25 July 2003
The Complete Conan of Cimmeria
Wandering Star has announced that The Complete Conan of Cimmeria Volume 3 will be illustrated by Gregory Manchess.  For a look at Gary Gianni's wonderful art for Volume 2, don't miss ROBERT E. HOWARD'S CONAN: DRAWINGS & SKETCHES by Gary Gianni now available in comic shops.
The Complete Skylark
The Complete Skylark by E. E. "Doc" Smith is now available in an omnibus hardcover edition from the Science Fiction Book Club.  The omnibus edition includes The Skylark of Space, Skylark Three, Skylark of Valeron, and Skylark Duquesne and clocks in at 672 pages.  The cover is by Vincent DiFate.  The price for this MEMBERS ONLY edition is $14.99 plus shipping.
Duck Dogers
Daffy Duck returns to play Duck Dodgers in an all-new, half-hour action/comedy animated series for Cartoon Network. DUCK DODGERS showcases classic Looney Tunes characters Daffy Duck and Porky Pig in the 24th 1/2 century as they attempt to protect the planet Earth from its enemies. Also appearing will be Marvin the Martian as The Martian Commander.  Cartoon Network will premiere the original series from Warner Bros on 23 August at 11:30AM.

Duck Dodgers was created by Chuck Jones and Michael Maltese in the classic 1953 Merrie Melodies short. 
The new series is created, written and directed by Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone with Paul Dini (Batman the Animated Series) and Tom Minton serving as producers and writers.  In the new show, Duck Dodgers (Daffy Duck) is a hapless soul who was accidentally frozen inside a spacecraft in the 21st century and thawed out 351 years later. Through his scheming and lies, Duck has convinced the Earth's Defensive Protectorate that he is a hero from the 21st century and has been given a starship and crew - an adoring and eager young Space Cadet (Porky Pig).  Together they form a "galactic force" that must team up against Earth's major foe, Mars, and its Martian Commander X-2 (played by Marvin the Martian).  Each episode will revolve around Duck Dodgers' adventures, blundering successes and "day-saving" defeats.

DUM-DUM 2003
DUM-DUM 2003 will be held on August 28-31, 2003 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Hotel:  The Galt House, 4th Avenue & Main Street at the Ohio River, Louisville, Kentucky 40202.
Registration: $75 per person. Please make checks payable to "Burroughs Bibliophiles" and mail to Burroughs Memorial Collection, University of Louisville, Elkstrom Library, Louisville KY 40292.
Reservations: 1-800-626-1814
Rates:  Single and Double rooms - $89, Triple Rooms - $99, Quads - $109.  Be sure to mention the Burroughs Bibliophiles to get the convention rates.
Huckster Room:  Open from Thursday through Saturday evening.  Twenty tables with one white tablecloth and two chairs have been reserved for $35 each.  More tables will be supplied as needed.
Celebrity Guests: Danton Burroughs (grandson of ERB), Boris Vallejo (Tarzan artist), Max Allan Collins (author of ERB mystery, The Pearl Harbor Mystery), Denny Miller (Tarzan actor #12), Miles O'Keeffe (Tarzan actor #16).
Activities:  ERB Film Festival, Wine and cheese social, tours of the Burroughs Memorial Collection and ERB exhibit on the ground floor of the library at the University of Louisville, huckster room, annual Burroughs Bibliophiles auction, Annual Banquet and Awards Program, Sunday Farewell Brunch.
E-texts on the net this week
The Shadow Magazine
The League of Death (05/01/41) 
The Corpse in the Street by John Olsen this week's Two-Minute Shadow Mystery.

Robert Mullen's Shadow PDF: Nothing new this week.

The Shadow Magazine Interior Artwork: Nothing new this week.

ShadowPDF:  Nothing new this week.

Doc Savage PDF: Secret of the Su (November 1943)

The Shrevnitz Memorial Library: Murder Stalks the Big Top from BLACK BOOK DETECTIVE (Spring 1951)

Blackmask Online: The City at World's End by Edmond Hamilton

Larry Estep-Online Pulps:    Now with over 250 stories online!
Fragile Evidence by Lee Fredericks from the June, 1943 POPULAR DETECTIVE.
The Killing Flash by Hugo Gernsback from the November, 1929 issue of SCIENCE WONDER STORIES.
Fifty-Grand Funeral by David X. Manners from the December, 1942 issue of TEN DETECTIVE ACES.
Never Again by Frank L. Packard from the January 15, 1920 issue of TOP-NOTCH.
The Gargoyle Speaks by Alfred I. Tooke from the March, 1933 issue of NICKLE DETECTIVE.

EXTINCTION EVENT #4 by Robert Weinberg 
What if humans weren't the first intelligent species on Earth?  Since the dawn of time, man has believed himself to be the most advanced species to ever inhabit the planet.  We were wrong.  When a Texas earthquake unearths evidence of an advanced civilization thousands of years old, a team of specialists is dispatched to investigate.  But what they find will turn this mission into an adventure of Jurassic proportions! 

In the fourth issue, The War of the Ages has begun! No one outside Camp Forever is aware that dinosaurs have returned to reclaim the Earth. With Rick and Samantha behind bars and Jamal and the others on the run from the creatures, can anyone warn the world of the impending doom? 

This five issue miniseries is illustrated by Brett Booth and Sal Regla with covers by Brett Booth.
Full Color, 32 pages, $2.50, the fourth issue is scheduled to be in comic shops on 01 October. 
It can be preordered through your local comic shop from the August PREVIEWS (now available). 
The Diamond order code is AUG03 0254.

Fritz Leiber - Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser 
Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser: Book Four - Swords Against Wizardry by Fritz Leiber featuring a cover illustration by Jim Steranko will be available in November.  In this fourth installment in the Lankhmar series, the story unveils behind the curtain in the Witch's Tent, as Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser are there to consult a sorceress who holds the secret to their escape, but when would they ever need to escape? Would they need this knowledge when they journey to Stardock? No doubt the icy seduction of "the cruel one", with her greed for both gore and graciousness, could offer them several ways out.  This is a mass market paperback published by Pocket Books. 
It runs 240 pages for $6.99.

This book is solicited in the August PREVIEWS (now available) and can be pre-ordered from your local comic shop.  The Diamond Order Code is AUG03 2762.

The first issue of of H.P. LOVECRAFT'S MAGAZINE OF HORROR is being published in a special book paper edition for distributors. Wildside Press has produce a few extras to meet any early reader demand. The book paper edition has been printed and is now on its way to Wildside Press.  Copies will be mailed out to those who ordered it soon.
The price of this special book paper edition is $15. Prior to 31 July, you may use coupon code HPL to save 20% on the first issue's book paper edition. Click here to order.

The Table of Contents  for the first issue of H.P. LOVECRAFT'S MAGAZINE OF HORROR (Spring 2004) has been posted on the Wildside Press Bulletin Board.  Click here to view the Table of Contents. 
A four issue (one year) subscription (U.S. only) is $19.95.
An eight issue (two years) subscription (U.S. only) is $36.
Click here to subscribe.

King Conan
IGN FilmForce posted a story on the current status of King Conan: Crown of Iron.  Reportedly, the third Conan film is still based at Warner Brothers with writer/director John Milius onboard and the Wachowski brothers (The Matrix) set to produce. John Milius met recently with star Arnold Schwarzenegger who reaffirmed his committment to King Conan (although he has not yet signed a contract for it).

Although Schwarzenegger is willing to make King Conan his next film, the project remains in a holding pattern over at Warner Brothers. This is because the studio apparently wants to see how the Wachowskis' Matrix Revolutions fares (and because the Wachowskis themselves refuse to work on King Conan until they're done with their Matrix trilogy). 

Apparently there is a power struggle between the Arnold/Milius camp and the Wachowskis. Each faction is said to have a different vision for King Conan. Should Matrix Revolutions be deemed a box office disappointment like Matrix Reloaded, then the Wachowskis would lose clout and, thus, control over the development of King Conan. 

Arnold is apparently eager to cast Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as Conan's estranged son, Kon. The Rock has long been rumored for that role but now Schwarzenegger himself is keen on landing the wrestler-turned-actor. 

Mad Kings Publishing - Tarzan Big Little Books
Coming in September from Mad Kings Publishing is Tarzan Big Little Books.  This volume contains the detailed history of the Tarzan Big Little Books.  Profusely illustrated with over 100 photos, including scarce premium booklets.  Discover the unpublished Tarzan Big Little Book, Tarzan and Tantor.  Sporting a full-color cover, this book also features a 4-page insert featuring rare, never-before-published preliminary cover sketches by John Coleman Burroughs!  Published with the cooperation and assistance of Danton Burroughs (grandson of ERB), and Robert R. Barrett (Tarzan of the Funnies). This is a limited edition publication.  The price is $20 plus $4 shipping for the first book.  Add $1 extra shipping for each additional book. 

Send check or money order to:
Mad Kings Publishing, 1909 Chestnut Street, Holt, MI 48842.

Pirates of the Caribbean
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney has begun development of a sequel to "Pirates of the Caribbean." Director Gore Verbinski, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and cast members Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley are all signed to return.
Coming in October is PLANETARY #17 by Warren Ellis with art and cover by John Cassaday.
In this issue, a major revelation from Elijah Snow's past!  It's 1933 and Snow floats down-river towards a golden city shrouded by the immense jungle.  After encountering a dashing figure, a man raised by animals, Snow meets a brilliant and harmonious people - and one of the great loves of his life...

Full Color, 32 pages, $2.95, and scheduled to be in comic shops on 22 October. 
It can be preordered through your local comic shop from the August PREVIEWS (now available). 
The Diamond order code is AUG03 0258.

Pulpcon 32
PULPCON 32 is less than one weeks away! 
It will be held July 31-August 3, 2003 at the Dayton Ohio Convention Center. 
Guests of Honor this year are:
Joe L  Hensley
Mystery and science fiction author, Joe's short story "Eyes of the Double Moon" in the May, 1953 Planet Stories was followed by many others in science fiction pulps and digests, numerous appearances in mystery and detective titles including Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen, and a long series of novels about attorney-detective Robak.

James Steranko
Illustrator, editor and publisher, Jim early became a stage magician and escape artist and enjoyed a close friendship with fellow prestidigitator Walter Gibson, an early Pulpcon guest.  He is a self-taught artist who has worked as illustrator and art director for an ad agency, as a movie illustrator and as a writer-illustrator in comics. He has painted dozens of cover illustrations for paperback reprints of hero pulp novels. His love for those heroes is much in evidence in Mediascene, which he edits and publishes to widely cover the entertainment field.

At-the-door registration for two days is $40.  At-the-door registration for one day is $25. 
Visit the Pulpcon website for complete information.

Lots of new pulp related product is expected to be available at the show.
Adventure House: UNCOVERED: The Hidden Art of the Girlie Pulps and Belarski: Pulp Art Masters
Adventure House: ROSCOES IN THE NIGHT by Robert Leslie Bellem (Hopefully!)
Adventure House: HIGH ADVENTURE #71: featuring Ki-gor and G-8 AND HIS BATTLE ACES #9.
Battered Silicon Dispatch Box:  LOST TREASURES FROM THE PULPS Volume 1- Compleat Peter the Brazen
Battered Silicon Dispatch Box:  LOST TREASURES FROM THE PULPS Volume 2- Minions of the Shadow
Blue Mushroom Books: GUNS IN THE SHADOWS (Hopefully!)
Girasol Collectables: NEW PULP REPLICAS: STRANGE TALES #4 (03/32), WEIRD TALES #10 (02/24)
Girasol Collectables: NEW PULP REPLICAS: The Shadow in The Red Blot (June 01, 1933)
MGT Media Services: BLOOD 'N THUNDER #5
Michael Chomko:  PURPLE PROSE #17
Wild Cat Books: WORLDS OF WONDER: A Pictorial Guide of Science Fiction and Fantasy in the Pulps
Wild Cat Books: The New and Updated CAPTAIN FUTURE HANDBOOK by Chuck Juzek
Wildside Press: The first book in the new Operator 5 reprint series (Hopefully!)
Wildside Press:  H.P. LOVECRAFT'S MAGAZINE OF HORROR book paper edition
                         Mike Chomko will have a couple for sale at his table.

ROBERT E. HOWARD'S CONAN: DRAWINGS & SKETCHES by Gary Gianni is now available in comic shops.
Gianni will be illustrating the second volume in Wandering Star's Robert E. Howard set, The Complete Conan of Cimmeria.  Gary Gianni, the Spectrum and Eisner Award-winning illustrator, has previously illustrated  Wandering Star's Soloman Kane.  Get behind-the-scenes look at preliminary designs, oil paintings, and illustrations created for the upcoming set, The Complete Conan of Cimmeria
Softcover, 8" x 7", 36 pages, b&w, $9.95.
Robert E. Howard - The Whole Wide World
On July 29th, Columbia TriStar is releasing The Whole Wide World on DVD.
Based on her acclaimed autobiographical book, The Whole Wide World tells the story of Novalyne Price, an attractive feisty West Texas schoolteacher and her bittersweet, romantic and turbulent relationship with Robert E. Howard. Price's intense desire to become a writer initially drew her to Howard. Their brief two year relationship met with many obstacles, including Howard's offbeat eccentric ways. But theirs was a romance like no other; deeply passionate, intellectually stimulating, and always challenging. This is an unforgettable love story that ultimately changed the course of their lives.  The Whole Wide World starsRenee Zellweger and Vincent D'Onofrio. 
Sahara - Upcoming film featuring Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt 
Steve Zahn [National Security] has nabbed a role in the upcoming film Sahara starring Matthew McConaughey as Dirk Pitt. Zahn will play Al Giordino, the wisecracking sidekick to McConaughey's Dirk Pitt character. 
Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Auction
PBA Galleries is conducting a Science Fiction and Fantasy Book auction with over 100 titles of Edgar Rice Burroughs including many first editions.  Many other authors (Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, Leigh Bracket, ...) are included as well. The auction begins on July 31st.  Visit PBA Galleries website to view their fully illustrated catalogue online. Click on the link for Sale 268.
Shoggoth Plush
"There was a dream in which I saw a shoggoth for the first time, and the sight set me awake in a frenzy of screaming." The words of H.P. Lovecraft, creator of Cthulhu, comes to life in this plush version of another Cthulhu companion. Scheduled to ship in November 2003. The retail price is $24.95.

The Shoggoth plush is solicited in the August PREVIEWS (now available) and can be pre-ordered from your local comic shop.  The Diamond Order Code is AUG03 3194.

Subterranean Press
Subterranean Press has announced two new titles of potential interest.


The Reader’s Bloch is a two-volume set which will collect roughly 50 stories (25 per volume) that have never reprinted since their original appearance, or have not previously appeared in a Bloch collection.  The collection is edited by Stefan R. Dziemianowicz and is available in two editions:
Limited: 750 numbered hardcover copies signed by the editor: $40
Lettered: 26 deluxe traycased copies signed by the editor: $150

RETRO PULP TALES Edited by Joe R. Lansdale
These stories are all pulp-inspired, hoping to capture the story-telling ability and fast pace of tales from 30, 40, 50 years ago and more. In Retro Pulp Tales, the hunt for a serial killer plays out in a pulp-magazine letters column (Chet Williamson), mishaps haunt a helicopter crash simulator (Stephen Gallagher), and a real-life "Gidget" sees things in space alien terms (Melissa Mia Hall).  Joe Lansdale hasn’t weighed in with a story yet, and many more are expected soon.  The collection is available in three editions:
Trade: Sewn hardcover bound in full-cloth: $40
Limited: 250 numbered copies, signed by all contributors: $65
Lettered: 26 signed copies, bound in full leather, housed in a handcrafted traycase: $150

TERRA OBSCURA #2 is now available in comic shops from DC Comics. 
The issue is written by Alan Moore and Peter Hogan, with art and cover by Yanick Paquette and Karl Story. 
TERRA OBSCURA #2 is 32 pages and will cost $2.95. 

The characters who appeared in the story (Pyroman, Miss Masque, The American Crusader, The Black Terror, the Fighting Yank, and Doc Strange) are real comic characters that were published in the 1940s by Ned Pines under the Standard/Better/Nedor imprint(s). 

Coming in October is TERRA OBSCURA #5 by Alan Moore and Peter Hogan with art and cover by Yanick Paquette and Carl Story.  In this issue, the pieces fall into place as the heroes draw near the Grand Canyon. The Scarab and the Liberator must battle Dr. X's powers of illusion while Tom Strange and company make their way up from the South Pole. But what is the source of the null force sweeping the United States? 

Full Color, 32 pages, $2.95, and scheduled to be in comic shops on 22 October. 
It can be preordered through your local comic shop from the August PREVIEWS (now available). 
The Diamond order code is AUG03 0269.

John Betancourt reports that production work on the September-October issue of WEIRD TALES (#333) is complete. The table of contents can be viewed online at: http://www.wildsidepress.com/ubb/Forum10/HTML/000008.html
Wildside Press
The following titles are now available from Wildside Press (http://www.wildsidepress.com/index2fr.htm):

THE EFFICIENCY EXPERT by Edgar Rice Burroughs 
In this contemporary story, Burroughs weaves the tale of Jimmy Torrance, who graduated from college without a hope -- he'd spent his hours at the university learning how to box, how to swim, how the hit a baseball and lead a football team. He set out for Chicago with all the enthusiastic eagerness oif a man who knows in his heart of heart, that he's on the winning team. But Chicago wasn't Ivy-league college football, a there was no team to captain: What Jimmy found in Chicago was a tough life in a tough place at a miserable wage. He found the decency of folks any ordinary fellow would have branded criminals, and he found the criminality of upstanding citizens who surrounded him. He found a whore with a heart of gold, and a safe-cracker who was also a man a body could rely on. And most important of all, in that freakish, frightful burg, Jimmy found a thing called love. . . . THE EFFICIENCY EXPERT is thought by some to be a roman a clef -- a slightly altered version of Burroughs' own struggling youth. 

212 pages, Trade Hardcover, ISBN: 1-59224-708-3, $32.95 

Once again, Talbot Mundy returns to the exotic world of which he wrote so excitingly. Fans of KING -- OF THE KHYBER RIFLES will recall Yasmini.  In its own day, this is what critics said:  ". . . the ingenuity of the plot, which leads up to a hair-raising finish . . . Yasmini, more a spirit personified than a person, an incarnation, with her songs and dances and pet cobras, of the charm and sorcery and fascination of the East . . . Mundy has managed to lift his story well of the region of ordinary detective excitement."    -- THE TIMES of London Literary Supplement 

236 pages, Trade Hardcover, ISBN: 1-59224-688-5, $32.95 

TIME AND THE GODS by Lord Dunsany 

Most fantasy enthusiasts consider Lord Dunsany one of the most significant forces in modern fantasy; his influences have been observed in the works of H.P. Lovecraft, L. Sprague de Camp, Fritz Leiber, Jack Vance, and many other modern writers. Time and the Gods is Dunsany at his peak of his talent. The stories here are a lush tapestry of language, conjuring images of people, places, and things which cannot possibly exist, yet somehow ring true. Together with Dunsany's other major collections, The Book of Wonder, A Dreamer's Tales and Tales of Three Hemispheres, they are a necessary part of any fantasy collection. 

120 pages, Trade Paperback, ISBN: 1-59224-025-9, $15.00 

18 July 2003
Adventure House - UNCOVERED: The Hidden Art of the Girlie Pulps
Now available from Adventure House is UNCOVERED: The Hidden Art of the Girlie Pulps by Doug Ellis.
UNCOVERED will contain approximately 400 full color reproductions from the girlie and spicy pulps (such as PEP STORIES, LAPAREE STORIES, TATTLE TALES, BEDTIME STORIES, SPICY ADVENTURE STORIES, SPICY SCREEN STORIES, SAUCY MOVIE TALES, etc.), and will trace the history of the girlie pulps from their earliest days through their heyday in the 1930's.  In addition to discussions of the various publishers (Doug will be tying together for the first time several publishing companies that most have viewed as separate before now) and artists (such as Earle Bergey, H.J. Ward, Enoch Bolles, Norman Saunders, Peter Driben and George Quintana), there will also be discussion of the various censorship groups that fought against these magazines (and, for example, succeeded in banning them from NYC newsstands).  Many of the covers reproduced are very rare, and even a collector of this type of material should find plenty that they've never seen.

This is a hardcover publication, 12" X 9", 400 plus images, 200 pages for $40.

Adventure House - Belarski: Pulp Art Masters
Now available from Adventure House is 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. 

Adventure House -G-8 #9 is now available!
G-8 AND HIS BATTLE ACES #9 featuring The Dynamite Squadron is now available.
“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. 

G-8 #9 will be in comic shops on Wednesday, 23 July.

Adventure House - Pulp Fictioneers
Coming soon from Adventure House is PULP FICTIONEERS, edited by John Locke.
PULP FICTIONEERS will be published in a 6x9 softcover for $20 and a limited edition hardcover $35. 
This volume contains essays on the pulp industry by:
Thomas Thursday              Arthur J. Burks
Hugh B. Cave                    Hugo Gernsback
Wallace R. Bamber            Aron M. Mathieu
George C. Henderson         James W. Egan
Walter Gibson                    Henry Kuttner
Chuck Martin                     and more....editors...publishers
It will be illustrated and 240 pages in length. 

Here is what Adventure House says about the book:
This collection is the result of combing through hundreds of issues of writing journals from the pulp era, mostly WRITER'S DIGEST and AUTHOR & JOURNALIST, but also a variety of lesser-known magazines: THE WRITER, THE EDITOR, WRITER'S REVIEW, and two magazines issued by correspondence schools, WRITERS' MARKETS AND METHODS and WRITER'S MONTHLY. One of the surprises of the project was in discovering how many magazines were devoted to the craft of writing at that time. This speaks, in some measure, to the opportunities presented by the pulps to the freelance writer. With hundreds of pulp magazines publishing thousands of stories, there may never have been a better time for making money selling fiction.

Many of the pulp-related articles in these journals deal with storytelling technique, usually genre-specific, e.g. "Action in Westerns," "Live Your Love Story," or "Why Aren't Your Detective Stories Selling?" Others assess the markets and advise on slanting for specific titles. But another category of article presents behind-the-scenes looks into the pulp world, the rise and fall of the business, the experiences of writers, editors, and publishers. And it is the most interesting and informative of this latter group that PULP FICTIONEERS attempts to gathers together.

ARGOSY Returns!
Coppervale International is pleased to announce plans to develop and publish three new groundbreaking magazines, beginning with the arts and culture magazine INTERNATIONAL STUDIO, which premieres at a launch party on July 17 at Comic Con International in San Diego.

Under the Editorial Directorship of James A. Owen, Coppervale is relaunching the century-old arts and culture magazine, International Studio, under the philosophy that a consumer-oriented, advertising-funded arts magazine would thrive in a visually-oriented culture. Owen and his editorial team realized that similar opportunities existed in other markets, and have planned to release Argosy and Words & Pictures in the coming months, basing them on an economic structure and a cohesive editorial vision similar to that of International Studio. Collectively, these magazines constitute the practical expression of the philosophy Coppervale calls the Romantic Underground.

INTERNATIONAL STUDIO is a large format, high quality, full color magazine developed to promote and be an influence within the illustrative and literary arts. The cover-featured illustrator of the debut issue is fantasy artist James Christensen; other features profile Sleeping Beauty conceptual designer Eyvind Earle, landscape artist Ogden Pleissner, designer and painter John Picacio, and British graphic novel illustrator Gary Spencer Millidge. The second issue, due in August, will feature cover artist Barry Windsor-Smith, and longtime Disney painter Herbert Ryman. Two more issues are scheduled for 2003, increasing to ten a year in 2004. At 64 to 96 pages, INTERNATIONAL STUDIO carries advertising, is distributed worldwide to bookstores and galleries, and retails for $14.95.

Over the Halloween weekend of 2003, Coppervale will be reviving the classic fiction magazine ARGOSY under Senior Editor Lou Anders. Contributors include Michael Moorcock, Harlan Ellison, Jeffrey Ford, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Andy Duncan, Kai Meyer, Ann Cummins, and Dr. Jean Houston. Acclaimed illustrators Leo and Diane Dillon will be the cover artists, and Steve Rude (of Nexus comics) will illustrate the interiors. Trade paperback-sized, each issue will be comprised of two volumes-the main magazine, and a seperately-bound novella-and will be packaged in an illustrated slipcase. At 200 pages, ARGOSY will initially ship on a quarterly schedule, carries advertising, and will retail for $12.00.

In the Spring of 2004, Coppervale will be releasing a new monthly magazine called WORDS & PICTURES.  Contributors include Paul Chadwick, Mike Baron, Steve Rude, James A. Owen, and Chris Roberson; and the centerpiece of the magazine will be Bryan Talbot's new tour-de-force work, Alice in Sunderland.

The Coppervale International website, inclusive of all three magazines, will be going online on August 1 2003, and can be found at http://www.coppervale.com. All correspondence, advertising queries, submissions, and retail ordering information may be directed to our principal email address at coppervale@skyboot.com, or by contacting the Coppervale Studio at 313 East Center St., Taylor AZ 85939; Fax: 928-536-4293; Phone: 928-536-3596.

Blue Mushroom Books
GUNS IN THE SHADOWS, a softcover collection of stories from the gangster pulps, is now at the printer. This volume includes stories from such pulps as DOUBLE-ACTION GANG, RACKETEER STORIES, TRUE GANG LIFE, TRUE GANGSTER STORIES, UNDERWORLD MAGAZINE, ALL STAR DETECTIVE, GANGLAND STORIES, and GANGSTER STORIES.  Authors included will be Robert Leslie Bellem, Edwin Burkholder, Hugh B. Cave, Norman Daniels, J. Allan Dunn, Alexander Faust, G. T. Fleming-Roberts, D. B. McCandless, Norvell Page, Cyril Plunkett, and E. Hoffmann Price.  GUNS IN THE SHADOWS will retail for $16. If all goes well, copies will be available at Pulpcon.

You can reserve a copy from Mike Chomko.
Orders over $25 are discounted 10% and shipped postpaid.
Contact Mike at chomko@enter.net.
Click here to download the latest catalog.

Clayguy.com has added a new Johnny Littlejohn figure to the line of Doc Savage figures.

Already available are Doc Savage, Monk Mayfair, Ham Brooks, Renny Renwick, and Pat Savage.
Long Tom Roberts and a rogues' gallery of villains are coming soon.

All of the figures are hand finished resin castings from original sculptures. 
You can purchase painted figures ($39 for Doc, $35 for Doc's aids) or unpainted kits ($20). 

Todd McFarlane productions will be releasing a series of Conan toys, including figures based on the classic Frank Frazetta covers.

Del Rey will be publishing the first of their Robert E. Howard books this December when THE COMING OF CONAN is released in trade paperback format.

E-texts on the net this week
The Shadow Magazine
The Crystal Buddha  (01/01/38) 
Dark Accusations by John Olsen this week's Two-Minute Shadow Mystery.

Robert Mullen's Shadow PDF
Nothing new posted yet. 
I will update if and when new PDFs become available later Friday night or Saturday.

The Shadow Magazine Interior Artwork: Nothing new this week.

ShadowPDF: Nothing new this week.

Doc Savage PDF: The Spook Legion (corrected PDF file) (April 1935)

The Shrevnitz Memorial Library:  Secret Agent X in The Golden Ghoul (07/1935)

Blackmask Online
Thubway Tham's Chrithtmath byJohnston McCulley
Tragedy Trail by Johnston McCulley
Doc Savage in The Spook Legion (April 1935)

Larry Estep-Online Pulps:    Now with over 250 stories online!
Nick Carter at Headquarters from NICK CARTER WEEKLY, October 9, 1897. 
  This is our first story from one of these pre-pulps. 

The Shrieking Pool by G. T. Fleming-Roberts from MYSTERY NOVELS, February, 1936. 
A nice little mystery yarn with some horror overtones. 

Powdersmoke Showdown by Charles M. Martin from REAL WESTERN, November, 1938. 

Trapped by Silver by Horace McCoy from NICKLE DETECTIVE, August, 1933. 

Sinbad the Sailor by Robert H. H. Nichols, FIGHT STORIES, January, 1929. 
  A fun little story.  Somewhat reminiscent of Robert E. Howard's humorous fight stories. 

Frankenstein & King Solomon's Mines
Variety reports that Hallmark Entertainment has given the go-ahead for two four-hour mini-series remaking the classic tales. "Frankenstein" would feature "Dune" star Alec Newman, Julie Delpy and "Blade 2" baddie Luke Goss as the monster. "Solomon" has set Patrick Swayze to play Allan Quartermain whilst shooting is set to begin late July in South Africa.  Steve Boyum is the director.
Jane Rice passed away just a few weeks short of her ninetieth birthday in March.  Jane Rice's short fiction was a staple of the landmark fantasy magazine UNKNOWN and UNKNOWN WORLDS in the 1940's. Her work was praised by editor John W. Campbell, Jr., as "beautiful" and "magnificent". Her stories are fondly remembered for their believable everyday characters who confront uncanny disruptions in their lives with quiet dignity and a good sense of humor. Over the decades, reprintings of Rice's tales have introduced legions of fantasy readers to her trademark style of horror leavened with whimsy.

Ms. Rice had been working with editors Stefan Dziemianowicz and Jim Rockhill on the preparation of a volume that would collect all of her weird and macabre tales in one massive tome. The Idol of the Flies is a massive retrospective of Jane Rice's sixty-year career in weird fiction. From her earliest stories for John Campbell's UNKNOWN WORLDS, through the 1950's tales written for CHARM and THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE-FICTION, to the recent novelette The Sixth Dog, all of Ms. Rice's macabre fiction is collected in this book. Editors Stefan Dziemianowicz and Jim Rockhill have done a splendid job of tracking down stories from a wide variety of sources. Ms. Rice herself did revisions on several pieces to restore previously excised supernatural elements. 

Rumor has long been rampant of "missing" Jane Rice stories written for Campell's UNKNOWN WORLDS. Midnight House is pleased to report that those stories have been found and while not restored exactly to their original form, they now represent the author's preferred version. 

The Idol of the Flies is expected to be available soon after Pulpcon.
The list price is $40 and it can be pre-ordered now by clicking on the link above.
You can also reserve a copy from Mike Chomko.
Orders over $25 are discounted 10% and shipped postpaid.
Contact Mike at chomko@enter.net.
Click here to download the latest catalog.

Jurassic Park IV
The first rumoured synopsis of Jurassic Park IV is up at the IMDb and here's a copy: "65 million years ago, a terrible disease plauged the Earth which brought about the extinction of the dinosaurs. In the early eighties, when InGen cloned the dinosaurs, they also brought this disease back with them and it has been present ever since before Jurassic Park (thus explaining the sick Triceratops and Brachiosaur). Now this disease has become fully active in the dinosaurs and they're all getting very ill. When dinosaur carcasses start washing up on the shore of Costa Rica, a team (including Alan Grant) is called out to find out what's going on. They head to the islands to study the dinosaurs and find out about the disease, known as DX. They also discover the disease is transferable to humans and could possibly bring on our own extinction". 

Keira Knightley, the corseted beauty of Disney's summer blockbuster "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," may be battling dinosaurs in Steven Spielberg's fourth installment of "Jurassic Park," according to news sources. Spielberg plans to begin shooting in 2004 in California and Hawaii. Expect the film to hit theaters in 2005.

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume 3
At Comicon International in San Diego, it was announced that League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume 3 is a go. Artist Kevin O'Neil said that the third volume will jump to the year 1920 and will feature new League members, although Mina will still be around. "We'll also go back and jump forward as well, around the 1950s," O'Neill said.
"Alan has some dazzling ideas. It's going to be sexier than earlier volumes." League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume 3 will begin after O’Neil and Moore take a short break.
Moonstone Books  - Kolchak coming on Wednesday!
KOLCHAK THE NIGHT STALKER: DEVIL IN THE DETAILS will be in comic shops on Wednesday, 23 July.
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... 

The first book in Wildside Press's Operator 5 reprint series may be released in time for Pulpcon. 
Mike Chomko hopes to have copies at the show. 
Wildside Press is licensed to reprint from issue 12 through the end of the series. The plan is to release two books per month (hopefully!). These will be 6x9 trade paperbacks, completely retypeset and with the original covers and art in place.   The anticipated retail price is $12.

These books can be ordered from Wildside Press after publication.
You can also pre-order copies from Mike Chomko.
Orders over $25 are discounted 10% and shipped postpaid.
Contact Mike at chomko@enter.net.
Click here to download the latest catalog.

DC Comics long delayed Planetary #16 is going to the printers next week, and Planetary #17 will be hitting stores in October, returning to its bi-monthly publishing schedule with a story of a young Elijah Snow meeting the Planetary’s version of Tarzan. 
Pulpcon 32
PULPCON 32 is less than two weeks away! 
It will be held July 31-August 3, 2003 at the Dayton Ohio Convention Center. 
Guests of Honor this year are:
Joe L  Hensley
Mystery and science fiction author, Joe's short story "Eyes of the Double Moon" in the May, 1953 Planet Stories was followed by many others in science fiction pulps and digests, numerous appearances in mystery and detective titles including Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen, and a long series of novels about attorney-detective Robak.

James Steranko
Illustrator, editor and publisher, Jim early became a stage magician and escape artist and enjoyed a close friendship with fellow prestidigitator Walter Gibson, an early Pulpcon guest.  He is a self-taught artist who has worked as illustrator and art director for an ad agency, as a movie illustrator and as a writer-illustrator in comics. He has painted dozens of cover illustrations for paperback reprints of hero pulp novels. His love for those heroes is much in evidence in Mediascene, which he edits and publishes to widely cover the entertainment field.

At-the-door registration for two days is $40.  At-the-door registration for one day is $25. 
Visit the Pulpcon website for complete information.

Lots of new pulp related product is expected to be available at the show.
Adventure House: UNCOVERED: The Hidden Art of the Girlie Pulps and Belarski: Pulp Art Masters
Adventure House: ROSCOES IN THE NIGHT by Robert Leslie Bellem (Hopefully!)
Adventure House: HIGH ADVENTURE #71: featuring Ki-gor and G-8 AND HIS BATTLE ACES #9.
Battered Silicon Dispatch Box:  LOST TREASURES FROM THE PULPS Volume 1- Compleat Peter the Brazen
Battered Silicon Dispatch Box:  LOST TREASURES FROM THE PULPS Volume 2- Minions of the Shadow
Blue Mushroom Books: GUNS IN THE SHADOWS (Hopefully!)
Girasol Collectables: NEW PULP REPLICAS: STRANGE TALES #4 (03/32), WEIRD TALES #10 (02/24)
Girasol Collectables: NEW PULP REPLICAS: The Shadow in The Red Blot (June 01, 1933)
MGT Media Services: BLOOD 'N THUNDER #5
Michael Chomko:  PURPLE PROSE #17
Wild Cat Books: WORLDS OF WONDER: A Pictorial Guide of Science Fiction and Fantasy in the Pulps
Wild Cat Books: The New and Updated CAPTAIN FUTURE HANDBOOK by Chuck Juzek
Wildside Press: New Operator 5 reprints (Hopefully!)

Pulpcon 32 - Bookery & Fairborn events during PulpCon!
Tim Cottrill of Bookery Fantasy is inviting Pulpcon members to visit his shop which is just 15 minutes away.
Tim has an entire large collectibles room (as opposed to a single PulpCon table) to devote to pulps and other items of interest.  This year he should have ready at least two-dozen long boxes of pulps, a large wall filled with early paperbacks, and our usual mix of thousands of golden and silver-age comics, 1000+ original movie posters, etc.
Highlights this year include about 80 of Culture's "Spicy" issues, a recently-acquired run of OPERATOR 5 in nice shape, a large run of POPULAR MAGAZINE, and many others (He is still feverishly working to process everything, so don't expect these will all be ready prior to PulpCon).  This year Tim is offering an across-the-board 15% discount to anyone wearing a PulpCon badge (this goes for ANY product in either of our two shops-- one on either side of the street).

IN ADDITION: This year the Downtown Fairborn Sidewalk Sale days exactly coincide with PulpCon-- Thursday through Sunday.  Most of the shops here in downtown will be offering huge discounts on all manner of products (it's sort of like a big garage sale).  Other downtown businesses include Daisy Barrel (a large crafts, needlework and embroidery shop), Yankee Peddler (crafts and art supplies), the nationally-known Foy's Five and Dime (nearly unchanged in appearance since the 1920s), as well as Foy's Halloween and Costume shop, the recently-added Foy's Rock & Roll Diner, Ticket's (a Greek sports bar), two more bookstores and a library (all within a block of us), Lovely's Treasures (models and hobbies), etc.

DIRECTIONS:  From PulpCon go east on either First or Third Streets and merge into Springfield Street.  Come on up past the Air Force Museum.  As you rise up the small hill continue in the same direction (Wright-Patterson AFB is on your left all the way into Fairborn), about 3-4 more miles.  Just inside Faiborn's city limits is a large abandoned cinema on your right (the tallest structure in town).  Turn right onto Main Street (first streetlight past the cinema) and come down a few blocks to the downtown area.  There's 2-hour center-parking in the divided street, but also unlimited parking in the Fifth-Third Bank parking area (it's a free public parking area-- not a private lot for the bank as the name suggests).  You can't miss us on the right (huge 40-foot "Bookery" sign on top of the building).  This is the comics and collectibles part of the business.  Across the street is our games and toys division.  More directions, maps, etc. can be found at the Bookery Fantasy web site.

Pulp Rack
The Pulp Rack website was recently updated with an article about a Tom Mix silent western film and the Max Brand (Frederick Faust) novel on which it was based: "Celluloid Pulp: Max Brand's and Tom Mix's ALCATRAZ."
Red World of Polaris by Clark Ashton Smith
Night Shade Books will publish RED WORLD OF POLARIS by Clark Ashton Smith in August 2003.
RED WORLD OF POLARIS is a mini-collection that collects all of the Volmar stories together, and is the first publication of the novella Red World of Polaris. Red World of Polaris is a long lost and unpublished novella by Clark Ashton Smith.  This is a "must have" for Clark Ashton Smith fans and will likely sellout prior to publication.

RED WORLD OF POLARIS will be published in two editions.
The Limited edition (500 copies) will contain all of the stories, edited by Smith scholars Scott Connors and Ron Hilgar, as well as an introduction. Night Shade is also working on artwork and a celebrity afterword, to be announced as soon as it is nailed down. The retail price is $35 plus shipping.

The Lettered edition (26 copies) will be slipcased, and will also contain at least one color plate of Smith's science fiction artwork, perhaps more. Also included will be an unpublished Smith prose poem. This edition is sold out!

Renaissance E-Books
Now available from Renaissance E-Books:

Lost Stars: Forgotten Science Fiction from the "Best of" Anthologies 

Dawn of Flame & Other Science Fiction Classics by Stanley G. Weinbaum
Dawn of Flame & Other Science Fiction Stories reprints six acknowledged masterpieces by Science Fiction Hall of Fame author Stanley G. Weinbaum, whose short career changed the field forever. 

Star Wars: Episode III
Stunt coordinator Nick Gillard revealed new information about the lightsaber action in the upcoming film. Gillard started out by hyping Jedi Master Mace Windu's final duel as a fantastic part of Episode III. What's more, Anakin and Obi-Wan's fateful confrontation will be the longest sabre duel of all the Star Wars films. Nick himself was talked by George Lucas into playing one of the saber-wielding Jedi. He said that fans can expect the fights in this film to be somewhat more violent, with plenty of chopped-off limbs and dismemberment.
Tarzan and Jane
The WB has abbreviated the title of its new series "Tarzan and Jane" to simply "Tarzan."
Jordan Levin, the network's president of entertainment, told reporters at the TV Critics Association press tour that the change, while it makes the title shorter, actually reflects a broadening in the scope of the show.

"Tarzan" is a 21st-century retelling of the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs tale, in which the title character (Travis Fimmel), who survived in the African jungle after his parents died in a plane crash, is brought to New York by his uncle (Mitch Pileggi, "The X-Files"), now the head of powerful Greystoke Industries. Jane (Sarah Wayne Callies) is a detective investigating why the uncle is keeping Tarzan locked away. 

"The original pitch ... catered to a big romantic saga," Levin says. "It had those beauty-and-the-beast elements that really appealed to us." Indeed, Levin initially told reporters that the show would focus more on Jane than on Tarzan.
As the development process wore on, however, the network and the show's producers realized they had something more than a romance on their hands. 

"We felt [the original title] was a little misleading, because it implies that they get together immediately, which they don't, executive producer Laura Ziskin ("Spider-Man") says. On a more prosaic level, she adds, "As we talked about the show, people called it 'Tarzan' anyway."

Levin believes the show has potential as a "big action-adventure franchise" that also includes the romance between Tarzan and Jane. He also hopes the series delves into the struggle for control of Greystoke in a way similar to the exploration of the Luthor family dynamics on "Smallville."  For her part, Callies says having her character's name removed from the title doesn't bother her. "I think it makes a lot of sense, actually," she says. "I think there's a lot they can do with it." 

While talking to the press about his upcoming HBO movie, And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself, about the Mexican revolutionary, Antonio Banderas revealed that he will begin filming on the sequel to 1998's The Mask of Zorro in February.  It is unclear whether Catherine Zeta-Jones will reprise her role or not. The Columbia Pictures sequel has been referred as Zorro Unmasked, though it seems that title is still up in the air.  Director Martin Campbell is reportedly aboard the sequel written by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, co-writers of the first film.
Zorro's Fighting Legion: The Golden God
Zorro's Fighting Legion: The Golden God will be released on DVD 29 July.
Mexico is under siege from the nefarious Don Del Oro, who’s passing himself off as an ancient sun god intent on oppressing the people. The only hope lies with everyone’s favorite masked crusader for western justice, the one and only Zorro! A rip-roaring serial packed with swashbuckling, stunts and high-flying action, this whip-cracking classic remains a captivating yarn for Zorro fans of all ages.
Zorro Mini-Bust
The masked avenger to the rescue! This bust features Zorro, known for leaving behind only his trademark Z, and never his identity! Sculpted by Randy Bowen, this bust stands 6" tall, and 8" form the tip of the sword. Scheduled to ship in November 2003. The bust retails for $45. 

The Zorro bust will be solicited in the August PREVIEWS (on sale 23 July) and can be pre-ordered from your local comic shop.  The Diamond Order Code is AUG03 3246.

The Zorror bust can also be pre-ordered from Bowen Designs for $45 plus $6 shipping.

11 July 2003
Adventure House
HIGH ADVENTURE #71 featuring Ki-Gor The Jungle Lord  by John Peter Drummond in 
The Beast-Gods of Atlantis from JUNGLE STORIES (Summer 1950) is now available.
"Into that lost world, that ancient, terrible land of Timeless Evil, came Ki-Gor, White Lord of the Jungle, and his lovely mate, Helene.  They came in peace, offering friendship ... and Sha-Tapat, High Priest of the Sun-God Raa, greeted them at the Temple-Altar of the Drinking Stone -- treachery and death like gifts in his hand!"

HIGH ADVENTURE #71 will be in comic shops on Wednesday, 16 July.

Adventure House: $7.95 plus $2.50 shipping (Media Mail) for a single copy.

Alien 5
According to Dark Horizons, James Cameron recently talked with BBC1 and advised them that he may indeed helm a potential Alien 5 (a separate project from the upcoming Alien vs. Predator film). "We're looking at doing another one," revealed Cameron. "Something similiar to what we did with Aliens. A bunch of great characters, and of course Sigourney [Weaver]. I've even discussed the possibility of putting him [Arnold Schwarzenegger] into the Alien movie."
Back Numbers Can Be Easily Procured
Warren Harris's apa-zine, BACK NUMBERS CAN BE EASILY PROCURED #6 (April 2003) is now available.
Somehow I missed listing this a few months back.  If you have not read Warren's excellent apa-zine, click on over to 
Bill Burns' eFanzines website at http://efanzines.com/ and download #1 through #6. 

Bill Burns has many other great efanzines on his site that you might also want to investigate. 

Battlestar Galactica 
The Sci-Fi channel's Battlestar Galactica mini-series is set to premiere Sunday, December 7 at 9:00/8:00c with part two airing the following night, also at 9:00/8:00c.

Universal Studios Home Video is set to release the original on DVD. "Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Epic Series" will reach stores on October 21. The six-disc set includes all 24 episodes of the  original series, fully remastered in 4:3 full screen and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround (the original mono tracks are also included).

Among the plentiful extras are two "making of" featurettes  ("Insight into the Making of Battlestar Galactica," "Creation of Battlestar Galactica: an Interview with creator Glen A. Larson"),  deleted scenes, commentary for selected episodes by the cast   and crew, a visual effects featurette with John Dykstra, the  "Sci-Fi Special: Making of the Show," "Composing the Music: Stu  Phillips and Glen A. Larson," production notes, a sneak preview of the new Sci-Fi Channel mini-series and a trailer for the   forthcoming video game. Retail is set at $119.95. The studio will also re-issue its single-disc "Battlestar Galactica: The Original Movie" on the same date to tie-in with the promotion.

Bold Venture Press - Domino Lady update!
COMPLIMENTS OF THE DOMINO LADY -- 96 pages, $12.95, Six short stories from SAUCY ROMANTIC ADVENTURES and MYSTERY ADVENTURES by "Lars Anderson."  Six new title page illustrations and cover painting by STERANKO!  Introduction by Bernard Drew, and an afterword "Who Is Lars Anderson?" by Will Murray.  Plus, the original pulp interior artwork is featured and the original pulp covers are incorporated into the design of the back cover in COLOR.  On sale August 1, 2003 -- Pulpcon debut.
Bold Venture Press is now accepting orders!
Send checks or money orders to:
Bold Venture Press
P.O. Box 64
Bordentown, NJ 08505
The Grand total is $12.95 + $2 shipping.

Bold Venture Press has reported that COMPLIMENTS OF THE DOMINO LADY is scheduled to debut at Pulpcon 32 on July 31 - August 3.  This new trade paperback from Bold Venture Press features a sensational new cover by JIM STERANKO as well as interior illustrations for the story title pages.  STERANKO is presently finishing the illustrations for the story title pages.

"We'll revive the Domino Lady in the beauty and style with which she was created," Steranko says. "When I accepted the assignment, I already had most of the image composed on the canvas of my imagination: dangerous, elegant, mysterious--and sexy!  She's the quintessential '30s pulp vixen, a masked manhunter in a noir deco world, right out of a Warner Bros. thriller." The Steranko portfolio is a virtual Who's Who of classic fictional icons. For Marvel comics, he set the pace for Captain America, the X-Men, and Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. In other media, he redefined such characters as The Green Hornet, Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, Philip Marlowe, Indiana Jones, Mike Hammer, and The Phantom, plus a phalanx of pulp heroes, including Conan, Doc Savage, G-8 and his Battle Aces, Norgil the Magician, Buck Rogers, and The Shadow, for which he painted 30 covers and created the definitive paperback version of the character. Now, he'll add another credit to his line-up.

The Domino Lady incorporates four Steranko favorites: pulp fiction, mystery, art deco, and beautiful women. One of a handful of series femme fatales depicted on pulp covers, she starred in six stories, originally published in SAUCY ROMANTIC STORIES and MYSTERY ADVENTURE STORIES--two of the infamous "spicy" pulps from Fiction Magazines Inc.

Author Lars Anderson pitted the Domino Lady against vicious gangsters and secret societies, while maintaining the breezy, light-hearted style of a romantic cinematic comedy. As the Domino Lady, socialite Ellen Patrick devoted her life to fighting the politicians and criminals responsible for her father's murder--but still makes time for penthouse parties, bubble baths, ballroom dances, and romantic evenings with handsome playboys on both sides of the law. 

The image below is one of the new STERANKO title page illiustrations for this book!


Bold Venture Press - Spider update!
THE SPIDER: #5 Empire of Doom and #6 Citadel of Hell are both ready for the printer!  Plans are for them to go on sale in October.  Future issues of the Spider will feature one small change.  The type-size will be reduced slightly to bring the page count down to 96 pages (down from 112 pages) per issue.  This will reduce the expense of producing each issue without compromising the quality of the books and should result in an increase in the publication schedule.
THE CHRONICLES OF CONAN VOL. 2: TOWER OF THE ELEPHANT & OTHER STORIES will be solicited by Dark Horse Comics in the August PREVIEWS (on sale 23 July).

Compiling the early Conan the Barbarian stories by writer Roy Thomas and artist Barry Windsor-Smith, this collection contains some of the most powerful and compelling comic stories ever created. Following Robert E. Howard's pulp hero Conan through the early part of his life, Thomas and Windsor-Smith (then going by the name "Barry Smith") wove together pieces of the fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres, all built around the framework of Howard's original fiction. Featuring completely remastered color and text corrections, these stories have been unavailable in color since their original publication, nearly thirty years ago. Volume Two will reprint issues #9-15.
160 pages, $15.95, in stores on November 26. 

Fox has announced a street date of October 21st for the DVD boxed set of DARK ANGEL Season 2.
E-texts on the net this week
The Shadow Magazine
Town of Hate  (07/01/44)
Triple Devil by Matthew L. Schoonoveris this week's Two-Minute Shadow Mystery.

Robert Mullen's Shadow PDF
Nothing new posted yet. I will update if and when new PDFs become available later tonite or tomorrow.

The Shadow Magazine Interior Artwork: Nothing new this week.

ShadowPDF: Murder Marsh (10/01/34)

Doc Savage PDF: Nothing new this week.

The Shrevnitz Memorial Library:  Nothing new this week.

Blackmask Online: Nothing new this week.

Larry Estep-Online Pulps:    Now with over 250 stories online!
Mr. Clackworthy Tells the Truth by Christopher B. Booth from the October 19, 1920 issue of DETECTIVE STORY MAGAZINE. 

Old-timer by William Bruner from the First April, 1930 issue of SPORT STORY. 
Bruner wrote more stories than most people will ever know.  He was hidden behind many of the Street & Smith house names.  Here's a bicycle racing story under his own name. 

Journey to Doom by Charles N. Heckelmann from the Winter, 1945 issue of RIO KID WESTERN. 

A Burning Clue by E. Hoffmann Price from the May-June, 1933 issue of TEN DETECTIVE ACES. 

Kroom, Son of the Sea by Valentine Wood from the June 15, 1930 issue of TOP-NOTCH. 
John Locke describes this as "Tarzan Meets Jaws". 

At the request of the show's producers, the WB has pushed back its new drama "Fearless" until midseason. The news comes as production was set to begin on the series next week.

"After careful and thorough consideration, we have recommended to the WB that to best ensure the highest quality and attention for 'Fearless' that we launch the series at midseason. We’re extremely grateful to The WB for supporting us and for allowing us this opportunity," executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Warner Bros. Television president Peter Roth said in a joint statement.

The duo cited not being able to find the right voice for the show as well as the decision to recast one of the lead Rachael Leigh Cook's two partners on the series. The drama stars Cook as a young F.B.I. agent named Gaia who genetically lacks the basic instinct of fear.  Production on "Fearless" is now expected to resume in October. In its place on the Frog's fall schedule the network has bumped up its midseason drama "One Tree Hill" to a fall start. 

Pirates of the Carribean is now playing in theaters and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen opens tomorrow.
Fox has announced a street date of December 9th for the 13 episode DVD boxed set of FIREFLY along with the fifth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. 
Harry Keogh: Necroscope and Other Heroes! 
Harry Keogh: Necroscope and Other Heroes! by Brian Lumley is now available.
Harry Keogh: Necroscope and Other Weird Heroes! collects eight long tales of four of Lumley's most popular creations; Titus Crow, David Hero and his companion, Eldin the Wanderer; and the original Necroscope himself, Harry Keogh, who is featured in three completely new stories, one of them a short novel. The other stories in this collection have previously only been published in the United Kingdom.  Winner of the British Fantasy Award, Lumley is considered one of the finest contemporary writers of H. P. Lovecraft-style horror. 

Published by Tor Books
Hardcover,  320 pages, ISBN: 0765308479, $25.95

Hugh B. Cave
Congratulations to Hugh B. Cave on his 93d birthday!
Indiana Jones DVD BOX Set
The Digital Bits website has posted information on the documentaries on the Indiana Jones DVD Box Set bonus disc. The information comes from the British Board of Film Classification. All such materials have to be submitted to the BBFC in order for them to be released in the U.K., and the BBFC makes the details public. Here is what the BBFC recently made public.  This information has been confirmed by Paramount.  The release date for the box set is 04 November 2003.

The Making of the Indiana Jones Trilogy - Part 1: Raiders of the Lost Ark (51 mins)
The Making of the Indiana Jones Trilogy - Part 2: The Temple of Doom (41 mins)
The Making of the Indiana Jones Trilogy - Part 3: The Last Crusade (35 mins)
The Stunts of Indiana Jones (11 mins)
The Light and Magic of Indiana Jones (12 mins)
The Music of Indiana Jones (12 mins)

For complete details, visit the Digital Bits website.

JAN OF THE JUNGLE by Otis Adelbert Kline
James Van Hise is looking for photocopies of the complete illustration pages from three chapters of the ARGOSY serial of JAN OF THE JUNGLE by Otis Adelbert Kline. He has an old excerpted compilation someone once did in which they cannibalized the six issues of ARGOSY and put all the chapters together under one cover.  So while he has the whole serial,  he does not have the illustration pages (which only contain story recaps from the previous episodes) for ARGOSY from April 25, 1931, May 2, 1931 and May 9, 1931. In exchange James will give you a photocopy of the whole serial, if you want it.  Contact Jimvanhise@aol.com
Modern Pulp featuring DOCTOR SATAN and THE MOON MAN! 
For the first time, two characters from the pulp era, DOCTOR SATAN and THE MOON MAN, will meet face to face in a single adventure, as they go toe-to-toe against one another. When the canine population of Great City suddenly turns into an army of fanged killers, the Moon Man goes into action to solve the mystery. Thus begins his most dangerous mission pitting him against the merciless, evil mastermind known as Doctor Satan!

Hounds Of Hell by Ron Fortier & Gordon Linzner with spot illustrations provided by Jim Schumaker and Bradley Walton is a classic pulp tale in 29 chapters.  Chapter 6: Something Beyond Our Experience is now available on the Modern Pulp website. Visit the Modern Pulp website at http://www.modernpulp.com/index.htm to read this new adventure.

Hounds Of Hell is copyright © 2003 Ron Fortier and Gordon Linzner.

Moonstone Books
Moonstone Books will be publishing a monthly Kolchak, Night Stalker comic book series beginning in November.  The first issue is written by Dave Ulanski with pencils by Chris Marrinan, inks by Keith Williams, colors by Ken Wolak, and a cover by Monte Moore and Ulanski. 

Here is how Moonstone desribes the book:
The action not only heats up, but boils over in this brand-new, ongoing series featuring the original paranormal investigator! Bust out the crawfish and gumbo as Carl Kolchak heads for New Orleans to look into rumors about a human plant skulking about the hot summer streets. But the Crescent City is a magical and mysterious place, and our hero inadvertantly finds himself in the part of town where human skeletons are starting to pile high in the alleys... victims of a man-eating shadow! Carl would love to get to the bottom of this one, but unfortunately... he's a bit busy turning into a human plant, himself! This issue also features a short Mr. Nightmare back-up story by Dave Ulanski, in color for the first time. Ships with two covers in a 50/50 ratio. The first painted by fantasy artist Monte Moore, the second illustrated by Dave Ulanski.  Full color, 32 pages, $3.50.

Moonstone Books
Moonstone Books' ongoing The Phantom series launches in November, by Ben Raab and Pat Quinn, with a cover by John Cassaday. Here's how Moonstone describes the first issue: 

"The Mighty Phantom breaks up a slave camp in his native Bangalla whose captives are mining a vast diamond field at the command of the vile terrorist Ali Gutalle. A stone-cold killer, his counter strike is set against a black tie state function where Diana Walker is to give the keynote speech. As bullets fly, as time bombs click to detonation, will the Phantom have the power to catch villains with one hand, and save his family with the other? 

Now available from Renaissance E-Books is the first novel in a new series in the pulp tradition.

Here is what Renaissance E-Books says:
The time is September 1935. The place is Macao (a Portuguese possession) near Hong Kong on the South China Sea. When adventurer Edgar Savage's ship The Black Poppy is attacked by pirates, his quick thinking saves his boat and crew when he tosses a gasoline barrel overboard and explodes it with a bullet from a high- powered rifle. Later he examines a shipment he is carrying for a Dutch cannery owner named Kappie, and discovers false bottoms containing heroin. Determined to smoke the drug-runner out, Savage sets fire to the warehouse where the heroin is stored. Almost immediately, Kappie pressures Savage to pick up another shipment for him. When Savage refuses, he is shot twice by an unknown assassin. Soon Savage and his girlfriend, Amelia De Gama, have devised a plan to take Kappie down – then Amelia is kidnapped. The drug-runner doesn't realize it – but he is about to discover that Savage isn't just a name! The first of a thrilling new series in the blazing tradition of the pulp adventure magazines! 

Duane Spurlock of The Pulp Rack says: "Peter has gotten the pulp style down just right -- the story is set in 1935, and it reads just like a serial that would have fit comfortably in the pages of ARGOSY or BLUE BOOK. In fact, it has a flavor that reminds me favorably of the Peter the Brazen stories written by Loring Brent for ARGOSY in the 1930s."

MURDER IN MACAO is 350 pages for $4. The first chapter is posted online to give you a taste of the novel.

Thanks to Duane Spurlock for this story.

Pulpdom #34 (June 2003) is now available.  The contents include:
Joel T. Rogers, Air War Writing Ace by Bill Garwood
Epic Pulps - COMET by Mike Taylor
H. Bedford-Jones in Adventure & paperback by Caz
The Ingrahams, "Dime Novel" Kings by Caz
Morning Star by HRH 
Mystery Thrillers, The Untold Story of British Post War Pulps by Steven Holland
More on George F. Worts by Al Lybeck & Virgil Utter
The History of Pulp Fandom by Caz
Front cover by Craig Black / Back cover by Ray Capella
This issue has full color front and back covers and is profusely illustrated with full color and black & white illustrations throughout.

Copies are $6 each (postpaid) anywhere in USA.  Six issue subscriptions are $30.
Contact C. Cazedessus II, P.O. Box 2340, Pagosa Springs, Colorado 81147, email: cazbooks@frontier.net

Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins 
Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins will be available on DVD Tuesday, 15 July.
When a street-smart NYPD cop regains consciousness after a bizarre mugging, he has a new face and a new identity! Now he’s Remo Williams, the #1 recruit of a top-secret organization, and he’s toppling evil at every turn – even atop the Statue of Liberty! Trained by a quirky Korean martial arts master to dodge bullets, brave terrifying heights and thwart attackers with his bare hands, Remo becomes the ultimate criminal exterminator. But when he faces off against a corrupt millionaire and his army of henchmen, the real adventure begins! 
Renaissance E-Books
Now available from Renaissance E-Books:

THE GHOST PIRATES By William Hope Hodgson

Gerry Carlyle, the Interplanetary Huntress, who brought 'em back alive from the jungles of Mars, Venus, and the moons of Jupiter in the golden days of the science fiction pulps, returns for a final outing, up against the most dangerous challenge of in the nine planets! 

Madame Rosika Storey was one of the most celebrated fictional female private investigators during the Golden Age of the mystery (1920-40) The Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection calls her, "a stunningly beautiful young woman who describes herself as 'a practical psychologist – specializing in the feminine." Madame Storey, Private Detective, reprints the very first Madame Storey novel and a bonus Madame Storey mystery short – both from the early-1920s. 

Buck Rogers: ARMAGEDDON 2419 A.D. BY Philip Francis Nowlan

Each of the above novels is available for $4.

Shadows over Baker Street
Coming in October is Shadows over Baker Street by Michael Reaves (Editor) and John Pelan (Editor).
Shadows over Baker Street isan anthology of Sherlock Holmes stories set in the Lovecraftian worlds. 
Contributors include Neil Gaiman, Brian Stableford, Poppy Z. Brite, and Barbara Hambly.
Hardcover, 464 pages, Published by Del Rey, $23.95
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
The Cartoon Network unveiled the first footage from its pending series of Star Wars: Clone Wars shorts on July 10 to reporters at the TV Critics Association press tour. Clone Wars will follow the story begun in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Jedis Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker lead clone troopers in a war against separatist forces led by the evil Count Dooku. Other familiar "Star Wars" characters, including Mace Windu, Padme Amidala and Yoda, will also be featured in the cartoons.

The series of 20 shorts is scheduled to premiere at 8 p.m. ET Friday, Nov. 7. The first 10 installments will air at 8 p.m. weekdays through Nov. 21, while the second half of the saga will air in sping 2004. "Samurai Jack" and "Dexter's Laboratory" creator Genndy Tartakovsky is leading the "Clone Wars" team, with cooperation from "Star Wars" creator George Lucas and Lucasfilm.

Star Wars: Episode III
TheForce.net and LOK Magazine recently spoke with actor Peter Mayhew about his reprising the role of Chewbacca and he revealed some good information: "I was told by George Lucas that I would be playing a large part in the story including the delivering of two twin babies and playing a role in a major battle scene that involves many war machines. Sadly, I have not read those sequences of the script yet. Lucas only gives us copies for that days shooting. But from what I've seen, it looks good. Of course, I really don’t have any lines (he laughs). Lucas has really changed his writing style from back when he wrote the original trilogy. He is much bolder and willing to push the envelope in both settings and dialogue. In fact, the opening action scene involving many Wookiees takes place on one of the many new planets seen in this movie".
The July-August issue of WEIRD TALES (#332) is now available.
Fiction this issue includes:
Shatter by Kelly McCullough
Five Sisters: A Fable by David J. Schow
The Archpriest's Potion by Keith Taylor
The Tales of Zanthias by Robert Sheckley
The Assassin's Retirement Party by Robert E. Waters

The Pratfall of Cthulhu by Darrell Schweitzer
Illustrated Limericks by and illustrated by George Barr

Single copies are $5.95 in better bookstores.
A four issue subscription is $18 at the Wildside Press website.
Individual issues can be purchased from The Stars Our Destination/Weinberg Books 773-338-1650.

04 July 2003
The Casting Couch has details on the new characters we can expect to see in the third season of 24.  Kiefer gets a partner in the form of field op Chase Exen whilst the storyline may revolve around "a narco-terrorist named Ramon Salazar who is head of his organization and his South American general Hector Moya, an elegant gangster with a even more elegant, but savvy girlfriend Claudia".

Season 2 of “24” will hit DVD in the states, September 23. It’ll include all 24 episodes, 44 deleted scenes, alternate endings, commentaries, and assorted making-of featurettes. 

Adventure House
Adventure House has announced that HIGH ADVENTURE #75 will feature The Green Lama in Crosesus of Murder by Kendell Foster Crossen.  Armed with the secret weapon of the world's most hated dictator, this mysterious masked führer sought to subjugate the free people of the world—but one man, The Green Lama, stood in his merciless path.

$7.95 plus $2.50 shipping (Media Mail) for a single copy. 
HIGH ADVENTURE #75 will be available in March 2004.


Avatar Press has announced that it will publish a career-spanning series of comic book horror stories from one of the medium's acknowledged masters with ALAN MOORE'S YUGGOTH CULTURES AND OTHER GROWTHS. The three part, 40 page per issue series begins in September 2003 from Avatar with stories by Moore and artwork from a number of high-profile creators including Bryan Talbot, Val Semieks, Oscar Zarate, Jacen Burrows (ALAN MOORE'S THE COURTYARD, WARREN ELLIS' SCARS), Juan Jose Ryp (ALAN MOORE'S ANOTHER SUBURBAN ROMANCE, FRANK MILLER'S ROBOCOP), and Mike Wolfer (WARREN ELLIS' STRANGE KILLINGS).

The series features classic and little-known comic book stories from throughout Moore's career, some hard-to-find tales that have appeared only in comic books outside the U.S., and some surviving stories from the tragically-lost Lovecraftian Moore epic Yuggoth Cultures, which will be seen here in comic book form for the first time. The YUGGOTH CULTURES AND OTHER GROWTHS series will include such gems as the now-completed first part of Moore and Bryan Talbot's important lost classic NIGHTJAR, a story started 20 years ago which was supposed to appear in UK comic book WARRIOR, the legendary anthology where other Moore classics such as MIRACLEMAN and V FOR VENDETTA appeared.

As for the Lovecraftian fragments from the series, those stories are also emerging from a tragically-lost project of a different kind. "Yuggoth Cultures was originally intended as a series of texts that would have been inspired by HP Lovecraft's poem cycle FUNGI FROM YUGGOTH," recalls Alan Moore. "Unfortunately, when the texts were about half completed, I left the only copy of three or four of them in a London taxi cab. Since it was impossible to reconstruct, the work went on hold, remaining incomplete. Originally, THE COURTYARD was part of the proposed Yuggoth Cultures package, but there were some other interesting little fragments left over, and I suppose that what's gathered in this series is a collection of those and other interesting fragments. Things from projects that were, for one reason or another, never completed, which perhaps which hold some interest in their own right. I'm looking forward to seeing what is done with them."

Although several of the stories in this new series were scripted by Moore for comic books, the stories originally written for the Yuggoth Cultures series of texts are being adapted by frequent Moore collaborator Antony Johnston (ALAN MOORE'S THE COURTYARD, ALAN MOORE'S ANOTHER SUBURBAN ROMANCE) in consultation with Moore. "Once again I've risked my health and sanity, channeling the Northampton Bard through my weak plebiscite mind for the sake of entertainment. With each adaptation my grip on reality grows weaker, yet my stubble grows longer; a curious paradox, I hope you'll agree. Stop me if you've heard this one before, but working with Alan on these stories has been an absolute pleasure. The pieces I've handled are some of the strangest, most evocative things I've read, forcing me to think in strange and unnatural ways to get the best results possible. I'm really happy with it."

REGULAR-b&w, 40pg (1 of 3) $3.95
WRAPAROUND-b&w, 40pg (1 of 3) $3.95
This title can be ordered from your local comic shop in the July PREVIEWS.
The Diamond Item Code is JUL032020 for the regular cover edition.
The Diamond Item Code is JUL032021 for the wraparound cover edition.

The Casting Couch has details on the new characters we can expect to see in the third season of Alias.  There will be a new young and tough female agent with methods quite different from Sydney, a macho new love interest for Syd, Vaughn's wife, and a new recurring Kingpin style villain which is expected to involve a major star bigger than many of the celebs who guest starred last season like Faye Dunaway, Rutger Hauer, Ethan Hawke and Christian Slater. 
Battlestar Galactica 
If you were a fan of Battlestar Galactica, it is time to rejoice as the entire series will be available on DVD on 21 October.  The 'Galactica' six-disc set features all 24 hour-long episodes of the original series which has been entirely re-mastered from original source materials and features a newly created 5.1 Dolby Digital surround track. Episodes will be in broadcast order and the discs will include newly-produced bonus materials and never-before-seen footage and interviews with key people involved. The original feature film will also be available in a separate disc release with the same sort of remastering technique on the same date.
Clive Cussler - White Death
The new Clive Cussler novel, WHITE DEATH, is now available in bookstores. WHITE DEATH is the next book in the "Tales from the NUMA Files" series featuring Kurt Austin.  Austin and his partner, Joe Zavala, are called in to free survivors trapped inside a Danish warship sunk after a collision with the flagship of the radical environmentalist group Sentinels of the Sea. After a successful rescue, Austin's investigations lead him from the environmentalists to the Oceanus Corporation, a shadowy fish farming organization.  Austin and Zavala discover that Oceanus Corporation wants control of the seas, and will kill anyone who stands in the way of its total rule. 

Hardcover,  448 pages,  ISBN: 0399150412, $26.95.
Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group

On June 23rd, The History Channel premiered a two hour special, COMIC BOOK SUPERHEROES UNMASKED.
COMIC BOOK SUPERHEROES UNMASKED is a fascinating, feature-length look at the evolution of an art form that has proved remarkably adaptable and enduring.  Filled with classic images from DC and Marvel Comics as well as extensive interviews with modern masters of the graphic novel like Neil Gaiman and Frank Miller (The Dark Knight Returns), TIME MACHINE goes far beyond the superficial escapist fantasies to probe the forces that shaped the characters who have become legend. In the adventures of The Incredible Hulk, Spider Man, The X-Men and many more are echoes of American society in the last century, and the art form continues to evolve and innovate today.
A very entertaining show with at least one mention of the pulps when discussing Batman's origins.

If you missed the program, you can catch it when it runs again at these times and dates:
Sunday 06/29  6:00PM;        Monday  07/07 10:00PM;       Tuesday  07/08  2:00AM

Now if only The History Channel would run a similar special on the pulps!

CONAN OF VENARIUM by Harry Turtledove
CONAN OF VENARIUM by Harry Turtledove is now available in bookstores.
Harry Turtledove contributes his first novel to the Conan saga.  It is a tale of Conan in his youth, in the year or so before he becomes the wandering adventurer we know from the tales of Robert E. Howard and others. On the verge of adulthood, he lives in a Cimmerian hamlet, caring for his ailing mother, working in his father's smithy, and casting his eye on the weaver's daughter next door.  Then war comes: an invasion by the Aquilonian Empire. Conan burns to join the fight, but he's deemed too young. Then, from the border country, comes an unbelievable report: The Aquilonians have smashed the Cimmerian defending forces, and can rule as they please. Soon their heavily garrisoned forts dot the countryside. Their settlers follow after, carving homesteads out of other men's land.

Every Cimmerian longs to drive the intruders out with fire and sword, but they must stay their hands, for the Aquilonians have promised savage reprisals. Then, intolerably, the Aquilonian commander takes a wholly dishonorable interest in the weaver's daughter -- and he's not a man to wait, or even ask permission. It's not a recipe for a peaceable outcome.  Published by Tor Books. 
Hardcover, 256 pages, ISBN: 076530466X, $24.95

E-texts on the net this week
The Shadow Magazine
Isle of Gold  (08/01/39) 
An Undiscovered Murder by Ron Highman is this week's Two-Minute Shadow Mystery.

Robert Mullen's Shadow PDF
Posted on 28 June
Young Men of Death (04/43), The Robot Master (05/43), Murder by Moonlight (12/43), 
Crime Caravan (04/44), Fountain of Death (11/44), No Time for Murder (12/44), 
Five Keys to Crime (03/45), Teardrops of Buddha (05/45), Three Stamps of Death  (06/45), 
and Murder by Magic (08/45)
Posted on 03 July
Hands in the Dark (05/32), The Toll of Death (03/44), The Stars Promise Death (12/45), 
Crime over Casco (04/46), Malmordo (07/46), The Blackest Mail (08/46), 
Dead Mans Chest (Fall 1948), The Black Circle (Spring 1949), The Whispering Eyes (Summer 1949), 
Shadow Beware (01/65), Cry Shadow (04/65), and The Shadows Revenge (10/65)

The Shadow Magazine Interior Artwork
Hands in the Dark (05/32), Alibi Trail (01/01/42), Deaths Bright Finger (05/15/42),
Deaths Masquerade (01/15/43), Malmordo (07/46)

ShadowPDF: Nothing new this week.

Doc Savage PDF: The Goblins (October 1943)

The Shrevnitz Memorial Library:  Nothing new this week.

Blackmask Online
The Ghost Kings by H. Rider Haggard
Doc Savage in  Hell Below (September 1943)
Doc Savage in The Goblins (October 1943)

Larry Estep-Online Pulps:    Now with over 200 stories online!
Sweet Cheat by Beryle Berle from REAL SPICY HORROR, April, 1937. 
This is actually a parody issue of THE YALE RECORD. 

Premature Obituary by Frederick C. Davis from TEN DETECTIVE ACES, October, 1941. 
The adventures of an obituary solicitor! 

Dr. Varsag's Experiment by Craig Ellis from AMAZING STORIES, January, 1940. 
This is one of those "mad doctor crosses man with animal" stories. 
There's supposed to be a sequel to this story in the August, 1943 issue. 

Lair of the Damned by Eric Lennox from 10 SHORT NOVELS, January, 1939. 
Weird menace stories appeared in the strangest places....

Dead Men Don't Move by Thomas Thursday from SMASHING DETECTIVE, January, 1956. 
Another classic Thursday story!

ERBville Press announced the forthcoming publication of the SIXTH volume in the Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Uniform Edition Hardcover Collection: THUVIA, MAID OF MARS.  Illustrated with the original book artwork by J. Allen St. John; color frontispiece by R. A. Monahan.
The price: $40.95 postpaid in the United States; $51.95 postpaid for the rest of the world. 
The pre-publication order deadline is August 15, 2003. 
The publication date is September 15, 2003. 
You can order online at the ERBville Press website at http://www.angelfire.com/film/locationbooks/uniform.htm
ERBville Press announced the forthcoming publication of the SEVENTH volume in the Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Uniform Edition Hardcover Collection: TARZAN AND THE HUNS. This is the original magazine version of TARZAN THE UNTAMED.  Illustrated with the original book artwork by J. Allen St. John; new color frontispiece by David Burton.
The price: $40.95 postpaid in the United States; $51.95 postpaid for the rest of the world. 
The pre-publication order deadline is September 15, 2003. 
The publication date is October 15, 2003. 
You can order online at the ERBville Press website at http://www.angelfire.com/film/locationbooks/uniform.htm
Fading Shadows - Now Available!
The Phantom Detective in Murder Cracks Down (11/35)

BEHIND THE MASK #65 featuring:
   Kwa of the Jungle by Paul Regard from THRILLING ADVENTURES, August 1937
   Fangs of the Jungle by Capt. Walt R. Bethel from WORLD ADVENTURER, February 1934

DETECTIVE MYSTERY STORIES #38  featuring Hot August Nights by Derek Muk; Murder In Pocasset by Mary J. Davidson; Trouble In Bent Knee by Tommy Griffin; Incident In South Seward Avenue by Lon S. Cohen; Faux
Graffitiby Edward C. Lynskey; Raw Deal by Donald Sullivan; The Girl Scouts by Kenneth M. Austin; Cold Feet by Kristine Coblitz; A Satin Jacket by Carl Alessi; Saving Grace by R. Ambardar

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

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.

The first new replica for this month is SPICY MYSTERY #3 from July 1935, with a nice Parkhurst cover, the first of the Spicy Replicas not to feature Ward art.

The Shadow for this month is The Romanoff Jewels (12/01/32) a great early issue with some terrific Russian
action featuring The Shadow that explains the origins of the Girasol ring he wears!

Coming soon... TERROR TALES #1!

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 Romanoff Jewels (12/01/32)
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)
The Chinese Tapestry (11/01/35)
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) 
The Book of Death (01/15/42)
Death About Town  (07/15/42) 

May 1935:  Great Middle Eastern motif cover

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

July 1935: a nice Parkhurst cover
February 1936: Batman

Dan Turner Hollywood Detective No. 1 (January 1942)

January 1932: Wolves of Darkness
October 1932: Famous 'Worm Monster' cover
November 1932 
January 1933

Dec 37:  Great HJ Ward cover

WEIRD TALES   ($35 each postpaid within North America)
March 1923:  WEIRD TALES #1 
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
July/August 1923:WEIRD TALES #5

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 Replicas

Coming this September is GRAPHIC CLASSICS VOLUME 7: BRAM STOKER featuring Lair of the White Worm and five more tales of terror, fantasy, and humor by Bram Stoker. Plus, two excerpts from Dracula, and a bonus Dracula Gallery illustrated by 15 great artists.  Softcover, 7x10, 144 pages, b&w, $9.95

This title can be ordered from your local comic shop in the July PREVIEWS.
The Diamond Item Code is JUL032206.

Eureka, the GRAPHIC CLASSICS publisher, and has a website at http://www.graphicclassics.com/index.htm.

ICE HUNT by James Rollins
ICE HUNT, the latest thriller by James Rollins is now available in bookstores.
If you have not read Rollins previous novels, this is a great place to start!

Buried deep in the earth's polar ice cap -- carved into a moving island of ice twice the size of the United States -- is a secret place, the site of a remarkable abandoned experiment that could have frightening ramifications for the planet. The brain trust of the former Soviet Union who created the seventy-year-old Ice Station Grendel would like it simply to melt from human memory. But that becomes impossible when an American undersea research vessel, the Polar Sentinel, inadvertently pulls too close to the hollowed-out iceberg ... and one of the crew sees something alive inside. Something that never should have survived.

It is a discovery that sends shock waves through the intelligence communities of two powerful nations, as American and Russian scientists, soldiers, and unsuspecting civilians are pulled into Grendel's lethal vortex of secrets, violence, and betrayal. To preserve the silence -- to prevent others from uncovering the terrible mysteries locked behind submerged walls of ice and steel -- no measures will be too extreme. For within the station, experiments have blurred the line between life and death. It was a place never meant to be found.

One man already knows too much: Matthew Pike, a former American Special Forces operative, living in seclusion in Alaska on the edge of the Arctic Circle. On the run after rescuing the survivor of a plane crash no one was meant to observe, Pike is relentlessly drawn into the eye of the gathering storm -- even as a Russian nuclear attack submarine draws silently nearer to the men and women on the Polar Sentinel. The covert battle over Grendel is spinning out of control, and the future of all human life on Earth will be altered -- or destroyed -- once its nightmarish truths are revealed.

Hardcover, 416 pages, ISBN: 0060521562, $24.95 
Publisher: William Morrow

Indiana Jones 4
Sean Connery told Entertainment Tonight he would be interested in starring in the fourth installment, but that "Steven was not doing the movie."  Lucasfilm later said "There is no truth to the rumor."
IT'S A MAN'S WORLD: Men's Adventure Magazines--the Postwar Pulps 
IT'S A MAN'S WORLD: Men's Adventure Magazines--the Postwar Pulps by Adam Parfey is now available. The first major book ever on this wild and sexy sub-genre of men's magazines! These magazines appeared during the years following WWII, and gained popularity during the Cold War. Lots of outstanding (albeit lurid) art by many top names from the pulp and 1950s paperback days, and a riveting history of the times. The real meat here is the reproductions: hundreds of covers and illustrations are shown in full color, often full page, from publications like ARGOSY, TRUE, SAGA, STAG, FOR MEN ONLY and others. Major illustrators Mort Künstler and Norman Saunders helped produce the book and are profiled; their work is featured throughout, along with George Gross, Mel Crair, Norm Eastman and numerous others, many uncredited. Saunders also shares a how-to article.

Hardcover, Glossy, Full Color Interior, 8x11, 288 pages, $29.95.
This title is available from the publisher Feral House and  Bud Plant.

Printed Poison
Issue 2 of Printed Poison is finally here! This webzine of free two-fisted fiction is crammed full of pure, unpasturized, pulse-pounding, pulp. Inside you'll find Chapter 2 of Demon-Haunted City, Devil on My Stomach, Real Tough, 20 Ghosts on Haunted Avenue, and much, much more!   Download it today at http://members.lycos.co.uk/printedpoison/

Also new to the site, check out the Doc Savage section where you will find weekly episodes of the Doc Savage
radio adventure Fear Cay in mp3 format.

The goal of Printed Poison is to gather together original tales of pulse-pounding, two-fisted, spine-tingling action.  Click on over and check it out. You won't be disappointed!

Pulp Art: Vamps, Villains and Victors
A pulp art exhibit titled "Pulp Art: Vamps, Villains and Victors" opened May 16 at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. The show runs through 31 August.  The exhibit presents more than 100 paintings and is from the collection of Robert Lesser.  This Saturday at 7:00, they will re-create the taping of an episode of  The Shadow radio show. If Brooklyn is not within easy reach, the show will be going on tour, so everyone should keep an eye out.

Bob Weinberg has stated that "I believe that a vast majority of the material in this exhibit comes from Bob Lesser's collection.  Since Lesser specializes in lurid SF and spicy pulp covers, if you haven't seen his collection ever, it is 
well worth the trouble and effort going to see it.  It's not the world's best SF Art collection, but it surely is the world's best Pulp Art Collection."

Purple Prose 17
PURPLE PROSE 17 is currently at the printer and will be released at Pulpcon at the end of July. 
Its lead article, written by Will Murray, examines the editorial evolution of Popular Publications during the editorial reign of Rogers Terrill. Alfred Jan contributes a history of the confession pulps, suggesting that Popular's Candid Confessions was the cream of the crop. Albert Tonik offers an interview with Agatha Reed, the widow of pulp author G. T. Fleming-Roberts. Ms. Reed discusses the home life of the working pulp author. The interview is introduced by a biography and appreciation of Fleming-Roberts, written by Monte Herridge. Closing out the issue are letters from readers, most of them suggesting further corrections to "Notes and Name Droppings from an Editor's Chair," Harry Steeger's pulp history, which ran in issue #16. There's also the usual gallery of pulp cover reproductions plus interior illustrations from a wide variety of pulps. The cover is contributed by the great Frank Hamilton, through a design provided by Neil Mechem.

Single issues cost $5.50, postage paid. Send your check or money order to:
Michael Chomko, 2217 W. Fairview Street, Allentown, PA  18104-6542. 
Payments can also be made via Paypal--CASH ONLY--to chomko@enter.net 
Sorry, but no credit card payments can be accepted. 

Schwarzenegger Talks Upcoming Projects 
"I'm looking forward to doing many more films," Arnold tells Coming Soon!. "We're getting ready to put together West World which is going to be one of the next projects with Warner Brothers. And they're writing right now, the two writers that wrote Terminator 3 are writing that script. So we're moving forward with full steam."

Arnold also talked more about his upcoming cameo role in Jackie Chan's Around the World in 80 Days. "It's a remake that they're doing in Berlin right now and I will be over there as a matter of fact this next week, doing a two day shoot, which is like a little cameo that Jackie Chan asked me to do and the director asked me to do and the producer, it’s the same producer that produced 'Terminator 3'. I don't know if they intentionally wrote it for me or not, I cannot tell you, but when I read the four pages, it looked like this perfect thing for me to do."

The next "Conan" film is not out of the question either. "The continuation of the 'Conan' saga, they have been talking about it. Warner Brothers has been talking to me about it. As soon as it gets to the next stage, which is to finalize the deal, then we can move forward with it."

According to Variety, John August, screenwriter of Charlie's Angels and Big Fish, has been hired to write the latest live-action version of the Edgar Rice Burroughs classic, Tarzan of the Apes. Jerry Weintraub will produce this "big-budget" adaptation for Warner Brothers, which Variety promises will be "a big summer actioner."

August advised Variety that he's a fan of Burroughs' book and of the 1970s cartoon, calling Tarzan "an enduring cultural myth like Hercules or Robin Hood ... The movie versions of Tarzan always portray him as a sort of jungle hippie. Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan is a much different character. He's more ferocious and wild, like Wolverine without the claws. That's the version we want to use."

Tarzan & Jane
According to Filmjerk.com, Tarzan & Jane is looking to add two regular characters to its cast.  The producers are now looking to cast both Tarzan’s aunt and his cousin. The start of filming is unknown at this time. The series will film in Toronto. 

Tarzan's aunt, Katherine Clayton, is described as being in her mid-30s and runs Greystoke Industries’ media division. Described as “beautiful, sharp, sophisticated, witty and acerbic, she never passes up an opportunity to be the thorn in her brother’s side (named Richard, he will be played by Mitch Pileggi). She often uses her newspaper and media holdings to expose his corporate scandals and misdeeds. 

Katherine lives in the Clayton ancestral home, a Beaux Art behemoth on Fifth Avenue where Tarzan comes to live as well. She is as surprised as anybody when caring for her long-lost nephew brings up warm, nurturing impulses she never knew she had. When Richard tries to control Tarzan to further his own corporate agenda, Katherine becomes as protective and fierce as a lioness. This character will be signed to appear in 10 out of the initial 13 episodes ordered by the network; should the series do well in the ratings, it will be picked up for the last 9 episodes, bringing it to a full season’s order. 

The other regular character is Nicki Porter, who will be in 7 of the series’ initial order of 13 episodes. Nicki is Jane’s younger sister, roommate and confidante. Described as “cute, fresh and armed with a decidedly “downtown” sensibility,” she’s a college freshman majoring in fashion design— although she’s considering changing majors to photography, or maybe taking a year off and going to Italy. In other words, casting sources say she is “impulsive, free-spirited, and a little irresponsible,” which makes her Jane’s polar opposite. 

Even though they don’t agree on much, the two sisters’ love for each other is remarkably uncomplicated – either sister would walk over hot coals for the other. A firm believer in embracing passion wherever you find it, Nicki is thrilled to see Tarzan enter Jane’s life. In her opinion, Jane could use a little untamed passion. 

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Will Murray
Will Murray has a short article in the August STARLOG (#313) now on sale. 
The article is Tom Sawyer Detective and is about the actor Shane West who plays the part of Tom Sawyer in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen that debuts in theaters on 11 July.

Will Murray also has a short article in the May COMIC BOOK MARKETPLACE (#102) now on sale.
The article, Who the Heck was C.B., is about a Charles Biro comic strip that ran in BOY ILLUSTORIES published by Lev Gleason.

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