Ron Goulart

Ron Goulart (/ˈɡuːlɑːrt/;[1] born January 13, 1933)[2][3] is an American popular culture historian and mystery, fantasy and science fiction author.

Goulart was prolific, and wrote many novelizations and other routine work under various pseudonyms: Kenneth Robeson, Con Steffanson, Chad Calhoun, R.T. Edwards, Ian R. Jamieson, Josephine Kains, Jillian Kearny, Howard Lee, Zeke Masters, Frank S. Shawn, and Joseph Silva.[4]

Goulart's first professional publication was a 1952 reprint of the SF story "Letters to the Editor" in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction;[5] this parody of a pulp magazine letters column was originally published in the University of California, Berkeley's Pelican. His early career in advertising and marketing influenced much of his work. In the early 1960s, Goulart wrote the text for Chex Press, a newspaper parody published on Ralston Purina cereal boxes (Wheat Chex, Rice Chex, Corn Chex). He contributed to P.S. and other magazines, along with his book review column for Venture Science Fiction Magazine. Cheap Thrills: An Informal History of the Pulp Magazines (1972) is his best known non-fiction book.

Ron Goulart
Goulart in 2009 at the South Street Seaport
Goulart in 2009 at the South Street Seaport
BornJanuary 13, 1933 (age 86)
Pen nameChad Calhoun, R.T. Edwards, Ian R, Jamieson, Josephine Kains, Jillian Kearny, Howard Lee, Zeke Masters, Frank S. Shawn, Joseph Silva
OccupationWriter, historian
GenreMystery, fantasy, science fiction


F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre illustrated Ron Goulart's story "The Robot Who Came to Dinner" in Analog (July–August 2002).

Goulart's fiction is characterized by several themes, including humor, technology gone wrong (usually through incompetence rather than malice) and heroes with superhuman powers. His humorous crime and science fiction includes tales about robots and historical Hollywood figures, such as Groucho Marx. In the 1970s, he wrote several novels based on Lee Falk's The Phantom for Avon Books, using the pseudonym "Frank Shawn" (a play on his wife and son's names). He has also written comic book stories and short stories about The Phantom for Moonstone Books from 2003 to present. Goulart has also written novelizations for televisions programs such as Laverne & Shirley, and wrote several "romance" novels under feminine pseudonyms (they contain familiar Goulart themes and are hilarious.)

It is widely known that Goulart ghost wrote the TekWar series of books credited to the actor William Shatner[6] (Shatner is said to have written the outlines for the books).[7] He has also ghosted novels featuring the Phantom, Flash Gordon and the pulp character the Avenger.

A collection of his mystery short stories, Adam and Eve on a Raft, was published in 2001 by Crippen & Landru.

Goulart is married to author Frances Sheridan Goulart and has two sons, Sean-Lucien and Steffan Eamon.


In the early 1970s, Goulart wrote several scripts for Marvel Comics, mostly adaptations of classic science fiction stories. Later in the decade, he collaborated with artist Gil Kane on the Star Hawks newspaper strip. In the early 1990s, he scripted Marvel's TekWar comics series.[8]


Goulart has been nominated twice for the Edgar Award, once for his 1970 science fiction novel After Things Fell Apart.[9]



  • The Hardboiled Dicks: An Anthology and Study of Pulp Detective Fiction (1967)
  • Assault on Childhood (1970)
  • Cheap Thrills: An Informal History of the Pulp Magazines (1972)
  • The Adventurous Decade: Comic Strips In the Thirties (1975)
  • Comic Book Culture: An Illustrated History (1980)
  • The Dime Detectives (1982)
  • The Great Comic Book Artists (1986)
  • Focus on Jack Cole (1986)
  • Ron Goulart's Great History of Comicbooks (1986)
  • The Funnies: 100 Years of American Comic Strips (1987)
  • The Encyclopedia of American Comics (1991)
  • The Comic Book Reader's Companion: an A-z Guide to Everyone's Favorite Art Form (1993)
  • Masked Marvels and Jungle Queens: Great Comic Book Covers of the '40s (1993)
  • Comic Book Encyclopedia (2004)
  • Good Girl Art (2006)
  • Good Girl Art Around the World (2008)
  • Alex Raymond: An Artistic Journey: Adventure, Intrigue, and Romance (2016)



  • Flash Gordon
    • The Lion Men of Mongo (1974) (as Con Steffanson) (with Alex Raymond)
    • The Space Circus (1969) (as Con Steffanson) (with Alex Raymond)
    • The Plague of Sound (1974) (as Con Steffanson)
    • The Time Trap of Ming XIII (1977) (as Con Steffanson)
  • Barnum System
    • The Fire-Eater (1970)
    • Clockwork Pirates (1971)
    • Shaggy Planet (1972)
    • Spacehawk, Inc. (1974)
    • The Wicked Cyborg (1978)
    • Dr. Scofflaw (1979)
  • Fragmented America
    • After Things Fell Apart (1970)
    • Gadget Man (1971)
    • Hawkshaw (1972)
    • Crackpot (1977)
    • Brinkman (1981)
  • Barnum System : Jack Summer
    • Death Cell (1971)
    • Plunder (1972)
    • A Whiff of Madness (1976)
    • Galaxy Jane (1986)
  • Barnum System: Ben Jolson
    • The Sword Swallower (1968)
    • Flux (1974)
  • Jack Conger
    • A Talent for the Invisible (1973)
    • The Panchronicon Plot (1977)
    • Hello, Lemuria, Hello (1979)
  • Phantom (writing as Frank S Shawn)
    • The Golden Circle (1973)
    • The Hydra Monster (1973)
    • The Mystery of the Sea Horse (1973)
    • The Veiled Lady (1973)
    • The Swamp Rats (1974)
    • The Goggle-Eyed Pirates (1974)
  • Avenger
    • The Man from Atlantis (1974) (as Kenneth Robeson)
    • Red Moon (1974) (as Kenneth Robeson)
    • The Purple Zombie (1974) (as Kenneth Robeson)
    • Dr. Time (1974) (as Kenneth Robeson)
    • The Nightwitch Devil (1974) (as Kenneth Robeson)
    • Black Chariots (1974) (as Kenneth Robeson)
    • The Cartoon Crimes (1974) (as Kenneth Robeson)
    • The Death Machine (1975) (as Kenneth Robeson)
    • The Blood Countess (1975) (as Kenneth Robeson)
    • The Glass Man (1975) (as Kenneth Robeson)
    • The Iron Skull (1975) (as Kenneth Robeson)
    • Demon Island (1975) (as Kenneth Robeson)
  • Vampirella
    • Bloodstalk (1975)
    • On Alien Wings (1975)
    • Deadwalk (1976)
    • Blood Wedding (1976)
    • Deathgame (1976)
    • Snakegod (1976)
    • Vampirella (1976)
  • Gypsy
    • Quest of the Gypsy (1976)
    • Eye of the Vulture (1977)
  • Incredible Hulk (as Joseph Silva; with Len Wein and Marv Wolfman)
    • Stalker from the Stars (1977)
  • Barnum System : Star Hawks
    • Empire 99 (1980)
    • The Cyborg King (1981)
    • Star Hawks (1979)
  • Odd Jobs, Inc.
    • Calling Dr. Patchwork (1978)
    • Hail Hibbler (1980)
    • Big Bang (1982)
    • Brainz, Inc. (1985)
  • The Exchameleon
    • Daredevils, LTD. (1987)
    • Starpirate's Brain (1987)
    • Everybody Comes to Cosmo's (1988)
  • Groucho Marx
    • Groucho Marx, Master Detective (1998)
    • Groucho Marx, Private Eye (1999)
    • Elementary, My Dear Groucho (1999)
    • Groucho Marx and the Broadway Murders (2001)
    • Groucho Marx, Secret Agent (2002)
    • Groucho Marx, King of the Jungle (2005)

Short stories:

Non-series novels:

  • Clockwork Pirates (1971)
  • Ghost Breaker (1971)
  • Wildsmith (1972)
  • The Tin Angel (1973)
  • The Hellhound Project (1975)
  • When the Waker Sleeps (1975)
  • The Enormous Hourglass (1976)
  • The Emperor of the Last Days (1977)
  • Nemo (1977)
  • Challengers of the Unknown (1977)
  • The Island of Dr Moreau (1977) (writing as Joseph Silva)
  • Capricorn One (1978)
  • Cowboy Heaven (1979)
  • Holocaust for Hire (1979) (writing as Joseph Silva)
  • Skyrocket Steele (1980)
  • The Robot in the Closet (1981)
  • The Tremendous Adventures of Bernie Wine (1981)
  • Upside Downside (1981)
  • The Great British Detective (1982)
  • Hellquad (1984)
  • Suicide, Inc. (1985)
  • A Graveyard of My Own (1985)
  • The Tijuana Bible (1989)
  • Even the Butler Was Poor (1990)
  • Now He Thinks He's Dead (1992)
  • Murder on the Aisle (1996)


  • Broke Down Engine: And Other Troubles with Machines (1971)
  • The Chameleon Corps: And Other Shape Changers (1972)
  • What's Become of Screwloose?: And Other Inquiries (1972)
  • Odd Job 101: And Other Future Crimes And Intrigues (1974)
  • Nutzenbolts: And More Troubles with Machines (1975)
  • Skyrocket Steele Conquers the Universe: And Other Media Tales (1990)
  • Adam and Eve On a Raft: Mystery Stories (Crippen & Landru, 2001)[10]


  1. ^ "Ron Goulart and Sean Joyce's The Phantom! Promo"
  2. ^ Comics Buyer's Guide #1650; February 2009; Page 107
  3. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Archived from the original on October 30, 2010.
  4. ^ A preface to the reprint of Goulart's sf story My Pal Clunky in "Year's Best SF 4", by HarperPrism, 1999, ISBN 0-06-105902-1, p.377
  5. ^
  6. ^ Ashley, Mike (1998). The Mammoth Book of Comic Fantasy. New York, NY: Carroll & Graf Publishers. p. 265.
  7. ^ Shatner, William; Fisher, David. (2008). Up Till Now: The Autobiography. Thomas Dunne. p. 246. ISBN 978-0-312-37265-1.
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Edgar Awards database". Retrieved 2011-12-06.
  10. ^ "Ron Goulart". Retrieved 2011-12-06.

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Baron Bean

Baron Bean is a newspaper comic strip created by the cartoonist George Herriman. Baron Bean was distributed by King Features Syndicate. Herriman drew his domestic comedy strip, The Dingbat Family, until 1916. From January 5, 1916 through January 22, 1919, Herriman also drew the daily Baron Bean. Herriman continued to draw other strips in addition to Krazy Kat through 1932.M. Thomas Inge took note of Herriman's interest in silent comedies and observed, "In his appearance, the Baron borrowed his cane and his facial features from Chaplin." Comics historian Ron Goulart stated that while Baron Bean superficially resembled Mutt and Jeff, "Herriman usually shunned conventional jokes and it exhibited some of the graphic eccentricities to be found in more abundance in Krazy Kat." Herriman had previously drawn a similar character, Baron Mooch, in 1909–10.In 1977, the strips were collected in Baron Bean: 1916–1917 (Hyperion Press).

In 2012, IDW's "The Library of American Comics" had plans for three yearly volumes of Baron Bean in their new "LOAC: Essentials" series. The first volume came out in September 2012 and covered the year 1916, the second came out in December 2014 and covered the year 1917. The final will cover 1918 and 1919 and will be out in 2018.

Doctor Hormone

Doctor Hormone is a fictional character created by Bob Bugg, who briefly appeared in comic books published by Dell Comics in the 1940s. Popular culture historian Ron Goulart calls him "one of the truly wacky creations of comics."

Howard Lee

Howard Lee may refer to:

Howard Nathaniel Lee (born 1934), North Carolina politician

Howard B. Lee (1879–1985), former West Virginia Attorney General

Howard V. Lee (born 1933), U.S. Medal of Honor recipient

Howie Lee (1931–2014), Canadian ice hockey player

A pseudonym of Ron Goulart

Johnny Hazard

Johnny Hazard was an action-adventure comic strip created by cartoonist Frank Robbins for King Features Syndicate. It was published from 1944 until 1977 with separate storylines for the daily strip and the Sunday strip.

Kenneth Robeson

Kenneth Robeson was the house name used by Street & Smith as the author of their popular character Doc Savage and later The Avenger. Many authors wrote under this name, though most Doc Savage stories were written by the author Lester Dent:

William G. Bogart

Evelyn Coulson

Harold A. Davis

Lawrence Donovan

Philip José Farmer

Alan Hathway

W. Ryerson Johnson

Will Murray

Ron GoulartAll 24 of the Avenger stories were written by Paul Ernst, using the Robeson house name. Robeson was credited on the cover of The Avenger magazine as "the creator of Doc Savage."

List of Ace mystery numeric-series single titles

Ace Books have published hundreds of mystery titles, starting in 1952. Most of these were Ace Doubles (dos-à-dos format), but they also published a few single volumes. Between 1952 and 1968, the books had a letter-series identifier; after that date they were given five digit numeric serial numbers. There were a total of 17 number-series mystery titles.

The list given here gives a date of publication; in all cases this refers to the date of publication by Ace, and not the date of original publication of the novels. For more information about the history of these titles, see Ace Books, which includes a discussion of the serial numbering conventions used and an explanation of the letter-code system.

02276 MY Philip Loraine The Angel Of Death

06505 MY Cornell Woolrich The Black Angel (1965)

07921 MY Cornell Woolrich Bride Wore Black

14153 MY Cornell Woolrich (as William Irish) Deadline at Dawn

14165 MY John Holbrook Vance (as Jack Vance) The Deadly Isles

22680 MY Hershatter Fallout For A Spy

24975 MY Jack Vance (as John Holbrook Vance) The Fox Valley Murders (1968)

31725 MY Shirley Jackson Hangsaman

36300 MY Ron Goulart If Dying Was All (1971)

37598 MY Gil Brewer The Devil In Davos: It Takes A Thief #1 (1969)

37599 MY Gil Brewer Mediterranean Caper: It Takes A Thief #2 (1969)

37600 MY Gil Brewer Appointment In Cairo: It Takes A Thief #3 (1970)

40590 MY Ron Goulart Too Sweet To Die (1972)

66050 MY Cornell Woolrich Phantom Lady

67110 MY Jack Vance (as John Holbrook Vance) The Pleasant Grove Murder

75945 MY Ron Goulart The Same Lie Twice (1973)

87718 MY Harlan Ellsion Web Of The City (1983)

Moonstone Books

Moonstone Books is an American comic book, graphic novel, and prose fiction publisher based in Chicago focused on pulp fiction comic books and prose anthologies as well as horror and western tales.

The company began publishing creator-owned comics in 1995, and since 2001 has also published material based on a number of licensed properties, including Zorro, Doc Savage, The Avenger, Buckaroo Banzai, Bulldog Drummond, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Mr. Moto, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, The Phantom, Honey West and several titles based in White Wolf's World of Darkness.

Newspaper Enterprise Association

The Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA) is an editorial column and comic strip newspaper syndication service based in the United States and established in 1902. The oldest syndicate still in operation, the NEA was originally a secondary news service to the Scripps Howard News Service; it later evolved into a general syndicate best known for syndicating the comic strips Alley Oop, Our Boarding House, Freckles and His Friends, The Born Loser, Frank and Ernest, and Captain Easy / Wash Tubbs; in addition to an annual Christmas comic strip. Along with United Feature Syndicate, the NEA was part of United Media from 1978 to 2011, and is now a division of Andrews McMeel Syndication. The NEA once selected college All-America teams, and presented awards in professional football.

Shawn (surname)

Shawn is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Allen Shawn (born 1948), American composer, pianist, educator and author

Dick Shawn (1923-1987), American actor and comedian

Ted Shawn (1891-1972), American dancer and choreographer

Wallace Shawn (born 1943), American actor and playwright

William Shawn (1907-1992), American magazine editor who edited The New Yorker from 1952 until 1987

Frank S. Shawn, a pen name of author Ron Goulart (born 1933)

Star Hawks

Star Hawks was a comic strip created by Ron Goulart and Gil Kane, first published on October 3, 1977, that ran through May 2, 1981. It was written through April 1979 by Goulart, followed by Archie Goodwin, Roger McKenzie and Roger Stern. Comics veteran Gil Kane provided the artwork, with uncredited help (during a period of illness on Kane's part) from Ernie Colón and Howard Chaykin.

Kane received the National Cartoonist Society Story Comic Strip Award for 1977 for his work on the strip.Goulart also wrote two Star Hawks prose novels: Empire 99 and The Cyborg King.


Superkatt is an American "funny animal" comic book series by Dan Gordon (under the comics pen name "Dang"), a jab at the “long-underwear” genre of superhero comics. The series stars Superkatt, an anthropomorphic cat who wears a bowtie, bonnet, and diaper as a superhero costume. Ron Goulart, author of Ron Goulart's Great History of Comic Books, said that Superkatt was Dang's most memorable comic book character. Denis Gifford, author of The International Book of Comics, said that the character "was as silly as his supercostume."

Supernatural Thrillers

Supernatural Thrillers was an American horror fiction comic book published by Marvel Comics in the 1970s that adapted classic stories of that genre, including works by Robert Louis Stevenson and H.G. Wells, before becoming a vehicle for a supernatural action series starring an original character, the Living Mummy.


TekWar is a series of science fiction novels created by Canadian actor William Shatner and ghost-written by American writer Ron Goulart, published by Putnam. The novels gave rise to a comic book series, video game, and later television movies and a series, both of the latter featuring Shatner.

TekWar (novel)

TekWar is a science fiction novel written by William Shatner and (uncredited) science fiction author Ron Goulart. It was first published by G. P. Putnam's Sons in October 1989. TekWar is the first of nine novels, which spawned a comic book and television series, a video game, and a TV movie.

The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural

The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural is a reference work on horror fiction in the arts, edited by Jack Sullivan. The book was published in 1986 by Viking Press.

Editor Sullivan’s stated purpose in compiling the volume, as noted in his foreword to the book, was to serve as a “bringing together in one volume of the genre’s many practitioners and their contributions to the arts.” In addition to literature and the art of storytelling, the book includes many entries on film, music, illustration, architecture, radio, and television. The book contains over fifty major essays and six hundred shorter entries covering authors, composers, film directors, and actors, among other categories.

The book provides about 650 entries written by 65 contributors including Ramsey Campbell, Gary William Crawford, John Crowley, Thomas M. Disch, Ron Goulart, S. T. Joshi, T. E. D. Klein, Kim Newman, Darrell Schweitzer, Whitley Strieber, Timothy Sullivan, Colin Wilson, and Douglas E. Winter. Jacques Barzun provided the lengthy introduction, "The Art and Appeal of the Ghostly and Ghastly".

In order to provide as broad as possible a study of fear, terror, and horror throughout the centuries, the book features numerous entries on "mainstream" artists who Sullivan notes "have dabbled in or plunged into horror", such as Charles Baudelaire, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, Franz Kafka, Edith Wharton, Sergei Prokofiev, Charles Dickens, Heinrich von Kleist, Herman Melville, Joyce Carol Oates, Franz Liszt, Arnold Schönberg, William Butler Yeats, and Isaac Bashevis Singer, among others.

Hundreds of genre author entries are provided, including "William Beckford" by E. F. Bleiler, "Ambrose Bierce" and "Algernon Blackwood" by Jack Sullivan, "Ramsey Campbell" by Robert Hadji, "Robert W. Chambers" by T. E. D. Klein, "James Herbert" by Ramsey Campbell, "Shirley Jackson" by Sullivan, "Stephen King" by Don Herron, "Arthur Machen" by Klein, "Ann Radcliffe" by Devendra P. Varma, and "Peter Straub" by Patricia Skarda.

Theme essays include "Arkham House" by T. E. D. Klein, "The Continental Tradition" by Helen Searing, "English Romantic Poets" by John Calhoun, "Golden Age of the Ghost Story" by Jack Sullivan, "Illustration" by Robert Weinberg, "Opera" by Arthur Paxton, "The Pits of Terror" by Ramsey Campbell, "The Pulps" by Ron Goulart, "Shakespeare's Ghosts" by John Crowley, "Urban and Pastoral Horror" by Douglas E. Winter, and "Zombies" by Hugh Lamb.

Film and television related entries include "The Abominable Dr. Phibes", "Tod Browning", "Brian De Palma", "Eraserhead", "Inferno", "Boris Karloff", "Night of the Living Dead", "Roman Polanski", "Suspiria", "Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom", and "The Wolf Man".

The book was reprinted in 1989 by Random House.

Vampire Tales

Vampire Tales was an American black-and-white horror comics magazine published by Magazine Management, a corporate sibling of Marvel Comics. The series ran 11 issues and one annual publication from 1973 to 1975, and featuring vampires as both protagonists and antagonists.

A magazine rather than a comic book, it did not fall under the purview of the comics industry's self-censorship Comics Code Authority, allowing the title to feature stronger content — such as moderate profanity, partial nudity, and more graphic violence — than color comics of the time, featuring Dracula stories.

Venus on the Half-Shell and Others

Venus on the Half-Shell and Others (ISBN 978-1-59606-128-6) is a collection mostly of science fiction author Philip José Farmer's pseudonymous fictional-author literary works, edited by Christopher Paul Carey and published in 2008. Farmer describes a fictional-author story as "a tale supposedly written by an author who is a character in fiction." Carey, who had access to Farmer's correspondence while editing the book, reveals in his introduction that in the early to mid-1970s Farmer planned to edit an anthology of fictional-author stories by other writers. Farmer solicited fictional-author stories from authors such as Arthur Jean Cox, Philip K. Dick, Leslie Fiedler, Ron Goulart, Howard Waldrop, and Gene Wolfe, urging them to submit their stories to venues such as The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Only Cox, Waldrop, and Wolfe completed their stories and had them published, although Philip K. Dick's never realized fictional-author story "A Man for No Countries" as by Hawthorne Abendsen is said to have led Dick to write his posthumous novel Radio Free Albemuth. In the end, Farmer's fictional-author anthology never materialized.

Weird Heroes

Weird Heroes, subtitled "New American Pulp", was an American series of novels and anthologies produced by Byron Preiss in the 1970s that dealt with new heroic characters inspired by pulp magazine characters.

The series was 'packaged' by Byron Preiss Visual Productions and was published by Pyramid/Jove/HBJ. Four of the books are anthologies, four are novels. During the same time, Preiss also produced the Fiction Illustrated series with the same publisher.

Unfortunately, most of the characters were never seen after the demise of Weird Heroes. Preiss did write one novel about his character Guts, and planned a second. This was published by Ace Books, maybe as part of a 'revival' of the concept as single novels. Tor Books reprinted Philip José Farmer's Greatheart Silver stories in a single volume with new art and Reaves's character Kamus appeared in two books by other publishers. Ron Goulart's "Quest of the Gypsy" was meant to be a series of novels but only two have been published.

The first volume was reprinted by iBooks, but no word if further books will be reprinted as iBooks went gone bankrupt following Preiss's death.

William Shatner's TekWar

William Shatner's TekWar is a 1995 first-person shooter video game derived from the TekWar series of novels created by William Shatner and ghost-written by science-fiction author Ron Goulart. It was designed using the Build engine.

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