Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Trucker King

Every time I think I've sussed out every genre of pulp literature under the sun, I come across another one: East German trucker pulps! Ectomo.com has a few covers posted of these books which apparently all feature heroic men who drive heroically large commercial or recreational vehicles. We do not really have this genre here in the USA, except in country music. The Stallone vehicle Over the Top is as much about high stakes arm-wrestling as it is about trucking, so I don't think that counts.

One of my favorite things to do on vacation is to collect whatever indigenous pulps (and pulpy comics, since that's basically what pulps are these days) I can find, and I'd love to get my hands on these, although I don't speak even a syllable of German. I'm sure if you know where to look--in a Berlin basement at the bottom of a box of discount blue jeans and Scorpions LPs, for example--you can probably pick up a pile of these things for a couple Pfennigs.

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