Here are 3 recent eBay sales of PIRATE STORIES plus a little extra…
PIRATE STORIES – Nov. 1934 sold for $35.00
First Issue of 6.
Cover by Sidney Rosenberg
Authors: “Pirate Guns” by F. V. W. Mason;
“Scourge of the Main” by James Perley Hughes
“..a Gernsback publication.
These are some of the premiere collectibles in pulps, with lurid and colorful action covers, including good girl, bad girl, and plenty of blood, violence and torture.
Minor chipping and edgewear and spine bumping, plus some light soiling.
A bit of paper loss at the upper right corner, plus tape repairs to the spine, which has been partially restored.
The top and bottom ends have been replaced.
Otherwise it’s intact and pretty bright and tight.
By and large, the spine is amazingly bright and complete.
We graded this magazine as generally in Good to Very Good condition except as noted.”
Another copy of Nov. 1934 also sold for $35.00
“I am no expert but I would say this book is in Fair Condition. This book is very old and shows its age.
The cover has chips and creases around the edges.
The spine is taped. There is a tear on the front cover which has been taped as well.”
PIRATE STORIES – Jan. 1935 sold for $114.51
Second Issue of 6.
Cover by Ray Wardel
Authors: “Pirate Wings” by Reg Dinsmore (of the 4 writers only Dinsmore is semi-prolific);
“Skull Island”; “Treachery of Mow Ghee”; “Submarine Hold-Up”
“this short-lived Hugo Gernsback pulp experiment, complete with a “yellow peril” cover (by Ray Wardel) and a piece on Jean Lafitte.
As I’ve said before, any pulp collection without an issue of Pirate Stories is only fit for soaking up bilge water.
Condition: Front cover: Light edge wear, small overhang piece nibbled away (right edge, next to the “15”), a few stress marks, a couple of reading creases, light soiling.
Back cover: A little nicer than the front cover.
Spine: Complete, very slightly faded, very light overall wear.
Pages: Deep beige, flexible, clean.”
Bookery states: “Uncommon” $30.00 – $75.00 – $150.00
And here’s an extra just because it came up in the “Pirate Stories” search, and the condition and price it went for…
PEP STORIES – April 1929 sold for $53.65
“Complete but fragile. Cover detached. Fair condition…
Hello All. This week I am liquidating my entire men’s magazine collection.
Not holding anything back… All are complete unless otherwise notated in the condition description. above.
…Also I will attempt to assign a grade but with these magazines I find them hard to grade.
Keep in mind these magazines are between 50-75 years old and most are extremely rare in any condition…
As I am selling off my collection and selling these at no reserve I am not offering returns on these. They are being sold as-is.”
With a detached cover this issue still sold for a little over $50.00
ENJOY PULPS – David Lee Smith