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Bits of pulp: Foundation, Jedi, & more

Posted by at 10:00 am Tuesday, August 23, 2016 in Bits of Pulp, Books, Movies/TV/Radio, New Pulp, News, PulpFest
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Bits of pulp: Foundation, Jedi, & 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.

Jedis Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) stand ready for battle in "Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace."

Jedis Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) stand ready for battle in Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

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.

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Bits of pulp: Ape man, bronze man

Posted by at 10:00 am Thursday, June 30, 2016 in Bits of Pulp, Movies/TV/Radio, News, Publications, PulpFest
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Bits of pulp: Ape man, bronze man

Whew. It’s been a busy month.

By the time you’re reading this, this year’s issue of The Pulpster will be in the hands of the printer and being prepped for debut in a few weeks at PulpFest 2016.

I’ve got a post coming up next week on the PulpFest website giving a rundown of what’s in the zine’s 25th issue, and how you can get your copy.

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Bits of pulp: Cthulhu, cosplay, sf

Posted by at 10:00 am Thursday, May 12, 2016 in Bits of Pulp, Movies/TV/Radio, People, Pulp History, Pulps
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Bits of pulp: Cthulhu, cosplay, sf

Bits of pulp is an irregular feature of Yellowed Perils highlighting pulp-related tidbits that might interest fans of the pulp magazines.

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.

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Bits of pulp: ‘Shadow Comics,’ pulp cons

Posted by at 10:00 am Tuesday, May 3, 2016 in Bits of Pulp, Doc Con, Events, Pulps, Windy City
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Bits of pulp: ‘Shadow Comics,’ pulp cons
An interior page from "The Shadow Comics" Vol. 7, No. 7 (1947)

An interior page from The Shadow Comics Vol. 7, No. 7 (1947)

THE FOUR-COLOR SHADOW: Comic Heroes of the Golden Age has posted a couple of dozen issues of The Shadow Comics from the 1940s.

The comic-book scans are .cbr files and zipped into three archives. (Look for the “Download” links sprinkled throughout the cover images.)

Now — and this pretty much goes for any comic-book adaptation of a pulp hero — don’t expect The Shadow to be the same character you read about in the novels. This comic-book version of The Shadow is more like the radio version, with Lamont Cranston heavily involved in the stories and The Shadow possessing the ability to become invisible (or at least “cloud men’s minds so that they cannot see him”).

In addition to The Shadow, you’ll find backup stories featuring pulp characters Doc Savage, Nick Carter, Cap Fury, and The Avenger, as well as characters developed for the comics.

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Bits of pulp: Tarzan, New Pulp, and Doc

Posted by at 9:55 am Friday, April 15, 2016 in Bits of Pulp, Books, Movies/TV/Radio
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

Bits of pulp: Tarzan, New Pulp, and Doc
"All-Story" (October 1912)

“All-Story” (October 1912)

10 TARZAN FACTS THAT DON’T MENTION PULP: Matthew Baugh over at ListVerse has “10 Facts About Tarzan That Will Surprise You.”

Well, it’s actually only nine facts. No. 10 — “The Origin of Tarzan‘s Name” — is incorrect, as pointed out (and agreed with by Baugh) in the comments. It’s just not corrected in the post. (I guess that would make it only nine facts.)

What surprised me most was no mention of the Tarzan stories ever appearing in the pulp magazines.

With The Legend of Tarzan, starring Alexander Skarsgard as the Ape Man and Margot Robbie as Jane, coming out July 1, we’ll probably be hearing a lot more about Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ creation. Hopefully folks will remember that Tarzan first appeared in the pages of the pulps.

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Bits of pulp: Links, Tarzan, a passing

Posted by at 10:00 am Tuesday, November 10, 2015 in Bits of Pulp, Books, News, Obituaries, People, Pulps, ThePulp.Net, Websites
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Bits of pulp: Links, Tarzan, a passing

GONE MISSING: Well, it looks as though John Olsen‘s “The Shadow in Review” website wasn’t the only victim of Comcast’s elimination of its personal web pages.

If you looked through ThePulp.Net recently, you might have noticed quite a few links with strikethroughs, which indicated they are broken. Many were Comcast sites, such as Scott Cranford‘s Doc Savage FAQ, and a number of pulp pages run by Clark Holloway.

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