Ron Goulart

For other people named Goulart, see Goulart (disambiguation).
Ron Goulart

Goulart in 2009 at the South Street Seaport
Born (1933-01-13) January 13, 1933
Pen name Chad Calhoun, R.T. Edwards, Ian R, Jamieson, Josephine Kains, Jillian Kearny, Howard Lee, Zeke Masters, Frank S. Shawn, Joseph Silva
Occupation Writer, historian
Genre Mystery, fantasy, science fiction

Ron Goulart (born January 13, 1933)[1][2] is an American popular culture historian and mystery, fantasy and science fiction author.

Goulart was prolific, and wrote many novelizations and other routine work under various pseudonyms: Kenneth Robeson (pen name), Con Steffanson (pen name), Chad Calhoun, R.T. Edwards, Ian R. Jamieson, Josephine Kains, Jillian Kearny, Howard Lee, Zeke Masters, Frank S. Shawn, and Joseph Silva.[3]

Goulart's first professional publication was a 1952 reprint of the SF story "Letters to the Editor" in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction;[4] this parody of a pulp magazine letters column was originally published in the University of California, Berkeley's Pelican. His early career in advertising and marketing influenced much of his work. In the early 1960s, Goulart wrote the text for Chex Press, a newspaper parody published on Ralston Purina cereal boxes (Wheat Chex, Rice Chex, Corn Chex). He contributed to P.S. and other magazines, along with his book review column for Venture Science Fiction Magazine. Cheap Thrills: An Informal History of the Pulp Magazines (1972) is his best known non-fiction book.


F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre illustrated Ron Goulart's story "The Robot Who Came to Dinner" in Analog (July–August 2002).

Goulart's fiction is characterized by several themes, notably humor, technology gone wrong (usually through incompetence rather than malice) and heroes with superhuman powers. His humorous crime and science fiction includes tales about robots and historical Hollywood figures, such as Groucho Marx. In the 1970s, he wrote several novels based on Lee Falk's The Phantom for Avon Books, using the pseudonym "Frank Shawn" (a play on his wife and son's names). He has also written comic book stories and short stories about The Phantom for Moonstone Books from 2003 to present. Goulart has also written novelizations for televisions programs such as Laverne & Shirley, and wrote several "romance" novels under feminine pseudonyms (they contain familiar Goulart themes and are hilarious.)

It is widely known that Goulart ghost wrote the popular TekWar series of books credited to the actor William Shatner[5] (Shatner is said to have written the outlines for the books).[6] He has also ghosted novels featuring the Phantom, Flash Gordon and the pulp character the Avenger.

A collection of his mystery short stories, Adam and Eve on a Raft, was published in 2001 by Crippen & Landru.

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


In the early 1970s, Goulart wrote several scripts for Marvel Comics, mostly adaptations of classic science fiction stories. Later in the decade, he collaborated with artist Gil Kane on the Star Hawks newspaper strip. In the early 1990s, he scripted Marvel's TekWar comics series.[7]


Goulart has been nominated twice for the Edgar Award, once for his 1970 science fiction novel After Things Fell Apart.[8]





Flash Gordon

Barnum System

Fragmented America

Barnum System : Jack Summer

Barnum System: Ben Jolson

Jack Conger

Phantom (writing as Frank S Shawn)




Incredible Hulk (as Joseph Silva) (with Len Wein and Marv Wolfman)

Barnum System : Star Hawks

Odd Jobs, Inc.

Groucho Marx




  1. Comics Buyer's Guide #1650; February 2009; Page 107
  2. Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Archived from the original on October 29, 2010.
  3. A preface to the reprint of Goulart's sf story My Pal Clunky in "Year's Best SF 4", by HarperPrism, 1999, ISBN 0-06-105902-1, p.377
  5. Ashley, Mike (1998). The Mammoth Book of Comic Fantasy. New York, NY: Carroll & Graf Publishers. p. 265.
  6. Shatner, William; Fisher, David. (2008). Up Till Now: The Autobiography. Thomas Dunne. p. 246. ISBN 978-0-312-37265-1.
  8. "Edgar Awards database". Retrieved 2011-12-06.
  9. "Ron Goulart". Retrieved 2011-12-06.

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