Wednesday, December 21, 2016
THE PULP CALENDAR: December 21
I apologize for the reproduction quality -- this copy looks like it's been out in a storm like that cowboy was -- but no other magazine bearing his date says "First Day of Winter" like this 1935 Western Story. There's a slight mystery to this issue: Bennett Foster is listed as a contributor on the cover, but he isn't listed in the FictionMags Index's table of contents. Instead, the lead novel, "Buzzard Bait," is credited to a William LeFevre, making his first and only appearance in pulp, according to the Index. Was this Foster under a pseudonym, unbeknownst to the cover editor? Only someone more expert than I can answer.