Downtown Wichita Falls, Texas, in the mid 1940’s was a bustling metropolis for a boy of 7 just away from the farm and ranch community where he was born. My father, a cook and cowboy by trade, had just started as one of the first cooks for the Casa Manana restaurant in 1947. He moved us to an apartment on Ohio Street, right across from the Gem Theater, between 7th and 8th Streets. It’s here that we would stay for the next three years. The Gem Theater became a magic palace for a young mind. But it had to share that distinction with the rest of the magic that was Wichita Falls. I attended San Jacinto and Carrigan elementary schools, as well as Reagan Junior High, and belonged to the Boys Club on 6th Street. Please join, and share your stories and pictures through a Guest Blog, of early Wichita Falls - or your home town. Contact me at or leave a comment. We could use old pictures of movie houses, drive-in theaters, and other nostalgic pictures related to our youths.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

New Pulp Heroes

I want to start posting messages on Saturdays, unless we have extra material during the week, this to coincide with Saturday Matinees. So for that in mind, today I'm posting information on our latest book release from FADING SHADOWS, essays on New Pulp Heroes, along with two fiction stories by Ginger and me.

NEW PULP HEROES now available in 280-page paperback from FADING SHADOWS, $12.00, plus $3.99 postage (US). Tom & Ginger Johnson compile 56 essays on new pulp characters, plus 2 essays on villains, plus much more data. Also included are new pulp fiction stories by grandma & grandpa Johnson: “The Mind Master” by Tom, and “The Origin of Mr. Minus” by Ginger. This will only be sold through FADING SHADOWS. This is very likely the first of several books that will chronicle the history of new pulp heroes, and their creators. Order from Tom Johnson, 204 W. Custer St., Seymour, TX or contact

Tom & Ginger will be on The Book Cave discussing NEW PULP HEROES the week of January 2nd, 2014 (episode #263). Please listen in to the podcast as we discuss it. FADING SHADOWS does not get a free ride, we have to pay the printers, it isn’t printed free, and a 280-page book is expensive to print. Not only that, but the friendly person we were working with retired, and left us in the hands of unfriendly people, so we’re now looking for a new printer for our FADING SHADOWS books. We also commissioned and paid for interior illustrations. Due to this added cost, we were forced to limit interior art to six illustrations. If we hadn’t this book would have ended up with a $24.95 price tag. This is a project I proposed three years ago, but it never came about. When the project looked like it was being revived, it hoped it was a go, but after waiting a reasonable amount of time it appeared interest had again cooled off. I should have released it in time for Christmas, but waiting on another publisher proved fruitless, and we decided to publish our material through our FADING SHADOWS imprint. We’ve been in the publishing business since 1982, and don’t have to rely on others. Time is right for these essays. This volume is only being sold through FADING SHADOWS, so be the first to get your copies.

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