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Hardcovers in Brief
[FINAL Edition]
The Washington Post - Washington, D.C.
Date: Mar 22, 1998
Start Page: X.13
Section: BOOK WORLD

"Detective Trails," "Gangland Stories," "The Avenger," "All-Story Weekly," "Saucy Movie Tales," "Captain Future: Man of Tomorrow": These were some of the pulp-fiction magazines that Americans of the 1920s and '30s turned to for entertainment. "The `pulps' were the successor to the story papers of the last century and the dime novels of the beginning of the twentieth . . . For many years they were the chief source of entertainment in a country that was starved for it," write Frank Robinson and Lawrence Davidson, both avid collectors of pulp magazines. From the saucy, spooky, exotic, action-packed covers reproduced in this book, it's easy to see the appeal. Goggle-eyed space monsters, buff jungle men in leopard-skin loincloths, scantily clad beauties held captive by mad scientists, strong-jawed, gun-toting private eyes: All entice the reader with promises of adventure, peril, romance -- even a hint or two of sadomasochism for those wanting kinks along with their literary kicks.

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