RE: RARA-AVIS: Article: The Bloody Pulps: Taboada

From: Todd Mason (
Date: 19 Aug 2002

As reprinted in THE FANTASTIC PULPS, edited by Peter Haining, this was one of the first articles on pulps generally I read. I was just old enough to have seen new issues of the ARGOSY descended from the ARGOSY of 1962's today Beaumont decries, though the 1962 AMAZING, as edited by the recently late Cele Goldsmith (later Cele Lalli), was at least as much fun as the pulp AMAZING, even the phone-book sized quarterly rebinds (Beaumont doesn't exaggerate, they were fat little packages, 600+ pages of good, bad, and mostly indifferent fiction, at least in the Howard Browne-edited years, an improvement in most ways over his predecessor Ray Palmer's). Goldsmith's AMAZING had similar proportions of adventure and more reflective fiction, albeit inflation was in play, and your 35c did only get you 120 or 140 pages
(don't have a copy in front of me to check)--and of a much higher average quality. TM

-----Original Message----- From: Mario Taboada [mailto:]

This 1962 article from Playboy by Charles Beaumont has a lot of material from the era that we are about to survey:

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