Adventures in a Golden Age of Storytelling by SAMUEL WILSON, Author of "Mondo 70," "The Think 3 Institute," etc.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
THE PULP CALENDAR: May 3
Adventure came out twice a month for the first part of 1921 before going thrice-monthly that October. You can understand the demand for more. This issue has three of the magazine's big guns: Talbot Mundy with the serial Guns of the Gods; W. C. Tuttle with his most enduring hero, Hashknife Hartley, and Arthur O. Friel with his Amazon River adventurers Pedro and Laurenco. On top of them, Adventure had a special guest star in John Buchan, author of The 39 Steps and other Richard Hannay adventures, who her continues a serial apparently written for the American pulp, The Path of a King. Frontier specialist Hugh Pendexter launches his latest serial, The Torch-Bearers, while less lasting names like Clyde B. Hough, Edwin L. Sabin, Chester L. Saxby and Norman Springer contribute short stories. What was amazing was that when Adventure increased its frequency it did not seem to dilute its quality; until it reverted to twice-a-month in 1926 it remained the best pulp on the market.
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This is one of my favorite issues and when I read it back in 1972 I decided to try and collect the full set of ADVENTURE. It's my favorite pulp title and you are right about the 1921-1926 period when it was the best pulp on the newsstands.ReplyDelete