Pulpcon was founded by three St.Louis pulp magazine fans — Ed Kessell, Earl Kussman, and Nils Hardin — and held over a June weekend in 1972 at the Colony Motor Hotel in Clayton, Missouri.

SF pulp magazine writers Edmond Hamilton and Leigh Brackett (his wife at the time) and pulp artist Graves Gladney were guests.

It was intended at a one-shot convention, but has continued to this day as PulpFest.

July 21-24, 2016 in Columbus, OH: Ted White was GoH