General Fiction - Argosy, Adventure, Short Stories, Blue Book & more
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My first Mundy story, The Adventures of El-Kerak.  I think I might just read it online, as this book feels pretty fragile.  Were staples not used in this series in the early 20s?  Book is firmly held to the binding, but I cant find the staples to save my life.

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On 12/31/2021 at 4:10 AM, waaaghboss said:

 

My first Mundy story, The Adventures of El-Kerak.  I think I might just read it online, as this book feels pretty fragile.  Were staples not used in this series in the early 20s?  Book is firmly held to the binding, but I cant find the staples to save my life.

Nice. Mundy is more literate than most pulpsters, I think you'll enjoy it.

Adventure and other titles from Ridgway were cut on both sides (no signatures).
The spine side was glued to a piece of cloth that looks like a strip from an old school white bandage and the cover was glued on to the cloth.
Advantage: No rusty staples. Disadvantage: Like vintage paperbacks, suspectible to spine cracks if handled roughly.

IIRC, the title switched to staple-bound when it was taken over by Popular Publications.
I could be wrong about this, but definitely early 30s issues were bound in the way i just described.

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On 12/30/2021 at 5:40 PM, waaaghboss said:

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My first Mundy story, The Adventures of El-Kerak.  I think I might just read it online, as this book feels pretty fragile.  Were staples not used in this series in the early 20s?  Book is firmly held to the binding, but I cant find the staples to save my life.

Wow 101 years old now🎶👍‼️😷

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If you're a fan of pulp artist P.J. Monahan, several Munsey pulps featuring his covers will be in the Saturday night auction (May 7, 2022), at this year's Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention (May 6-8, 2022 at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center in Lombard, Illinois).
 
Here's one of 'em - The All-Story February 1914. In addition to the cover novel, by Rex Stout, the issue features the third part of Edgar Rice Burroughs' third John Carter novel, "The Warlord of Mars", which was serialized in four installments.

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On 4/2/2022 at 4:36 PM, Scrooge said:

100 years ago - next issue - March 30th, 1922

I missed starting posting these on their 100th anniversary from the start of the year (I might pull the Jan and Feb issues to post them regardless). Yes, we are in the part of the run with 3 issues a month. That started in October 1921 (to last until March 1926).

This copy comes in a special homemade binding edition. What's weirder is that it is sown twice, some pages first then the rest which makes it tough to handle and read comfortably. A stinker if you wish :smile:

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I don't have any pulps with the hand sewn binding repairs, but I do have a couple comics.  it always seems weird... but it's better than some of the tapes I've seen used, I suppose.

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On 4/2/2022 at 7:36 PM, Scrooge said:

100 years ago - next issue - March 30th, 1922

I missed starting posting these on their 100th anniversary from the start of the year (I might pull the Jan and Feb issues to post them regardless). Yes, we are in the part of the run with 3 issues a month. That started in October 1921 (to last until March 1926).

This copy comes in a special homemade binding edition. What's weirder is that it is sown twice, some pages first then the rest which makes it tough to handle and read comfortably. A stinker if you wish :smile:

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First skunk cover I ever saw🧐😷‼️

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On 4/2/2022 at 4:36 PM, Scrooge said:

100 years ago - next issue - March 30th, 1922

I missed starting posting these on their 100th anniversary from the start of the year (I might pull the Jan and Feb issues to post them regardless). Yes, we are in the part of the run with 3 issues a month. That started in October 1921 (to last until March 1926).

This copy comes in a special homemade binding edition. What's weirder is that it is sown twice, some pages first then the rest which makes it tough to handle and read comfortably. A stinker if you wish :smile:

 

Looks like it was extracted from a bound volume. I had a copy like that. This one has tape on the spine but looks good.

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And here's the 10th of the month. An excellent time in the run, great covers and stories. Fantastic package.

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On 8/16/2020 at 3:13 PM, Scrooge said:

Argosy - August 5th 1933 -

This period's format is better for collecting: fewer serials and more novelettes / short stories.

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Here's another Madame Storey story and cover - March 3rd, 1934 - ... in the process of reading it, hopefully will be able to report at some point ...

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On 6/28/2021 at 1:17 AM, Pulpflakes said:

Here's one i dug out recently from my collection. From the nineteen teens, in great shape, and as a bonus it contains Harold Lamb's first story of Khlit the Cossack. Photographed in its Mylar cover, I don't take it out often as I'm sure I'll end up damaging it. This is where REH got the swords in swords and sorcery.

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Going through the thread again and I must say it again for this copy :applause:

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On 8/22/2021 at 4:09 AM, waaaghboss said:

Found these fellows in a small bookstore in a very tiny town today.  Stopped to look for comics, and saw the tops of these guys poking out of a cardboard box.  Owner was a super nice lady who told me the box was on the way to the dumpster!  Kind of rough shape, but my first blue books.  Looking forward to giving them a read tomorrow. 

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Nice little run

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Coming into the month of May, so here are a couple of May issues.

First up, Adventure, May 1917 - Cover by Sidney Riesenberg

Contents include Haggard, Mundy, Dunn, Tuttle and more! It's not until you hold one of these 'teens issues in your hand that you realize how thick they are. You got your 15¢ worth of stories.

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Ten years later, we are in the short run of covers by Rockwell Kent experiment,

Adventure, May 15th, 1927 - Cover by Rockwell Kent

Tuttle is still in this issue, this time with a Hashknife Hartley entry and Gordon Young among others. These productions always have nice paper.

For those looking closely and comparing, notice how the "u" in Adventure was altered to stand out a little more, losing its upper attachment to the "t" and so was the "r" detached from the "u".

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