There has been some research conducted into the readership of the pulps, notably Erin A. Smith’s Hard-Boiled: Working-Class Readers and Pulp Magazines. In that spirit, with tongue firmly in cheek, I offer you this composite portrait of the readership of Dime Detective, based on the ads I saw in the magazine during my review of three issues from the 1930s, 40s and 50s.
|A composite image of the audience of Dime Detective, constructed solely from the ads within|
No wonder the pulps died out, if their readers were such basket cases. I for one was surprised they managed to survive so long and hope the current readership is of better stock ?