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Octopus February/March 1939 [Pulp Replica] #GC031
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February/March 1939 One shot title
Pulp Replica Book
This is an authentic replica of an original pulp magazine, just as it appeared on the newsstands of America during what is now considered the Golden Age of Pulp Fiction - roughly 1900 through 1950. Unlike our other line of pulp reprints, which offer original covers and illustrations but with reformatted text, this edition - one of an ongoing series - is designed to give the reader an authentic taste of what a typical pulp magazine was like when it was first issued - but without the frailty or expense of trying to find a decades-old collectable to enjoy. The outer covers, the interior pages, and the advertisements are reprinted just as they appeared in the original magazine, left intact to give the reader the true feel of the original as well as an appreciation for the way in which these publications were first offered to their avid readers.
Pulp fiction magazines got their nickname because they were printed on cheap pulpwood paper that was high in acid content. Pulps were, in fact, assumed to be disposable - bought for a dime or a quarter, read, enjoyed, and then thrown away in time for the next issue to be released. The paper, like the pulps themselves, was never meant to be durable or last for very long, which is part of the reason why the originals are so hard to find today.
While most pre-1940 pulp covers hung over the interior pages and were left untrimmed, this replica has been trimmed for easier storage and handling. To further enhance the "pulp experience", this edition is printed on off-white bond paper intended to simulate the original look while, at the same time, assuring that this edition will last far longer than the original upon which it is based. The overall construction and appearance of this reprint is designed to be as faithful to the original magazine as is reasonably possible, given the unavoidable changes in production methods and materials.
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