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‘Silver Manticore: Still at Large’

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, January 24, 2018 in New Pulp, Pastiche, Pro Se Press, Pulps, Review, Silver Manticore
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

‘Silver Manticore: Still at Large’

'Silver Manticore: Still at Large'P.J. Lozito‘s Silver Manticore is an interesting mix of pulp, radio, movie series, and comicbook characters that at times almost gets out of hand.

The Silver Manticore himself is a mix of the Green Hornet, The Shadow, and the Copperhead (the hero of the Mysterious Doctor Satan movie serial), and so creates a generational hero in which new people step into the role of the Silver Manticore. He is assisted by others who are pastiches of various pulp and comic characters, and his foes are also pastiches of various pulp villains (and later comicbook), first off being the Fu Manchu-inspired Hanoi Tsin and the Shiwan Khan-inspired Siam Khan.

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‘Pro Se Presents,’ year one

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, November 28, 2014 in Black Bat, Brother Bones, New Pulp, Pastiche, Phantom Detective, Pro Se Press, Review, Silver Manticore
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

"Pro Se Presents" No. 1Tommy Hancock‘s Pro Se Press has in its short time in existence become one of the major New Pulp publishers. And they have even pushed for the use of the term “New Pulp,” even coming up with a New Pulp logo that other publishers can use as well, as a cross promotional tool.

One of their most interesting efforts was to bring back a feature of the original, classic pulps: of being published monthly. They did this in 2011 with a new, monthly digest series, Pro Se Presents. Each volume would be about 100 pages, and have different types of pulp stories. Not just hero fiction, but horror, science fiction, detective, fantasy, and more. Some volumes might have two or three or even four stories, some might have only one, or in a few cases serialized over a couple of issues.

In this posting, I look at the first 12 issues of Pro Se Presents, Volume 1:

#1, August 2011 kicks off the series with three unusual stories. One is a modern horror story, the second is more a fantasy story, with elements of horror, and the third is a detective story. Or is it?

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Review: ‘Silver Manticore: Friends and Foes’

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, July 9, 2014 in New Pulp, Pastiche, Pro Se Press, Review, Silver Manticore
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Silver Manticore: Friends and FoesP.J. Lozito‘s Silver Manticore is an interesting mix of pulp, radio, movie serial, and comic book characters that at times almost gets out of hand.

The Silver Manticore himself is a mix of the Green Hornet, The Shadow, and the Copperhead (the hero of the “Mysterious Doctor Satan” chapter film), and so creates a generational hero in which new people step into the role of the Silver Manticore. He is assisted by others who are pastiches of various pulp and comic characters, and his foes are also pastiches of various pulp villains, first off being the Fu Manchu-inspired Hanoi Tsin and the Shiwan Khan-inspired Siam Khan.

The latest Silver Manticore book, “Silver Manticore: Friends and Foes,” is a collection of 10 short stories, each one looking at one of his associates, either a friend or a foe. Some stories have the Manticore appearing, others don’t. With this, we get more information on these various characters. As noted, these characters and others mentioned, are pastiches, so it can be hard to figure out who the characters are based on.

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Review: ‘The Sting of the Silver Manticore’

Posted by at 10:25 am Tuesday, May 28, 2013 in Doc Savage, Hero Pulps, New Pulp, Pro Se Press, Pulps, Review, Silver Manticore, The Shadow
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

The Sting of the Silver ManticoreThe Silver Manticore is an interesting New Pulp hero.

“The Sting of the Silver Manticore” is an obvious homage to many fictional characters from pulps, radio, TV/movies (including serials), and literature. Its author, P.J. Lozito, also mixes in a lot of other characters who are homages of others. It’s almost confusing trying to figure out who is being referenced, especially when you have some characters who are obviously a mix of two to three others.

The Silver Manticore has appeared in two prior stories in Pro Se Presents. One uses the 1930/’40s Manticore (the main character here) and the other uses the ’60/’70s Manticore (who appears in the later part of the book).

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