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One of the more recent of these is the Fargo Adventures, of which there are eight out so far:
What I had heard sounded really interesting: a two-fisted adventurer wandering the exotic Orient between the world wars, going up against several menacing villains like the Gray Shadow, Ung the Unspeakable, K’ang of the Green Circle Tong, and the most dangerous Mr. Lu, better known as the Blue Scorpion.
But surprisingly most of his tales have never been reprinted!
Now Altus Press is addressing this in a new series aimed at reprinting the entire run, doing so within their Argosy Library series. The first volume, The City of Stolen Lives: The Adventures of Peter the Brazen, reprints the first three stories that appeared in 1918, as well as a great introductory essay by Will Murray.Read More
Coming out a couple of years ago, Marvel‘s Mystery Men is a mini-series with pulp elements. (It’s not to be confused with Bob Burden‘s Mystery Men that was the basis for the 1999 movie of the same name.)
Created by writer David Liss and artist Patrick Zircher, the idea was to create new characters in the Marvel Universe before the Marvel Universe “started” (basically when the Timely Comics started in 1939). Set in 1932, these characters were more in the line of pulp-inspired, non-powered (usually) “mystery men” as they are called, and were intended to be such.
Five characters are introduced in the series: The Operative, The Revenant, The Surgeon, Achilles, and The Aviatrix. Some are more pulp-inspired than others. They are fighting against the evil General and the supernatural powers behind him.
Now, on to the characters…Read More
Altus Press has given us yet another complete collection of one of Johnston McCulley‘s lesser-known pulp characters, with Alias The Whirlwind.
This is the third such collection, and reprints all the stories of The Whirlwind, another pulp character set in the 1700s Spanish California. He ran for seven stories over about a year (around 1934) in Thrilling Adventures magazine. I like that the cover design fits in with the other McCulley collections they’ve done.
I was surprised by how much this character is like Zorro, but also different. I wish I had read some of the Zorro stories, to better be able to see the differences and similarities. My knowledge of Zorro is through the movies and TV shows, plus Alex Toth‘s Zorro comics.Read More
The ’60s spy crazy spawned a lot of things, good and bad. We had a lot of spy novels, movies, and TV shows that came out of it. It influenced other things, hence getting a novel series from Belmont and a comic-book series from Archie that made The Shadow more a spy, and a new Nick Carter series that was more a counterspy character than detective.
The juvenile book series mainly had spies and foreign agents as opponents that their heroes had to deal with. But there was one where the heroes were actual spies: Christopher Cool and his fellow teenage agents of T.E.E.N.
Created by the Stratemeyer Syndicate and published by Grosset & Dunlap, the series ran six volumes from 1967 to ’69. The series ended when I was too young to read it, and I only later discovered it through websites dedicated to various juvenile series.Read More
William G. Bogart created them using an edited Doc Savage story (he took his 1942 story The Magic Forest for this one). Doc became Rush, Ham became Malcolm “The Deacon” Dean, and Monk became George “Buzz” Casey. Though they have different backgrounds. Rush is an MIT electrical engineer, Malcolm is a chemist and an ex-Navy officer, and Casey is a mining engineer.
Their one pulp appearance, The Crazy Indian, appeared in the November 1946 issue of Ziff-Davis’ short-lived post war pulp, Mammoth Adventure.
In this story, Rush is the lead, with the two as his sidekicks. What was annoying was that (like some Doc stories) Rush disappears during much of the story, with most of the action focusing on his two aides.Read More
This time we get a collection of classic and New Pulp fiction (with some notes) and even some pulp comics, under a H.L. Park cover (a science fiction one). No Norman Saunders cover this time, gasp! There is a reason why, though.
In my view, this blend of new and old pulp fiction (with occasional pre-pulp and post-pulp) that doesn’t focus on one genre — we get science fiction, aviation, crime & detective, and a little horror in this one — makes this one of the best pulp-fiction fanzines coming out now.Read More