Marvel’s Iron Fist showed up on Netflix earlier this month, and I’ve been slowly watching through the series.
As with Netflix’s previous Marvel miniseries — Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage — Iron Fist got me thinking, to borrow an old Marvel comic-book title, What If…?
The earlier miniseries were tremendously well done. All were gritty, story-driven series with plenty of action, great characters (and villains), and fine casts. (Iron Fist, so far, hasn’t lived up to the bar set by its predecessors.)
Daredevil’s first season pitted him against Kingpin, Wilson Fisk. The dangers seemed real for Matt Murdock as he struggled to become Daredevil, and for his friends and the other residents in Hell’s Kitchen. The second season was a bit more expansive, but still limited in scope. The same went for Luke Cage. Jessica Jones, on the other hand, was a more personal conflict between Jessica Jones and Kilgrave that other people got pulled into it.
Back to my question: What If… there were a limited-episode, streaming series based on a pulp character?Read More
Science-fiction author Paul A. Carter died Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in Kingman, Ariz. He was 90.
Carter’s earliest work of fiction, “The Last Objective,” appeared in the August 1946 number of Astounding, though he had numerous letters published in a number of sf pulps prior to that. “The Last Objective” was adapted in 1951 for NBC radio’s Dimension X anthology series.
In addition to writing fiction for the pulps and, later, digests, Carter authored The Creation of Tomorrow: Fifty Years of Magazine Science Fiction, published in 1977. It looked at the impact of pulp magazines on the genre of sf from the 1920s through the 1970s. Kirkus Review, at the time, called The Creation of Tomorrow “an important book: invaluable from a bibliographer’s standpoint, of commanding interest for any serious student of science fiction.”Read More
Bits of pulp is an irregular feature of Yellowed Perils, and gives me a chance to touch upon a collection of items that popped up on my pulp radar recently.
STAR WARS BUILT ON ANOTHER FOUNDATION? Here’s an interesting concept: The Jedi Order is the Star Wars equivalent to the Second Foundation in Isaac Asimov‘s Foundation series.Read More
Whew. It’s been a busy month.Read More
CTHULHU McCTHULHUFACE? I’m sure you heard the entertaining results of the United Kingdom Science Ministry’s online poll to name its new research ship: Boaty McBoatface. Well, you may have missed voting in 2014 on what to name the daughter of web developer Stephen McLaughlin. But a bunch of H.P. Lovecraft fans didn’t.
The website Vox rounds up “Boaty McBoatface and the history of internet naming fiascos.” McLaughlin’s poll is among the list. The winning name: Cthulhu.Read More
Last month, I took a look at a pair of sf stories from 1940s that featured mutants. The premise of the post being that the X-Men weren’t the first time mutants — or evolved humans — appeared in popular fiction.
No doubt, consciously or not, pulp sf stories provided a lot of inspiration for the X-Men , just as the magazines had done for Superman, Batman, and many other comic-book heroes. (You have to remember that many of the early comic-book writers, illustrators, and editors had pulp magazine backgrounds, and if they didn’t, they were likely avid pulp readers.)
Several newsgroup comments after my first post suggested two other stories as precursors to the X-Men. Shelby Vick over in the PulpMags group at Yahoo and Charlie Eckhaus in the FictionMags group both mentioned the Children of the Atom series, which ran in Astounding Science Fiction from 1948 to 1950. And FictionMag’s Art Lortie mentioned “Dragon’s Island,” an abridged version of which ran in the June 1952 number of Startling Stories.Read More