Pulp magazines are a product of yesteryear. Their garish colorful cover art and intense action stories would leave readers spellbound for hours. This was before an age of internet and easily accessible porn and news. Pulp magzines have some of the best artwork of any age!
This was a time of great fast paced mystery, imaginative science fiction, old westerns, adventure, fantasy, and also some hack writing. Classic authors like D. Hammett and Raymond Chandler got their starts in the early pulps.
Great Scienc fiction authors like Robert A. Heinlein, Clifford Simak, and P.K. Dick also started in the pulps.
Pulps magazines like Weird Tales started th careers of H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard and his Conan stories.
Astounding Science Fiction lead the way when John W. Campbell, Jr. took over as editor in 1938 and made science fiction writing serious taking away the space opera main format of the earlier sci fi pulps.The Golden Age of Science fiction began in July 1939 issue of Astounding SF featuring A.E. Van Vogt’s first story “The Black Destroyer”.
Robert Heinlein would publish many of his most famous stories in ASF!
Amazing Stories, started by Hugo Gernsback in 1926 lead the way for science fiction. The early covers were done by R. Frank Paul, who did wonderful illustrations of future thinking and weird monster aliens.
Thrilling Wonder Stories began as this title in 1936. It featured many famous writes like Arthur C. Clarke, Jack Williamson, Ray Cummings, and Jahn Taine. The cover art was fantastic, colorful, and stood out!
Startling Stories was another pulp, started in 1939. It had awesome cover art as well featuring garish and outstanding cover art by talented artists.
Many pulps are highly collected taoday with certain issues commanding thousands of dollars. Edgar Rice Burrough’s first stories were published in pulps and the first appearance of Tarzan in a pulp is very valuable. Planet Stories had works by Ray Bradbury and Leigh Brackett and had excellent fast paced space opera stories and cool cover art!
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