The Great Pulp Heroes

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Wildside Press, 1995 - Literary Criticism - 240 pages
Back in the thirties and forties, every guy harbored stacks of pulp fiction magazines bearing lurid covers designed to capture the eye with circus poster brilliance. Printed on cheap wood pulp paper and costing only about ten cents, these magazines were called "the pulps." Condemned by educators and ignored by critics, the so-called pulps were the working person's escape hatch - a vivid splash of color in the emptiness of the Great Depression. "The Great Pulp Heroes is an important look at the way in which certain figures concocted in the 1930s and 1940s became vital threads in the fabric of popular culture. Don Hutchison is widely recognized as a leading authority on the history of the pulp fiction era. He has published numerous magazine and newspaper articles and two books on the subject, including "The Scarlet Riders: Action-Packed Mountie Stories from the Fabulous Pulps.

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I'm rereading this gem of a book for some research. It covers a wide swathe of pulp history and the details on the major (and some minor) pulp figures from the 1920's through the 1940's. It's a refresher course of why I love these characters and the near-genre. Read full review

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