Pulp fiction covers

A variety of pulp fiction titles and formats are held as part of Special Collections & Archives' (SCA) rare book holdings. Ranging from westerns and hardboiled crime to science fiction, fantasy and exploitation, they reflect changing and emerging societal attitudes about topics such as race, sexuality and technology. Among the selection of pulp fiction covers included here are titles from the B.P. Nichol Library of Science Fiction, the Lesbian Literature Collection and the Black Experience Collection.


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Beasts of Tarzan
Beasts of Tarzan
Illustrated depiction of Tarzan, seen from behind, climbing a tree with an antelope slung over his shoulder while a lion angrily swings a paw in his direction from below. Verso includes Illustrated depiction of Tarzan, seen from behind, climbing a tree with an antelope slung over his shoulder while a lion angrily swings a paw in his direction from below.
Black heat
Black heat
Photograph of shirtless man, wearing sunglasses, standing between two women., Belmont B95-2027.
Blues for a Black sister
Blues for a Black sister
Illustrated depiction of Richard Spade holding a gun while looking over his shoulder. In the background is a side profile of a woman singing into a microphone, behind a red gun sight, and a black and white syringe. Verso includes portrait of B.B. Johnson wearing sunglasses with a pipe in his mouth., 64-657.
Bow down to nul
Bow down to nul
Illustrated depiction of people with speers fighting off a giant space monster., F-382.
Buck Rogers, 25th century A.D., in the interplanetary war with Venus
Buck Rogers, 25th century A.D., in the interplanetary war with Venus
Illustrated depiction of [Buck Rogers?], seen from the side, dressed in a space outfit holding phasers with a combative expression on his face. Verso includes illustrated depiction of a man kneeling in grass with [grenades?] strapped to his chest and holding something off cover., Based on the famous newspaper strip.
Canadian kill
Canadian kill
Illustration of Iceman standing on a snow covered hill while shooting two guns. One of the guns is pointed at a snowmobile driver wearing a balaclava who is returning fire. Verso includes illustrated depiction of Iceman dressed in blue with a gun holstered over his chest., BH462.
Detective Dick Tracy and the Spider Gang
Detective Dick Tracy and the Spider Gang
Illustrated profile view of Dick Tracy wearing a hat and suit. Verso inlcudes illustrated depiction of a pilot leaning over and holding down a man in a suit.
Double trouble
Double trouble
Illustrated depiction of Radcliff, dressed in a suit and wearing sunglasses, pointing a gun. In the background is an apparent gunshot victim lying on the ground and a Wanted poster, featuring Radcliff's likeness, is partially visible. In the foreground is a woman running with a look of alarm on her face., BH455.
Earthworks
Earthworks
Illustrated depiction of a uniformed guard running through a see of large human-like mouths with their teeth exposed. In the dispace is a ship in water and a figure in a purple gown standing on a hill.
Fahrenheit 451
Fahrenheit 451
Photo of three people from the motion picture adaptation of the looking in different directions., Actors on front cover are Julie Christie and Oskar Werner.
Fantastic (vol. 17, no. 6)
Fantastic (vol. 17, no. 6)
Illustrated depiction of a man in a spacesuit being held from behind by a dripping, headless figure. Verso includes advertisement for university correspondence courses featuring a photo of a smiling student., Edition includes The best thieves in Lankhmar by Fritz Leiber (pp. 5-15).
Fire time
Fire time
Illustrated depiction of centaur like beings engaged in battle., Maps on inside covers.

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