Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sunday Morning Bonus Pulp: Argosy, June 5, 1937

A little late getting this posted this morning, but here's another of my favorite covers, from an issue of ARGOSY that I read about ten years ago. And a fine issue it is, too, with the cover story by H. Bedford-Jones, a novelette by the great Theodore Roscoe, a short story by Frank Richardson Pierce, and serial installments from Frederick Faust ("The Smoking Land" as by George Challis), Lester Dent ("Hocus-Pocus"), Lawrence Blochman, and Martin McCall, who may have been E. Hoffmann Price. ARGOSY is one of my favorite pulps -- although trying to get all the installments of a serial can be maddening at times.


Sean McLachlan said...

It was a great tactic to get people to subscribe, but it's really annoying for collectors 75 years later!
I've always loved the Argosy covers.

Cap'n Bob said...

That's a fine cover, all right.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful issue with a star-studded lineup of authors.

James, have you read Faust/Challis/Brand's The Smoking Land? That's supposed to be the multi-monikered author's only "Lost Race" novel and quite good.

John Hocking

James Reasoner said...

Nope, haven't gotten around to reading THE SMOKING LAND yet, but I know right where my copy of the Capra Press reprint is (unlike some of the books I know I own but couldn't find to save my life). That means I probably will read it eventually. I've heard that it's good, too.

Richard R. said...

I love H. Bedford-Jones, would love to read that one.

Walker Martin said...

I took a look at my copy of the magazine because I started to wonder, just who is the artist of this cover? It's signed by Emmett Watson who lived 1892-1955 and was quite a prolific cover artist doing many covers for the Munsey pulps(Argosy and Detective Fiction Weekly) and also such slicks as The Saturday Evening Post.

Richard Moore said...

Those four and five part serials are a challenge for a collector. This issue is really an all-star cast of writers.

Bedford-Jones is a favorite. At the time of this issue editorial requirements at his primary markets let him to turn out more novelettes. He did some wonderful stories about this time for Adventure.

Thinking about it now, I think Faust's stories under the George Challis name average a much higher satisfaction score for me than Max Brand.