Pulp Adventures #23 (Fall 2016) begins the third year of this revised pulp fanzine from Bold Venture Press.
As always, we get a collection of classic and New Pulp fiction (with some notes) and even some pulp comics, under a George Rozen cover (a detective one, from a spicy pulp).
In the area of old pulp, we start off with “Luck” by Theodore Roscoe, which appeared in Short Stories in 1941. This one is set at a horse track. We also get an short article on Roscoe, who is probably best known for his series about Thibault Corley of the Foreign Legion, which has been reprinted by Altus Press. Bold Venture is planning on reprinting some other books by Roscoe in 2017, and has reprinted a biography on him as well.Read More
The cover story of this issue is Leider’s Devil Doctor story, “The Manchurian Menace,” which has the doctor and his daughter after a Chinese scientist in WWII China. He has the secret of the atomic bomb, and is pursued by Nazis, Japanese, OSS, and MI-6.
Other stories in this volume include a new Pink Reaper story, a Domino Lady-like new pulp heroine by Patrick Thomas. I’ve only seen one other story with this character, so not certain where else she has appeared. Patrick has several other series, such as the Mystic Investigators.
KT Pinto provides another story, this time with private eye Raphael Jones, and Robert Water has a story about conquistadors in Central America.
Hopefully we will see another volume soon. This is a nice series and wish we would see issues more often. Am told that v5 will come out in February.Read More
I recently received the second new issue of The Bronze Gazette, #77, now published by Pulplications. This is the final issue for this year. They also did a special edition for the 2016 Doc Con, and I was able to order a copy (it wasn’t part of the subscription). Check, as they may still have copies.Read More
I have posted previously on Joseph Lovece‘s series, the “Steam Man of the West.” This is an original series inspired by the various “boy inventor” adventure series that ran in the dime novels, the late 1800s forerunners to the pulp magazines.
Known as the “Edisonades,” these included characters like Frank Reade Jr., Jack Wright and others who built steam- and electric-powered vehicles that went on the land, sea, and air.
Lovece’s series is obviously inspired by Frank Reade Jr., as the main character is young inventor Frank Rude Jr. I had read the five books, and now we have a new ones: Juan Nadie.Read More
This time we get a collection of classic and New Pulp fiction (with some notes) and even some pulp comics, under a H.L. Park cover (a science fiction one). No Norman Saunders cover this time, gasp! There is a reason why, though.
In my view, this blend of new and old pulp fiction (with occasional pre-pulp and post-pulp) that doesn’t focus on one genre — we get science fiction, aviation, crime & detective, and a little horror in this one — makes this one of the best pulp-fiction fanzines coming out now.Read More
I have previously posted about the Vic Challenger series, having received the fifth novel in the series. Set in the 1920s, the series stars young Victoria Custer who discovers she is the reincarnation of a cave girl, Nat-ul, born and died 100,000 years ago.
Using the name Vic Challenger, she works as a travel writer (and adventurer) while looking for her soul mate from 100,000 whom she thinks is also reincarnated. But in her travels she gets into various dangers, and her past life as a cave girl warrior helps her out.
The first two novels, Time Doesn’t Matter and Mongol are available together in one volume titled Double Trouble, and I got that. In reading the first novel I discovered that the character actually comes from Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ The Eternal Lover. The first half of the novel consists of a retelling of that novel, but here Victoria doesn’t meet her reincarnated lover Nu as in the original, which sounds a little hokey. But Victoria does have all the same adventures in Africa, and Tarzan does appear (though never referred to as such, but only as Lord Graystoke, probably for copyright reasons). The Burroughs novel is in the public domain, but I am sure calling the character “Vic Challenger” makes it easier to copyright this different take on the character.Read More