Vintage Pulp Jun 23 2017
FISSION TRIPS
They're entertaining to read but let's hope none of the stories come true.


Below are fifteen mid-century book covers featuring nuclear explosions, which are a major part of the photo history we document here at Pulp Intl. You'll notice three of the authors wrote six of the books. That's because once you write nukes, you never go back. And actually, a couple of these are non-fiction, so our wish for them not to come true is too late.

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Vintage Pulp Jun 5 2012
POWERS TRIP
His art is King Kong strong.

We got an email yesterday from a regular Pulp Intl. visitor (thanks John B.) informing us that the cover art for Slan (see below) is by Richard M. Powers. The info comes from Jon Warren’s Official Price Guide to Paperback Books, so we can be sure it’s right. Above is a Richard M. Powers panel from The Illustrated King Kong that we borrowed from the blog Atomic Surgery. If you head over there they’ve scanned some other pages from the book showcasing Powers’ unique artistic skill. And below, we’ve cobbled together a few more of his covers. 

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Reader Pulp Jun 4 2012
ATOMIC DAME


She's not a mid-20th century B-girl out to get Mike Hammer, but this hard-looking tomato would be just as lethal and sexy with a .45 in her hand as she is with that ray gun. Unfortunately, no artist's credit was given in this pulp paperback of 1951.

Submitted by Cary Cotterman

Thank you, Cary, for this great find. We haven't read the book, but after checking out its Wikipedia entry, we will definitely try to get hold of it. Sounds great. Very much appreciated.

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Vintage Pulp Jul 27 2011
LASH ON DEMAND
When a problem comes along you must whip it.


Below, eight pulp covers with corporal punishment as their central themes, with art from Rudolph Belarski, Bob Abbett and others.

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History Rewind
The headlines that mattered yesteryear.
February 16
1937—Carothers Patents Nylon
Wallace H. Carothers, an American chemist, inventor and the leader of organic chemistry at DuPont Corporation, receives a patent for a silk substitute fabric called nylon. Carothers was a depressive who for years carried a cyanide capsule on a watch chain in case he wanted to commit suicide, but his genius helped produce other polymers such as neoprene and polyester. He eventually did take cyanide—not in pill form, but dissolved in lemon juice—resulting in his death in late 1937.
February 15
1933—Franklin Roosevelt Survives Assassination Attempt
In Miami, Florida, Giuseppe Zangara attempts to shoot President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt, but is restrained by a crowd and, in the course of firing five wild shots, hits five people, including Chicago, Illinois Mayor Anton J. Cermak, who dies of his wounds three weeks later. Zangara is quickly tried and sentenced to eighty years in jail for attempted murder, but is later convicted of murder when Cermak dies. Zangara is sentenced to death and executed in Florida's electric chair.
February 14
1929—Seven Men Shot Dead in Chicago
Seven people, six of them gangster rivals of Al Capone's South Side gang, are machine gunned to death in Chicago, Illinois, in an event that would become known as the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. Because two of the shooters were dressed as police officers, it was initially thought that police might have been responsible, but an investigation soon proved the killings were gang related. The slaughter exceeded anything yet seen in the United States at that time.
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