Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Return Of The Pulps -- Again!

Fans of Doc Savage,* The Shadow and The Avenger (not The Avengers, this dude's singular. Very) will want to check out Sanctum Books, busily reprinting all three, including original covers, illustrations and blurbs.

Back in the real world, J-GRIT is busy indexing and biographing, in their words, "the world's toughest, bravest, and most adventurous Jews." From Emma Goldman to WW II Major General Maurice Rose, some pretty outstanding personalities. Even pirates!

And both links from a Wiki-wander into South American wars of the 19th and 20th Centuries.
* Clark Savage, Jr., the Man of Bronze, perhaps the greatest crimefighter of all time. Ever. They don't make 'em like that any more.


greg said...

I'm going to need to check this out. When I was a teenager, my dad bought a few 'Doc Savages' at a yard sale.

While I found them overly simplified and yes...pulpy...they were also a 'rollicking good time' as they would say on a movie poster.

Bubblehead Les. said...

Lester Dent Lives On! And yes, I DID see that GodAwful George Pal Abomination when it hit the Theaters, so I have paid my dues. Monk was always my Favorite.

Roberta X said...

Sadly, I saw the George Pal thing, too, though years later.

But I've always enjoyed the books. They are formulaic pulp adventures but many of them are good nonetheless; the majority of Doc's adventures were written by pulp powerhouse Lester Dent and despite writing as quickly as he could put words on paper, the guy had talent. He was also something of a pulp hero himself, sailing his own yacht, had a ham license, was a private pilot, climbed mountains, invented a few gadgets and traveled extensively...! Who'd've thought "write what you know" applied to Doc Savage? :)

Fuzzy Curmudgeon said...

Buddy of mine in New Orleans also publishes pulps: http://www.cornerstonepublishers.com/pulp.html

RobertSlaughter said...

First retro-tech articles that remind me of flipping through my dad's archive of Popular Science, Popular Mechanics and Mechanix Illustrated back when they had article where people MADE things. Now old pulps (that I read in PB format back in Junior High and High School). You are such fun.

Ken said...

Nice. I read several Doc Savage novels in the '70s, and as many Shadow novels as I could lay hands on in the '80s. I liked the Savage (& co.) cameo in Dave Stevens's The Rocketeer.

LabRat said...

After four seasons of Venture Brothers, I'm not sure I can look at Doc Savage without at least 25 degrees of skew.

...Then again that might actually make them MORE fun.