Comics, Pulps, and Paperbacks: Why such a discrepancy in values?
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I really want to track down those stories mentioned above and give them a read.

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1 hour ago, Pat Calhoun said:

Hub takes some heat for Scientology that I think gets in the way of his literary reputation. His portrayal of the future USA as an unsavory technocracy, keeping the rest of the world subjugated by military might - in Final Blackout, a 1939 novel - seems courageous to me, and the writing is effective enough. And I'm a huge fan of 'Typewriter in the Sky', a light but lush fantasy of a man who finds himself living in the pages of a pulp novel as it's being written. The sword fight scene on the pirate ship with the typewriter clacking in the sky is an all time fave.

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I absolutely agree that Scientology completely obscures his literary reputation, Pat.  While I stand by my description of him as "a competent hack with some good stories", I think that's actually significantly better than the average for pulp writers of that era.  Typewriter in the sky is a genuine classic, for example; and being a competent hack was actually the exception back then.  He's quite readable; and while I won't seek out books because of him I generally do read his stuff when I get a magazine which happens to have his work.

Maybe I should go ahead and actually read "The Ghoul", since I have the magazine handy anyway...

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17 hours ago, Pat Calhoun said:

Hub takes some heat for Scientology that I think gets in the way of his literary reputation. His portrayal of the future USA as an unsavory technocracy, keeping the rest of the world subjugated by military might - in Final Blackout, a 1939 novel - seems courageous to me, and the writing is effective enough. And I'm a huge fan of 'Typewriter in the Sky', a light but lush fantasy of a man who finds himself living in the pages of a pulp novel as it's being written. The sword fight scene on the pirate ship with the typewriter clacking in the sky is an all time fave.

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I'd like to read that... in the meantime... Wow... what great cover art

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18 hours ago, Pat Calhoun said:

Hub takes some heat for Scientology that I think gets in the way of his literary reputation. His portrayal of the future USA as an unsavory technocracy, keeping the rest of the world subjugated by military might - in Final Blackout, a 1939 novel - seems courageous to me, and the writing is effective enough. And I'm a huge fan of 'Typewriter in the Sky', a light but lush fantasy of a man who finds himself living in the pages of a pulp novel as it's being written. The sword fight scene on the pirate ship with the typewriter clacking in the sky is an all time fave.

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Interesting concept with man living in pages of the story. I have a few books by Hubbard but have only read Battlefield Earth. This was quite a few years ago but I found it to be quite good. I cant say the same for the movie though.

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2 hours ago, moonpool said:

Berkleys: Maguire covers and large appliances

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Great design elements on those 2!

 

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5 minutes ago, moonpool said:

My Ace 1.  Really nice shape with no creases on spine. $30 way back when.

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Sweet copy. I think I have a reader copy somewhere but i've never been in the right time/price situation to get a nice one. 

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Pat C.I LOVE the cover on that Mad Hatter Mystery book above.

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Thank you fine sir.

It makes me think of a few different comic covers,but it's great in its own unique way.Very pleasing to the 'eyes' :shy: (hyuck!)

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