Looking for good fonts for an original 1930s pulp style alyout

demonjuice76's picture

I am putting together a new 7x10 book in a classic pulp layout with the 2 columns, illustrations and ads. I was wondering what font choices the typophile community would recommend.

I am a big face of deco display faces, but I am having a hard time deciding what would be an optimal body font.

The wrinkle that complicates things is that the visual style of the book is a combination between the 1970s and the 1930 after the books 2 protagonists.

I am mainly concerned for the print edition at this point, but something that would be able to be embedded in an ebook would be a plus.

Many thanks

demonjuice76's picture

Wow good call- looks like it will work well, going to try it on some sample pages

Sye's picture

A lot of the sci-fi books I have from the 1960s-1980s were set in metal versions of Times or Plantin, so I associate those with cheap paperbacks, but they were totally fine to read.

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Thomas Phinney's picture

David Occhino has some potentially interesting stuff for pulp 1930s use.
http://davidocchino.com/portfolio/typography/

demonjuice76's picture

seriously looking at Plantin

donshottype's picture

Plantin works for me

http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/adobe/plantin/
BTW The digital bold is very dark. I would recommend using the semi-bold for any bolding needed in the body text.
Don

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