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More new Green Lama: ‘Crimson Circle’

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, December 23, 2015 in Cthulhu Mythos, Green Lama, Moonstone, New Pulp, Pulps, Review
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

More new Green Lama: ‘Crimson Circle’

"The Green Lama: Crimson Circle"We have been getting new Green Lama stories from Moonstone under the authorship of Adam Lance Garcia, and now finally the long-promised novel, Crimson Circle.

Created for the Munsey pulps, The Green Lama was really American Jethro Dumont. He had traveled to Tibet, and was a real Buddhist lama, though he disguised himself as the Rev. Dr. Pali and the Green Lama. With a small group of associates, he fought crime.

Written by Kendal Foster Crossen under the pen-name Richard Foster, the series lasted for 14 pulp novels. Foster was able to keep the rights to the character, and also wrote the comic-book series at Prize Comics, and with his own comic-book company, Spark, published a Green Lama title. The comic-book versions made him more of a superhero who could fly.

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‘Nighthawk: Burning Skies’

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, December 16, 2015 in G-8, Moonstone, New Pulp, Review
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

‘Nighthawk: Burning Skies’

"Nighthawk: Burning Skies"Nighthawk is a new aviation hero/spy in the model of G-8. Created by Ron Fortier and published by Moonstone, his first adventure is out.

While clearly inspired by G-8, as far as I know, Nighthawk: Burning Skies was not written as a G-8 story. Some believe so, after the debacle with the planned Operator #5 shared novel that had to be renamed when the rights were lost. But Fortier has stated that this was never the case.

But there are a lot of similarities with G-8. Like G-8, we never learn Nighthawk’s real name. He is assisted by two wingmen. Flying Spad #7 is Dusty Hogan (a nod to Robert Hogan, the author of G-8?) instead of Bull Martin; flying Spad #13 is Brix Burton instead of Nippy Weston. The characteristics of the two are flipped (Brix and Bull are similar, as are Nippy and Dusty). Nighthawk has a butler, Brainard, instead of G-8’s Battle.

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Review: ‘The Avenger: The Sun King’

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, August 19, 2015 in Doc Savage, Hero Pulps, Moonstone, New Pulp, Review, The Avenger
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

Review: ‘The Avenger: The Sun King’

Street & Smith’s pulp hero The Avenger "The Avenger: The Sun King"is one of the few original pulp heroes to get additional stories. After Warner Books reprinted the original 24 Avenger novels, they had Ron Goulart write 12 additional novels. Now, finally we get another new Avenger novel, “The Sun King,” from Moonstone — 40 years later!

Richard Benson, The Avenger, was S&S’s second attempt to repeat the success of The Shadow and Doc Savage, but this time combining elements of both. The Avenger also had stories that varied in style from Doc-like adventure tales to The Shadow super-crook tales. And like both characters, he had others who worked with him in Justice Inc.

This new story is set in the early period of The Avenger’s career. It’s a direct sequel to “The River of Ice,” but before “Murder on Wheels.” We actually get Cole Wilson in the story before he appeared in that novel.

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Review: ‘Day of the Destroyers’

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, August 12, 2015 in Hero Pulps, Moonstone, New Pulp, Operator #5, Review
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Review: ‘Day of the Destroyers’

"Day of the Destroyers"“Day of the Destroyers” is a New Pulp linked anthology from Moonstone Books. It stars Jimmy Flint, Agent X-11 of the Intelligence Service Command as he fights against a conspiracy by the Medusa Council to take over the United States.

Jimmy Flint is your typical spy/secret agent character from the pulps, fighting a secret war against enemies, foreign and domestic, of the U.S. A veteran of WWI, a master of various forms of unarmed combat, as well as having various weapons to help him, including a special gun, various items described as pens, and others. He answers to his boss, Number 6, and is aided by his uncle Jack Flint, who is a retired spy known as Falcon-7 who has gathered other former spies as the “Shadow Service.” Later in the series he gains a young sidekick. (However, one writer flubbed and referred to Jimmie as “Jack” in his story.)

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