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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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Review: ‘Tales of the Shadowmen, Vol. 7’

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, June 11, 2014 in Doctor Omega, Fantomas, French pulp, Fu Manchu, Judex, Nyctalope, Pulps, Review, Sar Dubnotal, The Black Coats, Wold Newton Universe, Zorro
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

Tales of the Shadowmen: Femmes Fatale“Tales of the Shadowmen: Femmes Fatale” (2011) is the seventh volume of this eclectic anthology series from Black Coat Press.

This collection fits into Philip José Farmer‘s “Wold Newton” concept.

Included in this collection are:

• Matt Haley: “My Femmes Fatales” is an art portfolio on various femme fatales shown in this series, with a brief intro to each one.

• Xavier Maumejean: “My Femmes Fatales” is a brief foreword on the character of the femme fatale.

• Roberto Lionel Barreiro: “Secrets” is a short tale having Jean Valjean (of “Les Misérables”) meeting Zorro, though both are disguised.

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The other Green Ghost

Posted by at 10:00 am Monday, April 21, 2014 in Hero Pulps, Johnston McCulley, New Pulp, Review, Zorro
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

The other Green Ghost

Green GhostFor most pulp hero fans, if you mention The Green Ghost, they will think of the character created by G.T. Fleming-Roberts for Thrilling, that ran for about 14 stories in the 1940s.

Here, we speak of an earlier Green Ghost. Created by Johnston McCulley, creator of Zorro, this Green Ghost ran for seven stories in 1934-35 in Thrilling Detective magazine.

This Green Ghost is really former cop Danny Blaney, who puts on a green hood and gloves to fight crooks. We learn in the first story that Blaney was framed by crooks and lost his job as a cop, even though a jury found him innocent. Though he fights crooks, he isn’t much for cops either, because they think he’s dirty.

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A look at the Munsey pulp heroes

Posted by at 10:00 am Monday, January 20, 2014 in Green Lama, Munsey, Publishers, Pulps, Zorro
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

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

Frank Munsey

Frank Munsey

Frank Munsey is very important to the pulp field because he created the idea of pulp magazines: inexpensive all-fiction magazines published on cheap pulp paper. The first pulp magazine is considered The Argosy. Other early pulps his company published would include Munsey Magazine, All-Story Magazine, Cavalier and others.

It was in Munsey’s magazines that characters like Tarzan, Zorro, Semi-Dual, The Mongoose, The Park Avenue Hunt Club, and others were published. Munsey passed away in 1925, but the company continued until they sold out to Popular Publications in 1942 which continued several of their magazines.

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The other pulp characters of Johnston McCulley

Posted by at 1:46 am Tuesday, March 26, 2013 in Hero Pulps, Johnston McCulley, Pulps, Villain Pulps, Zorro
Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

The other pulp characters of Johnston McCulley

 

Johnston McCulley

Johnston McCulley

While many may not be familiar with the name Johnson McCulley, we probably know his most well-known character: Zorro. Zorro started off as a pulp character before moving to serials, movies, comics and more.

But what many may not be aware of are the many other serial characters (few as popular as Zorro, but a couple came close) that Johnston McCulley created. Some of these are currently available to pulp fans. Altus Press has reprinted a few of them, and I hope they do more. Wildside Press has reprinted some of the original collections.

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