R.I.P. BOB WEINBERG30 Sep | '2016
Greeting Loyal Airmen, we were fully expecting to spend this week’s Flight Log relating some of our fun experiences while on vacation in beautiful Hawaii these past few weeks but alas, yesterday we learned of the passing of Robert Weinberg, a man very much responsible for many of the things the Air Chief has done the past 47 years. So if you’ll bear with us, we’ll save the vacation tales for next week.
BOB WEINBERG (4 Sept 1946 – 25 Sept 2016)
It was 47 years ago when the Air Chief came home from Vietnam and back to civilian life. It didn’t take us long to get back to comic book collecting and one of the first things we did was get a subscription to the Comic Buyer’s Guide, a weekly newspaper that covered all facets of comicdom, to include fan made magazines. Among those classified ads, we found one offering reprinted pulp magazines in small facsimile editions for only $5 each. Not at all aware of the pulps at that time, we were intrigued and began ordering these little books from one Bob Weinberg. Wow, but they totally opened our eyes to amazing world of the classic old pulps. Through Bob’s books we found the Moon Man, Doctor Satan, Captain Hazzard and so many others. They totally fired up our imagination and eventually would lead us not only to a career in comic writing, but the creation of Airship 27 Productions which then help with the establishing of the New Pulp Movement.
Over time we learned Bob was no only a pulp fan/historian but also a terrific writer and editor with a well deserved reputation of being one of the best. It would take almost 40 years but we did eventually meet Bob at the Windy City Pulp & Paper Con and personally thanked him for helping inspires us all those years earlier. In ill heath for quite some time, Bob left us shortly after turning 70, where he was given a wonderful party surrounded by family and close friends. His loss leaves a huge hole in our community and the Air Chief will be forever in his debt. Rest well, old friend, and thanks.
The latest from Airship 27 Productions is a special edition book starring Ravenwood – The Stepson of Mystery in which we reprint 4 of his adventures. Three by Aaron Smith, Jonathan Fisher and Gene Moyers first appeared in Volume Two of his series and the fourth was by Ye Old Air Chief that was featured in Occult Detectives Vol One. Rob Davis provided the nifty cover above. As ever it is available at Amazon in paperback and on Kindle. As to why do this book at all, the truth is it became impossible for us to keep Ravenwood Stepson of Mystery Vol Two in our catalog any longer, for reasons way to complicated to get into here. So this was our alternative to assure these great stories stayed in print.
Meanwhile the good folks at Radio Archives have continuing adapting our Airship 27 titles into audio books and here are four of their more current releases.
From occult detectives to our Brother Bones series, Sinbad to monsters, these great listening books are all available from (www.Audible.com) If you enjoy audiobooks we hope you’ll give them a try. The Radio Archives narrators are among the best in the business.
And there you have it for this week, Loyal Airmen. Thanks ever for stopping and come back next week to see lots of our pictures from beautiful Hawaii.
Ron – Over & Out!