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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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‘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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‘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
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'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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Capt. Hazzard, overlooked Doc Savage clone

Posted by at 10:00 am Monday, January 13, 2014 in Ace, Comics, Doc Savage, Hero Pulps, New Pulp, Pastiche, Pulps, Secret Agent X
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Capt. Hazzard, overlooked Doc Savage clone

Capt. HazzardAmong original pulp heroes, Capt. Hazzard is sadly a one-hit wonder, and is one of the most blatant Doc Savage clones.

Published by Ace Magazines, he got only one issue of his own magazine in 1938. With a novel titled “Python Men of the Lost City,” it even sounds like a typical Doc story.

A second story was written, but with the magazine canceled, Paul Chadwick, the author, revamped it and turned it into a Secret Agent X story. This story, “Curse of the Crimson Horde,” didn’t seem like a typical Secret Agent X story. And now we know why.

So, who is Capt. Hazzard? He is an adventurer, with dark hair and blue-gray eyes. Blinded as a youth when his parents were murdered, his eyesight is restored by a new surgical procedure. But he has a scar over his left eye.

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A look at the Ace pulp heroes

Posted by at 10:00 am Monday, December 23, 2013 in Ace, Captain Hazzard, Comics, Moon Man, Publishers, Secret Agent X
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

A.A. Wyn

A.A. Wyn

In the next in this series of articles, I take an overview of one of the major pulp publishers and their pulp heroes: Ace Magazines.

Established in 1928 by Harold Hersey as Magazine Publishers, the company was taken over by A.A. Wyn in 1929. Keeping the name, the line was labeled Ace Magazines and used an ace of spades as a logo. Periodical House was another company name used, so the line might be referred to as Magazine Publishers, Periodical House or Ace.

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Review: ‘The Good, The Bad, and the Unknown’

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, December 11, 2013 in Doctor Satan, Hero Pulps, Moon Man, New Pulp, Review, Secret Agent X
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Review: ‘The Good, The Bad, and the Unknown’

The Good, the Bad, and the Unknown“The Good, the Bad, and the Unknown” is an interesting collection.

I originally thought it a single novel using three classic characters: Moon Man, Doctor Satan and Secret Agent X. Instead, it’s a collection: a novel-length tale of the Moon Man, followed by short stories of Doctor Satan and Secret Agent X. All written by Michael Frigon, and published by Wild Cat Books.

For those not aware, here is a quick run down of these three characters.

The Moon Man was a secondary pulp hero, published in about 40 stories in Ace Magazines’ Ten Detective Aces in the mid-1930s. He is different from most pulp heroes, being more of a Robin Hood character: stealing from the greedy rich, to distribute to the poor. And so is thought a criminal. He is really police detective Steve Thatcher, son of the Great City Chief of Police, and in love with the daughter of his boss, the chief of detectives. His fiance is the only one who knows he’s the Moon Man (so named, because of the glass globe helmet he wears, which is really a one-way mirror). Helping him is ex-boxer Ned “Angel” Dugan, who doesn’t know his identity, but who helps him distribute the money he steals. Only a few original stories have been reprinted, though there is a complete (but expensive) collection of all his stories. So I’ve never read an original Moon Man story, only new stories using him.

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