Pulps Pricings Sales Census: Solder Stories (April, May, and July 1929)

SOLDIER STORIES – April 1929 recently sold on eBay for $429.24. This is the First Issue of just 4 of this Fiction House title. It would morph into DETECTIVE CLASSICS for the later 22 issues.

“A COMPLETE GOOD COPY.

SOLDIER STORIES – April 1929 (First Issue)

TWO INCHES MISSING FROM SPINE AT BOTTOM. BACK COVER LIGHTLY SOILED.
PIECE OUT OF PULP AT BOTTOM NEAR SPINE.
PAGES ARE TAN AROUND THE EDGES.
A RARELY SEEN PULP”

Cover Artist: H.C. Murphy Jr. (and here) (who died January 1, 1931 at 45 of cancer).
Murphy Jr. did 38 covers for ADVENTURE in the 1920’s (and one showed up on a 1933 issue) and at least 9 BLACK MASK in the same years. He did some really sparse covers paintings, a few nicer Westerns and Northwest Mounties, but his forte were the many excellent Clipper ship covers.

Authors: “The Devil’s Squadron” by Herman Petersen;
“Empty Saddles” by Walt Coburn;
“Red Rebels” by T. W. Ford;
Frederick C. Davis; Eugene Cunningham; Theodore Roscoe

Bookery list it as: “Scarce” $60.00 – $150.00 – $300.00

SOLDIER STORIES – May 1929

SOLDIER STORIES – May 1929 recently sold on eBay for $525.95

This is the Second issue

Cover artist A.L. Hicks wasn’t prolific but it is worth noting that he did 2 covers for NAVY STORIES,
2 for DETECTIVE-DRAGNET MAGAZINE, and 1 for The UNDERWORLD MAGAZINE.
All equally rare titles.

Authors: “Cold Steel” by Arthur J. Burks;
“Sky Battle Wagons” by Andrew A. Caffrey;
“Gunner’s Choice” by Eugene Cunningham;
“Legend of the Legion” by Theodore Roscoe;
“Yellow Turbans” by Francis James;
“Drummed Out” by Edwin L. Sabin
(If you check the FictionMags Index and ever find an author missing from the contents list (like only one here) that is because I didn’t think they were prolific enough to list).

Bookery list it as: “Scarce” $40.00 – $100.00 – $200.00

 

 

SOLDIER STORIES – July 1929 recently sold on eBay for $382.77

SOLDIER STORIES – July 1929

 

This is the Third issue

“A COMPLETE VERY GOOD COPY. USUAL FOLDS AND CREASES ALONG EDGES OF COVERS. ONE INCH TEAR AT MIDDLE OF FRONT COVER OUTER EDGE. BOTTOM OUTER CORNER IS ROUNDED. TEARS AT TOP AND BOTTOM OF SPINE.

A VERY SCARCE PULP.”

Cover by F. R. Glass

Authors: “Yellow Guns” by Arthur J. Burks;

“A Yankee Canuck” by Harold F. Cruickshank;

“Navy Stuff” by Eugene Cunningham;

“Dog of War” by Henry Leverage

Bookery list it as: “Scarce” $40.00 – $100.00 – $200.00

I would place them from “Scarce,” but much more closer to “Rare.” The title never shows up for sale and the winning bids seem indicative for “Rare” titles, especially for a Fiction House Pulp which are usually easier to pick up.

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

Pulps Pricings Sales Census: Mystery Novels and Short Stories (Dec. 1939)

MYSTERY NOVELS and SHORT STORIES – Dec. 1939 sold recently on eBay for $153.50

MYSTERY NOVELS and SHORT STORIES - Dec. 1939

MYSTERY NOVELS and SHORT STORIES – Dec. 1939

Second issue of 6 of one of the better “Weird Menace” titles.

Authors: “Maidens for Bondage” by Arthur J. Burks;
“Hall of Crawling Desire” by G. T. Fleming-Roberts (and 2, 3, 4, 5);
“Courtship of the Vampire” by Frank Belknap Long, Jr.;
“Mate of the Demon” by Norman A. Fox;
“Bride of the Stone-Age Ripper”;
“Prey of the Winged Hordes”;
“The Beasts That Terror Spawned”

Condition: “…in an unrestored glossy VG with no missing pieces, no tape and nice paper.”

One of the classic “Torture on Wheel” Pulp covers.

Bookery says: “Uncommon” $100.00 – $250.00 – $500.00

Even with the great cover Bookery seems high for an issue or even the title that’s not “Scarce,” or from the early-mid 1930’s.

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

Pulps Pricings Sales Census: Smashing Novels Magazine (July 1936)

SMASHING NOVELS MAGAZINE – July 1936 recently sold on eBay for $87.76SMASHING NOVELS MAGAZINE - July 1936

Authors: “The Paper Tiger” by Arthur J. Burks;
“Wild Horse Valley” by Alan M. Emley (pseudonym of Alan Lemay);
“The Phantom of Forgotten River” by W. Ryerson Johnson;
“The Eighteenth Leap” by Vingie E. Roe (reprinted from EVERYBODY’S MAGAZINE – March 1921)


“…in an unrestored glossy FINE with no missing pieces, no tape and off-white paper.
Signed by W. Ryerson Johnson on inside titles page as shown.
I’m thinning out my collection which I have amassed over the last 20 years and I collected based on condition and/or rarity so if you are a high grade collector you won’t be disappointed”

The note by the W. Ryerson Johnson autograph appears to say, “First novelette I ever sold.”
From the FictionMags Index, beginning in 1923 Johnson wrote many short stories, but up until July 1936 he had also managed to sell 5 longer novelette: “Deep Black” in  TOP-NOTCH MAGAZINE – Second Jan. 1930 (his 4th published story);
SMASHING NOVELS MAGAZINE - July 1936 (Signed title page)“Gondola Gold” in COWBOY STORIES – April 1934;
“Rodeo Bride” in WESTERN ROMANCES – April 1936;
“Gun Waif” in WESTERN ACES – June – 1936;
and “Guns for Hire” in  THRILLING RANCH STORIES – July 1936
(there were two DOC SAVAGE stories written also with Lester Dent)

Bookery says: “Scarce” $30.00 – $75.00 – $150.00

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith