This is a revised version of an article I wrote for The Cimmerian blog in 2009.
|Some REH items from my personal collection.
|Pulps on sale at a newsstand in 1938.
|July 1925 issue of Weird Tales,
For collectors interested in delving into the fascinating world of pulp magazines, there are a number of useful resources available both online and in print. A great place to start is ThePulp.net, an excellent site with an abundance of information, history, and useful links including links to dealers that sell pulps. The PulpGallery is a great site with numerous cover images. Collectors Showcase is a French site that is a very useful reference tool as they not only have a thorough collection of cover images, but also detailed contents of many issues.
There are several great books about pulps, but the “Bible” for pulp collectors is Bookery’s Guide to Pulps by Tim Cottrell. This price guide and reference work is essential for anyone wishing to make a serious foray into pulp collecting. Also useful is The Blood ‘n’ Thunder Guide to Collecting Pulps by Ed Hulse.
|Bookery's Guide to Pulps
Many pulps change hands in private sales between dealers and collectors. It helps to get to know other pulp enthusiasts and build a network of contacts. Internet forums and conventions are great way to make these connections. Many dealers will also take wantlists and will try to fill them. Some of my best pulps were acquired privately from fellow collectors.
In future posts I will go into more detail on specific pulps with Howard content, discussing scarcity, value and collectability. I also plan on giving occasional market reports with actual sales data on notable Howard collectibles. Until then, good hunting!
Collecting Robert E. Howard Pulps - Part 2