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.

demonjuice76's picture

seriously looking at Plantin

donshottype's picture

Plantin works for me

BTW The digital bold is very dark. I would recommend using the semi-bold for any bolding needed in the body text.

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