Saturday, June 11, 2011

Saturday Morning Western Pulp: All-Novel Western, May 1940

I don't recall ever hearing anything about this particular pulp magazine, and this isn't really an outstanding cover, or even a very good one.  I'm highlighting it today because I don't recognize even a single one of the authors who have stories in this issue: Clint Douglas, William A. Langford, Ronald Flagg, Jack Arrison, and Austin Renner.  In checking the Fictionmags Index, I see that Douglas and Flagg are known to be house names, and the stories in this issue are the only ones listed for Arrison and Renner, so I'd be a little suspicious of them, too.  Langford is the author of a few Western and detective stories in a variety of pulps from 1938 to 1940, so maybe he was a real person.  For sheer obscurity, though, you might have to go a ways to beat this issue of this pulp.


Ron Scheer said...

Thanks once again. Curious specimen. Hard to tell what is even going on in the illustration. Do women on covers ever wear hats?

Chap O'Keefe said...

Ron, Misfit Lil does!

Walker Martin said...

The ACE insignia on the cover usually meant that much of the fiction would be sub par, at least that's what I've discovered. No wonder we do not recognize the writers.