Check Out Some Glorious Pulp Art From University of Iowa Hevelin Collection!

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We reported back in July that the University of Iowa has been digitizing their holdings, including fanzines and pulp magazines. They’ve been documenting their collection for future generations, and they’ve posted some stunning pictures online.

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These types of magazines are in dire need of preservation: The paper on which they were printed was the cheapest available, and really doesn’t hold up to the tests of time.

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The pulps never cease to enchant me. Brilliant colors, striking images and bold text are central features of pulp art, yet each cover carries its own aesthetic, and creates its own ambiance. These covers were done over a span of ten years by some fantastic pulp artists: Frank R. Paul, Hugh Rankin, Leo Morey and R.G. Harris.

Check out their progress over on their tumblr.

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dlthurston
DL Thurston

I went through the rabbit hole of links (this post to the previous post to the tumblr and the Library Journal article) and I’m still not entirely certain as to how publicly available the end results of this digitization will be, and what the copyright implications are of this project.

Also: How might one visit this house of golden masks?

EDIT: Shit, missed the FAQ link on the tumblr until after I posted this:

Does this mean my fanzine is going to go online without my permission?

No. Due to the nature of the materials and also current copyright law, the fanzines will only be accessible to a small team of fans who will help in making metadata about the fanzines be available. A searchable database of information about the titles, authors, illustrators, issue numbers, aliases and more will contribute to knowledge and scholarship about these items and early fandom.

I can only assume that’ll apply to the pulps as well. No answers about houses of golden masks, however.