Shelf Shot 8

Enjoying pulp stories, a few years ago I started buying reprints by various authors by various publishers specializing in such. I have three shelves of them, this being one.


The shelf also includes some books about the pulps, which are of interest. Click to see the image larger.

There are so many here I won’t try to detail each one, or even make a list. Many are published by Altus Press. I’ve always enjoyed The Green Hornet, and like these three books.  In addition, I’ve read just more than half of the others on the shelf. I’ll get to the rest one of these days.

Do you see anything here that interests you? Have you read any of these?

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15 Responses to Shelf Shot 8

  1. Bookstooge says:

    I saw that Zorro, Master Edition. What makes it a master edition?

    • I’ll have to look at it, I don’t remember. I’ll get back to you.

    • Okay, Bookstooge, here’s what I have for you.

      In 2012 a group of German Zorro fans decided to publish a “Master’s Edition” of all of the Zorro work written by Johnston McCulley. This, The Further Adventures of Zorro, was the first volume in that series. It’s a hardcover with a painted cover and pen & ink interior illustrations. When my friend Evan Lewis told me about it, I ordered it. It took months before I got it. The hardcover is bound upside down.

      It’s a novel, 274 pages in this format. There was supposed to be a volume II, Zorro Rides Again, which as far as I know never appeared.

      If you’re interested in reading Zorro, I suggest you stat with The Curse of Capistrano by Johnston McCulley, it’s the first Zorro book written. There are both print and ebook editions of it.

      • Bookstooge says:

        Thank you. That was very informative. And it is good to know that a second volume never made it. Cools the ardor in the collector in me.

        And thanks for pointing out the place to begin with Zorro…

        • One more thing. I did this post last September, which you may also find of interest.

        • Also, I asked Evan Lewis to chime in, and here’s whet he said.

          “Jeez, it’s complicated! The original Zorro Masters Edition started in 2000 from Pulp Adventures. They planned to reprint the entire canon of McCulley stories, but managed only three volumes before going belly-up in 2002. The final volume, “A Task for Zorro,” had an extremely small print run, and now commands a couple of hundred dollars.

          When the German outfit Classic Heroes announced their intent to do the same in 2012, I wanted to help out, and wrote the back cover copy for that first volume , “The Further Adventures of Zorro.” Why they chose to revive the “Masters Edition” name is a mystery to me. Far as I know, they published only two more books. One contained the second year of the daily comic strip by Don McGregor and Tom Yeates. The other was a deluxe (and very limited edition) that same year, containing both the dailies and Sundays. I heard something about a recent attempt to issue an American edition of Year Two, but honestly, it’s hardly worth the effort. The focus is on a couple of boring peons and a couple of silly costumed super-villains, with Zorro popping in on rare occasions.

          As you know, the dream of reprinting the entire series of McCulley stories was finally realized by Bold Venture in 2016.”

  2. tracybham says:

    I am impressed, that is a lot of pulps, and a lot of reading. My first thought as I looked through the shelves was how much of that you had read, but you answered that. I am not familiar with much of this. I have heard of Lester Dent and I see you have a lot of those. And I bet most of these have really nice front covers.

  3. Jeff Meyerson says:

    I’ve read that Shadow 2-in-1 book, and the Fantastic Pulps. I would definitely go for the Frederick Nebel and Lester Dent titles, but I don’t see anything there that I would reject. Nice collection of titles.

  4. I’m with Jeff: nice collection of titles. I hope we get to see the other two shelves of goodies! I, too, love Altus Press and I’ve ordered several books from them. I have THE FANTASTIC PULPS and a bunch of SHADOW 2-IN-ONE books.

  5. Cap'n Bob Napier says:

    I’ve read a Zorro collection but I don’t know if the same stories are in your Master edition. Lots of good stuff there.

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