Nominations Sought for Pulp Interest and Service Awards

The 2015 Munsey Award nominations are open through May 31. The annual award, named for the publisher of the first pulp magazine, Frank A. Munsey, recognizes an individual who has contributed to the betterment of the pulp community through disseminating knowledge about the pulps, through publishing, or other efforts to preserve and to foster interest in the pulps.

This is also the time to nominate someone for the Rusty Hevelin Service Award, which recognizes people “who have worked long and hard for the pulp community with little thought for individual recognition. It is meant to reward especially good works, and is thus reserved for only those individuals who are most deserving.”

The winners of both awards will be selected by a panel of judges and presented at Pulpfest, being held August 13-16 in Columbus, OH.

All members of the pulp community, except past winners of the Munsey, Hevelin or Lamont Awards are eligible. Names should be sent to Mike Chomko along with a brief paragraph describing why that person should be honored, to 2217 W. Fairview Street, Allentown, PA 18104-6542, or via e-mail to mike [at] pulpfest [dot] com.

[Thanks to Andrew Porter for the story.]

Cox and Traylor Honored at PulpFest

The Munsey and Hevelin Awards for achievement in the pulp collecting field were presented at PulpFest in August.

The Munsey Award is named for Frank A. Munsey, publisher of the first all-fiction pulp magazine, is presented to a deserving person who has contributed to “the betterment of the pulp community.”

The 2014 Munsey Award went to J. Randolph Cox, editor-publisher of Dime Novel Round-Up for over 20 years. He has also produced invaluable research such as the bibliography, Man of Magic & Mystery: A Guide to the Work of Walter B. Gibson, about the man who created The Shadow; Flashgun Casey: Crime Photographer, co-authored with David S. Siegel, about the character originally created for Black Mask by George Harmon Coxe; Masters of Mystery and Detective Fiction: An Annotated Bibliography;  and The Dime Novel Companion: A Source Book.

Cox recently donated his collection of comic books and newspaper strips, fanzines, pulps, and other materials to the University of Minnesota Libraries, and his extensive collection of Walter Gibson books and Shadow pulps and comics to Gibson’s alma mater, Colgate University.

The Rusty Hevelin Service Award, named for the guiding light behindPulpcon,the convention that helped to keep the memory of the pulps alive for many years, recognizes individuals who have worked long and hard for the pulp community with little thought for individual recognition.

The 2014 Rusty went to J. Barry Traylor who has been organizing convention auctions for 25 years. He does a wide variety of “grunt work”– contacting comic shops and book stores to help with promotion activities; and managing the links on the PulpFest website.