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May 1926; 2nd issue; Uncommon; Frank Paul butterfly-alien cover; Stories by Wells, Verne, Poe, and more
ow/crm pgs; sharp complete spine; beautiful book
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This is the 2nd issue of Amazing Stories from May 1926. Early issues of this title are uncommon, and of great historical value. Amazing Stories has been coming out regularly ever since, whether as a pulp, digest, magazine, movie, or TV show. This early Gernsback pulp reprints stories from Wells, Verne, and Poe, with a classic Frank Paul cover. These early issues of Amazing Stories would go on to influence generations of sci-fi fans, and even inspire the terms science-fiction and sci-fi, as well as lead to the Golden Ages of science fiction and comic books. This is a major piece of pulp and pop-culture history.Click on the image below to watch the YouTube video about this item!
This copy of the 2nd issue of Amazing Stories from May 1926 earned an amazing 8.0 VF grade, with beautiful off-white to cream pages. The Frank Paul cover looks fantastic on this early bedsheet issue. "Bedsheet" pulps like this were printed in a larger format, before the size for pulps became standardized and smaller. Bedsheet pulps are especially hard to find in high-grade, even more than regular pulps, because of their older age and bigger size, leading to chipping and defects more quickly.
This copy does not reflect the fragility of bedsheet pulps at all. The pages are beautiful, the spine is sharp and complete, and the cover is nice and glossy. This is the kind of pulp that does not come around often. Recently, a 7.0 copy of this issue sold for a stunning $1,450. While sci-fi pulps have been relatively common and inexpensive for decades, high-grade copies are very uncommon and have been climbing in value in recent years.