Sunday, May 15, 2016


This 1933 Adventure was the last twice-a-month issue of the once-mighty pulp under the old regime. Less than a year earlier, the publisher had slashed the page count in half, from 192 to 96 pages, and cut the price by more than half, from 25 cents to a dime. Adventure's troubles presumably were peculiar to its publisher, since Short Stories continued to churn out two a month at 176 pages apiece and Street & Smith kept Complete Stories on the same schedule at 160 per. Starting in June, Adventure would become a monthly, its page count increasing to 128, its price to 15 cents. Popular Publications would briefly restore it to twice-a-month after acquiring Adventure in 1934. Even in the diminished form in which we find it in May 1933, Adventure could still field a formidable lineup. This issue has two of the magazine's superstars: Harold Lamb starting the serial The Golden Horde and W. C. Tuttle continuing a Hashknife Hartley serial, Rifled Gold. An extra attraction for me is Albert Richard Wetjen's lead novelette In The Tradition; I learned to like his sea stories in Collier's and his pulp stuff is at least as good. There's also room for stories by Allan Vaughan Ellston, Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, Perry Adams and Raymond S. Spears. If you didn't know what Adventure had been a year before you'd be really impressed. You probably should still be impressed a little.


  1. I've read The Golden Horde. Great story!

  2. Sai Shanker reviews all the stories in this issue on his May 21, 2016 blog, PulpFlakes. His favorite stories are the Wetjen and Lamb tales. The Tuttle is a serial or I bet he would like it also.