As the pulps suffered from the postwar paper shortages, the American reader suffered from the sobering realities of fighting and warfare. Escapism now came in the form of television, as a generation adjusted to the comfort of the middle-class suburbs, trading fighter jets for Father Knows Best. Plus, the success of the Civil Rights Movement and the movement of women in the workplace began to change the economic contours of the country and the face of the consumer. The white male was no longer the icon of the Everyman. New audiences require new heroes, sending the exclusive paradigm of pulp into the sunset.
“The Pulps!”, vintage pulp fiction cover art & illustrations | Through December 26 | At the Portland Public Library Lewis Gallery, 5 Monument Sq, Portland | 207.871.1700 | portlandlibrary.com