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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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Review: ‘Super-Detective Jim Anthony,’ Vol. 3

Posted by at 10:00 am Monday, January 9, 2017 in Altus Press, Hero Pulps, Jim Anthony, Review
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Review: ‘Super-Detective Jim Anthony,’ Vol. 3

 'Super-Detective Jim Anthony,' Vol. 3Here we have a new collection of original stories of Jim Anthony, a sort-of Doc Savage clone published by Trojan/Culture Publications in the early 1940s, a publisher of the “spicy” pulps, a kind-of soft porn magazine.

He lasted 25 stories, and Altus Press is reprinting the whole series. We now have the third volume, with the seventh, eighth and ninth novels.

Jim Anthony was “half Irish, half Indian, and all-American.” More emotional than Doc, Anthony was a physical and mental marvel. He had a penthouse in the Waldorf-Anthony Hotel he owned and had a secret mansion in the Catskills called “The Tepee.” He was assisted by a small group of people including Tom Gentry, pilot and right-hand man; Mephito, his shaman grandfather; Dawkins, his butler; and Dolores Colquitte, the daughter of a U.S. senator and his fiance (something unusual, as while some pulp heroes had a love interest, none were noted as their fiance). He also owned the New York Star and other papers, and made use of them in his adventures.

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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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Review: ‘Jim Anthony: Red Shambhala’

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, December 9, 2015 in Jim Anthony, Pro Se Press, Review
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

Review: ‘Jim Anthony: Red Shambhala’

"The New Adventures of Jim Anthony, Vol. 2: Red Shambhala"Pro Se Press has put out another new Jim Anthony novel from Joshua Reynolds: The New Adventures of Jim Anthony, Vol. 2: Red Shambhala.

For those not familiar, Jim Anthony was a sort-of Doc Savage “clone” published by Trojan/Culture Publications in the early 1940s.

Anthony was “half Irish, half Indian, and all-American.” More emotional than Doc, Anthony was a physical and mental marvel. He had a penthouse in the Waldorf-Anthony Hotel, which he owned, and had a secret mansion in the Catskills called “The Tepee.” He was assisted by a small group of people include Tom Gentry, pilot and right-hand man; Mephito, his shaman grandfather; his butler; and Dolores Colquitte, his fiance, and the daughter of a U.S. senator.

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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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Meet Dillon

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, October 29, 2014 in Airship 27, Dillon, Jim Anthony, New Pulp, Pro Se Press, Review
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

Dillon and the Voice of OdinDillon is a New Pulp hero created by Derrick Ferguson.

Dillon is an adventurer with unique skills and abilities, and a mysterious past. And he’s black. Ferguson is one of several authors who are trying to make New Pulp more diverse.

Dillon has starred in a series of books:

  • “Dillon and the Voice of Odin” (2003, 2013)
  • “Dillon and the Legend of the Golden Bell” (2010)
  • “Four Bullets for Dillon” (2011)
  • “Dillon and the Pirates of Xonira” (2012)
  • “Young Dillon in the Halls of Shamballah” (2014)
  • “The Vril Agenda” (2014)

We first met Dillon in “Dillon and the Voice of Odin.” Like a James Bond movie, we met him as he’s working on the tail end of a case, trying to get away from the bad guys, only to be betrayed by his partner. We get some hints about him. We learn that he had been exceptionally trained, but where is not stated; and learn his mother died defending him at a young age, but against whom we do not know. His next case, a matter of retrieving a ring from a once-lost ship leads him into the major case of the novel: The Voice of Odin. Odin is a mysterious figure, and his “Voice” is a dangerous sonic weapon with which he threatens the world with.

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