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Meet Flash Gordon

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, September 29, 2017 in Comics, Movies, Pulps
Estimated reading time: 9 minutes

Meet Flash Gordon

Flash Gordon battles Ming the Merciless.A character that is often times trotted out as a pulp character is Flash Gordon. But he’s really not, as he originated in the comic strips. Created to compete against Buck Rogers, he has outshined Buck, and would later appear in comic books, movies and serials, TV, books, radio, and even a pulp magazine. I debated doing an article on him, but feel I must, because there are pulp-like elements.

Most people recall the basic parts of the storyline, which is your “planetary romance” mixed with space opera adventure. Earth is menaced by the rogue planet Mongo. Flash and Dale Arden crash near the lab of Dr. Hans Zarkov, and the three launch into space in Zarkov’s spaceship to put a stop to it. Crashing on Mongo, they find a bizarre world of people and races, ruled over by the despotic Ming the Merciless. Flash and company team up with others, including Prince Barin and Vultan of the Hawkmen, and lead a rebellion against Ming and overthrow him. This leads to further adventures by Flash, Dale, and Zarkov on Mongo (sometimes dealing with another attempt by Ming or someone else to take over), on Earth, and on other worlds.

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A look at ‘Buckaroo Banzai’

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, May 26, 2017 in Movies, Pastiche, Pulps, Review
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

A look at ‘Buckaroo Banzai’

In 1984 I was thrilled to see a new movie that seemed (to me) to have some pulp inspirations: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the 8th Dimension. We got to see Dr. Buckaroo Banzai, neurosurgeon, physicist, musician, and adventurer, in action alongside his band-mates, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, who were all top experts in their fields. They worked to stop the evil Red Lectoids from Planet 10 escaping from Earth and causing the good Black Lectoids to destroy the Earth to stop them.

Buckaroo Banzai and his Hong Kong Cavaliers: actors Jeff Goldblum (from left), Clancy Brown, Peter Weller (as Buckaroo), Pepe Serna, Billy Vera, and Lewis Smith.

Buckaroo Banzai and his Hong Kong Cavaliers: actors Jeff Goldblum (from left), Clancy Brown, Peter Weller (as Buckaroo), Pepe Serna, Billy Vera, and Lewis Smith.

And at the end we were promised a sequel in which Banzai and his friends went up against the World Crime League!

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