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Saturday, 16 December 2017

George Bronson-Howard - Author, Playwright, Movie Director, Scriptwriter

I came across George Bronson-Howard in some early issues of The Popular Magazine. I read a couple of stories about the diplomatic agent, Norroy. They’re well-written stories. The pace is best described as genteel, and the evil-doers much more gentlemanly than you’d expect, but they’re redeemed by the characterization and settings. A partial description of Norroy in his first adventure should give you the flavor of the writing: His clothes were just a little too much the mode of the day, and one indefinably regretted that a man of his intelligence should spend the thought necessary for such ultra-fashionable attire.

Looking for more information about him, I didn’t find anything online except the dates of his birth in 1884 and death in 1922. A little digging unearthed a few interesting facts, I got sucked in and before I knew it I had accumulated a few pages of material on him. To do his life justice would need a book, this article is a start.

George (Fitzalan) Bronson-Howard (c. 1916)
George (Fitzalan) Bronson-Howard (c. 1916)

Friday, 24 November 2017

Black Friday ebook deals from Amazon

I know that many readers of this blog don't take to ebooks, but they're a great complement to my physical book library - I can read them anywhere, no additional space needed in my house for them. Disable your adblockers to see the full links, or click the inline links.

Here are a few ebooks that I think you'd be interested in, and Amazon has good deals going on today:

The first 2 books in Joe Gore's excellent DKA series for 2 and 3 dollars respectively. What a deal! The DKA series has a great detective agency in charge of repossessing cars whose drivers have missed their payments. A great cast of characters in the agency, and always interesting plots.






The best writing about the worst books - it's hard to stop laughing, so maybe this isn't the best recommendation on a full stomach. But laughter is supposed to be the best medicine, so here you go with Bill Pronzini's Gun in Cheek



Pronzini takes aim at the worst western fiction in this one, and what a roundup it is! Six-Gun in Cheek



Probably more bargains there, but i haven't found them ... yet! Let you know when i do. Happy shopping.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Happy Thanksgiving everyone...

Hope you had an easier time getting your turkey than this guy. Happy Thanksgiving

Western Story Magazine, November 29 1930 cover by Sidney Riesenberg
Western Story Magazine, November 29 1930 cover by Sidney Riesenberg

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Swipe or inspiration - you decide



I saw a post on a Facebook group about an artist copying (swiping) a cover from a previous issue of another magazine, and i also heard that it was done many times. I decided to take a deeper look into this, you decide if it's swipe or inspiration. Leave comments with your thoughts.

Shadows at the waterhole (1907) by Frederic Remington vs. Adventure May 15, 1931 by L.F. Wilford
Shadows at the waterhole (1907) by Frederic Remington vs. Adventure May 15, 1931 by L.F. Wilford

Adventure 1936 May cover  by Walter Baumhofer vs Short Stories Feb 25 1938 by A.R.Tilburne
Adventure 1936 May cover  by Walter Baumhofer vs Short Stories Feb 25 1938 by A.R.Tilburne

Adventure March 1 1932 cover by G.C. Delano vs Short Stories 19361225 by A. R. Tilburne
Adventure March 1 1932 cover by G.C. Delano vs Short Stories December 25 1936 by A. R. Tilburne

Adventure July 1934 cover by Walter Baumhofer vs Short Stories January 10 1937 cover by A. R. Tilburne
Adventure July 1934 cover by Walter Baumhofer vs Short Stories January 10 1937 cover by A. R. Tilburne

Adventure June 1 1931 cover by Remington Schuyler vs Short Stories March 25 1937  cover by A.R. Tilburne

Adventure May 1931 cover by Remington Schuyler vs Short Stories April 25 1937 cover by A. R. Tilburne
Adventure May 1931 cover by Remington Schuyler vs Short Stories April 25 1937 cover by A. R. Tilburne
Adventure June 1934 cover by Walter Baumhofer vs Short Stories September 25 1937 cover by A. R. Tilburne

Adventure March 1936 cover by Hubert Rogers vs Short Stories April 10 1938 cover by A. R. Tilburne
Adventure March 1936 cover by Hubert Rogers vs Short Stories April 10 1938 cover by A. R. Tilburne
Adventure November 10 1929 cover by Hubert Rogers vs Short Stories July 25 1938 cover by A. R. Tilburne
Adventure November 10 1929 cover by Hubert Rogers vs Short Stories July 25 1938 cover by A. R. Tilburne
Adventure December 15 1930 cover by G.C. Delano vs Short Stories May 10 1939 cover by A.R. Tilburne

Adventure December 1939 cover by Wesley Neff vs Short Stories December 10 1943 cover by A. R. Tilburne
Adventure December 1939 cover by Wesley Neff vs Short Stories December 10 1943 cover by A. R. Tilburne

Adventure March 15 1928 cover by Dominic Cammerota vs Short Stories February 10 1946 cover by A. R. Tilburne
Adventure March 15 1928 cover by Dominic Cammerota vs Short Stories February 10 1946 cover by A. R. Tilburne
Interior illustration for Dusky by Jim Kjelgaard from Short Stories February 10 1946


And this last one has to be unique, the same artist on both sides

Adventure September 1941 cover by A. R. Tilburne vs Short Stories September 10 1944 cover by A. R. Tilburne

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Pulp AdventureCon 2018 - photos



The door to paper treasures
The door to paper treasures

The dealer's room
The dealer's room

Dealer with his collection
Dealer with his collection
Some more magazines
Some more magazines



Adventure House's wall of pulp
Adventure House's wall of pulp
Some detective and mystery pulps
Some detective and mystery pulps



Art from science fiction digests
Art from science fiction digests

Stag magazine cover
Stag magazine cover

Ken for Men magazine cover
Ken for Men magazine cover


More art
More art

Frank R. Paul interior illustrations for Famous Fantastic Mysteries
Frank R. Paul interior illustrations for Famous Fantastic Mysteries


Cover for Talbot Mundy paperback "The Devil's Guard"
Cover for Talbot Mundy paperback "The Devil's Guard"

Virgil Finlay interior illustration
Virgil Finlay interior illustration


Roy Krenkel print of Red Sonja
Roy Krenkel print of Red Sonja

Couple of pulp collectors having a "friendly" discussion
Couple of pulp collectors having a "friendly" discussion

My find - Adventure #1, November 1910. Not in great shape, very hard to find in any condition.
My find - Adventure #1, November 1910. Not in great shape, very hard to find in any condition.