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Fantastic Adventures of Pulp Characters

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There has been some great conversations going on in @"bionicbob"'s Strikes! threads and we thought it would be cool to get a thread going to talk about pulp characters and some of the other media they are involved in (movies, radio, novels, etc.).  There are some resources out and about on the internet that we could bring here and share for others to look at.  Also, any pulp-esque characters that are not of the norm we could talk/share about and even kick around some ideas on future edits and ideas as well.

Some Classic Pulp Characters:

The Shadow
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The Phantom
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Doc Savage
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The Spider
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John Carter
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Please share some of your favorites or characters that aren't of the norm that you consider a pulp character.

I am finishing up an edit of the film Darkman whom I consider a definite pulp style character:

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Nice @"Vultural"!  Speaking of radio, my wife picked up some special Doc Savage radio plays for me a few years back.  I need to dig those out again, but it was a cool tribute to the old timey radio programs.
 

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Two truly awesome pulp resources:

RADIO ARCHIVES -- run by pulp historian Will Murray and current Doc Savage scribe, it features old time radio shows, pulp reprints, audio books and new adventures.  I love this site!

http://www.radioarchives.com/default.asp

Ron Fortier's blog PULP FICTION REVIEWS... if you thought pulp fiction was a thing of the past, you are very wrong.  There is fantastic pulp revival going on these days, and this site reviews them all...
http://pulpfictionreviews.blogspot.ca

:D
 

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The thing that attracted me to Doc Savage in the first place was the incredible cover art by James Bama for the Bantam Book releases....

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Actor Steve Holland was the model for Doc!

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Here is an excellent retrospective of one of the greatest pulp heroes ever....

http://https://vimeo.com/63960512[/video]
 

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...and as a companion piece to the Shadow doc, here is a different "doc"...  :D

http://https://vimeo.com/63968954[/video]
 

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Lots of good stuff there Bob!  I was checking out the Radio Archives and found a cool sounding title called King Kong vs. Tarzan!  Intriguing to say the least.  

@"Siebener"'s work on the Superman Radio edits are amazing!  I wish we would hear some more radio style edits like that.

Question, would King Solomon's Mine be considered a pulp story or is it how the story keeps getting adapted in the movies that makes it more inline with the pulp characteristics?  Does Quatermain fit the bill of being a pulp hero?
 

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musiced921 said:
Question, would King Solomon's Mine be considered a pulp story or is it how the story keeps getting adapted in the movies that makes it more inline with the pulp characteristics?  Does Quatermain fit the bill of being a pulp hero?

I think Quatermain of the movies fits into the pulp hero mould.  Quatermain of the novels is a slightly different animal imo.

If American Pulp of the 1930s are the Fathers of the Super Hero genre, then to me, Victorian Adventure stories and Penny Dreadfuls are the Grandfathers.

The ideas, concepts and world building done by the likes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, HG Wells, Jules Verne, Mary Shelly, Alexander Dumas and so many others, inspired and laid the groundwork for what would be later created by their American counterparts.

To me PULPS are a very American product.  They have a very stylized tone and voice.  And they are not limited to just proto-masked heroes, it extends to romance, westerns, fantasy and the creation of American Detective Fiction.  Though I do not limit the Pulp Hero definition just to heroes from the printed word, to me it includes radio shows, newspaper comic strips and monthly comic books.  It is more of a time period of innovative hero fiction that existed from about 1912 (John Carter and Tarzan) to about 1945 with the end of the war.
 

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After Street & Smith's massive success with The Shadow and Doc Savage, they took another kick at the pulp can with the creation of THE AVENGER...

http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klveHOYx5NQ[/video]
 

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Dynamite Comics in the last few years has become the hub for the Pulp Heroes revival.

By having multiple licences, they have been able to do stories and team ups that only previously existed in day dreams and fan fiction.

Their newest title I have high hopes for... called THE GREATEST ADVENTURE, it is written by Bill Willingham, and is the first ever full cross over/ team up of the ERB universe.... which might very well be the first shared universe in literature?

https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/02/28/bill-willingham-edgar-rice-burroughs-greatest-adventure/

http://dynamite.com/htmlfiles/viewProduct.html?PRO=C72513025711601011

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I had no idea Dynamite comics had been doing so much good stuff.  I believe I have their complete run of The Spider.

Now, the Spider is a character that I can't get enough of.  I own both of the serials that he was featured in and they are both excellent albeit the usual bait and switch escapes (the worst is they clearly shot him and he fell off of the roof only to then just be fine and pretending that they shot him  :dodgy: )

I'm interested to read this and I'm wondering how they'll be bringing Mr. John Carter in for it.
 

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^ The spider serials, did you get them from serialsquadron?
 

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I bought a quality Jack Holt serial from Serial Squadron a couple years ago.
Think a Zorro, too.
Good outfit.
 

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musiced921 said:
I had no idea Dynamite comics had been doing so much good stuff.  I believe I have their complete run of The Spider.

Now, the Spider is a character that I can't get enough of.  I own both of the serials that he was featured in and they are both excellent albeit the usual bait and switch escapes (the worst is they clearly shot him and he fell off of the roof only to then just be fine and pretending that they shot him  :dodgy: )

The Spider is easily my favourite vigilante pulp hero.  I love the over the top blockbuster violent insanity of the novels.  I swear, half of New York seems to get killed or destroyed in every other book....lol.  The Spider makes the Shadow look like a pacifist. :p

I thought the comic by Dynamite was enjoyable though it did not quite capture the tone or voice of the pulps.

It was interesting that the Dynamite comic decided to go with the Spider look from the serials....
       

...rather than with how he is described in the book which is much more frightening...long hair, hunchbacked, vampire teeth, etc...
     
 

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Rogue-theX said:
^ The spider serials, did you get them from serialsquadron?

I got the first one from there.  Didn't see The Spider Returns available from them so I bought a random copy from eBay.  I've thought about doing a movie edit of the serial a few times and started doing some light work on it a while ago.  One day I'll get back to that and Captain Marvel. 

@bionicbob I'm actually more of a fan of the serial look compared to the long haired hunchback appearance.  He is definitely a cool character nevertheless and I feel like he is sorely overlooked.
 

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From the documentary THE SHADOW KNOWS featuring the music of Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen...

http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAdxsAWV6cM[/video]
 

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bionicbob said:
Can you name them all?  :)

No, not all sadly, L2R T2B:
?, ?, Blue Beetle?, Doctor Satan?, Captain Midnight?, ♫Doc Savage♫, Dick Tracy, FLASH GORDON!, The Green Hornet, Kato

Mandrake the Magician?, The Spirit?, Jane?, Tarzan, Jungle Girl?, The Phantom, The Shadow, Rocketman (Commando Cody), The Spirit (I mean the Spider, THE SPIDER), The Lone Ranger.


ETA, wait the second from top left is probably Buck Rogers.
 
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