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  • Simple, Fast search of the FictionMags Index

    Simple, fast search of the FictionMags Index. It’s finally here. https://pulpflakes.com/fmisearch/ The FictionMags Index (FMI) is the biggest online index of English language fiction published in periodicals. Search the FMI by author or artist name, magazine title or look for a specific issue by date or issue number. Tips and tricks While search tolerates partial……


  • Secrets of the Mask, part 8: February 1927, Hammett’s back

    Last week, we read how Joe Shaw joined Black Mask and changed it; this week, I’m reviewing the February 1927 issue, from the first year of Joe Shaw’s editorial reign. At this point the magazine hadn’t developed into the 100% pure hard-boiled version it became later. Westerns, detective and adventure stories were promised by the……


  • Secrets of the Mask, part 7: Shaw spells success

    Last week, we found Phil Cody looking for an editor. He found the right man. Joseph T. “Cap” Shaw always wanted to be a writer and editor. He was editor of his college newspaper and a track athlete. After graduation, he became a reporter and then worked at a publishing company before joining a textile……


  • Secrets of the Mask, part 6: Unmasking Cody

    A little help from my friends Last week, I was able to review an issue of Black Mask from 1925 in the middle of Phil Cody’s editorial reign. Before that happened, I could only guess at his editorial direction from looking at the covers and the tables of contents. Cody came in after George W.……


  • Secrets of the Mask, part 5: Cody and his gunslingers

    When Sutton left, Phil Cody, the circulation manager, was asked to take over the magazine. How did he do? Read on and find out. Philip Camp Cody, son of lawyer Frank and homemaker Mary Cody of Philadelphia, PA was born in 1887. He graduated from UPenn in 1908, and while I’m sure the yearbook for……