“The Rotting Log” by Johnston McCulley (The Pacific Monthly, May 1906) Very First Published Story?

“THE ROTTING LOG” by Johnston McCulley (The PACIFIC MONTHLY – May 1906) Is this Johnston McCulley’s very FIRST published story ? FictionMags Index list “The Song of the Sand” in The RED BOOK MAGAZINE – Oct. 1906 as the earliest listed there. This May issue is even earlier. ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

Johnston McCulley

Johnston McCulley almost single-handedly created the costumed hero all by himself! Although many of his characters wore strange costumes: The Man In Purple, The Crimson Clown, The Green Ghost (early series), Thunderbolt, etc., The Mongoose, his most famous creation was that of Zorro, the masked avenger who rode the west righting wrongs and punishing evildoers. […]

The Best of Thrilling Adventures

The Best of Thrilling Adventures

by Arthur J. Burks, Jackson Cole, Ray Cummings, Paul Ernst, A. Leslie, Johnston McCulley, Capt. Kerry McRoberts, George Allan Moffatt, Lieut. Scott Morgan, and Capt. John Powers

introduction by Will Murray

This collection assembles—for the first time—the best adventure stories from the pages of this classic pulp fiction title. Over 600 pages in length and covering adventure, mystery, science fiction, and Foreign Legion stories. Plus: get every story of pulp adventure hero Larry Weston: a forgotten series from the pages of Thrilling Adventures.

The Swift Revenge of the Green Ghost

The Swift Revenge of the Green Ghost

by Johnston McCulley

introduction by Peter Poplaski

The creator of Zorro, writer Johnston McCulley is back with another nearly-forgotten classic pulp hero—the Green Ghost.

The Man in Purple

The Man in Purple

by Johnston McCulley and Tom Johnson

Fresh off the creation of Zorro, writer Johnston McCulley created a fantastic follow-up masked hero: The Man in Purple! Nearly forgotten today and never before reprinted in its entirety, The Man in Purple series has been restored to its original glory! As a bonus, this collection has been augmented by an all-new adventure of The Man in Purple by pulp writer Tom Johnson.

Alias The Whirlwind

Alias The Whirlwind

by Johnston McCulley and Tom Johnson

Written in the depths of The Depression, this collects the entire saga of The Whirlwind, Johnston (Zorro) McCulley’s other Southwestern hero of the Old West! Never before reprinted, this omnibus includes an all-new Whirlwind adventure by novelist Tom Johnson.

The Bat Strikes Again and Again!

The Bat Strikes Again and Again!

by Johnston McCulley

introduction by Will Murray

The inspiration for Batman! For the first time in one collection, all four appearances of the pulp hero The Bat, as written by pulp legend Johnston McCulley (Zorro). These stories from 1934-35 detail the adventures of Dawson Clade, a man who was inspired to fight crime by a bat’s sudden appearance. Includes an all-new introduction by pulp historian Will Murray.

The Thrilling Heroes Return to Print

After many months, The Thrilling Library has returned to print. Covering 14 books (and counting, Thrilling’s line of hero reprint collections have been remastered and are cheaper than ever: up to 33% cheaper than before! Featuring the adventures of the Black Bat, the Crimson Mask, the Purple Scar, the Masked Detective, The Eagle, George Chance, […]

Race Williams Returns, Plus Thrilling Adventures and Spicy Mystery

The long-awaited third entry on the complete reprinting of the Race Williams hard-boiled detective stories, Shooting Out of Turn: The Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams, Volume 3, is now in stock at www.altuspress.com. Written by Carroll John Daly, Shooting Out of Turn: The Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams, Volume 3 contains several short […]

Pulps Pricings Sales Census: 5 Exciting Detective

EXCITING DETECTIVE – Fall 1940 (First Issue) recently sold on eBay for $41.00 This cover has everything going for it: Man in Electric Chair with black hood over his face; Red dressed babe trying to unstrap him as another guy blast away with his gun protecting them; a Black Robed, Masked, Pale faced fiend climbing down […]

Wordslingers: An Epitaph for the Western

Wordslingers: An Epitaph for the Western

by Will Murray

Armed with forgotten interviews, controversial essays & candid letters first not seen in generations, acclaimed pulp historian Will Murray, author of The Wild Adventures of Doc Savage. reveals the epic life & frequent deaths of the Pulp West!

Altus Press announces an agreement to print new Paul Powers stories

August 19, 2010—Altus Press, one of the most prolific pulp reprint publishers, today announced it has come to an agreement to publish a trio of books by noted pulp author Paul S. Powers. During the 1930s and 1940s, Paul Powers (1905-1971) was a prolific and successful pulp fiction writer, writing over 400 stories for such […]

Retirement & Releases

Even though I semi retired at the end of December 2009, I hope to continue helping Matt with some of his projects at Altus Press occasionally. But with my age and health, I’ve got to slow down. Plus, I do want to catch up on some reading I have neglected for too long. Speaking of […]

Pulp Superhero Index: R

Ravenwood in Secret Agent X by Frederick C. Davis (Periodical) 1. V8 #2 Mar. 1936 Murder Shrine 2. V8 #3 Apr. 1936 Pawn of the Serpent 3. V8 #4 June 1936 Crucibles of the Damned 4. V9 #1 Aug. 1936 Master of the Living Dead 5. V9 #2 Oct. 1936 The Phantom Juggernaut Range Riders […]

Pulp Superhero Index

© Will Murray, All Rights Reserved. Introduction In the years since Robert Weinberg and Lohr McKinstry’s Hero Pulp Index was published, pulp scholarship has exploded. An incredible amount of background information on the heroes of the pulps and their creators has come to light. The true identities behind the previously-impenetrable house names have been determined […]