Grim returns

Brother Grim, an online pulp-ish comic strip and fiction series, should resume crimefighting this month as Supernatural Crime and Digital Comics and Pulps returns from a two-month hiatus. MORE …

A new beginning

“The End of the Beginning” brings a new start to one of paperback’s longest running pulp-like series, The Destroyer. MORE …

Pulp hang ups

Looking for something for that empty wall in your den? Check out a pulp cover print by CAPE Publishing Co. MORE …

The Spider strikes again

Don McGregor and Gene Colon’s graphic novel “The Spider: Scavengers of the Slaughtered Sacrifices” is due out in August. The Master of Men investigates a series of murders that mimic fictional killings depicted in movies and on television in this present-day adventure. (Let’s hope this updated pulp character turns out better than others.) The 100-page signed, hardcover graphic novel will sell for $34.95. It’s being published by Vanguard Productions, 59A Philhower Road, Lebanon, NJ 08833. Oh, Gene Colon’s Web site includes a few scans of his pencil work for the novel, as well as another project, “The Spider: BATman,” which is due out in late September.

Also due this month is Bold Venture Press’ latest Spider fascimile (No. 70), “The Spider and the Slaves of Hell.” It’s $10 plus $2 shipping (or $72 for a six-issue, one-year subscription). For more information on the Bold Venture Press publications, visit the Web site, e-mail Rich Harvey or write Bold Venture Press, P.O. Box 64, Bordentown, N.J. 08505.

Pulp pun

Okay. So we can’t pass up bad puns. Here’s one Scotty Phillips sent in: “Who’s nose looks evil to most men? The Shadow’s nose!”

— William Lampkin

Pulp Q&A

A few years ago there was a Doc Savage comic book from a small company. This company leased a villain/antihero from the estate of an Australian author. This character appeared in 1905. What was the adversary’s name?

Sounds like you’re referring to Millennium Comics, a Florida company that published about a dozen Doc Savage comic books in the 1990s. Pulp Companion turned to Mark Ellis, who wrote and edited the series for Millennium. You’re “probably talking about the two-part ‘Doom Dynasty,’ which featured Australian author Guy Boothby’s Dr. Nikola as the villain,” Ellis said in an e-mail. “He was actually a late 19th century character. . . . The last book about him appeared in ’05.”

Ellis suggested a couple of Web sites where you can get more information about the villainous doctor. Jess Nevin’s site, Fantastic, Mysterious and Adventurous Victoriana, includes an entry about Nikola. And Win Scott Eckert’s Wold Newton Universe includes several references. Eckert’s site also includes Rick Lai’s “The Life of Dr. Antonio Nikola,” an article in a pdf file.