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Thrilling’s The Green Ghost

Posted by at 10:00 am Monday, September 26, 2016 in Altus Press, Green Ghost, Reprints, Review, Thrilling
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Thrilling’s The Green Ghost

"George Chance: The Ghost, Omnibus 1"I’ve looked at several of the pulp heroes from Thrilling Publications over time. One I haven’t gotten to is G.T. Fleming-RobertsThe Green Ghost (originally called just “The Ghost”).

This was because up until now the only complete reprint of this character was from the Battered Silicon Dispatch Box, and it’s a bit pricey. Now that Altus Press is reprinting them as George Chance: The Ghost omnibus series, I can finally read the originals.

So who is The Green Ghost? The character was created in the early ’40s by Fleming-Roberts, when Thrilling were coming out with more pulp heroes. He is the only one that Norman Daniels didn’t have a hand in. And, confusingly, we have another Green Ghost (created earlier by Johnston McCulley that I’ve covered before), and this character has gone through several name changes, as evident by the changes in magazine titles.

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‘George Chance, The Green Ghost, Vol. 1’

Posted by at 10:00 am Tuesday, November 18, 2014 in Airship 27, Green Ghost, Pulps, Review
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

'George Chance, The Green Ghost, Vol. 1'While there are several classic pulp heroes I have yet to do a posting on, mostly it’s because I have yet to read their original stories. This is because I want to get a feel for the character before I do a detailed posting, and before I read new stories of them, I’d like to have done this as well.

One such character is G.T. Fleming-RobertsThe Green Ghost.

So far, the only complete reprint of this character is from the Battered Silicon Dispatch Box, and it’s a bit pricey. I keep hoping one of the other pulp reprint houses like Altus Press will come out with this series in less expensive paperback. Now Airship 27 has come out with a collection of new Green Ghost stories, so I’m kind of stuck.

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A look at the Thrilling pulp heroes

Posted by at 10:00 am Monday, October 7, 2013 in Black Bat, Comics, Crimson Mask, Green Ghost, Hero Pulps, Phantom Detective, Pulps, Thrilling
Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

Thrilling AdventureIn the next in this series of articles, I take an overview of another of the major pulp publishers, the Thrilling Group, and their pulp heroes.

Thrilling was probably the second or third major publisher of hero pulp characters, depending on how you view them. Strangely, “Thrilling” is not the name of the company! Ned Pines established Pines Publications in 1928, and would publish both pulps and comics. They seemed to use similar company names over the years. For pulps, it was Beacon Magazines (1936-37), Better Publications (1937-43) and Standard Magazines (1943-55) until Pines shut down the pulps. The pulps had the byline “A Thrilling Publications” on the covers, plus several were named Thrilling this and Thrilling that (Thrilling Adventure, Thrilling Detectives, Thrilling Love, Thrilling Western, Thrilling Wonder Stories, etc), hence the name Thrilling (or Thrilling Group) for the overall line. The pulps were edited by Leo Margulies, a well-known editor, who later ran his own publishing company.

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Review: ‘Exciting Pulp Tales’

Posted by at 10:00 am Thursday, August 15, 2013 in Crimson Mask, Green Ghost, Hero Pulps, New Pulp, Review
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

Exciting Pulp Tales“Exciting Pulp Tales” is Tom Johnson’s “sequel” to his “Pulp Detective” collection from Altus Press.

The new book is a collection featuring new stories of classic pulp heroes. All of these are lesser-known characters. In a few cases, these are characters I wasn’t familiar with. Thankfully, Tom’s intro gives some basic info on these characters.

First off is a story of The Angel (not to be confused with the even shorter-lived Angel Detective). The Angel is a character I had never heard of, and from what we read in the intro, was a short-lived character (only two stories, never reprinted to my knowledge) based on unsold Phantom Detective plots.

A kind of skid-row hero (from what seems to be a second- or third-tier publisher), he is really Steve Oakes, a movie stuntman and the son and brother of cops, instead of the usual “rich man about town” type. When his father is murdered, he returned to solve the crime as “The Angel,” with the help of his stuntman buddy. This story is meant to be a further story after the original two, with Steve and his buddy returning to New York during a lull in jobs, and helping solve a kidnapping.

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