Comic books have become pop-culture megaliths complete with blockbuster movie franchises, but fanboys might not be aware their favorite characters and stories descend from pulp fiction. Characters like Black Mask, The Shadow and Doc Savage led the way for the likes of Spiderman and the X-Men, and modern comics lifted their flashy, sensational cover art straight from the pulp magazines and novels of the early and mid-1900s. Pulpfest offers the chance to check out the best vintage magazines and books while learning about their history during talks by noted pulp scholars.

Comic books have become pop-culture megaliths complete with blockbuster movie franchises, but fanboys might not be aware their favorite characters and stories descend from pulp fiction. Characters like Black Mask, The Shadow and Doc Savage led the way for the likes of Spiderman and the X-Men, and modern comics lifted their flashy, sensational cover art straight from the pulp magazines and novels of the early and mid-1900s. Pulpfest offers the chance to check out the best vintage magazines and books while learning about their history during talks by noted pulp scholars.