Pulp Fiction convention in the Windy City

The guilty pleasures of tough guys and bad girls … and Chicagoland (Lombard, Ill., to be exact) is lining up for a weekend (May 1-3) packed with such pleasures.

The press release we received touts:

The
three-day event will celebrate the uniquely American form of popular
literature. Attendees will hear from pulp
fiction historians, see vintage pulp cover art, watch films
inspired by the great pulp writers and find rare issues of such seminal
publications as The Shadow, Spicy Detective, Amazing Stories, Black Mask, Weird
Tales and thousands
more.

Highlight of this year’s convention is a celebration
of the once infamous now highly regarded (and considered relatively
innocent) Spicy pulps. In their heyday, such titles as Saucy Movie
Tales, Spicy Mystery and Private Detective set
depression-era men’s blood pumping with risque covers featuring scantily
clad damsels in distress
(oft “dressed” in high heels and sheer negligees) and deliciously
illustrated snappy stories explaining the devilish details.

The first
Spicys hit the newsstands in 1934 from the ironically named Culture
Publications whose owners soon gained far more renown and respect as the
publishers of the clean cut Superman comics.

The 25 cent
Spicy of the 1930s – usually sold under the counter to avoid corrupting
innocent youth and incurring the censor’s ire – is now a coveted
collectors item, bringing hundreds for a single issue and thousands for an
original painting.

The salute
to the Spicys will include an exhibit of rare pulp cover art (including
many by the King of the Spicy covers, HJ Ward), rarely seen feature films
inspired by the Spicy pulps and special exhibitions and panel discussions about the
unique genre.

ADMISSION is $35 for all three days; $25 on
Friday; $25 on Saturday; $15 on Sunday. Ages 13 and under free with
parent. Fee includes access to all convention events and program book
containing pulp articles and reprints.

SHOW
HOURS: FRIDAY 5/1: Noon-Midnight; SATURDAY 5/2 9am-Midnight; SUNDAY
5/3 9am-4pm.

LOCATION: Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, 70 Yorktown
Center, Lombard Il 60148 888-627-9031.

For
general information visit the Windy City Pulp site: www.windycitypulpandpaper.com or Doug
Ellis at 847-217-4241;
email: info@windycitypulpandpaper.com.

A pulp and fiction show that is open until midnight — Looks like a lot of fun … 

If any of you go, drop us a note here and let us know how it was.

— Posted by Karen Knapstein

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