I’ve been working on my pulp magazine collection pages recently as an outgrowth of the updates to the Classic Science Fiction Channel’s shop pages (more on that in a moment).
One of my sources for pulp information has been Phil Stephensen-Payne’s excellent index.
Very quiety, Phil has been updating his image files and now has even more tasty pulp pics to offer. His pages are among the best visual indexes out there; the publication data can’t be beat either. If you haven’t visited yet, take a look and if it has been a while since your last visit, you owe yourself an update.
If you want to take a look at my compilation of the Vol 1, Num 1 issues of those pulps, visit my checklist page. Be warned though. There are some 340 magazine cover graphics (out of 376 total) on that page and it takes a bit to load. That page is also graphically linked to individual image pics (in a larger format) and to what I term ‘title groups’. For example – did you know that Air Wonder Stories got it on with Science Wonder Stories and begat Wonder Stories? Which begat Thrilling Wonder? And that somewhere along the way a tomcat snuck into the mix, resulting in Startling Stories and Fantastic Story Quarterly? Or that a bizarre incestuous relationship occured that resulted in the mutant Startling Stories combined with Thrilling Wonder and Fantastic Story? These and other bizarre tales of horrifying pulp relations can be found on my magazine pages.
If you’d just rather look at some nifty covers, check out my dream ‘magazine rack’. Just roll over a title for some info or click on it for a larger image.
(Please note that a few – very few – links on these pages are inactive. I’m working on it, I’m working on it…)
Meanwhile. In my never-ending quest to put dollars in the wallet (while goofing off at the same time) I’ve been monetizing The Classic Science Fiction Channel. As related earlier, I’ve chosen adsense and Ebay affiliates programs. So far adsense is pretty close to the mark with relevant links. I’ve got three weeks yet before I get to see if anyone is actually clicking on them.
I’ve got more hope for the targeted Ebay searches, even though they aren’t done yet.
Why you ask? Because there are some 376 individual magazine titles to create searches for, that’s why.
Yes folks. Rather than offer a generic search for ‘science fiction pulps’, I’m creating what will eventually result in 200+ individual keyword searches on Ebay, one for every science fiction and fantasy english-language magazine produced from 1926 to the present.
In some cases, titles are so similar that they have to be grouped together (sorry ’bout that) and no matter what I do, some inappropriate items are still showing up in the search results, but I’m pretty pleased with the results so far.
I’ve gotten up to the Fs at this point and I’m trucking along. I ought to be done by the end of the week unless some major interference arises.
Here’s why I think you might find these pages useful. Rather than plugging in your own searches, I’ve already done the work for you. Just his the shop page, find your desired title and click on it. Looking to fill in your collection of Amazing Stories? One click. Hoping someone is actually selling a copy of Brief Fantastic Tales? – in less than ten seconds I can tell you.
The best part is, you don’t pay anything extra if you win and bid. Ebay pays me for sending you there. I did all the homework, all you have to do is find something you already want to buy.
I will be adding a few general searches, so if you just want to browse the pulps and maybe hunt for a bargain, you can do that to.
So now its back to the Fs.