by Gary Lovisi
I've been publishing Paperback Parade since 1986, now entering it's 30th year as the magazine for paperback readers and collectors. If you haven’t seen an issue of PP in a while you are in for a big treat, with a new trade paperback format, double-column print, newly designed and packed with over 100 gorgeous full color rare covers it is a feast for the eyes. With Rich Greene, my designer, I work hard to make each 100-page trade paperback-size issue something really special. Each issue begins with "Paperback Talk" where I discuss new books, news, letters. This issue I am joined by 4 great writers with appreciations of the innovative pulp SF of E.E. "Doc" Smith -- Philip Harbottle, Richard L. Kellogg, Jon D. Swartz and Richard A. Lupoff all contribute their memories and thoughts on Doc's great work. Ron Fortier talks about his friendship with SF great E.C. Tubb and Tubb's dedication of a Cap Kennedy novel to him. Phil Harbottle continues his examination of Tubb's Cap Kennedy pulp adventure SF series from issue #87 with an extensive detailed bibliography with many books shown in this issue. I take a look at paperback-doms most extreme covers, wild gga, bondage, violent crime cover art. Hollowway House great Odie Hawkins talks about his days writing for that 60s publisher and his early books. Odie is a national treasure. Art Scott adds an interesting piece on cover art pairing, while Rich Greene continues his short column on paperbacks advertised on match book covers. I end the issue with a short bit about a great unknown hard crime noir, The Big Blackout by Don Tracy. Paperback Parade is available for $15 + $3 postage from Gryphon Books, PO Box 280209, Brooklyn, NY 11228, USA, or through my website:www.gryphonbooks.com. I know you'll enjoy it if you give it a try.