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Spicy Air Tales

Total Issues: 2

Contains fiction spinoffs of an alternate-world air war games called Crimson Skies. #1 had story by Michael Stackpole; #2 by Robert Vardeman.

Issues & Index Sources:  1999: Adventure Fiction Index (Missing: all issues)
Formats:   large digest
Prices:   $5.99
Pagecounts:   104pp
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Spicy Armadillo Stories

Total Issues: 7

Spicy Armadillo Stories was divided into two sections. The first section published articles and features on the pulps, both serious and light-hearted. There was a wonderful column by George Evans called "George Evans' Scrapbook." Fan artists producing work for us included Paul McCall (we introduced him to pulp fandom and, in fact, printed the book on his coier), Peggy Ranson, Ron Wilber, Dan Aldredge, Kevin Duncan, Jim Garrison, Bobb Cotter, Mark Fults, George Evans, Wally jones and Bobb Cotter. Writers included David Bates, Jon Tuska, Link Hullar, Jerry Burge, Al Tonik and Sam Moskowitz.

The second section was called "The Armadillo Cub" and featured humorous stories about Page's characters The Armadillo (first created in 1957 for Dean Grennell's fanzine Grue; he showed up in plenty of other outlets, including Mike Shayne Mystery), and Nadir McGirk, about a misfit crew of thirtieth century space adventurers. The focus on this gradually changed to its heroine, Captain Shivers.

An eighth issue was "worked on but never published".

Issues & Index Sources:  Spring 1990 – Aug-1992: Adventure Fiction Index
Publishers:   Gerald Page, 193 Battery Place, Atlanta, GA 30307
Editors:   Gerald Page
Formats:   quarto
Prices:   $5.00
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Spicy Detective Stories

Total Issues: 104+28=132

Spicy Detective Stories was one of the notorious Spicy pulps published by Culture Publications in the late 1930s which concentrated on a simple formula - fast action stories laced with sex. It ran for nine years under that title before the forces of reform forced it to change to the rather more sedate Speed Detective.

Note that from late 1935 through late 1937, most issues appeared in two different versions - one uncensored and the other self-censored. The censored version was identifiable by a star within a box located at the top of the cover. The interior illustrations were typically "toned down" in the censored versions and some even had variant contents.

Also in 1941 & 1942, most of the stories were retitled stories, attributed to "fake" authors, from earlier issues (or from other Cuture magazines) apparently as part of a fraud by the editors.

Issues & Index Sources

  Apr-1934 – Dec-1942: Crime Fiction Index
  Jan-1943 – Feb-1947, as Speed Detective: Crime Fiction Index
Pulp Magazine Index 2

Publishers

  Apr-1934 – Dec-1942: Culture Publications, NY
  Jan-1943 – Mar-1944: Trojan Publishing
  Apr-1944 – Jan-1946: Arrow Publishing

Editors

  Kenneth W. Hutchinson

Formats

  standard pulp

Prices

  Apr-1934 – Dec-1942: 25c
  Jan-1943 – Jan-1946: 15c

Pagecounts

  128pp

Frequency

  Apr-1934 – Sep-1943: monthly
  Nov-1943 – Jan-1946: bimonthly

Sources

  The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Uncovered: The Hidden Art of Girlie Pulps, Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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Spicy Horror Stories

This title probably does not exist. It does occur in the occasional magazine checklist but exhaustive research and inquiries have turned up absolutely no information on it.

The earliest reference to it is in a Bradford Day checklist of the early 1950's. Day lists the title as being British and says that it was published in the mid- 1930's, although he has no data on it.

Copies do not exist in either the British Library or Oxford's Bodleian Library, and no known collector or researcher has ever seen a copy of Spicy Horror Stories, so it is likely that this title is apocryphal, and that indexers after Day simply picked up his reference and incorporated it into their own work.

Issues & Index Sources:  mid 1930s (possibly phantom)
Sources:   Science Fiction Index
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Spicy Movie Tales

see under Saucy Movie Tales

Spicy Mystery Stories

Total Issues: 73+19=92

One of the infamous "spicy" pulps; this title ran a large amount of fantastic fiction, often half or better of an issue.

There were a large number of reprints in the last couple of years, apparently as the result of an embezzlement scheme by two of the editors.

Issues & Index Sources

  Jul-1934 – Dec-1942: Crime Fiction Index
  Jan-1943 – Mar-1946, as Speed Mystery: Crime Fiction Index

Publishers

  Jul-1934 – Dec-1942: Culture Publications, NY
  Jan-1943 – Mar-1944: Trojan Publishing
  Apr-1944 – Jan-1946: Arrow Publishing

Editors

  Kenneth W. Hutchinson

Formats

  standard pulp

Prices

  Jul-1934 – Dec-1942: 25c
  Jan-1943 – Jan-1946: 15c

Pagecounts

  128pp

Frequency

  Jul-1934 – May-1943: monthly
  Jul-1943 – Jan-1946: bimonthly

Sources

  The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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Spicy Screen Stories

Total Issues: 1+6?=7?

Issues & Index Sources

  Dec-1935: FictionMags Index
  Jan-1936 – Sep-1936?, as Stage and Screen Stories: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)

#merges with Saucy Movie Tales

Publishers

  Movie Digest, Inc.

Sources

  Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Uncovered: The Hidden Art of Girlie Pulps
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Spicy Stories

Total Issues: 117

Features Risque Stories & Illustrations.

Issues & Index Sources:  Dec-1928 – Oct-1938?: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
Publishers:   Dover, Delaware
Prices:   25c
Frequency:   monthly
Sources:   Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Uncovered: The Hidden Art of Girlie Pulps
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Spicy Stories (UK)

Total Issues: 1

Issues & Index Sources:  Oct-1948: FictionMags Index
Publishers:   Utopian Press, 22 Roland Gardens, London SW7

Spicy Tales

Total Issues: 20

Comic book reprinting comic strips that appeared in the 'Spicy' line of pulps by Frank Armer's Culture Publications.

Issues & Index Sources:  Sep-1988 – Jun-1990
Publishers:   Aircel (Malibu Graphics)
Editors:   Chris Ulm
Formats:   quarto newsprint
Prices:   $1.95 to $2.95
Pagecounts:   32pp
Frequency:   monthly (with some gaps)
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Spicy Western Stories

Total Issues: 57+42=99

Note that from 1936 through late 1937, most issues appeared in two different versions - one uncensored and the other self-censored. The censored version was identifiable by a star within a box located at the top of the cover. The interior illustrations were typically "toned down" in the censored versions and some even had variant contents.

Issues & Index Sources

  Nov-1936 – Dec-1942: Western Fiction Index (Missing: Jan-1938; Apr-1938; Mar-1939; Sep-1939)
  Jan-1943 – Jan-1948, as Speed Western Stories: Western Fiction Index

Publishers

  Nov-1936 – Dec-1942: Culture Publications, NY
  Jan-1943 – Mar-1944: Trojan Publishing
  Apr-1944 – Jan-1946: Arrow Publishing

Editors

  Kenneth W. Hutchinson

Formats

  standard pulp

Prices

  Nov-1936 – Dec-1942: 25c
  Jan-1943 – Jan-1946: 15c

Pagecounts

  128pp

Frequency

  mostly bimonthly

Sources

  The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, The Pulp Western, Uncovered: The Hidden Art of Girlie Pulps
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Spicy Zeppelin Stories

Total Issues: 1

This imaginary title was a long-standing joke amongst pulp fans, representing the ultimate absurd cross-genre magazine. It was probably inevitable that someone would eventually attempt to fabricate a copy. Odyssey Publications, a pulp reprint publisher, made such an attempt, with partner Will Murray writing the entire issue. Unfortunately, Odyssey became dormant shortly thereafter, and the publication languished until 1989, when pulp fan Doug Ellis finally published it.

Issues & Index Sources:  #1, 1989: Science Fiction Index
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The Spider

Total Issues: 118

A character pulp. Most of the novels have a macabre tone that matches that of the horror pulps; many have actual SF/fantasy elements.

Issues & Index Sources

  Oct-1933 – Dec-1943: Adventure Fiction Index

Publishers

  Popular Publications

Editors

  1933 – 1942: Rogers Terrill
  in 1943: Robert Turner and Ryerson Johnson

Formats

  standard pulp

Prices

  10c

Pagecounts

  Oct-1933 – Mar-1936: 128pp
  Apr-1936 – Dec-1943: 112pp

Frequency

  Oct-1933 – Mar-1943: monthly
  Apr-1943 – Dec-1943: bimonthly

Related Sites

  Science Fiction Encyclopedia

Sources

  The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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The Spider (Canada)

Canadian reprint edition of The Spider.

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1930s: Adventure Fiction Index (Missing: all except Aug-1935)
Formats:   standard pulp
Sources:   The Pulpster #11, 2001
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The Spider (UK)

British reprint edition of The Spider.

Issues & Index Sources:  late 1940s: Adventure Fiction Index (Missing: all issues)
Publishers:   T.V. Boardman; Thorpe & Porter
Formats:   pulp
Sources:   Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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Spiderweb

see under Skullduggery

Spies Confidential

Total Issues: 1

Possibly non-fiction.

Issues & Index Sources:  1960
Publishers:   H.S. Publishing
Sources:   It's a Man's World
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Spin

Music magazine (?) with some literary content.

Issues & Index Sources:  198? – ?
Frequency:   monthly


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