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: 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