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Entry updated 1 January 2022. Tagged: Publication.


US Pulp magazine; five issues, December 1940 to July 1941, bimonthly after January 1941. Published by H-K Publications; edited by F Orlin Tremaine. Tremaine, former editor of Astounding, made a brief and undistinguished return to sf-magazine editing with this title. Tremaine wanted to recapture the wonder of Astounding from the mid-thirties, but without the financial support of Street & Smith or the editorial support of Desmond Hall, the end result fell short. Amongst the more interesting items were contributions by Eando Binder, Leigh Brackett, Frank Belknap Long, P Schuyler Miller, Ross Rocklynne, Clifford D Simak, Harl Vincent and Jack Williamson. Comet also published the first professional appearance by Sam Moskowitz, "The Way Back" (January 1941). The last issue was perhaps the best and contained "The Vortex Blaster" (July 1941), the first story of E E Smith's series of that name. A continuing feature was "The Spacean", an imaginary future newspaper which betrayed the magazine's juvenile slant. Comet had little visual appeal; its cover layout was particularly ungainly. [MJE/MA]


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