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Captain Hazzard is back!

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, April 12, 2017 in Airship 27, Captain Hazzard, Hero Pulps, Jim Anthony, New Pulp, Review
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

'Captain Hazzard: Custer's Ghost'Captain Hazzard is sadly a one-hit wonder in the pulp world, and is one of the more blatant Doc Savage clones. Originally published by Ace Magazines, his one issue came out in 1938, though a second story was written.

Ron Fortier of Airship 27 Productions decided to make full use of the character. He revamped the original novel and then did the same for the second, which had be turned into a Secret Agent X story. These became the first and third volume of a new series of Captain Hazzard books. He wrote new novels, which are the second and fourth volumes.

Now after too long we get a fifth Captain Hazzard novel: Custer’s Ghost. A welcome addition to this story is we get Super-Detective Jim Anthony added to the mix, and a return of Azlea O’Hara from volume two. It’s been awhile since Airship 27 had done anything with Jim Anthony, another original pulp hero and yet another Doc pastiche.

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Prince Zarkon, Lord of the Unknown

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, June 17, 2015 in Captain Hazzard, Doc Savage, New Pulp, Pastiche, Review, The Avenger
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Prince Zarkon, Lord of the Unknown

"The Nemesis of Evil"An interesting, if sometimes overlooked, pulp homage is Lin Carter‘s short-lived Prince Zarkon series. It ran for five novels in the 1970s and ’80s, and it was one I enjoyed when I was looking for something like Doc Savage or The Avenger, both of which this series resembled.

Lin Carter is too often overlooked or even looked down upon. A longtime fan, he wrote quite a bit, much of which is pastiche or homage of others, such as H.P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Edgar Rice Burroughs (his Green Star, Zanthodon, and Callisto series), Robert E. Howard and more.

He is sometimes better regarded as an editor and critic for works such as his excellent Ballantine Adult Fantasy series, which brought back into print several important works along with anthologies he edited, and his retrospective works on J.R.R. Tolkien and Lovecraft.

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‘The Big Book of Bronze,’ Vol. 6

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, January 2, 2015 in Captain Hazzard, Doc Savage, Fanzines, Hero Pulps, Jim Anthony, Lester Dent, Pastiche, Philip Jose Farmer, Pulps, References, Review, Secret Agent X, The Avenger
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

'The Big Book of Bronze,' Vol. 6A series of books for Doc Savage fan that I previously reviewed are the (sort of) annual “The Big Book of Bronze.” Now, the latest volume, number 6, is out, and we look at this one.

Published by Jay Ryan‘s Solace of Fortitude Publications, the books are done in conjunction with the Doc Cons. After skipping a year, this volume ties into the recent Doc Con XVII in 2014. Clocking in at 242 pages, this volume isn’t the biggest, but is among the bigger ones.

We get a variety of articles in this issues. There is a nice article looking at Ham, Will Murray gives a retrospective on 50 years with Doc, Jay gives a overview of 60 years of Doc, and a few others.

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‘Challenger Storm: The Curse of Poseidon’

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, December 3, 2014 in Airship 27, Bill Barnes, Captain Hazzard, Challenger Storm, Doc Savage, Hero Pulps, New Pulp, Review
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

'Challenger Storm: The Curse of Poseidon'Challenger Storm is a New Pulp character created by Don Gates. I reviewed the first Challenger Storm book a year ago, and now we finally get a second one, “The Curse of Poseidon.”

Clifton “Challenger” Storm is a pulp hero in the mold of Doc Savage, Bill Barnes or Capt. Hazzard — more of a highly skilled globetrotting adventurer than a crime-fighter like The Shadow, The Spider or The Avenger — operating out of an airbase/research center in Miami called MARDL in the mid-1930s.

While he does fight bad guys, he’s different. Like Doc Savage or Capt. Hazzard, he is highly skilled and trained. Like Capt. Hazzard, Bill Barnes and similar characters, he has a base of operations and has gathered a group of diverse people around him. So he has aides like those characters, and it’s hinted that different people will work with him on different cases.

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A look at the Ace pulp heroes

Posted by at 10:00 am Monday, December 23, 2013 in Ace, Captain Hazzard, Comics, Moon Man, Publishers, Secret Agent X
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

A.A. Wyn

A.A. Wyn

In the next in this series of articles, I take an overview of one of the major pulp publishers and their pulp heroes: Ace Magazines.

Established in 1928 by Harold Hersey as Magazine Publishers, the company was taken over by A.A. Wyn in 1929. Keeping the name, the line was labeled Ace Magazines and used an ace of spades as a logo. Periodical House was another company name used, so the line might be referred to as Magazine Publishers, Periodical House or Ace.

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Review: ‘Challenger Storm: Isle of Blood’

Posted by at 10:00 am Monday, June 10, 2013 in Airship 27, Bill Barnes, Captain Hazzard, Challenger Storm, Doc Savage, New Pulp, Pulps, Review
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

Challenger Storm is a New Pulp character created by Don Gates.

Challenger StormI know Don has been working on Challenger for some time, as I visited his old website and saw the preliminary work done on the characters and setting. Being from Florida myself, the idea of a pulp character set in the state is neat.

Check out Don’s YouTube channel.

Clifton “Challenger” Storm is a pulp hero in the mold of Doc SavageBill Barnes or Captain Hazzard — more of a highly skilled globetrotting adventurer than a crime-fighter like The Shadow, The Spider or The Avenger.

While he does fight bad guys, he’s different. Also like Bill Barnes or Captain Hazzard, he has a base of operations and has gathered a group of diverse people around him. So he has aides like those characters, and it’s hinted that different people will work with him on different cases.

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