Pulps were cheap, and cheaply made, short fiction magazines and novels published in the late 19th and early 20th centuries that collected stories, art, non-fiction writing, and poetry in a variety of genres. They were the progenitor of modern-day science-fiction, fantasy, horror, and superhero stories. Pulp editor, writer, and publisher, Hugo Gernsback is considered “The Father of Science-Fiction'' for creating Amazing Stories, the first pulp magazine devoted to Science-Fiction.
ComicConnect is offering 2,171 pulp lots at auction with bids starting July 12, 2021, at 12 PM EDT - including over 250 of Gernsback’s Amazing Stories lots plus dozens more titles.
Due to the age of pulps (many are 100 years old or more!) and the primitive printing techniques used to create them, it is increasingly difficult to find pulps in good condition. Our auction includes extensive runs of classic titles with many in unusually high grades. This auction is a perfect jumping on point for new pulp collectors and experienced collectors looking to fill gaps in their collections.
Pulps were a formative inspiration on comics as they combined art with text and offered serialized stories of popular characters that included the first seeds of superheroes in characters like Doc Savage, the Shadow, and The Spider, before comic books even existed. Marvel Comics’ use of words like Amazing, Fantastic, and Uncanny is a technique ripped straight from the pulps as EC Comics took inspiration from both the lurid horror of pulps and their sophisticated adult storytelling.
Pulps often sported violent, scary, and steamy writing and art, and are famous for their ‘Good Girl’ covers featuring classically beautiful women menaced by aliens, monsters, detectives and countless other foes. Groundbreaking artists like Frank R. Paul, Virgil Finlay, Margaret Brundage, and Walter Baumhofer created timeless, iconic images for magazines like Amazing Stories, Astounding Stories, Weird Tales, and Doc Savage. The covers illustrated scenes from stories by some of that generation’s greatest writers including Robert E. Howard, H.P. Lovecraft, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, and Edgar Rice Burroughs. Many of Lovecraft’s scariest and most popular stories first premiered in Weird Tales, including “Dagon”, “Pickman’s Model”, and “The Call of Cthulhu”. The February 1924 issue of Weird Tales includes Lovecraft’s “The Hound”, where he first introduced the infamous Necronomicon.
Don’t miss the custom-bound hardcover of Weird Tales from late 1923 to mid-1924, containing many of Lovecraft’s first appearances in extremely beautiful condition. Pulp collectors will be overjoyed to find the December 1932 issue of Weird Tales at auction that includes the first appearance of Conan the Barbarian in any medium in Robert E. Howard’s “The Phoenix on the Sword”.
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Bidding Begins August 9th at Noon!
Bidding on some of the world’s most valuable investment collectibles starts Monday, August 9, 2021, at noon. The comic book, comic art, video game, and nearly the entire collectibles market continues to explode with previously unheard-of prices becoming the norm. New, and existing buyers are pouring money into the market like never before and we’ve truly moved to the next level.
ComicConnect’s Event Auction #47 includes Silver Age investment cornerstone comics like Amazing Fantasy #15 CGC 8.0, X-Men #1 CGC 9.2, Incredible Hulk #1 CGC 8.0, and Daredevil #1 CGC 9.4.
We haven’t left out Golden Age investors as they have a bevy of options including Planet Comics #1 CGC 9.4 (Denver Pedigree), More Fun #55 CGC 9.4 (Church/Mile High), Batman #1 CGC 7.5 R, Superman #1 CGC 6.5 R, All Star Comics #8 CGC 4.0, and Action Comics #13 CGC 5.0. Any of which is an optimal selection for an investment portfolio.
Art highlights include the cover to Phantom Lady #2, a Kirby Cap #210 splash featuring Falcon, a Kirby Fantastic Four page with Dr. Doom, a stunning Superman cover by Nick Cardy, a Miracle Man cover by Dave McKean, a Sub-Mariner #1 page by John Buscema, and art by Byrne, Kane, Elias, Thorne, Colan, and Caniff.
Our special Sunday night video game auction includes an incredible array of WATA video games abound with Super Mario Bros. 2 9.4 (NES), Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater (PS) 8.5, and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (N64) 9.4 leading the way.
More investment picks: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 CGC 9.6, X-Men Giant Size #1 CGC 9.8, Star Wars #1 CGC 9.4 (35 Cent Variant), Incredible Hulk #4 CGC 9.6, Journey into Mystery #83 CGC 6.5, Amazing Spider-Man #129 CGC 9.8, Amazing Spider-Man #3 CGC 9.2, and Amazing Spider-Man #14 CGC 9.2. Bid August 9, 2021, at noon.
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