Pulps Pricings Sales Census: Red Blooded Stories (November 1928)

RED-BLOODED STORIES - Nov. 1928

Red Blooded Stories (November 1928)

Red Blooded Stories (November 1928) sold recently on eBay for $228.94.

(2ND Issue of 5; transformed into TALES of DARING and DANGER for 4 issues)

CLASSIC Cover of nude African warrior battles (what appears to be) Spanish Revolutionaries.

Now how often did that happen?

Cover by Robert A. Cameron

Authors: “Honor of the Sea” by Victor Rousseau;
“Blood of Chaka” by Charles Billings Stilson;
“Black Waters” by Nels Leroy Jorgensen;
“Hounds of the Mesa” by Eugene A. Clancy;
This are also stories titled by non-prolific writers called:
“The Avenging Sword”,
“Dead Man’s Gold” (Part 2 of 7),
“The Siren of the South Seas” (Part 2 of 4);
“Winning Wings” by Guy Fower.

Fowler is one of those non-prolific authors who seems to have hit all of the RARE Pulp titles collectors look for today like:

Red Blooded Stories - Nov. 1928 (Outside Spine)

BRRed Blooded Stories - Nov. 1928 (Back Cover)IEF STORIES,Red Blooded Stories - Nov. 1928 (Inside Spine) 

FLYING STORES (1929 MacFadden title),
GHOST STORIES (also MacFadden),
FIGHTING ROMANCES FROM THE WEST AND EAST,
SUBMARINE STORIES,
and BLUE RAND MAGAZINE (1931).

“Chipping out of top corner on first 34 pages–does not affect any text. Front cover split about halfway down. Back cover splitting at top and bottom of spine.”

RED-BLOODED STORIES - Nov. 1928 (PULPFEST 2013 Copy)

Red Blooded Stories – Nov. 1928 (PULPFEST 2013 Copy)

Another issue of this same month sold within 10 to 15 minutes at the opening day of PULPFEST 2013.

That copy was from the Robert Weinberg collection, in great VG++/FN shape, and sold by Heartwood Auction.

Heartwood had the first (or second) table near the entrance to the right and that red cover stood boldly out, perched high on an easel, as collectors first came in.

There was a $350.00 price tag on it but they quickly took $300.00 for a first big sale of the event.

Heritage Auctions had a 3 issue set that sold a year earlier in November 2012 for $567.63

“Red Blooded Stories/Tales of Danger and Daring Group (Various, 1928-29)

RED BLOODED STORIES and TALES of DANGER and DARING

RED BLOODED STORIES and TALES of DANGER and DARING

Condition: Average GD/VG…. (Total: 3 Items)

Includes the November 1928 Red Blooded Stories, and March and April 1929 Tales of Danger and Daring

(the first two issues as that title).

Bookery’s lists as “scarce” to “rare”. Complete covers and spines. Pages are cream to light tan but supple with slight flaking along the edges.

Approximate Bookery’s Guide to Pulps value for group = $375.

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

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: Five-Novels Monthly (March 1931 and May 1935)

FIVE-NOVELS MONTHLY – March 1931 recently sold on eBay for $175.93

38TH Issue of 206

FIVE-NOVELS MONTHLY – March 1931

Authors: “Black Terror” by John Murray Reynolds;

“Feud of the Jay Bar Dee” by Arthur Hawthorne Carhart and here’s a bit of ‘magic” for you…
FictionMags Index shows the story “Vicky’s Magic Ring” by J. Jackson Grady, but the cover shows “Vickey’s Magic RUG”.
Grady only wrote 3 Pulp stories, all in FIVE-NOVELS MONTHLY.

“… in an unrestored glossy VF+ with no missing pieces, no tape and white paper.”

Bookery shows: “Uncommon” $8.00 – $20.00 – $40.00. $40.00 is for FN condition, so even if you wanted to double the price for a VFN copy that would be $80.00. The $175 selling price seems a bit high to me then.


FIVE-NOVELS MONTHLY
– May 1935 recently sold on eBay for $351.40

86TH Issue of 206

FIVE-NOVELS MONTHLY – May 1935

Authors: “Brotherhood of Skulls” by John Murray Reynolds;
“False Cargo” by L. Ron Hubbard;
“Raking Guns” by L. P. Holmes

“Long running American pulp carrying a wide variety of fiction.
This issue is notable for an early story by L. Ron Hubbard. The magazine is in good condition. Front cover lightly age soiled with some corner creasing plus light edge wear.
Back cover also with some age soiling and light creasing.
Spine complete with fully readable lettering. Both covers firmly attached.
Interior pages in good condition with some small edge splits to a few pages.
Usual light age tanning but still very supple. Tight and square copy in collectable condition.”

Bookery shows: “Uncommon” $40.00 – $100.00 – $200.00

In my opinion, FIVE-NOVELS MONTHY consistently had some of the best cover images on Pulps between 1928 up to around the mid-1930’s.

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: American Autopsy (Jan. 1932)

AMERICAN AUTOPSY - Jan. 1932

AMERICAN AUTOPSY – Jan. 1932

(Spine)

The AMERICAN AUTOPSY – Jan. 1932 (that’s right, that’s a real Pulp title) sold recently on eBay for $202.25

First and Only Issue put out by Harold Hersey (Headquarters Publishing)

 Authors: Anonymous, but probably all Hersey, doing fiction, non-fiction, and POETRY (Really !!!)

AMERICAN AUTOPSY - Jan. 1932 (Guts)

AMERICAN AUTOPSY – Jan. 1932 (Guts)

 
“…in an unrestored G/VG with no missing pieces, no tape and decent paper. First Issue !”
 
Bookery says: Rare $125.00 – $300.00 – $500.00
 
ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

Pulps Pricings Sales Census: Texas Rangers (Aug. 1942)

Here is very strange eBay sale, winning bid-wise. A very common issue in my opinion.

TEXAS RANGERS – Aug. 1942 sold recently in November 2016 for the amazing price of $152.50

TEXAS RANGERS – Aug. 1942 (original copy sold)

Bookery has nothing special written on it, listing it as “fairly common” and priced at $4.00 – $10.00 – $20.00.

(I picked up a copy of this issue at the most recent 2016 PULPFEST for $5.00 (!!!) in ten times better shape, so where’s that  bidder who lost, HaHa).

Also in Bookery: Oct. 1936 First Issue $30.00 – $75.00 – $150.00
Dec. 1936 Second Issue $16.00 – $40.00 – $80.00 and
Feb. 1937 Third Issue $12.00 – $30.00 – $60.00

Dealer stated: “I am not an expert on these so please look at the pics and make your own decision on the condition. Some are in amazing condition and others have tape on the covers and other issues.”

“Free Range,” the ‘Jim Hatfield’ story, is by the prolific Tom Curry, who wrote at least 61 of the 206 Hatfield tales.

TEXAS RANGERS – Aug. 1942 (Back Cover; original copy sold)

The short story “Battle of Giants” is by the prolific Chuck Martin.

There is no Robert E. Howard (who was gone by this time anyway) or L. Ron Hubbard’s so why the high bidding price?

(The Nov. 1949 issue has the 6 or 7 page short story “Man for Breakfast” by L. Ron Hubbard (written as by W. R. Colt) and this list at $20.00 – $5.00 – $100.00).

O.K., for $152.50 I see that the Back Cover has all 4 sides Taped about 2″ thick and dirty/stained, 1″X2″ Piece missing bottom left Front Cover, Tape on at least 3 sides of the Front Cover (Spine, and both sides), Date written “R 8/42”, “Chad” had a good read as he wrote his name large on the Front Cover; “H.R.” also enjoyed the issue with his/her smaller sized initials written at the left mid-spine, and a Dirty Front Cover. In other words the issue is pretty well trashed !

Curiouser and curiouser. $152 is more than the very top condition for TEXAS RANGERS’ First Issue.

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

Pulps Pricings Sales Census: Popular Magazine (Nov. 1903) First Issue

POPULAR MAGAZINE – Nov. 1903 (First Issue) sold recently on eBay for $214.27

POPULAR MAGAZINE - Nov. 1903 (First Issue)

POPULAR MAGAZINE – Nov. 1903 (First Issue)

First issue of 612 of Street & Smith’s 28 year run Pulp.

Munsey had ARGOSY in 1896. In 1903 POPULAR became it’s first rival, and the second Pulp title (ALL-STORY MAGAZINE by Street & Smith began in 1905).

Authors: “The Rockspur Eleven” (Part 1 of 2) by William Gilbert Patten. Patten, better known by the pseudonym Burt L. Standish , managed to make it into this first issue with the 53 page lead story, such was his popularity still at this time.
After December’s 22 page second part the “Rockspur” team wouldn’t reappear until POPULAR MAGAZINE 1906 (Aug. – Dec.) in the 6 part serial “The Rockspur Nine” as by Burt L. Standish. They would come back with a further 7 series of stories in 1926 to 1927 in Street & Smith’s SPORT STORY MAGAZINE, always the lead story.
After 20 years it’s amazing the Gilbert Patten still remembered writing the first 2 stories.
 
“The Parchment of Mystery” by W. Bert Foster (who did 10 stories from 1922-1927 of “Homer Stillton” in ACE-HIGH MAGAZINE)
 
“…in an unrestored complete well read FAIR/GOOD with no missing pieces other than shown in scans, no tape and brown paper.
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.”
 
Bookery says: “Scarce” $60.00 – $150.00 – $300.00
 
ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

(as for the cover, well who needs a helmet for football anyway ? HaHa)

Pulps Pricings Sales Census: Fame and Fortune Magazine in the Pulps

Here are 6 very rare FAME AND FORTUNE MAGAZINES and 6 FORTUNE MAGAZINE recent sales from eBay.
As you can see from the prices the conditions of the Pulps doesn’t matter much. Bidding-wise collectors will take whatever condition is available as they are rare to find.

FAME AND FORTUNE MAGAZINE – Second Dec. 1928 recently

FAME AND FORTUNE MAGAZINE - Second Dec. 1928

FAME AND FORTUNE MAGAZINE – Second Dec. 1928

sold on eBay for the fortune of $188.50  6TH issue of 23; the last 6 issues was called FORTUNE STORIES. There was no fortune to be made and the title was cancelled.
 
Authors: “Frank Merriwell and the Wall Street Wizard” (‘Frank Merriwell’ appearance) by Burt L. Standish (ghost written by Warren Elliot Carleton),
“A Problem in Pharmacy” by Graham Black (a publishers pseudonym, but really by Paul S. Powers in one of his rare non-Western stories. The only others I see is his first 3 published stories in WEIRD TALES (of all things), 3 more in FAME AND FORTUNE), a story in 10 STORY BOOK – Feb. 1928, and a single in ACTION STORIES – July 1925 “Hand of the North” (which is probably a Western),
“A Flyer in Zeps” (4TH ‘ “Windy” Bellows’ appearance of 12) by George M. Rock
 
“OVERALL nice copy of this elusive issue except for bottom right area where there is small piece missing. Most overhang still present and along right edge where there is also paper loss.
Nice, near complete, bold spine. Nice back cover with overhang gone at bottom edge. 
Pages above average for a pulp mag.”

FAME AND FORTUNE MAGAZINE – Second April 1929 recently sold

on eBay for the same $188.50

AND FORTUNE MAGAZINE - Second April 1929

AND FORTUNE MAGAZINE – Second April 1929

14TH issue of 23
 Authors: “Frank Merriwell’s Lucky Dollar” by Burt L. Standish (ghost written by Warren Elliot Carleton),
“In the Show Window” by Robert V. Kramer (by Paul S. Powers),
“A Whirl at the Big Top” (Part 2 of 3)  by Lawrence Derry (by George C. Jenks, who did the ‘Billy West/Circle J’ series in WILD WEST WEEKLY)
 
“OVERALL nice copy of this elusive issue except for top right area where there has been some fraying and paper loss but no text is affected. Most overhang still present. Nice, complete, bold spine. Very nice back cover. Pages above average for a pulp mag. Back cover nice.”


 

FORTUNE STORIES – Oct. 1929 sold for $431.06

FORTUNE STORIES - Oct. 1929

FORTUNE STORIES – Oct. 1929

Authors: “Briggs of Wall Street” by John Sterling Dykes (by Paul Chadwick),
“The White-Collar Man” (Part 1 of 2) by Theodore Winn (by Warren Elliot Carleton)altus_press_logo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAME AND FORTUNE MAGAZINE, Lot of 4 Issues 1929 sold for $2,300.00

AND FORTUNE MAGAZINE - Second Feb. 1929 (The 1ST SHADOW ???)

FAME AND FORTUNE MAGAZINE – Second Feb. 1929 (The 1ST SHADOW ???)

Second Feb. 1929, Second March 1929, Second April 1929, First May 1929

Authors: Second Feb.: “Expenses- Plus” (8TH appearance of ‘ “Windy” Bellows’ of 12) by George M. Rock,
“The Shadow of Wall Street” by Frank S. Lawton (by George C. Jenks)(and),
“His Big Chance” by Lester F. Stoughton (by Paul S. Powers (and)),
“Sold Out” by Robert V. Kramer (by Warren Elliot Carleton, who wrote the ‘Dusty Radburn’, ‘Sailor Anson’, ‘Brick and Boots’ and ‘Bronc Evans’ series at WILD WEST WEEKLY)

Bookery says: “Classic cover: shrouded figure hovers over stock exchange $80.00 –  $200.00 – $400.00
I think they are trying to imply that Street & Smith publishers or Walter Gibson may have seen the cover and “Shadow” character, then created The SHADOW after that image. I don’t buy that. That’s like saying George W. Trendle and Fran Striker saw the 3 issues of WORLD ADVENTURE (Jan. – March 1934) with “The Hornet Stings”, “The Hornet and the Vulture” and ““Crush That Hornet – Jerry Bonner”” by Samuel Merwin and then created The Green Hornet from ‘that’ Hornet character. WORLD ADVENTURE was just as obsure as FAME AND FORTUNE. Could “this” Shadow have been forewarning of the Wall Street Crash of 1929 (eight months later (Black Tuesday (October 29, 1929). 
 
Second March 1929: Authors: “Rogues of Wall Street” by Frank S. Lawton (by Warren Elliot Carleton),
“The Rocket Car” by George M. Rock,
“Bonds and Black Cats” by Lester F. Stoughton (by Paul Chadwick, who wrote the SECRET AGENT “X” series),
 “Check, Please !” by Franklin P. Styles (by Jack Bechdolt)

Second April 1929: see above listing

FAME AND FORTUNE MAGAZINE - Second April 1929 (another copy)

FAME AND FORTUNE MAGAZINE – Second April 1929 (another copy)

FAME AND FORTUNE MAGAZINE - Second March 1929

FAME AND FORTUNE MAGAZINE – Second March 1929

 

First May 1929: Authors: “Movie Money” (11TH ‘ “Windy” Bellows’ appearance of 12) by George M. Rock,
“Gypsies of the Air” (Part 1 of 3) by Will Lambert (by Warren Elliot Carleton),

FAME AND FORTUNE MAGAZINE - First May 1929

FAME AND FORTUNE MAGAZINE – First May 1929


“Pawns of Wall Street” by Frank S. Lawton (by Paul Chadwick),
“The Slow Account” by Lester F. Stoughton (by Jack Bechdolt)
 
“Each issue contains a complete novelette, a serial, and some short stories. 
Many with stories of Wall Street ironically in the months just before it crashed.
These magazines are generally in good condition. Some of them do have light critter damage and tears along the edges, or stains to the exteriors. The interiors are clean and complete, with toned but not brittle pages.
 First May 1929 has some moisture stains on the back cover that also affects around 10 pages along the top and bottom.”
 
FORTUNE STORY MAGAZINE, Lot of 5 Issues 1929 sold for  $1,675.00
July 1929, Aug. 1929, Sept. 1929, Nov. 1929, Dec. 1929

 

FORTUNE STORIES - July 1929

FORTUNE STORIES – July 1929

Authors: July 1929: “Frank Merriwell’s Crooked Tip”

by Burt L. Standish

(ghost written by Warren Elliot Carleton),
“Simplified Parking” by George M. Rock,
“The Skyscraper Builder” (Part 2 of 3) by Theodore Winn (by Warren Elliot Carleton)

Aug. 1929: Authors: “The Magic Million” by John Sterling Dykes

(by Paul Chadwick),

“The Shoe-String Fortune” (Part 1 of 2) by Lawrence Derry (by Warren Elliot Carleton),
“The Skyscraper Builder” (Part 3 of 3) by Theodore Winn (by Warren Elliot Carleton)

FORTUNE STORIES - Sept. 1929

FORTUNE STORIES – Sept. 1929

FORTUNE STORIES - Aug. 1929

FORTUNE STORIES – Aug. 1929

Sept. 1929: Authors: “The $20,000 Bill” by Frank S. Lawton (by Warren Elliot Carleton),
“The Shoe-String Fortune”  (Part 2 of 2) by Lawrence Derry (by Warren Elliot Carleton),
“The Saving Hobby” by  Franklin P. Styles (by Jack Bechdolt)

Nov. 1929: Authors: “Never Say Dye” Last ‘“Windy” Bellows’ appearance of 12) by George M. Rock,
“Making His Millions” by Frank S. Lawton (by Paul Chadwick),
“The Air Taxi” (Part 1 of 2) by Will Lambert (by Warren Elliot Carleton),
“The White-Collar Man” (Part 2 of 2) by Theodore Winn (by Warren Elliot Carleton)

Dec. 1929: (Last Issue) Authors: “”His Wall Street Double” by John Sterling Dykes (by Paul Chadwick),
 “For the Franchise” by Wesley Henshaw (by Warren Elliot Carleton),
“The Shipbuilder” by Lawrence Derry (by Warren Elliot Carleton),

“The Air Taxi” (Part 2 of 2) by Will Lambert (by Warren Elliot Carleton, trying to make his fortune,
it seems, with 3 stories in this issue)

FORTUNE STORIES - Dec. 1929

FORTUNE STORIES – Dec. 1929

FORTUNE STORIES - Nov. 1929

FORTUNE STORIES – Nov. 1929

 

 

 

 

 

“Each magazine measures 7″ x 10” and has around 128 pages. Published by Street and Smith Corporation. This short lived title was formerly known as Fame and Fortune Magazine. Each issue contains a complete novelette, a serial, and some short stories. 
Many with stories of Wall Street ironically just before and after it crashed.

These magazines are generally in good condition. Some of them do have light critter damage and tears along the edges, or stains to the exteriors.  The interiors are clean and complete, with toned but not brittle pages.”

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

 

 

 

Pulps Pricings Sales Census: All-Story Magazine (Jan. 1905) (First Issue)

ALL-STORY MAGAZINE – Jan. 1905 (First Issue) recently sold on eBay for $392.00

ALL-STORY MAGAZINE - Jan. 1905 (Spine)

ALL-STORY MAGAZINE – Jan. 1905 (Spine)

ALL-STORY MAGAZINE - Jan. 1905 (First Issue)

ALL-STORY MAGAZINE – Jan. 1905 (First Issue)

First Issue of 444. The third Pulp title after ARGOSY and POPULAR MAGAZINE.


Authors: “The Goal of a Million” (Part 1 of 5) by William Wallace Cook;
“When Time Slipped a Cog” (Part 1 of 5) by W. Bert Foster (25 page sci-fi story) (and);
“Those Rossiter Rubies” by Edgar Franklin;
“In Fear of – What ?” (Part 1 of 4) by Bertram Lebhar;
“The Great Sleep Tanks” (8 page sci-fi story)


“…in an unrestored complete well read FAIR/GOOD with no missing pieces other than shown in scans,
tape as shown and brown paper. I’m thinning out my collection which I have amassed over the last 20 years

ALL-STORY MAGAZINE - Jan. 1905 Back Cover)

ALL-STORY MAGAZINE – Jan. 1905 Back Cover)

and I collected based on condition and/or rarity so if you are a high grade collector you won’t be disappointed.” 

Bookery says: “Due to poor paper quality, all issues are rather uncommon, with high grade copies of any issues Scarce, and in many cases probably non-existent.
Availability of individual issues varies widely, with some being quite rare”
$150.00 – $375.00 – $750.00
When is the last time a First Issue of ALL-STORY MAGAZINE came on the market ?

This is one of those issues when a collector will almost always take whatever condition that becomes available.

ALL-STORY MAGAZINE - Jan. 1905 Title Page)

ALL-STORY MAGAZINE – Jan. 1905 Title Page)

 

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

 

Pulps Pricings Sales Census: Popular Western (Nov. 1934) (First Issue)

POPULAR WESTERN – Nov. 1934 (First Issue) recently sold on eBay for $133.50POPULAR WESTERN - Nov. 1934 (First Issue)

Authors: “The Sheriff of Painted Post” (The FIRST app. “Sheriff Blue Steele” of at least 102) by Tom Gunn (pseudonym of Syl MacDowell);
“The Devil’s Double” by Herbert A. Woodbury;
Clee Woods; Forbes Parkhill; Wilton West

“HIGH GRADE ! in an unrestored complete glossy FINE with no missing pieces, no tape and tan pages. 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.”

Bookery says: Scarce $40.00 – $100.00 – $200.00

Someone made a nice addition to their collection.

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

Pulps Pricings Sales Census: Tales of Magic and Mystery, and Mind Magic

TALES OF MAGIC and MYSTERY – Jan. 1928 sold recently on eBay for $84.00

“…the January 1928 (vol. 1, no. 2) issue of the rare pulp,

TALES OF MAGIC and MYSTERY - Jan. 1928

TALES OF MAGIC and MYSTERY – Jan. 192

Tales of Magic and Mystery”, which was a short-lived competitor to “Weird Tales”.

 

The magazine was edited by Walter Gibson, future author of “The Shadow,” and he wrote most of the non-fiction articles to appear in the magazine.

Authors include Frank Owen.

Condition is good to very good; front cover has overall wear, with many creases, edge tears and light stains.

The spine is complete but stained (note that, as printed, the spine is blank).
Back cover is similar to the front, with some writing in pencil.
Paper is yellow and supple.

A respectable copy of a rare pulp.”

Authors: “Tomorrow’s Paper” by Charlton Lawrence Edholm (reprinted from BRIEF STORIES – Dec. 1924);
“The Yellow Pool” by Frank Owen (reprinted from BRIEF STORIES – Nov. 1923)
(this pseudonym by him, of his two, wasn’t prolific, but it’s worthy of note (with no comment, LoL): Hung Long Tom);

“The Black Pagoda” (Part 2 of 3)(reprinted from BRIEF STORIES – Aug. 1924);
“The Comic Mask” (reprinted from BRIEF STORIES – March 1924);

“The Temple of Fire” and “Houdini in Europe” were both by Walter B. Gibson as Anonymous;
“Number Magic” by Astro (which is another article by Gibson);
he also ghost wrote “A Burmese Adventure” as by Howard Thurston. All four are articles.
All 5 issues were edited by Gibson.

Bookery say: Scarce $100.00 – $250.00 – $500.00
It also says 4 pseudonyms by Gibson (I’m not sure that I would call anonymous articles as pseudonyms).

TALES OF MAGIC and MYSTERY – March 1928 sold recently on eBay for $536.01

“The indicative prices are based on the Bookery Guide so,

Contains the first appearance of H. P. Lovecraft’s Cool Air.

TALES OF MAGIC and MYSTERY - March 1928

TALES OF MAGIC and MYSTERY – March 1928

Pages white. Better than very good.”

Authors: “Cool Air” by H. P. Lovecraft (6 short pages);
“The Nerve Specialist” by Newton A. Fuessle  (6 pages)(reprinted from BRIEF STORIES – April 1924);

All the rest are articles of the 72 pages.
“Adventures of Astro I — The Unaccountable Disappearance of John Hudson” by Anon. (by Gelett Burgess)(short story “The Master of Mysteries” (Bobbs 1912) as “Missing John Hudson”;
“Further Famous Escapes of Harry Houdini” by Walter B. Gibson;
“Magic Pictorial” by Anon. (Gibson);
“Adventures in Mind-Reading” by Bernard Perry (Gibson);
“The Famous Japanese Decapitation Mystery” by Anon. (Gibson);
The Girl Who Was Buried Alive;  Howard Thurston (ghost written by Walter B. Gibson)

I’m not sure I could have paid $500 plus for a minor 6 page Lovecraft story.

MIND MAGIC – June 1931 (First Issue) sold recently on eBay for $54.00

Mind Magic” was a rare fantasy pulp, running for four issues in 1931.

MIND MAGIC - June 1931 (First Issue)

MIND MAGIC – June 1931 (First Issue)

It was published by the same publisher that put out the spicy pulp, “Paris Nights,” and many artists and authors worked for both.

This… is for the first issue, dated June 1931.

Authors include Manly Wade Wellman, better known for his work in “Weird Tales.”

Condition is fair; front cover has overall wear and creasing, as well as spine tape.

The back cover is a photocopy.

Paper is various degrees of tan (except for the middle 16 pages, which are printed on a higher quality paper and are off-white) but still supple, with a few tears.

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

Authors: “Faithful Footsteps” by Manly Wade Wellman;
“The Black Art of Eric Hampt” by Frank Kenneth Young (only semi-prolific).
“In the Second Astral” (Part 1 of 4)(at 14 pages);
“From an Old Egyptian Tomb”;
“Don’t Take That Gun !” She Warned Them”;
“The Opened Door”;
“The Grey Mists Cleared and She Returned by the Power of Love” (2 pages)

Only 7 short stories from the 64 pages. The rest of the issue is taken up by 10 articles.

Bookery say: Scarce $80.00 – $200.00 – $400.00
(which is a bit more than some truly Rare and Very Rare Pulps, which also goes for TALES OF MAGIC and MYSTERY).

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

 

 

 

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: Confessions of a Stool Pigeon (1931)

Confessions of a Stool Pigeon (1931)

Confessions of a Stool Pigeon (1931)

The CONFESSIONS OF A STOOL PIGEON (By One of Them) sold recently on eBay for $263.89

“The Confessions of a Stool Pigeon, by One of Them, 1931.

Pyramid Publishing of Cincinnati turned out this gem at the height of the dees-dem-dose era.

It’s actually a full-length gangster novel, printed anonymously in the oversized “bedsheet” pulp format.
Illustrated with lots of great period newspaper clippings and some pretty spicy drawings.

But the best part is a gangster slang glossary. That section will save you from calling some skirt a Maggie when she might only be a Jane, or wondering how someone known to be eating snowballs could have hopped a rattler…

Note: …oversized pulp.

Condition:

Front cover: Light edge wear, tiny corner chip

The Confessions of a Stool Pigeon (1931 interior)

The Confessions of a Stool Pigeon (1931 interior)

bottom right, stress marks, very faint dust shadow along the top inch or so.

 

Back cover: About the same condition as the front cover, maybe slightly more edge wear.

Spine: Moderate wear, complete, unfaded.

Pages: Light tan, flexible, clean. The first few pages have chipped corners at the bottom (very small chips, nowhere near the text).
One folded signature, comprising pages 25-28, wasn’t inserted correctly during binding. As a result, the staples only grazed it, without actually securing it, and it’s loose.
But it’s there and it stays in place just fine.”

Bookery says: Bedsheet – “Rare” (“Seldom offered for sale…in most cases there may be fewer than a couple dozen existing copies” (less than 24 – DLS))
$90.00 – $225.00 – $450.00

But is it “truly” a “Pulp” ? Galactic Central says: “Although listed in the Adventure House Guide, this was copyrighted as a “pamphlet” and is not really a magazine.”
It’s not a “pamphlet” that you or I would be familiar with as it’s quite a large 10 1/2” X 12 1/2” (or so). It has a thicker than normal quality of paper for it’s slick, glossy cover and flat-edged pulp paper, one (true ?) story magazine.

INTRODUCTION By the author of “The Last Mile, “The Big House,” etc.

“CONFESSIONS OF A STOOL PIGEON” is the most amazing , authentic, staggering document I have ever read.

And no one on earth has ever read more genuine and synthetic “inside stuff,” “Lowdown,” and graveyard” on crime, corruption, rackets and police methods than I have. As the author of hundreds of underworld stories such as “The Last Mile,” “The Big House,” “Put on the Spot,” “Gangster Girl,” and “Glossary of Thieves’ Slang,” as well as being the editor of a newspaper feature section with a circulation of 10,000,000 weekly which goes in considerably for crime news, I have thousands of “true” and fiction stories submitted to me. Scores of ex-convicts , as soon as they are “sprung” beta to my threshold to pour out exposés, confessions, grapevine secrets.

I have become hard-boiled on such copy and had begun to wonder weather it is worth while to read any more of it at all. Then I started glancing lackadaisically at the typed sheets of the “The Confessions of a Stool Pigeon” ! I sat far into the night to finish it.

I do not know who wrote the stuff. It was sent to me by an agent as a possible newspaper serial. And I turned it down. I couldn’t publish it in the heterogeneous newspapers of a vast syndicate. It was too good. It was too true. It was too strong.

But I, myself – fed up on the yarns of crooks and cops, hustlers and grifters and gangsters, hop-heads and dope-peddlers, bootleggers and white-slavers and scarlet madams – I read with fascinated concentration exclusive, incisive, penetrating and devastating denouement of lust and greed, larceny and oppression, bribery and brutality in the gun-in-hand and hand in glove partnership of ruthlessly rapacious officers of the law and harpies who trade on them while they use them to trade alike on the innocent and the helpless guilty.

No more terrific indictment (and conviction) of the American modern civilization could be more formulated. No more photographic evidence of community shame could be presented than this shameless rectal.

No one but a rascally rat could have written it. This must not be from observation or investigation, but from life, first-hand. So its author was not spurred by any lofty urges for helping mankind. It is no remorseful gesture for the common good. It is the last desperate sell-out of a double-crossing parasite who trades with and against criminal coppers for a share of the shakedown. But, whoever he is, he has in a cold-blooded way done a big, important, if not nobly inspired work.

It is the custom, in writing forwards for such a book, to say they “Will open the eyes of America.” Well, my eyes were pretty wide open before I read this one.
AND IT OPENED MINE. Jack Lait.”

Jack Lait and ''Gus'' (of ''Gus and Gussie'')

Jack Lait and ”Gus” (of ”Gus and Gussie”)

Next page:
PUBLISHER’S NOTE

If there is any question in the reader’s mind about the rackets described herein, the truth of each can be verified by a reference to any metropolitan newspaper file. Every racket exposed in the book has a parallel case in the newspapers. But until we were able to induce the author, himself a racketeer, to uncover the rottenness of this business, the inside dope on how it is done under police protection has never before been exposed.

There is food for thought for every public-spirited citizen in this expose. It should make each and every one of us wonder what the future holds in store for our country unless the racketeer is stopped in his tracks.
THE PUBLISHERS.”

And two pages after:
FORWARD
In order that no innocent guys will be put on the spot for the dope herein, I’m tipping you guys that I’ve camouflaged the monickers (as written – DLS) and places mentioned. If you spot in this your own racket, that’s okey (as written – DLS) by me. If you think you’ve got a line on the author, that’s okey with me too. But before you bump anyone off for this job, just be sure you’re giving the right guy the works. Don’t forget, we all hate the bulls.
Very truly yours,
THE STOOL PIDGEON.”

At the very end of the story it says, “Remember !!! THE NIGHT CLUB RACKET will be on the Newsstands SOON. Watch For It ! It’s Got Them All Beat !”

The above was taken from my own pretty beat, dry-papered copy, won back in 2010.

So is it a “Pulp” ? I’ll leave that up to you to decide.

It’s a wonder this hasn’t been reprinted by now.

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

Pulps Pricings Sales Census: Far West Stories (Oct. 1931) and Far West Romances (April 1932)

A Far West Stories and Far West Romances set of 2 magazines recently sold on eBay for $221.39

FAR WEST STORIES – Oct. 1931 (Issue 75 of 84)

FAR WEST STORIES - Oct. 1931

FAR WEST STORIES – Oct. 1931

Authors: All but one 9 page story (?) are reprints from the early 1921-1925 WESTERN STORY MAGAZINE. And I would question that one story because it’s strange a ‘not-a- big-name in Westerns’ would have the only original story, and no cover spot.

 

Walt Coburn, Howard E. Morgan, Robert Ormond Case, Roy W. Hinds, Christopher B. Booth (non-reprint (?))

Bookery: FAR WEST STORIES are listed as “Scarce” and $15.00 – $35.00 – $75.00

 

FAR WEST ROMANCES – April 1932 (Issue 81 of 84)

Authors: Jack Bechdolt, Isabel S. Way,

FAR WEST ROMANCES - April 1932

FAR WEST ROMANCES – April 1932

Cliff Walters, C. Wiles Hallock

 

Bookery: FAR WEST ROMANCES are listed as “Rare” and $20.00 – $50.00 – $100.00

FAR WEST ROMANCES - April 1932 (Back Cover)

FAR WEST ROMANCES – April 1932 (Back Cover)

 

 

“…lot of 2 streets & smiths far west magazines oct. 1931 & april 1932 both. Have all pages except 1932 back cover is missing part of page.”

I would say it’s missing 2/3’s of it’s back cover.

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

Pulps Pricings Sales Census: Pirate Stories 1934 and 1935

PIRATE STORIES - Nov. 1934

PIRATE STORIES – Nov. 1934

Here are 3 recent eBay sales of PIRATE STORIES plus a little extra…

PIRATE STORIES – Nov. 1934 sold for $35.00
First Issue of 6.

Cover by Sidney Rosenberg

Authors: “Pirate Guns” by  F. V. W. Mason;
“Scourge of the Main” by James Perley Hughes

“..a Gernsback publication.
These are some of the premiere collectibles in pulps, with lurid and colorful action covers, including good girl, bad girl, and plenty of blood, violence and torture.

Minor chipping and edgewear and spine bumping, plus some light soiling.
A bit of paper loss at the upper right corner, plus tape repairs to the spine, which has been partially restored.
The top and bottom ends have been replaced.
Otherwise it’s intact and pretty bright and tight.

PIRATE STORIES - Nov. 1934 (Not so nice)

PIRATE STORIES – Nov. 1934 (Not so nice)

By and large, the spine is amazingly bright and complete.
We graded this magazine as generally in Good to Very Good condition except as noted.”

Another copy of Nov. 1934 also sold for $35.00
“I am no expert but I would say this book is in Fair Condition. This book is very old and shows its age.
The cover has chips and creases around the edges.
The spine is taped. There is a tear on the front cover which has been taped as well.”

PIRATE STORIES – Jan. 1935 sold for $114.51
Second Issue of 6.

Cover by Ray Wardel

Authors: “Pirate Wings” by Reg Dinsmore (of the 4 writers only Dinsmore is semi-prolific);

PIRATE STORIES - Jan. 1935

PIRATE STORIES – Jan. 1935

“Skull Island”; “Treachery of Mow Ghee”; “Submarine Hold-Up”

this short-lived Hugo Gernsback pulp experiment, complete with a “yellow peril” cover (by Ray Wardel) and a piece on Jean Lafitte.
As I’ve said before, any pulp collection without an issue of Pirate Stories is only fit for soaking up bilge water.


Condition: Front cover: Light edge wear, small overhang piece nibbled away (right edge, next to the “15”), a few stress marks, a couple of reading creases, light soiling.
Back cover: A little nicer than the front cover.
Spine: Complete, very slightly faded, very light overall wear.
Pages: Deep beige, flexible, clean.”

Bookery states: “Uncommon” $30.00 – $75.00 – $150.00


And here’s an extra just because it came up in the “Pirate Stories” search, and the condition and price it went for…

PEP STORIES - April 1929

PEP STORIES – April 1929

PEP STORIES – April 1929 sold for $53.65

Complete but fragile. Cover detached. Fair condition…

Hello All. This week I am liquidating my entire men’s magazine collection.
Not holding anything back… All are complete unless otherwise notated in the condition description. above.
…Also I will attempt to assign a grade but with these magazines I find them hard to grade.
Keep in mind these magazines are between 50-75 years old and most are extremely rare in any condition…
As I am selling off my collection and selling these at no reserve I am not offering returns on these. They are being sold as-is.”

With a detached cover this issue still sold for a little over $50.00

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

Pulps Pricings Sales Census: Brief Stories (December 1925)

BRIEF STORIES - Dec. 1925

BRIEF STORIES – Dec. 1925

2 copies of BRIEF STORIES – Dec. 1925 sold recently on eBay for $132.49 and $318.13 !

 

BRIEF STORIES - Dec. 1925 (better copy side)

BRIEF STORIES – Dec. 1925 (Extremely Nice Spine)

Authors: “A Desert “Sheek” ” by Erle Stanley Gardner (at this time Gardner was doing the ‘Speed Dash – “The Human Fly” ‘ series over at TOP-NOTCH MAGAZINE;
“In Old Port Royal: V – Not Always to the Strong” (6TH “Port Royal” appearance of 14) by Ian Hopel ;
Isabelle Stewart Way;  Howard R. Marsh (semi-prolific);
“The Tale of Ah Foo’s Rat” by Howard Rockey (only slightly prolific)
“”This magazine is from my Uncle’s estate. It has not been professionally graded. Please see the pictures for the true description. If I see any writing on the pages, I will show…it.- …”

Looks to have 1/2 spine split (4″ at the bottom),BRIEF STORIES - Dec. 1925 (Dry pages and beat)

dry pages, and lot of old moisture staining/damage (especially noticeable on both covers (I would say 1/5 to 1/4 of the front cover). Still, this copy went for around $132.50.BRIEF STORIES - Dec. 1925 (Dry pages and beat Side Spine)

The better copies description is: “VG+ Rare 1925 Pulp magazine in fantastic shape for its age! Light tears around edges of cover and a small amount of corner chipping on a few inside pages are the only significant flaws on this otherwise very presentable copy.”

SHORT STORIES - June - 10, 1935

SHORT STORIES – June – 10, 1935

BRIEF STORIES - Dec. 1925 (Dry pages and beat Back cover)

Back Cover Moisture Staining

Bookery say, “Scarce” $15.00 – $30.00 – $75.00
Due to the similarities of logo design from 1924 to 1927 on BRIEF STORIES and the logo from SHORT STORIES (“STORIES’ is an exact copy !) you would think BRIEF STORIES was a sister or companion to the other, but they’re not related.
BRIEF STORIES was put out by The Houston Publishing Co. and Personal Arts Co. between 1924-1927 and SHORT STORIES by Doubleday, Page & Co., Inc., NY between 1910-1937. “Curiouser and curiouser.”
ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

Pulps Pricing Sales Census: All Star Detective Stories (Feb. 1931) and All Star Detective (May 1942)

Here are two recent eBay sales of ALL STAR DETECTIVE:ALL STAR DETECTIVE - Feb. 1931

 

ALL STAR DETECTIVE STORIES – Feb. 1931 recently sold for $25.87

Authors: “Coffins for Six !” by Erle Stanley Gardner;
“The Death Feast” by H. H. Matteson;
“The Ghost Canoe” by Leslie McFarlane

 

No description given “This magazine is from my Uncle’s estate. It has not been professionally graded…. see the pictures for the true description. If I see any writing on the pages, I will show a photo of it. Please look at the photos to determine the condition.”

Kind of beat, yellowing paper, and front cover is detached. Still this Clayton Pulp sold for close to $30.00.

 

ALL STAR DETECTIVE – May 1942 recently sold for $114.38

Second and Last Issue, although it says issue 3. ALL STAR DETECTIVE - May 1942NOT the same series as the above Clayton title, but a Manvis Publications, Inc./Red Star/Tmely-Marvel Comics/Martin Goodman Pulp.

 

Authors:
“The Last Corpse Will Have Red Lips” by Edward Ronns (pseudonym of Edward S. Aarons, who did The ANGEL DETECTIVE Pulp for Mavis. He also wrote the 42 series of CIA agent Sam Durell/”Assignment” (and) in paperbacks (1955-1976));
Murder Merry-Go-Round” by W. T. Ballard;
“Name the Dragon’s Next Victim” by G. T. Fleming-Roberts (and);
“A Button, a Flower, and Blood” by Eric Howard;
“Death Is a Little Doll”; “Whom the Fiend Hates”

 

 

“The cover is a Peter Driben homage to – or just ripoff of – H. J. Ward.SPICY DETECTIVE STORIES - Sept. 1941

This was the Library of Congress copyright deposit file copy, and obviously everyone at the LoC had to stamp it to make it official. (I count at last 6 – DLS)

 Still, an uncommon pulp and a unique convergence of two legendary pinup artists.

 

Condition: Front cover: Light edge wear and edge tears, LoC ink stamps, creases along the right edge, partially erased pencil markings near top right corner, separation from spine for the top inch-and-a-half or so.

Back cover: Similar to the front cover, minus all the LoC stamps.
Spine: Slightly faded, moderate wear, light surface soiling.

Pages: Tan, a little darker around the edges, clean. A few of the pages that stick out the farthest have some very minor edge flaking, but the pages overall are still flexible.”

 

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

 

Pulps Pricings Sales Census: Popular Fiction Magazine (November 1931)

POPULAR FICTION MAGAZINE – Nov. 1931 recently sold on eBay for “Buy It Now” of $60.00POPULAR FICTION MAGAZINE - Nov. 1931

First Issue as this title. It had previously been the scarce MAN STORIES, and after POPULAR FICTION, the equally scarce NICKEL DETECTIVE MAGAZINE with 6 issues, finally ending up as STRANGE DETECTIVE STORIES with 4 issues.

Authors: “The Flaming Skull” by Hugh B. Cave;
“Jungle Fate” by L. Patrick Greene;
“The Boast of Mat Drus” by Murray Leinster;
“Fo ’c ’s ’le” by Frank J. Leahy;
“Island Vultures” by Jacland Marmur;
“The Suite in Soho” by Cyril Plunkett
Excellent round-robin of Pulp writers.

The dealer just said, “…complete issue,” but appears to be an extremely nice copy.

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

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

 

EXCITING DETECTIVE - Winter 1942

EXCITING DETECTIVE – Winter 1942

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,

EXCITING DETECTIVE - April 1943

EXCITING DETECTIVE – April 1943

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

Unknown Pulp: Ladies of the Underworld

Here is a completely unknown Pulp I just found listed, that’s NOT on GALACTIC CENTRAL or The FictionMags Index.

The phrase “…a seven day dose of atomic power” probable places the date after August 1945, the publics first knowledge of the Atom Bomb drop.

LADIES OF THE UNDERWORLD – June #1 19?? 25¢ Pulp Style 36 Pgs. recently sold on eBay for $102.51 and another dealer has a “Buy It Now” for $299.00 !!!

LADIES OF THE UNDERWORLD - June 19... Back Cover

LADIES OF THE UNDERWORLD – June 19… Back Cover

LADIES OF THE UNDERWORLD - June 19... (Unknown Pulp-Type)

LADIES OF THE UNDERWORLD – June 19… (Unknown Pulp-Type)

“Description:

An unusual magazine – LADIES OF THE UNDERWORLD – June (no date, no year) containing 36 pages.

Pages may be numbered incorrectly as it would indicate one page missing, however the count is correct?

It is a pulp style mag with stories, articles and B&W illustrations and photos.

It was printed in Canada and published monthly by Headline Publications of America, 15 Park Row, New York 7, N.Y.

Advertising on the back cover, inside back cover and inside front cover have Canadian addresses.

Mag shows wear and stains on the covers.  Circa late 1930’s or early 40’s.”

LADIES OF THE UNDERWORLD - June 19... Face Page

LADIES OF THE UNDERWORLD – June 19… Face Page

LADIES OF THE UNDERWORLD - June 19... (John Wayne Cover)

LADIES OF THE UNDERWORLD – June 19… (John Wayne Cover)

The other “Buy It Now” advertiser:

LADIES OF THE UNDERWORLD - June 19... page (3 Vera Played Around With All Kinds of Men...She Wasn't Particular)

LADIES OF THE UNDERWORLD – June 19… page (3 Vera Played Around With All Kinds of Men…She Wasn’t Particular)

LADIES OF THE UNDERWORLD - June 19... page (2)

LADIES OF THE UNDERWORLD – June 19… page (2)

“This is an Extremely Rare magazine that has a JOHN WAYNE photo cover but the insides are sexually oriented and I cannot believe that Mr. Wayne would ever have approved this – It is a BAD GIRL publication with sexually oriented stories – 100% Complete with All pages present – No cut-outs – No tape anywhere – Printed in the USA and in Canada it may be the only issue ever printed”

LADIES OF THE UNDERWORLD - June 19... (4 (She was) one of Those Flighty Burlesque Dames - You know the kind ! )

LADIES OF THE UNDERWORLD – June 19… (4a …and what she disclosed was a seven day DOSE of ATOMIC POWER)

LADIES OF THE UNDERWORLD - June 19... page (3)

LADIES OF THE UNDERWORLD – June 19… page (3)

 

 

 

 

LADIES OF THE UNDERWORLD - June 19... (6 Everett...was a war hero. But neighgors believed he wasn't a hero to his Buxom Wife...the Girl...was...the Treacherous Borgia)

LADIES OF THE UNDERWORLD – June 19… (6 Everett…was a war hero. But neighgors believed he wasn’t a hero to his Buxom Wife…the Girl…was…the Treacherous Borgia)

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

 

Pulps Pricings Sales Census: New Story Magazine (September 1912)

NEW STORY MAGAZINE – Sept. 1912 recently sold on eBay for $214.27

NEW STORY MAGAZINE - Sept. 1912

NEW STORY MAGAZINE – Sept. 1912

Authors: The 41 page story “Checkmate by Wireless” by Gilbert Patten, is nice to see because Patten’s not using his more famous ‘Burt Standish’ tag-line (there is the 9 page “The White Hope Umpire” also as by Gilbert Patten);

1ST ”Jetts Brothers (or “Triplets and Trouble”)” appearance of 27 by Robert V. Carr;

“Boots and Saddles or Boots and Shoes” (2ND “Sgt. Billy Bowman” appearance of 15) by  Arthur Preston Hankins;

“Sixty Per Cent of the Gate” (5TH “Mike Nolan/Fighting for the Pennant” appearance of 7) by Frank X. Finnegan;

Arthur Somers Roche, Miles Overholt

“COPY IS COMPLETE EXCEPT FOR LARGELY MISSING SPINE. COVERS HAVE MINOR FOLDS AND TEARS”

Bookery: Basic 1912-1915 issues “Scarce to Rare” $20.00 – $50.00 – $100.00

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

Detective Book Magazine (Summer 1943) or “Seduction of the Innocent”

DETECTIVE BOOK MAGAZINE – Summer 1943 sold on eBay in December for $35.80

DETECTIVE BOOK - Summer 1943

DETECTIVE BOOK – Summer 1943

Authors: “Drawn Conclusion” is a 101 page story by Willetta A. Barber and R. F. Schabelitz who never had another story appear in the Pulp. It appears from the FictionMags index entre to have appeared in book form from Doubleday 1942; 

 

“Black Market Pay-Off” by William Campbell Gault;

 “The Demon Finds a Body” is a first appearance story,
of 3, of some character called “Demon” Ames by Stewart
Sterling (pseudonym of Prentice Winchell).

 

“Shows light edge and corner wear (more so on the right edge overhang), an abrasion on the spine (cover side) about 3″ down from the top, and a bit of tearing on the bottom of the spine. High grade for these highly fragile pulps.” Just a great Pulp cover and condition.

So why is this deemed Post-worthy ?

Jungle Comics #98 Feb. 1948 Do you see it ??? Supposedly a young teen can !

Jungle Comics #98 Feb. 1948
Do you see it ??? Supposedly a young teen can !

You may have heard about Dr. Fredric Werthams’  (and) “Seduction of the Innocent” censorship book (1954) and his ‘theory’ about the evils of comic books (and brief mention of Pulps) on juveniles. There is also mention of his “pictures within pictures” for “those who know how to look,” that artist “placed” within their work.

Jungle Comics #98 Feb. 1948 close up

Jungle Comics #98 Feb. 1948 close up

As if the artist had that amount of extra time, and kids then looked for them like some kind of perverse artistic jigsaw puzzle. A main example to the left.

 
Now if a (male) child, in the repressed era of the 40’s and ’50’s, actually went searching for a vigina in the artwork they would have no idea what one looked like in order to find one (no Sex Education in schools).
 
Well, here’s an unknown Pulp example:

What the heck was George Gross doing with the thumb on the cover painting of DETECTIVE BOOK MAGAZINE – Summer 1943 ???

 George Gross

George Gross

DETECTIVE BOOK - Summer 1943 (Fallic symbol ?)

 
ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith

Pulp Census Report: Tip Top Semi-Monthly and Frank Merriwell

TIP TOP SEMI-MONTHLY – March 25, 1915 Second issue sold for just $36.00 and the April 10, 1915 Third issue sold for the same.

March 25, 1915 “VERY NICE. Except 2″ SPLIT AT BOTTOM… easy to re-glue. NICE BACK COVER AND GREAT PAGES !”;

TIP TOP SEMI-MONTHLY - March 25, 1915 (#2)

TIP TOP SEMI-MONTHLY – March 25, 1915 (#2)

April 10, 1915 “NICE. Except 3″ SPLIT AT BOTTOM… easy to re-glue. NICE BACK COVER AND GREAT PAGES !”

TIP TOP SEMI-MONTHLY - April 10, 1915 (#3)

TIP TOP SEMI-MONTHLY – April 10, 1915 (#3)

As a Pulp title it only had 18 issues. It began it’s

TIP TOP WEEKLY - April 18, 1896

TIP TOP WEEKLY – April 18, 1896

long history as the “Dime Novel” TIP TOP WEEKLY with the very first “Frank Merriwell” appearance, “Frank Merriwell or, First Days at Fardale” on April 18, 1896 and continuing until 1912 before transmorphing into NEW TIP TOP WEEKLY (August 3, 1912) with Frank Jr. taking over with “Frank Merriwell, Jr. or The Camp on Wind River”.

Frank  Merriwell (and Frank, Jr,) made it into TIP TOP SEMI-MONTHY (also brother Dick) but just seemed not able to translate into the Pulp magazines after such a long history. Frank did make 7 serials in SPORT STORY MAGAZINE in 1927-1928, 2 stories in FAME AND FORTUNE (ghosted by Warren Elliot Carleton), and 12 in TOP-NOTCH MAGAZINE 1929-1930 (the last 4 as serials) before finally heading into written retirement. He had a rare 27 1/2 minute 1915 Anti-Drinking Silent Movie, “Frank Merriwell in Arizona”. He made it into the newspaper funny pages from 1928 to 1936, and a very brief (don’t blink) 15 minute radio series in 1934 (and again from 1946 to 1949).

NEW TIP TOP WEEKLY - August 3, 1912

NEW TIP TOP WEEKLY – August 3, 1912

(An aside: in March 1973 he became President of the U.S, in a way. Let’s just say it’s a terrible story, best left forgotten, and leave it at that.)

Bookery states “Uncommon to Scarce” $10.00 – $25.00 – $50.00 (the March 10, 1915 First issue is listed as $20.00 – $50.00 – $100.00)

For a Pulp from 1915, “Scarce” (“…tough to find … a handful of couples may surface (yea, I’d like to see that – DLS), while…none may come up for sale at all. Most collectors will accept what condition they can find…” – Bookery), and a major character in the Pulp industry (although on his athletic last legs; he’s catch a brief second wind from 1928 to 1930), those prices seem a tad low, especially if you do find one in top condition (remember, 1915 here). It’s a title I watch for and have only seem about 6-7 copies surface in 8 years.

CREATED a HERO for BOYS
– Believes in Our Youth –
 
By William Fuchs
 

I knew him as Burt L. Standish. A million boys in the United States between the ages of ten and fifteen, who assiduously followed Frank Merriwell as he went through Fardale, into Yale and then put into the world again, knew him by that name. Every week we trudged to the neighborhood  bookstore and deposited our coins for the latest copy ofFrank Merriwell“.

TOP-NOTCH MAGAZINE - Second Nov. 1929

TOP-NOTCH MAGAZINE – Second Nov. 1929

The lad who had not heard of Burt L. Standish had not yet tasted of the joys of life.

 
But his name, he told me, is William Gilbert Patten. When he was seventeen he dropped the William. I suppose the reason was  that he hated to be called Willie. That was a “sissy’s” name and his imagination, which had been bred on the old Beadle and Adams thrillers, yearned for something bold and daring. Gil Patten, when uttered in the right tone was fine. In the little town in Maine where he lived the altered name brought him some respect from his fellows.
 

The spirit of  adventure was in him at the age of sixteen.Then he suddenly became fully aware that his mother wanted him to be a preacher and that his father was passionately set on making him a carpenter, a good trade by which one could make an honest living.  But Willy remained awake nights visioning overwhelming successes as a writer.

William Gilbert Patten (Burt L. Standish) (Oct. 25, 1866 – Jan. 16, 1945))

William Gilbert Patten (Burt L. Standish) (Oct. 25, 1866 – Jan. 16, 1945))

 
Willie was aghast when he finally discovered his parents’ ambitions for him. He pleaded with them, but to no avail. The elder Patten would never allow his son to become a writer. There was something indecent about writing for a livelihood.
 
So Willie put his toothbrush in his pocket and ran away to Biddeford, the mill town quite a few miles away, where he quietly secured a job in old man Gooch’s place. He spent six months there and then asked for a raise, it was refused him and Willie quit.
 
He came home. He brought money with him and the sophisticated air of a man the world. His parents welcomed him back with open arms, but his  father told him in words not exactly soft that he would have to go to work. But our hero went to sleep and dreamed of cowboys and Indians.
 
As he was telling me this Patten laughed. “I had a hard time convincing the folks that I could make money writing, but I finally did”.  He earned six dollars for two stories submitted to the Banner Weekly. For his third contribution he was awarded with seventy-five dollars. The fires of authorship burned in him fiercely. He sat down and wrote a full length novel. The title was “The  Diamond Sport”. He was paid $150 for it. His day had arrived at last. Henceforth Gil Patten would write novels. The world would yet recognize him as a genius.
 
Patten puffed his pipe and he laughed again as the recollection of those days came to him. “I was writing a lot then and making money. My books were all thrillers, stories of the golden West. In their pages roamed Indians and two-gun cattlemen. Whole wagonloads of brave pioneers were butchered by the ruthless red men. Men shot at the drop of a hat. They all chewed tobacco and swore.”
 
For about four years this continued. Then, when he had passed his twenty-first year. Patten suddenly decided to head for New York. He had saved a little money and felt sure of success in the big city.
 
A few months previously he had been struck by an amazing idea and with his ego guiding him he had started a newspaper. This venture had not been marked by an epochal success. Let Patten tell the  story:
 
“My mother put a stop to it when she found out that I was $900 in debt. She was scandalize. My father, she said, had never been more than $100 in debt in his whole life. That was about the only connection I have ever had with a newspaper.”
When Gilbert Patten came to New York it had already achieved a certain eminence among the cities of the world: Jenny Lind had sung here; the actor Forrest had performed before its citizens; the Bowery was the gaudiest and the most bizarre street in the United States; the Brooklyn Bridge was still unequaled by any other metropolis and Steve Brodie had gained undying fame by diving off it, and emerging alive; John L. Sullivan was still heavyweight champion and was to be seen nightly in his saloons; the girls in its show houses danced in tights: the Pulitzer Building still topped all other structures in the country; Fifth avenue was the flower of  residential districts; it was the city of opportunity. From all over the land came lads to seek their fortunes.
 
Into this seething pot Patten threw himself. He made the acquaintance of many men. Colonel Prentiss Ingraham,  biographer of Buffalo Bill Cody, developed a fondness for the young man and daily lectured him on the Western story. The Colonel said it would  never die, but his young listener was doubtful. His own stories seemed aged and decrepit to him. Thus far Frank Merriwell was still unthought-of in boy’s literature.
 
One day while Patten was in Camden, Maine, he received a long letter from Street and Smith who had taken over the leadership in the dime novel publishing business from Beadle and Adams. The firm wanted him to write a series of stories on a young man attending a military academy and afterward, if the thing were possible, to send the youth on a tour of the world and then through college. Patten chose Yale because, as he explained, it was the most democratic of all the institutions. Thus was Frank Merriwell  born. It was in 1896 that Patten wrote the first book. It was called “Frank Merriwell at Fardale,” and it sold for a nickel.
 
The book was an instant success. Patten in stilled a typewriter in his home and made ready to turn out a book a week. “The publishers thought that three years of this work would do for me; there were 20,000 words each week. But I kept it up for almost twenty years.” There was noticeable pride in his voice.
 
“In these twenty years I traveled all over the United States. But spent most of my time in New York. It was a terrific grind at first, but later I became used to it. As I grew to know Frank better I grew fond of him and I confess that I followed his adventures almost as breathlessly as his army of small readers.

“For one thing I rarely had much trouble in finding plots for the young man. I usually entangled him in some way or other and then let him out after he had shown his character. Need I tell you that Frank was always honest, courageous, resourceful, generous and was never one to take advantage even of an enemy ? However, Frank really wasn’t the brave fellow everybody imagined him to be. Frank was often scared, but me repeat that he was resourceful and he always managed to get out of every scrape I put him into.

“I think, though, that I rank’s greatest trait was his loyalty. That is what boys like, and undoubtedly this did much to popularize him with his young readers. Frank always stood by his friends, although he could have made a million dollars if he had turned against them. Merriwell had a sense of Justice and a sense of humor. These helped him.

“There were some bad aspects to Frank, but these were all natural ones. He loved to gamble and his desperate struggles to overcome this weakness filled many pages of my stories. He also had an eye pretty girl, but his was the wholesome respect one accords to anything beautiful. He was a clean-minded fellow.

“Frank Merriwell was what every boy would like to be. And his friends were of the sort we’d like to have. All of them were stanch and true and willing to lay down their lives for Frank Merriwell, and he would have done the same for them.

“The adventures of Frank when he traveled around the world must have delighted his followers. Frank went through England, France and other countries in Europe. In France Merriwell, always on the side of justice, leaped to the defense of Captain Dreyfus, who had been railroaded to Devil’s Island on a trumped-up charge.”

As Patten talked I examined him carefully. His hair is white, but his eyes reflect a daredevilish gleam. The spirit of youth is far from dead in him. He is tall and graceful, a genial fellow and addicted to pipe smoking.

I have no doubt that, just like Merriwell, Patten would not be averse to playing a prank on anybody. If I can remember correctly the former was responsible for putting a centipede in the bed of one of the students at Fardale. He engineered many more tricks on his friends. I would not be at all surprised if those close to Patten have been the victims of some of his mischievous pranks.

Patten still writes about Frank Merriwell. The stories appear in the Top-Notch Magazine. Patten was one of the founders of the magazine and he edited it through the early years of its existence. But he discovered that writing and editing were too much for him. He preferred to write, so he sent the editorship down the line.

Few people know that Patten uncovered the playing value of Bill Carrigan, famous Boston Red Sox catcher of a decade ago. Patten ran a semi-pro baseball team in Camden and Carrigan played on his team. Patten explained laughingly that he had used Carrigan in every position but that of catcher. When he heard that Carrigan was regarded as one of the most valuable catchers in the American League he was astounded.

Patten reads the sporting pages, but he is not very enthusiastic about the sports themselves. The love of the game is gone, he thinks. In his opinion, Albie Booth is one of the great football players of the generation. Patten had seen Booth in action once, against Dartmouth, and he says Booth’s playing prowess to his swiftness of foot and to the Yale star’s trick of relaxing and allowing himself to fall limp when tackled.

Frank Merriwell himself was something of a athlete. He was Yale’s greatest figure. Who can forget Merriwell’s thrilling home runs, which usually came in the ninth inning when two men were out, and Yale needed four runs to win.

But Gilbert Patten’s fondest treasures are letters he has received from parents and boys all over the country. He has rarely met a person who did not grow up on Frank Meriwell. Some of them know more about Merriwell than he himself. They have not forgotten their boyhood idol.

A paragraph from one letter sent to Patten by a heartbroken mother read: “My child was a wild boy until he commenced reading about Frank Merriwell. I loved my boy. He died in the Argonne (and), fighting for his country. If he his gone to heaven he owes it to Frank Merriwell. Thank you.”
 
AMAZING SPIDERMAN #8 Jan. 1964 by Jack Kirby(inks by Steve Ditko)

AMAZING SPIDERMAN #8 Jan. 1964 by Jack Kirby(inks by Steve Ditko)

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith
 

Pulps Pricings Sales Census: 10 Black Mask

For some recent Pulp sales we follow the gun-powder smell over to BLACK MASK and see ten arresting prices.

If it wasn’t stated before, the quotation marks on the condition were the dealers description of issue in question. Sometimes they only state “Good shape” or “As shown in pics,” which usually isn’t much to go on, especially if only the front cover is shown.

BLACK MASK – June 1930 sold for $99.00

Authors: “Glass Key” (part 4 of 4) by Dashiell Hammett;

BLACK MASK - June 1930

BLACK MASK – June 1930

“Tainted Power” (29th “Race Williams” (and here) of 82 (with 5 being serials) and 4th “The Flame” appearances) by Carroll John Daly (here’s a fun bit of trivia that serves no purpose, but: “The Men in Black” appears in DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE – Oct. 1938 a “Race Williams” story and the very next “Race Williams story is “The Quick and the Dead” in DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE- Dec. 1938);
“Hell’s Kettle” (33rd “Ed Jenkins” appearance of 74) by Erle Stanley Gardner;
“Signals of Storm” (4th “Jo Gar” appearance of 29) by Ramon Decolta (pseudonym of Raoul F. Whitfield);
“Red Dice” by Hapsburg Liebe

“This copy has a trimmed fc (front cover – DLS), NO bc (back cover – DLS), most of spine gone with tape to spine and cover. Paper is very nice.”

This issue has a lot of bad things going for it, except for the authors; Large “COMPLIMENTARY COPY” stamped on the cover, two round coffee (?) cup stains and dirty.

Even in this condition Bookery states: $180.00 – $450.00 – $900.00

BLACK MASK – June 1932 sold for $229.50

BLACK MASK - June 1932

BLACK MASK – June 1932

Authors: “The Amateur Murderer” (Part 3 of 4) (36th “Race Williams” story appearance of 82) by Carroll John Daly; “Cooking Crooks” (44th “Ed Jenkins” of 74 and 2nd “Norma Gay” of 2 appearances) by Erle Stanley Gardner; “The Siamese Cat” (19th “Jo Gar” appearance of 29) by Ramon Decolta (pseudonym of Raoul F. Whitfield); “Fast One 2: Lead Party” (2nd “Gerry Kells”/”S. Granquist” appearance of 4) by Paul Cain;
“Man Killer” (1st “Don Free” appearance of 3) by Raoul F. Whitfield (so he has 2 stories in this issue);
“One for the Book” (7th “Johnny Hi Gear” appearance of 8) by Stewart Stirling (pseudonym of Prentice Winchell)

“Condition: Front cover: Edge wear and short edge tears; corner creases; a few stress marks; light soiling along the top edge; separation from the spine for the top inch or so, and for the bottom inch and a half. Back cover: Bottom right corner mangled but still all there, a gouge in the woman’s hat and a much smaller one top center, edge wear, light surface soiling. Spine: Missing the bottom inch and a half; otherwise moderate wear and light surface soiling. I will include – at no extra cost – a new replacement piece for the spine bottom, scanned from another 1932 issue at 600 dpi onto actual pulp cover stock. Pages: Light tan, flexible, clean.”

Bookery states: $40.00 – $100.00 – $200.00 (for the Paul Cain story)

BLACK MASK – Jan. 1934 sold for $73.01

BLACK MASK - Jan. 1934 (British edition)

BLACK MASK – Jan. 1934 (British edition)

Authors: “A Guest of the House” (54th “Ed Jenkins” of 74 and 10th “Ngat T” of 22 appearances)

by Erle Stanley Gardner;
“Private War” (1st “George Killeen” appearance of 5) by Roger Torrey;
“Trouble-Hunted” (4th “Bill Lennox” appearance of 28) by W. T. Ballard;
“High Murder” by Raoul Whitfield; “Let Me Tell It” by Donald Barr Chidsey

British Edition. The stories and format are exactly the same as the American edition.
The ads on the inside front cover and both sides of the back cover have been replaced by ads of British merchants.
The front cover is lightly soiled with moderate to heavy edge wear and reading creases along left edge.
Spine has stress lines, rubs and a ¼” missing at the bottom. Back cover is soiled with moderate edge wear. Interior is tightly bound and relatively clean (pages 40 and 41 have light stains). Pages are cream to light tan. Edges are toned but still quite supple.”

Bookery: $30.00 – $75.00 – $150.00

BLACK MASK – Nov. 1934 sold for $92.00

BLACK MASK - Nov. 1934

BLACK MASK – Nov. 1934

Authors: “The Eyes Have it” (44th “Race Williams” appearance of 82) by Carroll John Daly;
“Hot Cash” (59th “Ed Jenkins” appearance of 74) by Erle Stanley Gardner;
“Room Service” (5th “Cleve Corby” appearance of 5) by Eugene Cunningham;
“Law and Disorder” (11th “Dal Prentice” appearance of 12) by Roger Torrey;
“In Dead Man’s Alley” (10th “Bill Lennox” appearance of 28) by W. T. Ballard

“Nice bright covers – trimmed at right. Spine with a couple of small chips. Front cover creased with tiny chips and tiny edge tears. Rear cover also with tiny edge tears. Edges toned. Pages supple – not brittle… I would call this about good.”

Bookery: $30.00 – $75.00 – $150.00

BLACK MASK – Jan. 1937 sold for $306.00

BLACK MASK - Jan. 1937

BLACK MASK – Jan. 1937

Authors: “Try the Girl” (6th “Carmady” appearance of 6) by Raymond Chandler;
“Little Guy” (20TH “Jerry Tracy” appearance of 27) by Theodore A. Tinsley (2 stories were done by Edward Churchill in 1934);
“Bulldog” by Max Brand (pseudonym of Frederick Faust) (reprinted from COLLIER’S – Feb. 23, 1924);
“Shooting Going On” by Cornell Woolrich; “Murder Frame” by Roger Torrey

“GOOD-VG. Light overall wear especially along the cover edges; pages more browned than usual, again especially along the edges, with chipping noticed on a few page tips. Otherwise basically in solid condition.”

Bookery: $100.00 – $250.00 – $500.00

It’s Raymond Chandler’s final appearance in BLACK MASK and to make up for that it’s Cornell Woolrich first!

BLACK MASK – Oct. 1938 sold for $66.00

Authors: “Forced Landing” (11th “Oliver Quade” appearance of 15) by Frank Gruber;

BLACK MASK - Oct. 1938

BLACK MASK – Oct. 1938

“This Way to the Morgue” (1st “Murray Gifford” appearance of 2) by Frederick C. Davis;
“Gardenia Kill (9th “Pat McCarthy” appearance of 14) by Roger Torrey;
“The Death Pool” (8th “Miles Standish Rice” appearance of 16) by Baynard H. Kendrick

Bookery: $20.00 – $50.00 – $100.00

BLACK MASK - Nov. 1938

BLACK MASK – Nov. 1938

BLACK MASK – Nov. 1938 sold for $55.99

Authors: “Station K-I-L-L” (25th “Jerry Tracy” appearance of 27) by Theodore A. Tinsley;

“Good condition. Used. The cover has some wear, small tears and creases. Page foxing.”

Bookery: $15.00 – $35.00 – $75.00

BLACK MASK – Dec. 1938 sold for $64.00

Authors: “Stop the Presses”

BLACK MASK - Dec. 1938

BLACK MASK – Dec. 1938

(2nd “Murray Gifford” appearance of 2) by Frederick C. Davis; “Concealed Weapon” (10th “Pat McCarthy” appearance of 14) by Roger Torrey; “Smoke in Your Eyes” by Hugh B. Cave; “Come Clean” by Donald Wandrei;
“Careless Killer” (3rd “Beeker” appearance of 7) by Dwight V. Babcock

“Good condition. Used. The cover has some wear, small creases. Page foxing.”

This issue may have been returned because the same dealer listed another copy with the exact same cover, but added pictures of he inside pages. Unless this was a different issue but he re-used the same cover image for some reason. That one only sold for $19.50.

BLACK MASK - Oct. 1938 pages 2

BLACK MASK – Oct. 1938 pages 2

BLACK MASK - Oct. 1938 pages 1

BLACK MASK – Oct. 1938 pages 1

 

“Fair condition. Used. The cover has some surface, edge, cover wear and tear. Pages are foxing. ”
The top and bottom pages are darkened/stained/foxed (?) like 2 1/2 – 3 inches on each side. However both buyers gave the dealer positive feedback so who knows.

BLACK MASK - Oct. 1940

BLACK MASK – Oct. 1940

BLACK MASK – Oct. 1940 sold for $52.00

Authors: “C-Jag” by Cornell Woolrich;

“Money to Burn” (5th “Rex Sackler” appearance of 29) by D. L. Champion;

“The Man Who Turned Up Missing” by Donald Barr Chidsey;

“Killer in Camp” by J. Lane Linklater”

Condition: Original Magazine with wear with original cover/pages. Lots of creasing small chunkupper right back cover gone, Otherwise, NO repairs, clippings or missing pages in the magazine.”

Bookery: $20.00 – $50.00 – $100.00

ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith