Pulps Pricings Sales Census: Flying Stories (Oct. and Dec. 1929)

FLYING STORIES – Oct. 1929 sold recently on eBay for $34.04FLYING STORIES - Oct. 1929

“Flying Stories” was a rare bedsheet pulp published by MacFadden, running for 20 issues between 1928 and 1930.

This… is for the October 1929 issue.

Authors include Frederick Nebel (with a serial installment of “The Scourge of the South Sea Skies”) and Laurence Donovan

Condition is fair; front cover has overall wear, creasing, tears and a small piece missing at the top.

The spine has portions missing.
The back cover is missing, and there’s a piece out of pages 95 and 96 which affects ads, but not any story text.
Paper is a higher quality paper than the usual pulp paper and is off-white and supple.

While not in great shape, it’s tough to find this title in any condition.”

The cover also looks like it has a tear through 1/2 to 3/4’s of the cover from the top mid-spine, moving right to the female aviator’s helmet, then moving south to the eagles’ wing. It also splits 1/4 way through into another tear heading up through the entire “F” in FLYING.

Bookery: “Scarce to Rare” $30.00 – $75.00 – $150.00

This is one of those Pulps mentioned in Bookery in which collectors have to grab whatever copy they can find, no matter the condition. You never know when another copy of the title will show or a particular issue.
The second series of 6 issues in 1930, put out by Good Story Magazines (with the same logo), is probably even more scarce being a ‘real’ Pulp.

This same copy is at Galactic Central, but the original owner took a lousy picture of it. This photograph was much better.

This issue has 5 short stories and 7 articles/columns/transcripts.

Authors: “The Death Jinx” (Part 1 of 3) by Edwin Vernon Burkholder (who wrote the 19 “Hook McGuire” series as George Allan Moffatt in The SHADOW);
“The Scourge of the South Sea Skies” by Frederick L. Nebel (Part 2 of 3)

Frederick L. Nebel (FictionMags says it’s a novel, but at only 6 pages that doesn’t seem possible, even being a bedsheet. Maybe they are adding all 3 parts of the serial together);
“His Fear of Being Afraid” by L. P. Holmes (who had a ton of stories in the Pulps);
“No Man’s Air” (Part 4 of 4) by Capt. J. I. Lawrence;

the 4 page manuscript “Grim Missiles from the Sky” is by Laurence Donovan;
the longest item in the issue is the 9 page “Flying Stories Told in Pictures”

Way back in March 2016 a much better Dec. 1929 issue went for a “Buy It Now” of $75.00FLYING STORIES - Dec. 1929

14TH issue of 14 of the Macfadden Publications bedsheet series.

Authors: “The Cloud Plotters” by Laurence Donovan;
“The Pilot Who Saw Things” by Jackson Scholz;
“The Death Jinx” (Part 3 of 3) by Edwin Vernon Burkholder;

“The Golden Eagle” (Part 2 of 5) by Guy Fowler (it continued when Good Story Magazine Company took over in Feb. 1930)(Guy Fowler wasn’t very prolific but he managed to find his way into all the scarce and Very Rare Pulp titles: BRIEF STORIES, GHOST STORIES, FLYING STORIES, COMPLETE MOVIE NOVEL MAGAZINE, RED BLOODED STORIES, FIGHTING ROMANCES from the WEST and EAST, SUBMARINE STORIES, and BLUE BAND MAGAZINE)

“Charles Lindbergh Aviation. All the pages are wavy as if once exposed to moisture. Yet no stuck pages and no smell. Pricing takes that into account. Really scarce issue.”

Having seen the copy it is truly in VFN+/perhaps up to NM- condition. The wavy pages are very, very light, almost imperceptible, with only some noticeable pinkish bleed into the inner back cover. I’ve seen brand new, fresh newsstand magazines having 10 time worse wavy pages than this copy.

Just 11 cover images are at Galactic Central of the 20 issues, but of those the Dec. 1929 issue has the weakest, less dramatic cover. Still, it is a scarce Bedsheet Pulp.

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith



Pulps Pricings Sales Census: 5 Exciting Detective

EXCITING DETECTIVE - Fall 1940 (First Issue)

EXCITING DETECTIVE – Fall 1940 (First Issue)

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 rungs in the wall grabbing the babe, and still another snarling fiend behind an iron door preparing to pull the level.

Authors: “Murder Limited” by Johnston McCulley;

“He Gave Him a Gun” by Laurence Donovan;

“The Secret of the Tong” by Hugh Clevely (reprint from The THRILLER –  May 11, 1929)

“Handling indicators, including light hairlines; front and back covers firmly attached. Brushed discoloration visible upon the light areas of the covers. Binding fully readable; paper supple; cover retains some gloss. Slight spinal edge staining, minor edge nicking, and a rub through at the upper left cover price area. Wax pencil distribution marking upon the back cover.

Pulp fiction referred to cheaply made, often risqué, publications to drive newsstand visits. The stories were lurid, provocative, imaginative …. the art simply jaw dropping …. but the magazines were printed on low grade pulp paper, the covers were often over-sized …. edge nicking, bumps, discoloration and other imperfections are evident characteristics of the pulp age. Many distributors would stamp dates on the covers.”

Bookery: “Uncommon to Somewhat Common”  $18.00 – $45.00 – $90.00

EXCITING DETECTIVE - Winter 1941 (Second Issue)

EXCITING DETECTIVE – Winter 1941 (Second Issue)

EXCITING DETECTIVE – Winter 1941 (Second Issue) sold for $49.06

Authors: “Yellow Death” (1ST “Unofficial Jones” appearance of 4) by Lee Fredericks (who also wrote the 22 “Mr. Richard Wong” stores in G-MEN (DETECTIVE) 1935-1946; Nelson S. Bond; Fredric Brown.

“Front cover has owners name stamp under title bar (Perley Wicks), small pieces missing along right edge, heavy edge wear along the bottom with a piece missing and multiple short nicks, tears and folds.

Spine is slanted with a ½” missing at the bottom.

Back cover has store stamp and moisture stains (which do not affect interior pages).

Interior is tight and clean with light tan, supple pages.”

Bookery: $8.00 – $20.00 – $40.00

EXCITING DETECTIVE – Winter 1941 sold for $34.04

EXCITING DETECTIVE - Winter 1941 (Dec. 1941)

EXCITING DETECTIVE – Winter 1941 (Dec. 1941)

Authors: “The Night of Murder” (2ND appearance of 4 of “The Purple Scar” by John S. Endicott (in-house pseudonym, but written by George A. McDonald),



“The Thing in the Marsh” by Ray Cummings.

…containing a complete Purple Scar novel entitled THE NIGHT OF MURDER by John S. Endicott, detailing how the Purple Scar follows a ghastly pattern of slaughter to find the key to justice when death directs a grim scenario and a killer stalks a motion picture studio….

With that said, this issue is in average (-) condition… complete interior text.  Supple paper, cover retains some gloss, edge binding completely readable, some edge and corner bumps/edge wear and bottom right front cover tear; some edge chips/nicks. Some brush discoloration noted upon the back cover. Some pencil writing on the logo “D” and a wa pencil price notation.

Collectible copy. Hard to find on the secondary market. These will only appreciate in value.”

EXCITING DETECTIVE – Winter 1942 sold for $29.03




Authors: “The Chain of Murders” is the 4TH and final “Purple Scar” appearance by John S. Endicott (George A. McDonald),


3RD “Unofficial Jones” appearance of 4 by Lee Fredericks (better known for his “Mr. Wong” series in G-MEN DETECTIVE),

“Twenty-Four Hours to Leave Town” by C. S. Montanye

With that said, this issue is in average (-) condition… complete interior text.  No writing, supple paper, cover retains some gloss, edge binding mostly readable (upper and lower fractional spinal nicks), some edge and corner bumps/edge wear; some edge chips/nicks, although the paper is supple.

Collectible copy. Hard to find on the secondary market. These will only appreciate in value.”

Bookery: Scarcer (of the EXCITING DETECTIVE’s) $15.00 – $35.00 – $75.00

This is really a brutal cover with some guy, who appears deceased, strung up in a back closet in some kind of Oriental (1900’s – 1940’s “Yellow Peril” era) knotting and fixed so that he shoots however opens the door that he contained in. The stereotypical round glasses, big toothed, white shirted Oriental (‘Emperor Hirohito/PM Hideki Tojo’-type ) chap is doing the nicety of opening said door so the corpse (?), who was probably either a friend or fellow agent/detective, can shoot our hero.

If you owned any of the original 15 cover paintings  this title you’d be hard-pressed to find a mate that would allow them to be hung in the house,



other than the basement or attic.


EXCITING DETECTIVE – April 1943 sold for

“Best Offer” from “Buy It Now” of $50.00; so probably $30.00 – $40.00


Authors: “The Navy Yard Murders” by Laurence Donovan; “Bloody Flood Tide” by C. K. M. Scanlon

“Mild wear with few small tears, lite tan supple paper. VG”

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith