COLLEGE SOCKS featuring Kid Allison. The story was sent to Street & Smith’s Sport Story Magazine on May 20th, 1931 and later accepted later that month. Howard got $100 for it.
We learn from a letter (#165) Howard wrote to Tevis Clyde Smith, the week of May 1931:
I should have answered your letters before, but I’ve been working pretty hard. In the time I’ve been back from Marlin — a little more than two weeks — I’ve written three Costigan stories, a Kid Allison tale, a western adventure yarn and a long historical novelet.
In a later letter (#168) to Tevis:
Well, there ain’t much to say. I’m working pretty hard and I reckon you are too. Street & Smith gobbled up another Kid Allison. They’re generally pretty prompt; just about twelve days after I sent them this yarn — “College Socks” — I got a check for $100.
Howard got some praise from Wilfred Blanch Talman, which we learn in a letter (#175) written circa September 1931. The letter opens like this:
Dear Mr. Talman:
Thank you very much for the letter you wrote to Street & Smith. I know it will help me with the editors. I’ll return the favor at the first opportunity.
Even Lovecraft said some encouraging words about the story in a non-extant letter. We can read the answer from Howard in a letter (#180), circa October 1931:
Thank you very much for the nice things you said about “College Socks” and thanks very much indeed for the letter to Street & Smith, which I know will help me along a great deal with the editors.
Both Talman and Lovecraft wrote letters to Street & Smith trying to help Howard get a foot inside.
Alternative title and variant of:
- STREET & SMITH’S SPORT STORY MAGAZINE VOLUME 32 NUMBER 6, Street and Smith Publications, September 25, 1931
- FANTASY CROSSROADS #7, Graceland College Comic Club, February 1976
- THE COLLECTED BOXING FICTION OF ROBERT E. HOWARD: FISTS OF IRON ROUND 2, REH Foundation Press, February 2014 (as “A Student of Sockology“)
- THE COLLECTED BOXING FICTION OF ROBERT E. HOWARD: FISTS OF IRON, ROUND 4, The REH Foundation Press, April 2015