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More Doc Ardan

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, December 28, 2016 in Doc Ardan, Doc Savage, French pulp, Pastiche, Reprints, Review
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

More Doc Ardan

'Doc Ardan: The Abominable Snowman'I have posted before on Doc Ardan, and Black Coat Press has come out with a volume of new and old Doc Ardan stories.

So let’s be clear. French writer Guy d’Armen created young adventurer Doctor Francis Ardan in a trio of sf-adventure novels: The City of Gold and Lepers (1928), The Troglodytes of Mount Everest (1929), and The Giants of Dark Lake (1931), serialized in a French pulp magazine. All tell of Ardan’s adventurers going up against several super-science villains in distant areas of Asia. The first novel actually occurs after the second and third.

Because of his similarities to Doc Savage, Jean-Marc and Randy Lofficier made some tweaks to their translation to have “Francis Ardan” be an alias used by a young Clark Savage before his pulp adventures. This allowed for others to use Doc Ardan as a Doc Savage pastiche in Tales of the Shadowmen series and other works. As the earlier works were never available in English, claiming they were an influence on the creation of Doc Savage is a bit much.

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Pulp comics: ‘The Chimera Brigade’

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, December 23, 2016 in Comics, Doc Savage, Foreign Pulps, Harry Dickson, Nyctalope, Pastiche, The Shadow
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Pulp comics: ‘The Chimera Brigade’

'The Chimera Brigade'An interesting pulp-inspired comic-book series is The Chimera Brigade. Mainly because unlike making use of American pulp characters, it mainly makes use of European pulp characters, many of whom have been used in the Tales of the Shadowmen series (the author of this series writes for it, so if you’re read Tales, that will help). It originally appeared in France and has only recently been published in English.

Written by Serge Lehman with Fabrice Colin, and art by Gess, it first appeared in 2009. Recently Titan Comics reprinted it in three slim hardback volumes and is reprinting that in comic book form (two issues per volume) that should lead to further stories. I’m told there have been some changes in the comic from the books, but I can’t see that after comparing the first two comic books with the first volume.

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‘The Big Book of Bronze,’ Vol. 8

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, December 7, 2016 in Doc Savage, Fanzines, Non-fiction
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

‘The Big Book of Bronze,’ Vol. 8

With another Doc Con completed, we get another edition of The Big Book of Bronze. Volume 8 has a theme on the long promised new Doc Savage movie, but we also get some other articles.

All eight volumes of 'The Big Book of Bronze'

All eight volumes of ‘The Big Book of Bronze’

Julian Puga looks at “The Tunnel Terror,” in particular working out where this adventure occurred.

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Fanzine focus: ‘Bronze Gazette’ #77 & Doc Con special

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, November 9, 2016 in Doc Savage, Fanzines, New Pulp, Non-fiction, Pastiche, Pulps
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

Fanzine focus: ‘Bronze Gazette’ #77 & Doc Con special

I recently received the second new issue of The Bronze Gazette, #77, now published by Pulplications. This is the final issue for this year. They also did a special edition for the 2016 Doc Con, and I was able to order a copy (it wasn’t part of the subscription). Check, as they may still have copies.

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Not quite Doc: Adventurers Inc.

Posted by at 10:00 am Monday, October 10, 2016 in Doc Savage, Pastiche, Pulps
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

Not quite Doc: Adventurers Inc.

'Mammoth Adventure' (November 1946)A different sort of Doc Savage pastiche is Rush Randall and Adventurers Inc.

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.

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Pulp comics: ‘Doc Savage: Spider’s Web’

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, September 23, 2016 in Comics, Doc Savage, Review
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

'Doc Savage: The Spider's Web' #1Dynamite published its second Doc Savage mini-series, the five-issue The Spider’s Web. It was also written by Chris Roberson and is set after the first one.

Unlike the first series, this one has a more consistent storyline through the series, though almost each issue has a flashback scene to an earlier case, as Doc and associates discover that their current case is tied to several in the past.

The storyline launches with the first issue when Doc and his organization helps with an earthquake. They soon figure out that it was man-made, caused by technology Doc had encountered back in the 1930s. A flashback shows Doc and his crew in 1933 dealing with that tech, and Doc tracking it to down to a rich industrialist, who accidentally kills himself attempting to do in Doc.

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