Comics, Pulps, and Paperbacks: Why such a discrepancy in values?
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3 hours ago, Surfing Alien said:

Picked up the nicest copies of these two that i've seen in years. Must've been unread.

Most copies are beat to hell with an occasional survivor that looks okay, but never see them with unbroken spines.

Pages are white as well. Nice Avati cover on The Fountainhead.

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Atlas Shrugged is a challenging book to read clocking in at over 1000 pages as I recall and the last 100 pages or so Ayn Rand espousing her philosophy disguised as a speech by one of the protagonists. I read these in my twenties; I don't think I would have the patience to get through them now. Cool copies though; I always appreciate a nice clean paperback. 

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4 hours ago, 50YrsCollctngCmcs said:

 Cool copies though; I always appreciate a nice clean paperback. 

About sums up my reaction to the books; I've never read them and don't really want to based on what I've heard about them.  Nice copies, though!

The quote I've always liked: “There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs."

The one and only Ayn Rand book I own or am ever likely to own:

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Nothing about the philosophy... although I think people should work and strive for a living... It's all about the book in front of me for me.... these classic books just don't exist in this condition

 

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Oxymoron of the year, Surf, congrats. You offer a good 8 word definition of objectivism; I haven't studied much, but it looks like a cool enough philosophy...which would explain why it draws so much flak...

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3 hours ago, Pat Calhoun said:

Oxymoron of the year, Surf, congrats. You offer a good 8 word definition of objectivism; I haven't studied much, but it looks like a cool enough philosophy...which would explain why it draws so much flak...

Pretty simple but i'm not one to lecture on it lol. I too just like a nice clean paperback. These triple volumes are tough!

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4 minutes ago, Pat Calhoun said:

I hear you: PBs are the best philosophy!

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Those spines look so nice like that. All of mine are in plastic bags these days...  

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18 minutes ago, Pat Calhoun said:

here's clean for ya

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Yeah, that's about as clean as you can get, AND on a really desirable title. So many of those early D-series Ace books seem so hard to find. I see as many D-9 Decoy as the other first twenty combined.  (shrug)

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On 5/19/2019 at 7:17 PM, PopKulture said:

Yeah, that's about as clean as you can get, AND on a really desirable title. So many of those early D-series Ace books seem so hard to find. I see as many D-9 Decoy as the other first twenty combined.  (shrug)

Holy sweet spine Batman! That's awesome... mine's not bad, I'm gonna have to fish it out...

 

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Bump... to quote the pulp thread... what would this be worth if it was on a comic book cover? Rodewald got away with  some crazy stuff in the fairly mainstream digests

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On 5/18/2019 at 3:43 PM, Surfing Alien said:

Picked up the nicest copies of these two that i've seen in years. Must've been unread.

Most copies are beat to hell with an occasional survivor that looks okay, but never see them with unbroken spines.

Pages are white as well. Nice Avati cover on The Fountainhead.

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50yrs mentions having read these in his 20's. I did the same. One factor I do appreciate in the classic era of sci-fi is the normal brevity of content. Most novels can be wrapped up in 200 pages or less. At least the ones I have been reading of late are. Another fairly recently deceased author who was extremely long winded was Robert Jordan. I read his first two books in the Wheel of Time series, and called it a wrap. lol

 

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On 5/30/2019 at 11:00 PM, frozentundraguy said:

Back on topic. Two books that I have read recently in the Ace series were a cut above the norm, especially the Sun Smasher by Edmond Hamilton. Hamilton of course was a giant in the early pulp era, writing stories for Weird Tales and the like.

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That's such a pulpy concept - shooting a giant cannon at a star!

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