Note from Doc Talos author/contest judge R. Paul Sardanas: New Yorker Joe S. Stuart, master of the vignette, gives us a charming glance at the “Year After The Hero Pulps Died”, from the point of view of the heroes. And who among us here in 2021 wouldn’t faint dead away to see a bundle of pulps out on a bargain table, ten for a dollar?
Comment from author Joe S. Stuart: The Argosy Bookstore, featured in this little tale, is a real place, and is still alive and well today. It is, bar none, the best place in New York City. I picked The Vanisher as the pulp Rickie spots on top of the bargain bundle after I saw that great, crazy cover in the “Ten Most Lurid Doc Savage Pulp Covers” blog post here, and gave some thought to how the “real Doc” might react to having seen such things nonstop from 1933 to 1949…and then realizing that even in 1950 and beyond, he was going to keep seeing them.
Additional note: If you are interested in submitting fiction to the Summer 2021 contest (first prize is a Bantam Doc Savage paperback Czar of Fear first edition, signed by James Bama) you can read the contest guidelines HERE.