28 February 2003
Lost Treasures from the Pulps - Collections One and Two!
Announcing the first publication of LOST TREASURES FROM THE PULPS, a new series of hardcover books collecting some of the great series stories that have never been reprinted from the pulp magazines.  All books are edited by long-time pulp fan, historian, and collector, Robert Weinberg, and published by George A. Vanderburgh of The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box Press.

The Compleat Peter the Brazen
Due in mid-April 2003 is The Compleat Peter the Brazen by George F. Worts, a two-volume hardcover set reprinting the entire Peter the Brazen saga from the pages of ARGOSY magazine.   Each volume is 9x12, in full color jacket, and contains over 300,000 words of high adventure fiction.  Book One is 388 double-column pages, while Book Two is 402 double-column pages. Click here or in the images to the right for larger images.

The Peter the Brazen adventure series has long been considered by pulp fans as perhaps the greatest action series ever to be published in the pulp magazines.  In particular, Peter’s three adventures fighting the Chinese mastermind, the Blue Scorpion, rank among the finest heroic adventures ever written.   While a few Peter the Brazen stories have been reprinted in scarce fan publications, a majority of these novelets and novels have been out of print for more than a half-century. 

Complimenting the entire series of Peter the Brazen stories, from 1919-1920 and 1930-1935, these volumes include special articles by Rick Lai and Robert Weinberg on the stories, their settings, and their author, George F. Worts.  Both volumes are newly typeset on quality paper with matching dust jackets.  Along with reproductions of all the covers and interior illustrations from the series, the books also include new maps showing the world of Peter the Brazen. 

The set of two books will be available sometime in late April.  An advance set of the books should be available at the Windy City Pulp and Paperback Show in April, but regular copies will not be shipped until a few weeks after the show.   LOST TREASURES FROM THE PULPS feature open print runs, so the books will never be out of print.  However, after the first printing of the volumes, it may be months before they are available again.  If you want to pre-order your set, for delivery on publication, now is the time to do so. 

Cost per two-volume set is  $150.00.  (the two books are only sold as a set)  Postage is $10 due to the weight of these immense volumes.  No checks will be cashed until the books are on hand and ready for shipping. 
Payment in US Funds, please.  Sorry but we do not take charge card orders at present.
Order from: The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box, PO Box 204, Shelburne, Ontario Canada L0N 1S0. 

Minions of the Shadow
Also due in mid-April from LOST TREASURES FROM THE PULPS, is the 2nd publication of the series, Minions of the Shadow – The Collected Mark Nevin- Omega Novels by William Gray Beyer.   This stand-alone 6x9 hardcover volume, with color jacket by Rudolph Belarski, reprints the four Minions novels – Minions of the Moon, Minions of Mars, Minions of Mercury, and Minions of the Shadow, from ARGOSY in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s. 
Minions of the Moon was reprinted in hardcover over fifty years ago, and the other three novels have never been reprinted.  Newly typeset, 481 pages. 

Mark Nevin entered the hospital one morning for routine surgery and awoke six thousand years later.  It was a world reverted to barbarism and savagery, filled with cannibals, pseudo-Vikings and the very beautiful but stoic, Nona Barr.  Mark hadn’t planned to save the world, but that’s what he found himself doing, in the company of a meddling super-being that called itself Omega, the last survivor of an ancient lunar culture.  All Mark had to do was defeat the two evil Russian brains-in-the-jar who couldn’t be killed.  And that was only Mark’s first adventure in the future!
Four very entertaining, delightfully wacky, humorous science fiction novels that are as much fun now as when they were originally published more than sixty years ago, these are definitely LOST TREASURES FROM THE PULPS!

This book will always remain available.  However, after the first printing of the volume, it may be months before it is available again.  If you want to pre-order your copy for delivery on publication, now is the time to do so.  Cost for this very thick hardcover is $50.  Postage is $5.   No checks will be cashed until the books are on hand and ready for shipping.    Payment in US Funds, please.  Sorry but we do not take charge card orders at present. 
Order from: The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box, PO Box 204, Shelburne, Ontario Canada L0N 1S0.

The Complete Adventures of the Dean by Merle Constiner
Volume 3 is moving along, but will not be published before the end of 2003.
These stories originally ran in DIME DETECTIVE. 

Adventure House 
Adventure House has updated their website with a few more details about Roscoes in the Night.
This softcover collection of Dan Turner stories by Robert Leslie Bellem is scheduled for Summer 2003 and has an Introduction by John Wooley with pictures and great new information on everyone's favorite Hollywood Private Eye - Dan Turner!   It will be 7" x 10" in size with 400 plus images for a retail price of $17.95 plus shipping.
Adventure House 
Adventure House  has solicited both Belarski: Pulp Art Masters and Uncovered: The Hidden Art of the Girlie Pulps in the March PREVIEWS from Diamond Comics.  The release date for both books is 25 June. 
Here are the solicitations:
Belarski: Pulp Art Masters
A master at building suspense through figure, perspective, and color, Rudolph Belarski dazzled the newsstand browser with pictorial headlines of vital action scenes pertaining to the interior story. In doing so, he sold magazines and books to a drama-craving audience, and propelled publishing's mass markets, thus infiltrating American minds with the trends and fashions of pop culture. His remarkable versatility as an artist can be seen in the range of his published work in pulp magazines, his exciting paintings appearing on the covers of THRILLING MYSTERY, WINGS, and WAR BIRDS, as well as THE PHANTOM DETECTIVE, MYSTERY BOOK, ARGOSY, and WESTERN ROUND-UP. Boasting over 400 images, this tome takes us on a pulse-pounding, thrilling visual tour of this pulp icon's gallery of works. Softcover, 9"x12", Full Color, $20.00.  The Diamond Item Code is MAR032589.

Uncovered: The Hidden Art of the Girlie Pulps
The colorfully covered, cheaply printed pulp magazine of the 1920s and 30s were a staple of popular culture that offered every genre of readership the sensual thrills, adventures, and entertainments they craved. This tribute to the "bad girls" introduces a wealth of colorful cover art from the likes of PEP, SAUCY STORIES, SPICY ADVENTURE, and BEDTIME STORIES, capturing the provocative sense and taste of what the glory years of pulp magazines had to offer their enthusiastic readers. Hardcover, 12"x9", 200 pages, Full Color, $40.00. 
The Diamond Item Code is MAR032632.

Adventure House
Coming in July is G-8 AND HIS BATTLE ACES #9 featuring The Dynamite Squadron.
“Officers at G.H.Q. stared at that map of the year Front in horror. Too late, they realized the 39th American division had walked into a Boche trap—a trap that might snap shut any minute, hurl thousands of Yanks to hell! And only one man could defy this devil mare—alone G-8, master ace-spy hurls battle wings straight into the worst terror scheme ever laid for man by man!”

$9.95 plus $2.50 shipping (Media Mail) for a single copy. 

Baker Street Irregulars
Malcom McDowell and Christopher Lee will star in a new take on the Sherlock Holmes stories called "Baker Street Irregulars", a dramatisation of the kids that were the secret army of Sherlock Holmes. Christopher Lee will play Moriarty and McDowell will play Holmes. The film will be shot on location in Bucharest. Towers of London Group is producing.
Doc Savage Model Kit
Now available from Monsters in Motion is a Doc Savage model kit
The model stands approx 12" tall 1/6 scale and consists of really nice pressure cast resin parts, for minimal cleanup work, also included is a jungle terrain base that's packed with detail to bring out all the green and brown terrain.
The retail price is $125 as a kit and $325 custom built and painted.
E-texts on the net this week
The Shadow Magazine
The Devil Monsters (02/01/43)

Robert Mullen's Shadow PDF:
The Black Dragon  (03/01/43), House of Ghosts  (09/43), The Muggers  (11/43), 
The Crystal Skull  (01/44), The Freak Show Murders  (05/44), The Shadow Meets The Mask  (10/44),
Guardian of Death  (01/45), Mask of Mephisto  (07/45), The Taiwan Joss (09/45), 
A Quarter of Eight  (10/45), Crime out of Mind  (02/46), The MoTher Goose Murders  (03/46), 
The Curse of Toth  (05/46), The Seven Deadly Arts  (10/46), Death on Ice (12/46), 
Death Stalks The UN  (01/47), Room 1313  (05/47), Model Murder  (07/47), 
The Television Murders  (03/48), Murder on Main Street  (05/48), Reign of Terror  (07/48), 
Whispering Eyes (Summer 49), Blackmail Bay
Belmont Novels: Mark of The Shadow, The Shadow Go Mad, Night of The Shadow
The Shadow - Destination ... Moon
The Shadow Movie Novel 

The Shadow Magazine Interior Artwork
Shadow Over Alcatraz (12/01/38), The Killer (11/01/33), and River of Death (03/01/39)

Doc Savage PDF: Nothing new this week.

The Shrevnitz Memorial Library:
Secret Agent "X" in Legion of the Living Dead (09/35)
Coming in 2003: The Black Bat in The Nazi Spy Murders

Blackmask Online: Nothing new this week.

Larry Estep-Online Pulps
Reverse English by Hamilton Craigie comes from the November, 1933 issue of DETECTIVE.
I Married a Torso by Thorpe Feesh from the April, 1937 issue of REAL SPICY HORROR.
Fall of the Wise and comes from the April 1, 1920 issue of TOP-NOTCH. 
Bride of the Ape by Harold Ward from the September, 1939 issue of MYSTERY NOVELS AND SHORT STORIES.
Coming next week: THE GHOST STRIKES BACK by George Chance (aka G. T. Fleming-Roberts)! 

El Cazador 
El Cazador is a new pirate comic series coming later this year from CrossGen Entertainment.
It will be written by Chuck Dixon and illustrated by Steve Epting.

CrossGen Entertainment also has a new Western series in the planning stages.
More news when available.

ERBville Press announced the forthcoming publication of the third volume in the Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Uniform Edition Hardcover Collection: CONQUEST OF THE MOON.  Jeff Doten illustrates this book with the original interior artwork from MODERN MECHANICS and a color frontispiece. 
The price: $40.95 postpaid in the United States; $51.95 postpaid for the rest of the world. 
The pre-publication deadline is May 15, 2003. 
The publication date is June 15, 2003. 
You can order online at the ERBville Press website at http://www.angelfire.com/film/locationbooks/uniform.htm
The Fu Manchu Omnibus
Out of print for nearly 25 years, Rohmer's tales of the sinister Dr. Fu Manchu and his arch-enemy Nayland Smith returned in five magnificent omnibus editions that were published between 1995 and  2001. These timeless classics blend adventure, mystery and exoticism for an exciting and engaging read. Bud Plant Comic Art once again has volumes 2 through 5 in stock.  These books are imported from England where they were published by Allison & Busby.  Each softcover volume is 5x8.

Volume 2 is 630 pages and retails for $16.95.
Volume 3 is 664 pages and retails for $16.95.
Volume 4 is 648 pages and retails for $16.95.
Volume 5 is 240 pages and retails for $15.95.

Girasol Collectables - New Pulp Replicas!
Girasol Collectables is pleased to announce two more issues in its ongoing series of Pulp Replicas. 
Click here or on the image to the right for look at some Pulp Replica covers.

We lead off with the March 15 1934 issue of THE SHADOW MAGAZINE, The Green Box
A striking cover and as always, a great read.

Our second Replica for the month is issue #7 of the short run series, STRANGE TALES. 
This book features the classic Hugh Cave story Murgunstrumm as well as a Robert E. Howard story.
Speaking of Hugh Cave, he will be appearing as a guest at the Windy City show coming up April 4-6. 
Girasol Collectables will, of course, be there too so stop by and say hello.

As always, these reprints are exact copies including the illustrations, ads and back-up stories and have been printed on off-white paper, staple-bound and finished off with a high quality reproduction of the original cover.
The only thing missing is the smell (alas) and the flaking newsprint.

Here is a complete listing of the Pulp Replicas currently available for $25 each postpaid within North America. Overseas will be a few dollars more.

The Living Shadow (April 1931)
The Five Chameleons (11/01/32)
The Shadow's Justice  (04/15/33)
The Black Hush (08/01/33)
Gray Fist  (02/15/34)
The Green Box  (03/15/34)
The Plot Master (02/01/35)
Strange Disappearance of Joe Cardona (11/15/36)
Intimidation Inc (12/15/36)
House of Silence  (07/15/37)
The Golden Dog Murders  (09/01/38) 
The Voice (11/01/38)
House of Shadows (12/15/39) 
Death About Town  (07/15/42) 

October 1936:  Incredible, truly classic HJ Ward cover
August 1940:   Great HJ Ward cover, Dan Turner, Eel stories

May 1935:  Great Middle Eastern motif cover

October 1932: Famous 'Worm Monster' cover
November 1932 
January 1933

Dec 37:  Great HJ Ward cover

March 1923:  WEIRD TALES #1 ($35 each postpaid within North America)
Available in 2 cover choices: the 'regular' cover, or the recently discovered 'rarer' version. 
Exactly the same, except the black and orange of the cover illustration are switched.

April 1923:WEIRD TALES #2

Email Girasol Collectables at: girasol@interlog.com to purchase any of these Pulp Replicas.
A complete listing, along with other items such as books, fanzines and of course pulps, can be found on 
the Girasol Collectables website at http://www.girasolcollectables.com/

All payments must be made in $US payable to Girasol Collectables and mailed to:
Neil Mechem c/o Girasol Collectables
3501 Glen Erin Drive, Apt. 1409, Mississauga, ON, Canada L5L 2E9

Last Months Relicas


Hugh B. Cave
CEMETERY DANCE MAGAZINE Issue #43, coming in March, features a story by Hugh Cave, Clarissa.
Other fiction includes:
Met a Pilgrim Shadow by Tim Waggoner
The Loneliest Night of the Week by Ed Gorman
Yesterday, Upon the Stair by Tony Richards
Darkness Closing by Greg Kishbaugh
Willpower by Gary Raisor
CEMETERY DANCE MAGAZINE is published by Cemetery Dance Publications.
Jack Williamson
This Thursday, March 6, Eastern New Mexico University will present the 27th Annual Jack Williamson Lectureship.  Special guests this year are Joe Haldeman and Connie Willis.  This event honors distinguished Emeritus Professor of English Dr. Jack Williamson, science fiction author and scholar, and offers a discussion of the interaction between science and the humanities.  Additionally, following the 7:30 p.m. lectures, a private party will be held at the Williamson ranch as guests honor Williamson for his 75 years of writing.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen  Volume II #5
DC Comics has announced that The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen  Volume II #5 that was originally scheduled to be in comic shops on 12/26/02 and was then delayed until February is now being delayed again. 
The new in-store date is 16 April. 
Lone Ranger DVD Box Set - Update!
This box set contains the first 19 episodes of the classic western television program.
Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels star in this collection. 
The box set will be available on 25 March and the retail price is $59.95.
Lost Land of Jur
Lost Land of Jur by Tom Johnson is now available. This is the third book in the saga of Jur. 
Bush pilot, Jack Richards, seeking adventure, steps through the time portal, taking him back a hundred and fifty million years to the Jurassic period where he encounters terrible dinosaurs, horrific beasts, and wild savages.
After Jack rescues Mai Ling, another time traveler, she is recaptured and carried off to an ancient city. Jack must trail the savages and rescue the girl once more, since he now knows he has fallen in love with her.  Their quest is filled with many dangers as they search for the fabled domed city of the First Ones. If they can survive, the domed city offers a way home for Mai Ling, even though Jack Richards does not wish to leave Jur.

Click here or on the image at the right for a larger picture.

Order from Fading Shadows for $15.95 postpaid. 
All orders to Fading Shadows will be autographed by Tom Johnson. 
Contact Fading Shadows Inc., 504 East Morris Street, Seymour, Texas 76380-2212, 
email: fadingshadows@juno.com

Lost Land of Jur will be available in electronic format from Novel Books Inc. on 10 March.

Michael Moorcock - The Elric Saga
Universal Pictures and Chris and Paul Weitz's production shingle, Depth of Field, have optioned "The Elric Saga," a multi-part, Tolkein-esque fantasy series written by Michael Moorcock.  The series began with 1972's "Elric of Melnibone." The Depth of Field option covers 11 books: the original six installments of the series and five subsequent novels that touch on the saga.  The film adaptation, which will be produced but not written or directed by the Weitz brothers, is conceived as a potential trilogy whose first installment will be culled from the series' first six volumes. The producers plan to shop the book to writers and directors. Moorcock will co-produce the project. It will also be produced by Depth of Field topper Andrew Miano. 
Moonstone Books 
This tome reprints the team of Martin Powell and Seppo Makinen's Scarlet in Gaslight and A Case of Blind Fear. First, in Scarlet in Gaslight, the Great Detective comes face to face with the master vampire Count Dracula. A beautiful young woman is afflicted with a strange anemia, losing her blood for no apparent reason. Called in to investigate, Holmes and Watson meet the eccentric Dr. Van Helsing, a noted scientist with an obsession for the occult. Together the three men uncover the most insidious plot ever master-minded by Holmes' nemesis, the infamous Professor Moriarty. Only Holmes himself has the ability to stop Moriary's diabolical vampire invasion, but the cost may be his very sanity, his life, and ultimately, his mortal soul. 

In the second mystery, A Case of Blind Fear, strange occurrences are plaguing 1895 London. A fruit vender sees an apple suspended in mid-air like a balloon, a clerk encounters a ghostly apparition, only its skeleton and internal organs visible, and a large quality of obscure drugs has been stolen from several London chemists. Then there began the murders. Murders that no one seemed to commit. Was it a plague of hallucinations or was London truly haunted by a monstrous unseen evil? The Great Detective is called into the case by Scotland Yard itself to uncover the horror and mystery of the Invisible Man. 

216 pages, black and white, $18.95. 

Philip Jose Farmer's Riverworld
The SciFi Channel has scheduled Riverworld to air on Saturday, March 22 at 9 pm ET/PT. 
It has been sitting on the shelf for over a year but SciFi may have waited to air it following the broadcast of Children of Dune.  More info on the TV movie can be found at this unofficial web site:  http://www.foremat.com/riverworld
Star Wars Episode III
The big question was, who will don the Darth Vader costume in Episode III. 
It looks like Hulk actor Lou Ferringo will don the mask and cape for George Lucas.
VISCO - The Visual Index of SF Cover Art
A trial version of Visco Mark II is now on-line at http://www.sfcovers.net.
This a proper web-hosting service with ample room for growth and Terry Gibbons hopes it will be Visco's permanent home.  The new version of Visco looks superficially the same as the old one but is significantly different under the covers. Its main new facility is an index of magazine covers by artist, which you can access both by artist name and by magazine issue. In order to achieve that, some radical design changes had to be made. An important by-product of these changes is that most of the HTML for the web site is now generated automatically from the Visco database, which should make it a great deal easier to maintain and develop in the future. The trial version of the new site (2.01) contains only 300 images at present. Once it is checked thoroughly, all of the data will be moved into it. 
Website owner and webmaster Terry Gibbons would appreciate it if you could visit the new site and give him your feedback on any problems you meet. Meanwhile, the old site with more than 1200 covers, version 1.12, is still at http://visco.users.btopenworld.com and will remain on line for as long as it is needed. Please give the new one a try
Weird Tales 
WEIRD TALES #330 (Winter 2002-03) is now available. 
Fiction this issue is by William Michael McCarthy, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Sarah A. Hoyt, James Van Pelt, and Darrell Schweitzer. There is also an illustrated limerick by George Barr. The Eyrie comments on Neil Gaiman's American Gods as myth, and on numerous other books. John Gregory Betancourt (alternating with Doug Winter) takes over "The Den" column from S.T. Joshi, commenting about books, anthologies, and audiobooks. 
This issue is 55 pages with cover art by Stephen Hickman and retails for $4.95.
WEIRD TALES is published by DNA Publications.
Young MacGyver
Jared Padalecki who stars as “Dean” on the WB series, “Gilmore Girls” has been selected to play the nephew of the original MacGyver -- played by Richard Dean Anderson on the ABC show -- who's brought into his uncle's Phoenix Foundation, a think tank/crime-fighting organization. Henry Winkler, Stephen Downing and John Rich are executive 
producing with Sam Baum writing the script. Previously it was reported Richard Dean Anderson was open to making a cameo in the pilot however no firm deal has been made.
21 February 2003
Bifrost Books 
Bifrost Books now has available three Pulp Replicas by Ralph Milne Farley. 
THE RADIO WAR, THE RADIO PIRATES and THE IMMORTALS are all replicas from ARGOSY in the 1930s.
THE RADIO WAR and THE RADIO PIRATES have been unavailable since their original publication in ARGOSY, and THE IMMORTALS was only available in a digest-sized paperback produced in Canada for the British market.

Each Pulp Replica is spiral bound and the text is enlarged to fit 8.5"x11" for easy readability. Each Replica has two covers (both featuring the same art), one on bristol for durability, and one on photo paper for quality. Ralph Milne Farley was a member of the Milwaukie Fictioneers, among whose members were Stanley G. Weinbaum, Robert Bloch, Raymond A. Palmer, Arthur Tofte and Lawrence Keating. But perhaps he is best known for the Miles Cabot THE RADIO MAN series, which was very similar to Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Each title is $25.00 plus $3.00 shipping, and may be obtained without inquiry through PayPal (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover or eChecks) by using the email address bifrostbooks@att.net.
Insurance is optional for an additional $1.75. If you need to pay by Money Order/Cashier's Check or Personal Check, please send an email to bifrostbooks@att.net before dispatching the payment.

Bifrost Books is an independent associate of Bifrost Press.

Burroughs Bulletin
The Winter 2002 issue of The Burroughs Bulletin is now available. 
This issue features articles on Burroughs’ fifty-third story, Pirate Blood
It is profusely illustrated in black & white with full color front and back covers..
Articles include:
"A-Roving: An Analysis of Pirate Blood" by David Bruce Bozarth
"Blood of a Pirate" by Laurence G. Dunn
"Tarzan and the River" by Dr. Anton Polarion and R. E. Prindle
"Tarzan and the City of Gold: A Tale Born of a Troubled Heart" by Alan Hanson
"My Diversions" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Picture Gallery: Dorothy Dulin
"Some Notes on Buying and Selling ERB's Books on the Internet" by Leon Nielsen
Letters to the Editor, Bibliographer's Corner, and New Books

Subscriptions are $28 for four quarterly issues from: 
The Burroughs Bibliophiles, University of Louisville Library, Louisville, KY 40292. 
Single issues are available from The Stars Our Destination (847-570-5919) for $7 each plus shipping.

Dick Tracy - New Animated Series!
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER states that Dick Tracy is setting out on new crime-busting adventures in a cartoon series announced by Los Angeles-based animation house Film Roman.  Plans for the animated series have been cemented under a deal between Film Roman and Classic Media - the New York-based family entertainment company that is also home to such classic characters as Lassie and Casper the Friendly Ghost. The new Dick Tracy series will set the square-jawed crime fighter on the trail of a new crop of law-breaking villains and, of course, will feature Tracy's array of detective gadgets, including the famous wrist radio.

Dick Tracy was originally created by Chester Gould in 1931 and went on to become a major franchise for publishing,
radio and film in the 1940s and 1950s. In 1960, UPA Studios, best-known for its animated characters Mr. Magoo and
Gerald McGoing Boing, produced a series of 130 five-minute cartoon television episodes that ran in syndication through the 1990s. The new series will look to capture the style of the original UPA series, according to an announcement from Classic Media and Film Roman.

Duck Dodgers
Duck Dodgers, a new series starring Daffy Duck as an inept space hero, is produced by Warner Bros. Animation and will premiere in July. 
Edgar Rice Burroughs and the Silver Screen
Edgar Rice Burroughs and the Silver Screen Volume 4 - The Locations by Jerry L. Schneider is scheduled for publication in May 2003.

Edgar Rice Burroughs and the Silver Screen is an exhaustive illustrated multi-volume history of the fifty-six feature length films and serials, the television films, and over 185 television episodes that have been created based on the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs. It is the FIRST book to deal with all the authorized American films and television shows based on his writings. The author has gone to original sources for much of the material in the book: the films, the filming scripts, the media trade papers, the newspapers, and other sources.

Volume 4 - The Locations is a hardbound book with an illustrated color cover, and contains over 300 pages and over 350 illustrations. You will find histories and information (including driving directions to many of the locations) on over 85 locations utilized in the films and television shows including the movie ranches and the studios and their backlots. Illustrated with then and now photos, 10 maps, and 10 pages of color photographs.  Click here for a list of the locations covered in Volume 4.

If pre-ordered by April 15, 2003, Volume 4 is $60 plus shipping/handling.
Add $6.00 shipping/handling for U.S. & Canada.  Add $20.00 shipping/handling for all other orders.

After publication, the book will retail for $75 plus shipping/handling.
Click here to place your order.

E-texts on the net this week
The Shadow Magazine
Mardi Gras Mystery (09/01/35) 

Robert Mullen's Shadow PDF:
The Devil's Paymaster (11/15/40), Xitli God of Fire (12/01/40), 
The Shadow, The Hawk, and The Skull (12/15/40), The House on The Ledge (04/15/41), 
Crime Undercover (06/01/41), The Star of Delhi (07/01/41), The Shadow Meets The Mask (08/15/41), 
Gems of Jeopardy (09/01/41), The Devil Master (09/15/41), Garden of Death (10/01/41), 
The Blackmail King (11/01/41), Crime's Stronghold (12/15/41), Alibi Trail (01/01/42), 
The Book of Death (01/15/42), Death Diamonds (02/01/42), Blue Face (02/15/42), 
Vengeance Bay (03/01/42), Formula for Crime (03/15/42), Five Ivory Boxes (07/01/42), 
Death about Town (07/15/42), Legacy of Death (08/01/42), The Vampire Murders (09/01/42), 
Syndicate of Sin (09/15/42), Clue for Clue (10/15/42), Money Master (12/15/42), 
and Wizard of Crime (02/15/43)

The Shadow Magazine Interior Artwork
Double Death (12/15/38) and The Vindicator (03/15/39)

Doc Savage PDF:
The Time Terror (01/43)
The Man of Bronze (03/33)CORRECTED!

Blackmask Online: Nothing new this week.

Larry Estep-Online Pulps
The Squeal Widow by Anatole Feldman from the October, 1930 issue of GUN MOLLS. 
The Bouto by Arthur O. Friel from the Mid-July, 1921 issue of ADVENTURE. 
The Ditch to Freedom by Ernest Haycox from the June 8, 1924 issue of SPORT STORY.
You Get to Know by Arch Whitehouse from the Winter, 1948 issue of SKY FIGHTERS.

The classic tale of supernatural paranoia and occult horror will be presented in a stunningly illustrated softcover edition of the original hardcover graphic novel by DC Comics in May. The story adaptation is by Simon Revelstroke with art and cover by Richard Corben and an introduction by Alan Moore. 

96 pages, $19.95, in stores on May 7.

Indiana Jones on DVD
Want a look at what may be the cover art for the Indiana Jones Trilogy on DVD?
Click here for a peek on the Digital Bits website.
It appears that The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles may be coming to DVD as well. 
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
20th Century Fox has launched the official website for The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
The trailer for the film is available for viewing on the website.
The trailer is also running with the film Daredevil that is now in theaters everywhere.
Lone Ranger Telefilm
On Wednesday, February 26, a two-hour movie event "The Lone Ranger" will air on the WB.
The pilot stars Luke Hartman  (Chad Michael Murray) as the 19th century law student who takes a secret identity as the Lone Ranger. The role of Tonto will be played by Nathaniel Arcand and Anita Brown will play his sister Alope.

Set in the 19th century, the saga begins with the introduction of Luke Hartman (Murray), a 20-year old Boston law student whose life is turned upside down when he is wounded in an ambush after witnessing the murder of his brother, a Texas Ranger. Rescued by an Apache named Tonto (Nathaniel Arcand, "American Outlaws"), Luke is instantly captivated by Tonto's beautiful sister Alope (newcomer Anita Brown). Luke assumes the guise of a mysterious masked champion to avenge his brother's death and fight the scourge of injustice.
Cick here for a larger image.

Moonstone Books
Diamond Comic Distributors is shipping THE MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER to comic shops to arrive on 26 February.
This book is written by Joe Gentile, art by Trevor Von Eeden, tones by Ken Wolak, cover by Dennis Calero.

Moonstone continues its new line of crime books. Moonstone shines it's dark glow on the old time radio drama "the Mysterious Traveler", and offers up a new "phase" on a creepy classic. On a midnight train to nowhere, a man needs to hear your story. He's a mysterious traveler and where you're headed is the mystery he's destined to solve. On this ride, sit with a man who burned with an intense desire for a beautiful woman, and was willing to do whatever it took to fulfill that need. Like putting out a fire with gasoline, it just makes things worse. Listen to his mad tale, as he rides the rails to his final destination. One way ticket...to nowhere. 

48 pages, black and white, $5.50. 

Night Shade Books
Sin's Doorway and Other Ominous Entrances, the 4th volume of the Manly Wade Wellman series is now available. The Trade Hardcover retails for $35. 

Owls Hoot in the Daytime & Other Omens, the 5th (and final) volume, is headed for the printer this month.
The Trade Hardcover will retail for $35. 

Boats of the "Glen Carrig" and Other Nautical Adventures, the first volume of the William Hope Hodgson series, is also headed for the printer this month. The Trade Hardcover will retail for $35. 

Robert Weinberg
Robert Weinberg and Lois Gresh are pleased to announce the sale of a follow-up book to THE SCIENCE OF SUPERHEROES to John Wiley & Sons for a mid-level five figure advance. The new volume, scheduled to appear in hardcover in 2004, is titled, THE SCIENCE OF SUPERVILLAINS. Very much in the same style as the authors' first SCIENCE book for Wiley, the second volume will study the scientific ideas behind the superpowers possessed by many of the major villains in the Marvel and DC universes. Characters examined in the new book include Magneto, Dr. Doom, Mr. Sinister, The Sentinels, The Lizard, Mr. Freeze, Sinestro, Poison Ivy, Grodd the Super-Gorilla, and many many others.

With 12,000 copies already in print, THE SCIENCE OF SUPERHEROES has been a resounding success for John Wiley & Sons. Presently available in the USA, Canada, and England, the book is scheduled to appear in
numerous foreign-language editions throughout 2003. The book was a featured selection for the British Science Fiction Book Club and it's received rave reviews in numerous science magazines including NEW SCIENTIST, THE BIOCHEMIST, and PHYSICS TODAY. Negotiations continue on a possible TV show." 

Star Wars: Clone Wars
Cartoon Network and Lucasfilm Ltd. announced today a partnership to create Star Wars: Clone Wars, a series of 20 animated shorts that will air on Cartoon Network in 2003-2004 between other programming. Star Wars: Clone Wars continues the saga where the live action feature film Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones left off - at the beginning of the Clone Wars, an epic civil war that pits the old Republic against a vast separatist movement led by the forces of evil. 

Each episodic short will be two- to three-minutes in length and will air exclusively on Cartoon Network at regularly scheduled times during the network's regular programming beginning later this fall. Clone Wars will be produced at Cartoon Network Studios by a team led by Genndy Tartakovsky, the creator of Samurai Jack and Dexter's Laboratory. 

As Clone Wars unfolds the valiant Jedi Knights lead the Republic's Clone Army against many new and ruthless adversaries across the galaxy. These new characters, epic battles and intricate stories will add an exciting new dimension to the Star Wars saga. 

"We are incredibly excited to be working with Lucasfilm in creating an animated story that extends one of the world's most beloved entertainment properties," said Sam Register, senior vice president of development for Cartoon Network. "Cartoon Network's creative team will work hand-in-hand with Lucasfilm to make sure that our common vision for Clone Wars thrills Star Wars fans around the world." 

"Genndy Tartakovsky and the team at Cartoon Network are tops in their field," said Howard Roffman, president of Lucas Licensing. "Their work on Samurai Jack shows that they can tell an epic story in a unique way, lavishing equal attention on dramatic battle scenes as well as the dramatic development of the characters." 

Tarzan - WB Series
Mitch Pileggi (Skinner on "The X-Files") has been cast as Tarzan's uncle Richard Clayton in the new show according to VARIETY.
TOM STRONG #19 - Now Available!
Tom Strong #19 is now available from DC Comics. The issue is written by Alan Moore and Leah Moore, with art by Chris Sprouse, Howard Chaykin, Shawn McManus, Karl Story, and Steve Mitchell and a cover by Sprouse and Story. 

Here's how DC describes the book: 
"A trio of tales in this issue, including a look at the final days of Tom Strong's arch-villain, Saveen, illustrated by Shawn McManus. Plus, Tom takes a wild romp through the 1970s courtesy of artist Howard Chaykin. And artist Chris Sprouse brings it all home with a story of Tom in the present." 

Tom Strong #19 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.95. 

Van Helsing
The Official Van Helsing website is up and running with some limited material, but the images may make you really want to see this Stephen Sommers film. It is slated for a May 2004 release.
14 February 2003
Adventure House 
Adventure House has announced that ROSCOES IN THE NIGHT, a book full of Dan Turner stories, will be available sometime next year. 
If you are looking for some modern pulp, you cannot go wrong with Area 7 by Matthew Reilly.
Reilly's frantic story telling is reminiscent of Norvell Page's Spider tales.
It is America's most secret base, hidden deep in the Utah desert, an Air Force installation known only as Area 7.   And today it has a visitor: the President of the United States.  He has come to inspect Area 7, to examine its secrets for himself.  But he's going to get more than he bargained for on this trip, because hostile forces are waiting inside.  Among the President's helicopter crew, however, is a young Marine. He is quiet, enigmatic, and he hides his eyes behind a pair of silver sunglasses. His name is Schofield. Rumour has it, he's a good man in a storm.  Judging by what the President has just walked into, he'd better be!

Publishers Weekly says:
As is Reilly's style, the action moves at a scenery-blurring pace, and his third novel (following last year's Temple) can make for exhausting reading. He employs just about every tactic both clever and crude to keep the suspense afloat. Character development is nil, and dialogue is at times comic-strip bad. Yet the sheer frenzy of Reilly's approach can inspire awe. How many heroes, after all, can kill an enemy aboard the space shuttle in outer space, then return to earth and dispatch another foe by pushing him into a pool full of meat-eating Komodo dragons all over the course of less than an hour!

Area 7 is now available in mass market paperback for $6.99.
If you like Area 7, try Reilly's other novels Ice Station and Temple. Both are available in paperback.
Ice Station, Reilly's first published novel in the U.S., also features Marine Shane Schofield.

In March, St. Martins Press will release Reilly's Contest in hardcover.  Contest is the fourth novel by Reilly to be released in the U.S., but it is actually his first novel that he self published in his home country, Australia. 
Contest has been completely rewritten for the U.S. market.

Coming in November 2003 is the next Shane Schofield novel.

Visit Matthew Reilly online at http://www.matthewreilly.com/

The Art and History of American Popular Fiction
Coming this Halloween is a book on the art, history, and mystery behind the best of the Blood 'n' Thunder stories. 
From Robin Hood to The Black Hood, from Gothic to Gotham, secret societies, hooded menaces, black highwaymen and much, much more!  This is a large hardcover book that will retail for $39.95.
Reserve your copy now.  No money down required.
Contact Joe Rainone at Pulp9860@aol.com for more information or to reserve your copy.
Bifrost Press - New Publisher!
This week, Bifrost Press will release THE ACE LETTER-SERIES INDEX OF SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY & HORROR on CD-ROM. A complete listing of all the science fiction, fantasy and horror from the Ace Books Letter-Series, which was edited by the legendary Donald A. Wollheim. Includes all the "A", "D", "F", "G", "H", "K", "N" and "S" series books (even reprints), listing date of publication, edition, and even cover artist (where known), as well as author pseudonyms. The CDROM is divided into the following sections: Introduction, A Short History of Ace Books, Listing by Letter-Series, Author Index, Cover Artist Index, and Title Index. Included on the CDROM are over 275 full-color cover reproductions by such artists as Frank Frazetta, Roy G. Krenkel, Jeff Jones, Gray Morrow, Jack Gaughan, Alex Schomburg and more! 

The CDROM is done in Adobe Acrobat format, with the Adobe Acrobat Reader enclosed in case you don't have it. And if that, weren't enough, with registration, you'll be entitled to receive by e-mail the text-only e-book version for pocket reference in any of the following formats: Microsoft Reader, Mobipocket, Palm Reader or Hiebook. 

The CDROM retail price is $24.99. Dealer rates are available. 
Bifrost Press will have a website up within the next three weeks or so. 
The URL will be posted when it becomes available.
In the meantime, contact can be made via e-mail at bifrostpress@att.net

Coming next month are Lancer and Ballantine (from inception until Del Rey), as well as the beginning of our fiction line, beginning with George Allan England (which will include DARKNESS AND DAWN, THE FLYING LEGION, CURSED, THE ALIBI, THE GOLDEN BLIGHT and more). The Edgar Rice Burroughs hardcover bibliography is scheduled for early to mid May.

BLOOD ‘N’ THUNDER #4 (available in April) will feature:
L. Ron Hubbard Scholar Rex W. Layton uncovers The Secret of Treasure Island, the 1938 Columbia serial adapted from Hubbard's unpublished novel, Murder at Pirate Castle.

BnT publisher Mark Trost takes a look at some of the one-shot wonders - including Paul Ernst's "The Wraith" and Donald G. Cormack's "The Parson" - that popped up in the Popular Publications' detective pulps of the '30s.

Also: an expanded edition of the pulp-review department, From the Top Shelf, another installment of "Tricks of the Trade" and a few surprises!

Don't miss BLOOD ‘N’ THUNDER #3 (click on link for details, picture at right) which is available now!

BLOOD ‘N’ THUNDER #3 can be purchased for $6.00 postpaid from: 
Ed Hulse, Mountain Club, Bldg. 15, Apt. 4B, Morris Plains, NJ 07950. 
Issue #2 is completely sold out and only a dozen copies of #1 are left! 
Get yours before they are gone.

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The Classic Era of American Pulp Magazines by Peter Haining is now ON SALEat Bud Plant Comic Art.
This companion to The Classic Era of American Comics focuses on the period between the World Wars. Lurid 
color covers depicting the thrills of sex and violence, with stories to match, fueled America's dreams and nightmares. For a few cents they offered sex, action and adventure. They also fostered the talents of some of the greatest popular writers of the century -- not to mention the numerous fine artists who often went on to book covers and/or fine art. Individual chapters, each highly illustrated, examine the "hot" early sexy titles, Crime, Spicy, Fantasy, Shudder (horror titles) and science fiction pulps, as well as an informative chapter on the British pulps. More than 200 
illustrations, mostly color. A long appendix features biographies of major pulp writers. 
Originally listed at $39.95. This book is now on sale for $24.95!
Hardcover, 8x9, 224 pages.
Dracula Resort
Romania will open a 520 acre Dracula Theme Park near Snagov Lake. It's near where Vlad the Impaler is buried. The $31.5 million upscale resort, built on government land, will have a spooky gothic castle, restaurants, hotel, zoo, and golf course. 
E-texts on the net this week
The Shadow Magazine
Tower of Death (05/01/34)

Robert Mullen's Shadow PDF:
The Shadow's Rival (06/15/37), The Shadow Unmasks (08/01/37), The Radium Murders  (09/15/37), 
The Pooltex Tangle  (10/01/37), The Sealed Box (12/01/37), Racket Town  (12/15/37), 
The Golden Pagoda (03/01/38), Face of Doom (03/15/38), The Voodoo Trail  (06/01/38), 
The Golden Vulture (07/15/38), The Green Hoods (08/15/38), Crime Over Boston  (09/15/38),
Vanished Treasure (10/15/38), The Lone Tiger  (02/15/39), River of Death (03/01/39), 
Death From Nowhere  (07/15/39), The Golden Master  (09/15/39), The Masked Lady (10/15/39), 
Ships of Doom (11/01/39), Shiwan Khan Returns (12/01/39), House of Shadows (12/15/39),
The Prince of Evil  (04/15/40), Murder Genius   (07/01/40), Crime at Seven Oaks  (08/01/40),
The Man Who Died Twice  (09/15/40), and Crime Over Miami  (11/01/40) 

The Shadow Magazine Interior Artwork
Death Ship (04/01/39), Battle of Greed (04/15/39), and Mansion of Crime (03/01/41)

Doc Savage PDF:
The Squeaking Goblin (08/34)
The Polar Treasure (06/33) UPDATED AND CORRECTED!

Blackmask Online: Doc Savage in The Time Terror (01/43)

Larry Estep-Online Pulps
The Cock Crows Murder by Robert Leslie Bellem from the Summer, 1940 issue of THE GHOST.
Last Night Out by Lee Gregor from the September, 1951 issue of PLANET STORIES.
The Pipe of Death by Charles B. Stilson from the November 1, 1930 issue of TOP-NOTCH. 
The Girl in Green by Jack Woodford from the October, 1936 issue of SPICY STORIES.

The Great Pulp Heroes by Don Hutchinson is now ON SALE at Bud Plant Comic Art.
An affectionate look back at the heroes who occupied the imaginations of millions of loyal readers in the 1930s: The Shadow, Tarzan, Doc Savage, Captain Future, The Spider, Justice, Inc., G-8, Phantom Detective, Zorro, etc. An entertaining history of gaudy, glorious magazines, their wordsmiths and characters. Numerous cover reproductions, plus art by Frank Hamilton.  Softcover, 6x9, 276 pages.

Published by Mosaic Press in 2002 for $14.95. 
This book is now on sale for $8.95!

It's a Man's World: Men's Adventure Magazines, The Postwar Pulps will be available in April.
Men’s magazines first appeared in great numbers after World War II and the Korean War. Their signature stories, supposedly based on reality, often depicted brawny he-men protecting lustful women from savages, Nazis, Koreans, or Cubans. It’s a Man’s World explores a time when magazines like ARGOSY and TRUE flourished, along with their more sexually charged counterparts such as STAG and FOR MEN ONLY. The book is both an art gallery and a lively history, profiling the magazines’ themes of bondage and S/M, racism, and sexism. Editor Adam Parfrey provides sociological context for the extraordinary covers, interior art, and articles in these cultural artifacts. Extensively illustrated with reproductions from magazines like Saga, Stag, and more, this is a colorful and lively retrospective of masculinity in the cold-war era. The book publisher is Feral House.
This is a 260 page hardcover for $29.95.  ISBN: 0922915814 
It can be ordered from Amazon Books for $20.97.
Modern Library - New Burroughs Reprints!
Modern Library continues its paperback reprinting of Edgar Rice Burroughs with new editions of Tarzan of the Apes and A Princess of Mars.

Tarzan of the Apes features a new introduction by John Taliaferro, retails for $8.95 and is now available. 
The ISBN is 0-8129-6706-2. 

A Princess of Mars features an introduction by Ray Bradbury, retails for $8.95 and will be available in June. 
The ISBN is 0-8129-6851-4.

Moonstone Books
Written by Stefan Petrucha, art by Trevor Von Eeden, colors by Ken Wolak, cover by Doug Klauba.

Another all-new original Kolchak story. Carl is sent to investigate the disappearance of business owner Chester Fredersen. On the surface it looks like an open and shut case of embezzlement, with Chester taking off with the company's loot while his brother, and business partner, Barry lies dying in a hospital bed. Kolchak, however, tumbles headlong into a hi-tech horror story, as other members of the Fredersen family begin to vanish, and Barry's case of Lou Gherig's Disease goes into an impossible state of remission.

Otis Adelbert Kline - The Swordsman of Mars and The Outlaw of Mars
Now available are facsimile reprints of Otis Adelbert Kline's The Swordsman of Mars and The Outlaw of Mars.
All the chapters as they originally appeared in ARGOSY WEEKLY.  Each volume is 8.5" X 11" and about 140 pages with a FULL COLORcover from the pulp featuring chapter one of each serial.  This is the only place (other than the original pulps) to obtain the complete text of these stories.  All previous hardcover and paperback reprints of these stories are abridged. The Avalon and Ace books were cut nearly in half.  Each photocopy has the pages enlarged 20% from their pulp size for easy reading.

Each facsimile reprint is $25.  Postage is $7 Priority Mail or $3 Media Mail on the total order.
Order from: James Van Hise, 57754 Onaga Trail, Yucca Valley, CA 92284, E-mail: Jimvanhise@aol.com
Orders are payable by check, money order, or Paypal.

Pulps 1st - Pulp covers on CD
Now available from Pulps 1st is a CD collection of over 13,000 pulp covers.
The CD is available for $49.95 plus $5 shipping and handling.
Order from: Mark Halegua c/o Pulps 1st, 66-15 Fresh Pond Road, Ridgewood, NY 11385.
Pulp Rack
New at the Pulp Rack:
A biographical essay and a bibliography for Anthony M. Rud, an ADVENTURE Magazine editor and pulp writer in several genres; "Gordon MacCreagh: 'The Incorrigible Explorer'," an extensive biographical essay about the pulp writer who may well have inspired the creation of celluloid adventurer Indiana Jones, along with a bibliography; and a biographical essay and bibliography for Nelson S. Bond.

There's also a new article by Jim Griffin, "Horses in the West: Reality vs. Fiction." Jim, an expert horseman, looks at some of the ways that pulp writers got it wrong about our heroes' steeds -- time after time.

Thanks to Mike Chomko, publisher of the pulp fanzine PURPLE PROSE, The Pulp Rack was able to contact Karen
Gault, who graciously gave her permission for The Pulp Rack to carry the Talbot Mundy material previously
prepared for the Internet by R.T. "Ditch" Gault. 

The Rocket's Blast Comicollector #4 - Now Available!
James Van Hise's Rocket's Blast Comicollector #4 is now available.  It features a full-color Conan cover painting by Mark "Xenozoic Tales" Schultz and an extensive interview with Schultz as well as material from the forthcoming Conan hardback published by Wandering Star.  Additional articles focus on Robert E. Howard, the Silver Age Flash, Steve Ditko's Spider-Man, and the Golden Age art of Reed Crandall. 
Softcover, 8"x11", 128 pages

RBCC #4 is available in comic shops for $9.95 or you can order from James Van Hise for $13.95 postpaid.
James Van Hise, 57754 Onaga Trail, Yucca Valley, CA 92284.
Three issue subscriptions are available for $30.

Star Wars Originals on DVD
Lucas has officially announced that only the Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi SPECIAL EDITIONS will be making it to DVD. This is how he envisioned the films to originally be, but time and money restraints did not allow him to make them at the time. 
Tom Strong's Terrific Tales #6 is now available from DC Comics. The issue is written by Alan Moore and Steve Moore, with art by Jerry Ordway, Alan Weiss and Arthur Adams and a cover by Arthur Adams.

Here's how DC describes the book: 
"Goloka hs many safe uses; it's kept Tom Strong and family young for years and aids in the Ozu spirit quest. But what happens to people who take too much? And when Young Tom ventures into the Shadow of the Volcano, will he find memories of his parents - or something far more disturbing?" 

Tom Strong's Terrific Tales #6 is 32 pages for $2.95. 

Wildside Press
The following titles are now available from Wildside Press (http://www.wildsidepress.com/):


This collection of short stories includes three which feature Allan Quatermain, the hero of King Solomon's Mines and other classic novels ("Long Odds," "Hunter Quatermain's Story," and "A Tale of Three Lions") as well as two bonus stories ("The Mahatma and the Hare," "Black Heart and White Heart"). 

188 pages, Trade paperback, ISBN: 1-59224-064-X, $15.95 

07 February 2003
Adventure House - G-8 AND HIS BATTLE ACES #7 
G-8 and his Battle Aces #7 featuring Squadron of Corpses by Robert J. Hogan is now available.
"They had been buried months ago -- yet now they flew war skies, corpses that could not be killed!  And for every resurrected Boche, a Yank died-- mysteriously, terribly.  Who were these ghastly aces?  How could G-8 and his buddies hope to fight a staffel recruited from the dead!

$9.95 plus $2.50 shipping (Media Mail) for a single copy. 

Visit the Adventure House website to order.

Diamond Comic Distributors is shipping G-8 #7 to comic shops to arrive on 15 February.

Avatar Press  - The Courtyard #1 available 15 February
Diamond Comic Distributors is shipping Alan Moore's The Courtyard #1 to comic shops to arrive on 15 February.

This is a tale of dread and psychological horror from one of the comic medium's acknowledged masters.  The two issue mini-series is by Alan Moore with art by Jacen Burrows and sequential adaptation by Antony Johnston and Alan Moore.

"The Courtyard was my attempt to write a story within the mythology of H.P. Lovecraft that did not try to regurgitate Lovecraft's style," says creator Alan Moore. "It was an attempt to write a Lovecraftian story that was set in what was then the near future rather than in a Lovecraftian Era.  As such, I thought it was a very successful story and it has always been a little favorite of mine in terms of my horror output.  I am looking forward a great deal to seeing what Jacen does with the Avatar version."

BLOOD ‘N’ THUNDER #3 is now available!
This “Mystery Men” theme issue is 36 pages, including a four-page color section. 

In The Lord of Terror, author/historian Robin Walz (who wrote the excellent PULP SURREALISM) presents a fact-filled overview of the original Fantomas series written by Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre.  Glenn Kenny, 
film critic for PREMIERE magazine, follows Robin’s piece with an appreciation of the 1913 Fantomas movies made by legendary French filmmaker Louis Feuillade.  The eight-page section wraps up with full-color reprints of the 
very pulpish covers--scanned from the first editions--of all 32 novels from the Allain-Souvestre cycle.

Also in this issue....

The long-forgotten Man in the Black Cloak appeared in a 19th-century story paper published by Frank Tousey. 
Pulp collector Joe Rainone, who uncovered the 1886 periodical featuring this unusual character, compares Francis W. Doughty’s groundbreaking thriller and Walter B. Gibson’s first Shadow novel. You might be surprised at the similarities between the two. Are they all coincidental? Maybe, maybe not: Street & Smith owned the Tousey library at the time Gibson wrote The Living Shadow. Read Joe’s provocative article and decide for yourself.

Long-time pulp fan and Old-Time Radio enthusiast Anthony Tollin (who helped Walter Gibson write THE SHADOW SCRAPBOOK) has contributed a fascinating piece. In Stalking the Lost Shadows, Tony details his efforts, and those of his fellow enthusiasts, to collect information on a heretofore undocumented Shadow radio show--produced in San Francisco and distributed only to western and mountain states--featuring the cloaked, gun-slinging crimefighter of Gibson’s novels. We all thought Orson Welles was the first to portray Lamont Cranston on radio--but now we know he wasn’t.

In this issue we inaugurate a new department, “Cliffhanger Classics.”  Once-prominent fictioneer Arthur Stringer, who sold stories to pulps and slicks alike, created his most memorable character for a 1916 Pathe movie serial.  THE IRON CLAW gave top billing to Pearl “Perils of Pauline” White, but the real star was “The Laughing Mask”--the serial screen’s first mystery-man hero. Although the film itself is lost, we have recreated the story from installments of Stringer’s novelization, which was serialized in 1916 newspapers simultaneously with the theatrical release of each Pathe episode. 

Finally, this issue’s Blood ‘n’ Thunder Reprint is Mellow Drama, Richard Sale’s satirical (and cynical) 1935 short story about the writers, editors, and publishers of single-character pulps.  It’s loaded with inside references and makes entertaining reading for those of us “in the know.” 

Finished copies were picked up today at the printer.  Subscribers’ copies will be mailed out early next week. 

BLOOD ‘N’ THUNDER #3 can be purchased for $6.00 postpaid from: 
Ed Hulse, Mountain Club, Bldg. 15, Apt. 4B, Morris Plains, NJ 07950. 
Issue #2 is completely sold out and only a dozen copies of #1 are left! 
Get yours before they are gone.

The Bronze Gazette
THE BRONZE GAZETTE #36 is now available. This issue opens with a fan fiction story by Robert Jenson, Recollection Day.  This is a "sort of" sequel to Robert Jenson's story The Man Who Stole From Yesterday that appeared in TBG #13.  Next up is an article by Howard Hopkins entitled Is Doc Savage Still Haunted?  The article looks at ghost writers for the Doc Savage series.  Finally, this issues reprints a Doc Savage backup story from the February 1948 issue of SHADOW COMICS.  The story runs 8 pages in length and is reprinted in black and white.   TBG #36also features Letters to the Editor, Editor’s Corner, News Update, and a great full color cover by Dave Burton.  The back cover is a Doc Savage parody of the "Got Milk" ads and is not to be missed!

Subscriptions to THE BRONZE GAZETTE are available for issues 35, 36 and 37 at this time. 
Subscriptions are $16.50/3 issues in USA;  $18.00/3 issues Canada;  $22.00/3 issues Foreign. 
Make checks or money orders payable to Green Eagle Publications. U.S. currency only. 
Individual issues are available for $6 (U.S.), $6.50 (Canada) and $8 (Foreign) each (includes postage). 
Available issues:  20-25, 29, 31, 32, 33, and 34. 
Contact Green Eagle Publications, 2900 Standiford Ave 16B/PMB #136, Modesto, Ca 95350.

E-texts on the net this week
The Shadow Magazine:
Trail of Vengeance (11/01/42)

Robert Mullen's Shadow PDF:
Gypsy Vengeance (08/15/34), Spoils of the Shadow (09/01/34), The Four Signets (01/01/35),
The Blue Sphinx (01/15/35), The Golden Quest (05/01/35), Murder Every Hour (06/01/35), 
The Atoms of Death (07/15/35), The London Crimes (09/15/35), The House That Vanished (10/15/35),
The Python (11/15/35), Zemba (12/01/35), The Ghost Murders (01/01/36),
Voodoo Master (03/01/36), The Third Shadow (03/15/36), The Salamanders (04/01/36),
The Man From Shanghi (04/15/36), The City of Doom (05/15/36), Murder Town (06/15/36),
The Sledgehammer Crimes (08/01/36), Death By Proxy (10/15/36), Seven Drops of Blood (12/01/36),
Intimidation Inc. (12/15/36), Vengeance Is Mine (01/01/37), Foxhound (01/15/37),
Death Token (03/01/37), and The Masked Headsman (04/15/37).

The Shadow Magazine Interior Artwork
Death's Harlequin (05/01/39), The Three Brothers (05/15/39), and The Northdale Mystery (05/01/42)

Doc Savage PDF:
The Devil's Black Rock (12/42)
Quest of the Spider (05/33)  UPDATED AND CORRECTED!

Blackmask Online: Doc Savage in The Devil's Black Rock (12/42)

Larry Estep-Online Pulps
Ghost Bayonets by Will R. Bird from the August, 1930 issue of WAR STORIES. 
The Barrigudo by Arthur O. Friel is another story of Pedro & Laurenco from ADVENTURE (June 3, 1921).
The Madame Plays the Gee-Gees by Perry Paul from the September, 1931 issue of GUN MOLLS. 
Words and Music by Thomas Thursday from the June 15, 1918 issue of TOP-NOTCH. 
This is the third and final Jefferson Sweeney story.

Fading Shadows - Now Available!
Action Adventure Stories #122 featuring: 
  The Green Lama in Babies for Sale by Richard Foster 
  Philip Strange in When England Vanished by Donald E. Keyhoe

Behind the Mask #63 featuring:
   Vindex in Vengeance of Vindex by Tracey French
   The Mongoose in The Voice From Nowhere by Johnston McCulley
   Marty Quade in Killer's Club Car by Emile C. Tepperman

Alien Worlds #35 featuring Word From Our Sponser by Greg Stoker, An Eye for an Eye by Lionel Butcher, and
Thrice Met in a Gamble (Part 5 of 5) by J. Richard Reed.

Double Danger Tales #59 featuring The Springs of Gihon by Ely Day, Gangster Harvest (Rock Callahan) by
Gene Girardier, King of Crime Part II (The Dark Avenger) by T.J. Moore, The Wind by Rick Jonkowski, Under
The Southern Cross by Rod Marsden, and Four-Color Adventure (Capt Liberty) by Max Scarlatti.

Detective Mystery Stories #33  featuring Cartoon Logic by Denise Weeks, The Last Sly Fox by Lisa Polisar, 
Route 90 by Carter Swart, Up In Smoke by Arthur Montague, Something Lost And Something Found by Eleanor Lohse, Coyote's Find by Gay Kinman, and The Case of the Murdered Manager by Guy Belleranti.

Each issue is 5.5 by 8.5 inches in size and runs approximately 80 pages.
One issue is $6.30 postpaid. Two or more issues are $6 each postpaid.
Not responsible for packages lost in the mail. 
Insurance is $1.10 per $50.00 value and highly recommended.
Order from: Fading Shadows, Inc., 504 E. Morris Street, Seymour, TX 76380-2212

Flash Gordon Volume 2 by Mac Raboy
Dark Horse Comics' continues its tradition of finer reprint books with the second volume in the archival collection of Mac Raboy's lengthy Flash Gordon run in June.   This series marks the first time that Raboy's Flash Gordon strips have ever been collected. Beginning his comics career in 1940, Emanuel "Mac" Raboy is perhaps best known for his work on Captain Marvel, Jr. and the Green Lama in the 1940s. He graduated from a government-funded art class, was heavily influenced by Alex Raymond's style, and, in the Spring of 1948, he signed on with King Features to illustrate the "Flash Gordon" Sunday page. Following in the footsteps of his idol, Mac Raboy's run on this serial was actually longer than Raymond's. Raboy drew the strip until his death in December of 1967, and several of his early wood engravings (from his fine art days) remain in the permanent collection of New York's Metropolitan Museum.  This is a 256 page, black and white, trade paperback for a retail price of $19.95.  The on sale date is 25 June.

Flash Gordon Volume 1 originally had an on sale date of 15 January.
It has been rescheduled and the new on sale date is 16 April.

Fritz Leiber - Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser - NOW AVAILABLE
SWORDS AND DEVILTRY: Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser: Book One featuring a cover illustration by Jim Steranko
is now available.

This first book of Leiber's landmark series introduces the strange world of the fantastic but thoroughly flawed anti-heroes, Fafhrd and Gray Mouser, as they find the familiar in themselves and discover the icy power of female magic. Together, they traverse the smoke and mirrors of Lankhmar, and soon discover the pleasures and pains of the City of Sevenscore Thousand Smokers that will lead them to countless more adventures and misadventures. 

This is a mass market paperback published by Pocket Books.
It runs 240 pages for $6.99.
ISBN: 0-743-44558-9

H. Bedford- Jones - KING OF THE PULPS
KING OF THE PULPS by Peter Ruber, Darrell C. Richardson, and Victor A. Berch is now available.
The book was published by Battered Silicon Press.

The book is 316 pages and includes 90 pages of essays about HB-J's life, writings and pseudonyms; the long sweated-over bibliography compiled with Darrell C. Richardson and Victor A. Berch; two rare chapters of autobiography written by B-J in 1947 at the request of his long-time friend Vincent Starrett (originally published in 1981 in an edition of 86 copies); a Sherlock Holmes pastiche B-J wrote in 1934 to perpetrate a hoax on Alexander Woollcott and the Baker Street Irregulars; a newly discovered John Solomon adventure novelette (found as were going to press), and 46 pages of pulp magazine and select book covers--not counting rare photos of HB-J, his parents and grandfather, the Rev. Thomas Bedford-Jones, who began the Canadian dynasty in 1870. The Canadian branch is still active in the Anglican Church with the Rt. Rev. Michael H. H. Bedford-Jones, Bishop of York-Scarborough and Assistant Bishop of Toronto.

The book is available from Girasol Collectables for $25 plus $3 (US$) shipping and handling.
Please make checks or Money Orders made payable to Girasol Collectables and mail to:

Neil Mechem  c/o Girasol Collectables
3501 Glen Erin Drive
Apt. 1409
Mississauga, ON
Canada L5L 2E9

Hippocampus Press - NOW AVAILABLE
Edited by S. T. Joshi and David E. Schultz
December 2002: 0-9673215-8-1: Paperback: $15.00
This title is really something special and well worth the wait. With a whopping 322 footnotes to the five tales The Shunned House, The Horror at Red Hook, He, In the Vault, and Cool Air, there's no question that these are the versions to get. The notes are different and vastly more in-depth than the Penguin and Dell titles. The introduction features revealing facts about Lovecraft not otherwise known, garnered from unpublished letters. And as a bonus to readers, Hippocampus Press  included photographs of actual New York sites featured in the stories; and outstanding appendices such as the Little Sketches About Town article from which HPL drew local color for He, and Frank Belknap Long's long-forgotten Preface to The Shunned House.

Contact Hippocampus Press, P.O. Box 641, New York, NY 10156, 
Phone: 212-681-9120, Fax: 212-681-9126.
Visit the Hippocampus Press website at http://www.hippocampuspress.com/

Hippocampus Press - Coming Soon!
THE PLACE CALLED DAGON by Herbert Gorman is delayed until March due to the addition of some excellent new editorial content and artwork. 

HPL's LETTERS TO ALFRED GALPIN will be released in April.

Lovecraft's COLLECTED ESSAYS 1 will be released on schedule in June. 

The George Sterling poetry collection THE THIRST OF SATAN is nearing completion, and will feature fantastic artwork by Virgil Finlay and Clark Ashton Smith, as well as Smith's memoir George Sterling: An Appreciation.
Look for THE THIRST OF SATAN in August. 

COMING IN 2004: 
January 2004: 0-9721644-5-6: Paper: $15.00
This is a new volume of previously unpublished writings by the young Clark Ashton Smith. The volume will contain his recently discovered fantasy/adventure novel THE SWORD OF ZAGAN, plus never-before seen short stories, poems and fragments. Edited by Dr. W. C. Farmer, a close friend of Clark Ashton Smith in his later years, this volume will be a must-have for Smith fans and those who thrilled to THE BLACK DIAMONDS. 

Edited by David E. Schultz
March 2004: 0-9721644-7-2: Paper: $15.00
This book is a real marvel! David Schultz has been working on it for decades, and it will be a monument of scholarship. Hippocampus Press has assembled an all-star team of artists to illustrate the sonnets, including Robert H. Knox, Joe Shea aka The Joey Zone, Allen Koszowski, and Jason C. Eckhardt.

Killraven - War of the Worlds
Diamond Comic Distributors is shipping the fifth book in the Marvel Comics Killraven mini-series to comic shops to arrive on 15 February.  This is a six issue mini-series written and pencilled by Alan Davis with Mark Farmer inking and Gregory Wright coloring.   Each issue is 32 pages with ads for $2.99. 
King Conan: Crown of Iron
TheArnoldFans is reporting that the Wachowski Brothers, who were in talks for a long while to produce the next barbarian epic, seem to be involved again. The pair pulled out a while back due to their commitments to both "The Matrix" sequels, however with both those films almost complete they've apparently once again hooked on 'Conan' and are not only pegging that as their next project, but have managed to get both Warners and John Milius back onboard and interested. Milius is currently looking into Turkey and Rome locations for shooting major battle scenes. 
Pre-production will reportedly begin in August or November. The involvement of Conan himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger, remains unclear. Insiders recently indicated that Conan Properties, Inc. wanted to ditch
Arnold in favor of a younger, hotter and less expensive new actor.
King Kong
The Digital Bits reported that Warner Bros. will not release a 70th anniversary edition DVD of "King Kong" this year. "The studio very much wanted to make it happen this year, given that it's the film's 70th anniversary, but their greater concern is to make sure that the film is presented in the highest possible quality on DVD. Apparently, the process of fully restoring and remastering the film has been very time consuming and the studio wants to make sure it's done properly. If all goes well, look for Kong in 2004."
Pulpcon 32 will be held July 31 - Aug 3 2003 in Dayton, Ohio (same hotel and convention center as last year) and the guests will be Joe L. Hensley and Jim Steranko. 
Memberships are $20 until May 15. Registrations arriving in Box 1332 May 16 through July 20 are $30. 
Any registrations received on July 21 and later will be held for at-the-door registration . . . $40. 
A one-day registration in advance for Saturday only is $20.00 (at the door it will be $25).
If you had a table in the past 3 years you'll be getting a mailing about this year's tables. 
If you're not in that group and want a table, contact Pulpcon at P.O. Box 1332, Dayton, OH  45402, 
e-mail address:  Reg@Pulpcon.org
Purple Prose
Mike Chomko announced a desire to eliminate his PURPLE PROSE #12 back stock.
If you'd like a copy, PURPLE PROSE #12 is now available for $1.50, plus $1.50 for postage and handling in the U.S., $2.50 to Canada. Elsewhere in the world, Mike will have to work up a quote for you. Your total cost will be $3 in the U.S., $4 in Canada, and a price to be determined for other climes.

The lead article of PURPLE PROSE #12 was written by the late Western writer, Walt Coburn. Entitled, My Thirty Years as a Pulp Writer, it's Coburn's story about how he became one of the leading writers for the Western pulps. Complimenting it is a biography/appreciation of Coburn by the agent for the author's estate, Jon Tuska. Filling out the issue is a piece on artist Gayle Hoskins' cover series for Street & Smith's WESTERN STORY MAGAZINE, A Cowboy's Day. The eighteen cover illustrations that made up Hoskins' series are reprinted in black and white, as are six covers from various Walt Coburn pulps. There's also 18 black and white interior illustrations reproduced from
Coburn pulps. The cover is by Bob Sankner, modeled after a cover from Fiction House's THE LARIAT STORY MAGAZINE.

Please send your check or money order to Michael Chomko, 2217 W. Fairview Street, Allentown, PA
18104-6542. You can also pay with cash (sorry, NO CREDIT CARDS) via Paypal at chomko@enter.net

Rawhide Kid
The first issue of Marvel Comics Rawhide Kid five issue miniseries is now available.
The longest running Marvel Western character is the Rawhide Kid, who debuted in 1955.
Nicknamed “Rawhide” because he was raised near Rawhide, Texas; and “Kid” due to his below average height, the Rawhide Kid’s first series was cancelled after 16 issues, but later restarted by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby with issue #17 in 1960.  The Kid’s series lasted through issue #151 in 1979.

The new series is written by Ron Zimmerman with art by legendary Western artist John Severin.
Marvel has been reporting that the title will have an outrageous concept, while Zimmerman himself in an interview said he’ll be giving the character an “interesting, dark twist” .  This is a 32 page color comic for $2.99.

The Rocket's Blast Comicollector #4 - Available 15 February!
Diamond Comic Distributors is shipping the fourth issue of James Van Hise's Rocket's Blast Comicollector to comic shops to arrive on 15 February.  It features a full-color Conan cover painting by Mark "Xenozoic Tales" Schultz and an extensive interview with Schultz as well as material from the forthcoming Conan hardback published by Wandering Star.  Additional articles focus on Robert E. Howard, the Silver Age Flash, Steve Ditko's Spider-Man, and the Golden Age art of Reed Crandall. 
Softcover, 8"x11", 128 pages,  $9.95
Tarzan - WB Finds Its Tarzan Down Under
Zap2it.com reported this week that the actor who's going to play the title role in The WB's "Tarzan" is a 22-year-old native of Australia.  The network has cast Calvin Klein model Travis Fimmel as Tarzan in its pilot for next season, which updates the classic story by bringing the jungle boy to present-day New York. There he meets Jane, a detective who will be played by newcomer Sarah Wayne Callies.  The WB and Warner Bros. TV, which is producing the show, conducted a wide-ranging search for Tarzan before finding Fimmel. "He's got not simply a great look but that feeling that you get that this is going to be a big star," Warner Bros. TV president Peter Roth tells The Hollywood Reporter. Roth calls Callies "one of the most exciting young actresses I've seen in many years."
The WB has said its "Tarzan" will focus at least as much on Jane as it will on Tarzan's struggle to adapt to life in New York, where his uncle is head of a powerful company. Jordan Levin, the network's entertainment president, says the pilot has more in common with "Beauty and the Beast" than the old Tarzan movies.
Wildside Press
The following titles are now available from Wildside Press (http://www.wildsidepress.com/):

THE EYE OF ZEITOON by Talbot Mundy 
Shall I speak of Zeitoon? This, then: the Turks never conquered it! They came once and built a fort on the opposite mountainside, with guns to overawe us all. We took their fort by storm! We threw their cannon down a thousand feet into the bed of the torrent, and there they lie today! We took prisoner as many of their Arab zaptiehs as still were living -- It  takes better than Osmanli to conquer the men of Zeitoon! 

292 pages 
Library (Jacketless) Hardcover, ISBN: 1-59224-908-6, $29.95 
Trade Paperback, ISBN: 1-59224-909-4,  $19.95 

TARZAN THE UNTAMED by Edgar Rice Burroughs 
In the seventh book of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan series, Tarzan finds his farm in ruins, and the smouldering body of his wife still wearing the rings he had given her.  And he swears a terrible vengeance . . . 

236 pages, Library (Jacketless) Hardcover,  ISBN: 1-58715-311-4,  $29.95 

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