Pulp magazine

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Amazing Stories, August 1930 issue

Pulp magazines , often simply called pulps , were magazine magazines containing literary stories from various literary genres that were popular in America from the 1930s to 1950s. The first pulp was Frank Andrew Munsey's magazine Argosy in 1896. Most of the few pulps still produced today fall into the genres of science fiction (SF) and mystery . The name "Pulp" is derived from the cheap, wood-containing paper ( English wood pulp, see wood pulp ) on which the magazines were printed. Pulp is colloquially referred to as " trash and trivial literature ". Pulps were the successors to the penny novels of the 19th century. Numerous respected authors have written for Pulps. Today they are best known for their sensational, sensational stories.


Many classic science fiction books and crime novels originally appeared in pulp magazines such as Weird Tales , Amazing Stories or Black Mask . The popularity of the pulps decreased in the 1950s. With the cost of paper rising, and competition from comics , television, and paperbacks , the pulps lost their readership.


Pulp magazines were available for the following genres, among others:


Well-known pulp figures are:


Many well-known authors wrote for Pulps at one point or another. A distinction is often made between authors who first wrote for Pulps, but finally turned to “real” literature , and authors who did not make this leap.

Well-known authors who also wrote pulp stories:

Magazine names

Key magazines

Key magazines between WWI and WWII :

  • Black Mask (detective magazine, pioneer of hard, factual and insensitive fiction)
  • Weird Tales (horror, fantasy and SF, later known as the literary "home" of Conan the barbarian)
  • Detective Story Magazine (since 1915)
  • Amazing Stories (published by Hugo Gernsback , is considered the first SF magazine)
  • The Shadow (is considered to be the creator of the first and also one of the most important hero character representations within the history of the Pulps)
  • The Phantom Detective (the second detective character after Shadow and the longest-lived of his time 1931–1953)
  • Ranch Romances (one of the longest-lived pulp publications 1924–1964)
  • Argosy (also known as Argosy All-Story. All-Story was a separate magazine in combination with Argosy. These magazines brought us Tarzan, Zorro, Dr. Kildare and many more)
  • Doc Savage (the second hero published by Street & Smith)
  • The Spider (the first hero pulp produced by Pulps' longest running publishers - Popular Publications)
  • G-8 and His Battle Aces (the second hero pulp created by Popular Publications - the first as a "WWI spy" and "Aviator")
  • Dime Detective Magazine (Popular Publications first commercial dime novel - success that saved the publishing house)
  • Dime Mystery Magazine (the first dime novel magazine to feature "Weird Threats" and set a trend that every publishing house followed. The magazine and its stories centered around the HORROR genre and became known for its sadistic, spooky ones and colorful covers and stories. Because of these covers, magazines are sought-after rarities today.)
  • Underworld (considered the first gangster pulp and later produced by the King of Gangster Pulp editor - Harold Hersey. He was also the editor of Racketeer Stories, Gangster Stories, Gangland Stories, Greater Gangster Stories, Speakeasy Stories, Mobs, Dragnet, Detective Dragnet, Courtroom Stories and others)
  • Western Story Magazine (believed to be the first weekly Western dime novel)


Modern pulp magazines

See also

Web links


Individual evidence

  1. Database: Magazine Issues: Amazing Stories with all covers
  2. Black Mask Magazine ( Memento of the original from May 29, 2004 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.blackmaskmagazine.com