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‘Echoes Revisited’

Posted by at 10:10 am Wednesday, February 8, 2017 in Fanzines, G-8, Non-fiction, Phantom Detective, References, Review, Secret Agent X, The Avenger
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

‘Echoes Revisited’

'Echoes Revisited'The fanzine Echoes ran from 1982 to 2002, before the advent of print-on-demand changed pulp fan publishing and ushered in the current New Pulp era.

Echoes was published by Tom and Ginger Johnson for 100 issues and then for a period of time it was an “newszine.” Its last new issue was Echoes Revisited, published in 2002 as a 20th anniversary special issue. This one had a color cover (The Shadow by David Burton) and special binding. There were also 100 numbered copies.

This issue celebrates Echoes with a collection of articles new and old, along with several art portfolios and photocopies of some pulp covers. Sadly, I don’t know which articles are reprints, or from where, nor where some of these articles have appeared since. The articles are grouped by their authors.

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‘Pro Se Presents,’ year one

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, November 28, 2014 in Black Bat, Brother Bones, New Pulp, Pastiche, Phantom Detective, Pro Se Press, Review, Silver Manticore
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

"Pro Se Presents" No. 1Tommy Hancock‘s Pro Se Press has in its short time in existence become one of the major New Pulp publishers. And they have even pushed for the use of the term “New Pulp,” even coming up with a New Pulp logo that other publishers can use as well, as a cross promotional tool.

One of their most interesting efforts was to bring back a feature of the original, classic pulps: of being published monthly. They did this in 2011 with a new, monthly digest series, Pro Se Presents. Each volume would be about 100 pages, and have different types of pulp stories. Not just hero fiction, but horror, science fiction, detective, fantasy, and more. Some volumes might have two or three or even four stories, some might have only one, or in a few cases serialized over a couple of issues.

In this posting, I look at the first 12 issues of Pro Se Presents, Volume 1:

#1, August 2011 kicks off the series with three unusual stories. One is a modern horror story, the second is more a fantasy story, with elements of horror, and the third is a detective story. Or is it?

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A look at the Thrilling pulp heroes

Posted by at 10:00 am Monday, October 7, 2013 in Black Bat, Captain Future, 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: ‘Pulp Detectives’

Posted by at 10:00 am Thursday, July 11, 2013 in Black Bat, Hero Pulps, New Pulp, Phantom Detective, Review, Secret Agent X
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Pulp Detectives“Pulp Detectives” is another great collection from Altus Press of stories by Tom Johnson, a long-time pulp fan, author, and publisher. These stories are new stories by Tom featuring classic characters (and a New Pulp one).

We have The Black Bat in “Murder Under the Big Top”; Phantom Detective in “Satan’s Minions”; Masked Detective in “The Masked Detective’s Deadly Trail”; Secret Agent X in “The Spider’s Web”; The Lone Eagle in “The Nazi Spider Staffle”; The Black Bat in “Guns of Vengeance”; and Nightwind in “Mystery of Haunted Range.”

Then two further short stories with pulp influences, “Fangs of Death” and “The Mystery Book Club.”

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