes a pulp magazine. Thought you might find the discussion interesting. For the canonical definition, I'm going to refer you to David Saunders' PulpArtists website. Follow this link, and come back once you clicked through all the next links there.

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