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.
Dillon is a New Pulp hero created by Derrick Ferguson. Dillon is an adventurer with unique skills and abilities, and a mysterious past. And he’s black. Ferguson is one of several authors who are trying to make New Pulp more diverse.
I have previously reviewed some of the Dillon works, and “Dillon and the Legend of the Golden Bell” is the second Dillon novel, now in a new “deluxe edition” with a new cover that matches the new edition of the first novel.
This novel builds off of the first one. This is set a few years after the first novel, and we get hints and references to prior adventures, as well as learn a little more about Dillon’s origins. We also get hints of other pulp characters, some from the original pulps, some created by other authors, some created by Ferguson.Read More
Dillon is an adventurer with unique skills and abilities, and a mysterious past. And he’s black. Ferguson is one of several authors who are trying to make New Pulp more diverse.
Dillon has starred in a series of books:
- “Dillon and the Voice of Odin” (2003, 2013)
- “Dillon and the Legend of the Golden Bell” (2010)
- “Four Bullets for Dillon” (2011)
- “Dillon and the Pirates of Xonira” (2012)
- “Young Dillon in the Halls of Shamballah” (2014)
- “The Vril Agenda” (2014)
We first met Dillon in “Dillon and the Voice of Odin.” Like a James Bond movie, we met him as he’s working on the tail end of a case, trying to get away from the bad guys, only to be betrayed by his partner. We get some hints about him. We learn that he had been exceptionally trained, but where is not stated; and learn his mother died defending him at a young age, but against whom we do not know. His next case, a matter of retrieving a ring from a once-lost ship leads him into the major case of the novel: The Voice of Odin. Odin is a mysterious figure, and his “Voice” is a dangerous sonic weapon with which he threatens the world with.Read More
The idea for the character is that she is the daughter of two pulp characters (who is not revealed, but considering there are so few female pulp heroes…). After her parents are killed, she is trained by a whole slew of pulp heroes. This means that she can take on aspects of every pulp hero genre: detective, western, adventurer, etc.
A few New Pulp heroes make appearances in the stories in this anthology, titled simply “The Pulptress.” (Note that this book is in the digest-size format that Pro Se Press uses for their Pro Se Presents series, so don’t be surprised.)Read More