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Meet the Domino Lady

Posted by at 10:00 am Monday, March 14, 2016 in Domino Lady, Hero Pulps, Pulps, Review
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Meet the Domino Lady

"Saucy Romantic Adventures" (May 1936)The Domino Lady is the only female, costumed pulp hero from classic era who starred in her own series.

Sadly, females were rarely headliners for series. The most well known was Sheena, Queen of the Jungle, with Senorita Scorpion a distant third place. Others include detectives Carrie Cashin in S&S’s Crime Busters, and Grace Culver in the back of The Shadow. Other major female characters would include Jirel of Joiry, Red Sonja, and similar characters in science fiction and fantasy. But for masked/costumed pulp heroes, the Domino Lady’s pretty much it.

And maybe the fact that the Domino Lady came out of the “spicy” pulps is part of that. Many of the more traditional pulp publishers seem to put restrictions on how females could be used in the hero pulps.

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Fanzine focus: ‘Pulp Adventures’ #20

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, March 9, 2016 in Domino Lady, Fanzines, Johnston McCulley, New Pulp, Proto-pulp, Review, Western Pulps, Zorro
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

Fanzine focus: ‘Pulp Adventures’ #20

'Pulp Adventures' #20Pulp Adventures #20 (Winter 2016) is the sixth issue of the new version from Bold Venture Press.

As with the others, we get a collection of classic pulp fiction, new pulp fiction, and non-fiction articles, all under a Norman Saunders cover (a western this time). In my view, this blend of new and old pulp fiction (with occasional pre-pulp and post-pulp) that doesn’t focus on one pulp genre (we get western, horror, science fiction, sports, and pulp hero in this one) makes this one of the best pulp fiction fanzine coming out now. You might not like everything that appears in an issue, but I know you will like something.

So what’s in this issue?

In the area of proto-pulp is the classic horror tale, “The Horla” by Guy De Maupassant. It first appeared in 1886 in a French periodical. For me, this is the most well-known story of his, which tells through the use of journal entries of a man being driven insane by the presence of a ghostly entity who seems to haunt or possess him. This story influenced many, including H.P. Lovecraft.

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A look at ‘Awesome Tales’

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, February 17, 2016 in Domino Lady, Fanzines, New Pulp, Review, Villain Pulps
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

A look at ‘Awesome Tales’

"Awesome Tales" #1Awesome Tales is a New Pulp magazine put out by Black Cat Media with Bold Venture Press. Black Cat Media is basically R. Allen Leider, who writes most of the material in these issues, with Bold Venture doing the layout, design, and publication.

So far we have two issues out, #1 in Fall 2014 and #2 in Fall 2015. Seems to be annually, but nothing is said about the frequency. Both are pretty good.

#1 (Fall 2014) kicks off with a cover with Domino Lady fighting against a German spy. This ties to the first story which has the Domino Lady teaming up with Leider’s Wicca Girl character. I am not familiar with Leider’s character, so this was my introduction. As I understand, she is a 350-year-old witch who now works as an agent of the British government. There is an additional Wicca Girl short story in this issue. There is also another short story by Jean Marie Ward. (Bold Venture has put out the first Wicca Girl book already, so if you like this character, check it out.)

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‘All-Star Pulp Comics’

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, January 22, 2016 in Black Bat, Comics, Crimson Mask, Dillon, Domino Lady, Green Lama, Jim Anthony, Moon Man, Pulps, Secret Agent X, The Rook/The Peregrine
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

‘All-Star Pulp Comics’
"All-Star Pulp Comics," No. 1

“All-Star Pulp Comics,” No. 1

All-Star Pulp Comics, published by Redbud Studios, has new black-and-white comic stories of original and New Pulp characters. Three issues are out so far, available in digital and hardcopy versions. The first two issues can be obtained from IndyPlanet, while the third is on Amazon.

Redbud Studios is associated with Airship 27, so there a lot of crossover of characters. Several pulp character that Airship 27 has put out new stories of appear in these comics. Do not know which, if any of these are adaptations of those stories.

Issue number one has a cover with Green Lama and Domino Lady.

Inside we get stories of:

  • The Green Lama, by Adam Lance Garcia. The Green Lama is a shorter lived pulp character who is a Buddhist lama, and appeared in pulps and comics. As Garcia is now the official author of the character, I assume this story is considered “canon.” Here the Lama goes up against Nazis in an original story.
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