Ron Goulart

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Ron Goulart
Biographical information
Born: January 13, 1933
Died: N/A
Nationality: Mini usa.gif American
Occupation: Writer
Website: N/A


Ronald Joseph "Ron" Goulart (born January 13, 1933) is an American pop-culture historian and mystery, fantasy, and science fiction author.

Biography

Ron Goulart has been quite prolific. In his fiction-writing, Goulart is best-known for his humorous crime and science fiction, especially that dealing with robots; his crime fiction often involves historical Hollywood figures, such as Groucho Marx. His first professional publication was a reprint, in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, of a parody of a pulp magazine readers' letters column, originally published in the University of California, Berkeley college humor magazine the Pelican.

Goulart's fiction is characterized by several themes, notably technology gone wrong (usually through incompetence rather than malice), heroes with superhuman powers, and wicked humor. His early career in advertising and marketing has influenced much of his work. In the early 1960s, Goulart wrote all the text for several issues of Chex Press: this was a parody of a newspaper, "published" on the back panel of boxes of cereal (Wheat Chex, Rice Chex, Corn Chex) manufactured by the Ralston Purina company.

Among his pop-culture historical writing, "Cheap Thrills: An Informal History of the Pulp Magazines" (1972) might still be his most famous book-length work, though his "The Hardboiled Dicks: An Anthology And Study of Pulp Detective Fiction" (1967) has also been influential. He has also written, on comics and many other topics, for the nostalgia magazine P.S. and many others, and conducted the book review column for Venture Science Fiction Magazine. Among his volumes of comic book and comic strip history are "The Adventurous Decade: Comic Strips in the 1930s" (1975) and "Comic Book Encyclopedia" (2004).

In the 1970s, he wrote several Phantom novels featuring Lee Falk's "The Phantom" for Avon Books, using the pen-name Frank S. Shawn (a play on his wife and son's names).

In 2003, Goulart wrote the script for Moonstone Books' Phantom graphic novel "The Treasures of Bangalla".

He has also written novels featuring Flash Gordon, and the pulp character the Avenger. In addition, he has written scripts for a number of comics including the "Star Hawks" comic strip he created with artist Gil Kane.

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

Phantom Work by Ron Goulart

Avon novels

# Title Writer
1 "The Veiled Lady" Frank S. Shawn
2 "The Golden Circle" Frank S. Shawn
3 "The Mystery of the Sea Horse" Frank S. Shawn
4 "The Hydra Monster" Frank S. Shawn
5 "The Goggle-Eyed Pirates" Frank S. Shawn
6 "The Swamp Rats" Frank S. Shawn

Moonstone stories

# Title Writer Artist
1 "The Treasures of Bangalla" Goulart Collins, Nichols

Hermes Press stories

# Title Writer Artist Comment
1 "President Kennedy's Mission, Part 1" Goulart Joyce, Molina