The Art of the Pulps: An Illustrated History



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A team of experts in each of the ten major Pulp genres, from action Pulps to spicy Pulps and more, chart for the first time the complete history of Pulp magazines--the stories and their writers, the graphics and their artists, and, of course, the publishers, their market, and readers.

Each chapter in the book, which is illustrated with more than 400 examples of the best Pulp graphics (many from the Editors' collections--among the world's largest) is organized in a clear and accessible way, starting with an introductory overview of the genre, followed by a selection of the best covers and interior graphics, organized chronologically through the chapter.

All images are fully captioned (many are in essence nutshell histories in themselves). Two special features in each chapter focus on topics of particular interest (such as extended profiles of Daisy Bacon, Pulp author and editor of Love Story, the hugely successful romance Pulp, and of Harry Steeger, co-founder of Popular Publications in 1930 and originator of the Shudder Pulp genre).

With an overall introduction on The Birth of the Pulps by Doug Ellis, and with two additional chapters focusing on the great Pulp writers and the great Pulp artists, The Art of the Pulps covers every aspect of this fascinating genre; it is the first definitive visual history of the Pulps.

The Art of the Pulps is a must for any pulp fans, anywhere. - LOCUS Magazine

Winner of the 2018 LOCUS Award for Best Art Book

Douglas Ellis co-founded and co-organizes the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention. For many years his Tattered Pages Press published the pulp fanzine Pulp Vault, as well as other books on the pulps. He was one of the authors of The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, and has edited several pulp anthologies, including the Best of Adventure series. His book, Uncovered: The Hidden Art Of The Girlie Pulps, an in-depth study of the spicy pulps and their art, was named ForeWord Magazine's 2003 Popular Culture Book of the Year.

Ed Hulse is widely acknowledged as being one of the leading pulp experts. He has edited the pulp/popular culture journal Blood 'N Thunder for many years, and has authored a number of books, including the great Blood 'N Thunder Guide to the Pulps and a recent book on The Shadow.

Bob Weinberg Weinberg grew up reading and then collecting the science-fiction magazines of the late 1950s, and owned one of the largest collections of such publications in the world. He was regarded as one of the leading experts on the genre.


Douglas Ellis, Ed Hulse, Robert Weinberg

Condition & Attributes

Very Fine, issued without dustjacket


Ellis, Ed Hulse, Robert Weinberg

Publishing Information

San Diego, CA
IDW Publishing

Physical Description

11.25 inches
10 inches
240 pages
color illustrations
pictorial boards