Most desirable pulps
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On 6/12/2022 at 7:13 AM, Professor K said:

We know a lot of really nice and some hard to find just ended on HA. This one is probably my favorite Brundage cover of the series and it was the best condition book of the whole lot. It looks new. Back cover is whiter than an albino snowman. One of those how is this even possible books.  If they ever get to grading these things this one will do very well. https://comics.ha.com/itm/pulps/horror/weird-tales-november-1933-file-copy-popular-fiction-condition-vf/a/40189-83359.s?ic2 

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Gorgeous copy.  While I'm not looking forward to graded pulps, I am excited to see the census in a decade to get a better understanding of what high grade pulps are out there and their numbers relative to other pulps.

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On 6/11/2022 at 7:19 PM, aardvark88 said:

+1. 'Buck Rogers' goodness even though he was not on the cover.

That the cover character looks more like later incarnations of Buck than does his only "pajama man" cover appearance probably helps with interest. I doubt anyone who is willing to pay for a copy thinks it is Buck on the cover, but that it looks like it could be gives the book a cache it might not have if the cover featured say a giant moth with an elephant trunk.

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On 6/12/2022 at 11:04 AM, rjpb said:

That the cover character looks more like later incarnations of Buck than does his only "pajama man" cover appearance probably helps with interest. I doubt anyone who is willing to pay for a copy thinks it is Buck on the cover, but that it looks like it could be gives the book a cache it might not have if the cover featured say a giant moth with an elephant trunk.

I think, with the August 1928 Amazing Stories, it's considered a classic cover even if it isn't actually Buck.  It's possible, even probable, that part of the reason it became a classic cover is because people misidentified the character- but for a very long time it's been a classic on its own terms.  It's a wonderful image that captures the aesthetic of the early science fiction era perfectly.

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On 6/12/2022 at 2:37 PM, Bookery said:

In the '30s and '40s E.E. Smith's space opera series were likely even more popular than Buck Rogers (as far as sf-readers go, since Buck soon became a newspaper strip character).  Smith had a resurgence in 1960s paperbacks, but over time seems to have fallen off the radar now.  Buck Rogers seemed to have a good marketing agent... lots of toys and tie-in products.  But as a story character... he surprisingly only existed (after 2 pulp appearances) as a newspaper strip (and reprints in comics) and in a couple of serials.  Smith was quite influential on other sf-writers of the day, however, in addition to his own following.  I also think Buck Rogers had the good fortune to often get mixed up with Flash Gordon in people's minds.

I've always been a fan of Smith's Skylark and Lensman series and consider them way more important than Buck. 

I've decided to get a copy of the Aug'28 issue just because I gotta. The cover is perfect in my mind. I've had modern copies of his stories for many decades, and have read them many times.

 

 

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