Barry Reese

Pulp Writer Extraordinaire

masks08_cov_rossI almost committed myself to a major undertaking. It had gotten so far that I’d created a blog for it and even scheduled the first four posts… but then I came to my senses last night. While it’s good to do things for the benefit of the New Pulp community, ultimately I’m just one person… and I have my own writing & imprint to focus on. While I hope that someone else will step forward to save the day and keep this project going, I can’t let that force me into doing something that would result in a whole of work on my behalf without any real payoff other than some vague sense of ‘doing good.’ I did the New Pulp Bestsellers List for several years and it was a lot of work — I put in my time for the good of the community, I think.

And, yes, I know that’s all very vague, isn’t it?

In happier news, I came up with the germ of an idea for the Weird West story I’m writing for Mechanoid Press and have started that. Another new character to play with! Always fun. I’ll have to avoid the temptation to start another series, though. I have enough of those! 🙂

Anyway, let’s move on!

Since Dynamite is publishing The Shadow and its related comics, I’ve been reading quite a few of their books lately. Their pulp line keeps expanding and I’ll soon be trying The Black Bat & Miss Fury, in addition to Masks, The Shadow and The Shadow: Year One. I figured I’d post all their pulp related solicitations for June 2013 here since I usually end up talking about some of them on The Shadow Fan Podcast.

THE BLACK BAT # 2
Brian Buccellato (w)
Ronan Cliquet (a)
Jae Lee, Joe Benitez, Ardian Syaf, Billy Tan (c)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+ • 6/5

The redemptive quest of The Black Bat continues! As the cloaked hero launches his campaign against his criminal former clients, he must save the police from a mysterious captor. What darkness from Tony’s past threatens his newfound war on crime?

MISS FURY # 3
Rob Williams (w)
Jack Herbert (a)
Joe Benitez, Paul Renaud, Billy Tan, Wagner Reis (c)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+ • 6/5

In 1943, Miss Fury is drunk and suicidal, dangling off the edge of Manhattan’s highest skyscraper. In 2013, she’s racing in a high-speed bike chase through Washington, DC, in pursuit of time-traveling Nazi agents. Which reality is true? Meanwhile, CIA Agent Harmon uncovers the true identity of those who unhinged her from time…

THE SHADOW: YEAR ONE # 5 (OF 10)
Matt Wagner (w)
Wilfredo Torres (a)
Matt Wagner, Alex Ross, Chris Samnee, Howard Chaykin (c)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+ • 6/26
NOW 10 ISSUES!
The Shadow pursues his crusade against crime, and Margo Lane struggles to fit into Lamont Cranston’s mysterious world. Meanwhile, Big Gun Massaretti’s senseless gang war disrupts the mobs of New York, prompting a daring heist that draws the Master of Men like a moth to flame. And finally, an intrepid reporter relentlessly pursues The Shadow’s secrets, closing in!

THE SHADOW # 15
Chris Roberson (w)
Giovanni Timpano (a)
Alex Ross, Jason Shawn Alexander, Tim Bradstreet,
Francesco Francavilla (c)
4 regular covers will be shipped in equal ratios
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+ • 6/19
The Shadow has come face-to-face with the killer known as “The Light,” and barely managed to survive. Who is this mysterious woman? Where has she come from? And how has she gained mystic skills and martial abilities that make her a match for The Shadow himself?

MASKS # 8 (OF 8)
Chris Roberson (w) Dennis Calero (a)
Alex Ross, Ardian Syaf, Sean Chen, Stephen Segovia (c)
4 regular covers will be shipped in equal ratios
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+ • 6/26
The startling conclusion to the best-selling miniseries! The mysterious master of the Justice Party stands revealed – but is it too late for the greatest crime fighters of all time to stop the party’s far-reaching plans? Join The Shadow, Green Hornet, Zorro, The Spider, Miss Fury, and other pulp legends as they bring two-fisted justice to those who would corrupt the law!

MARK WAID’S THE GREEN HORNET # 4
Mark Waid (w)
Daniel Indro (a)
Paolo Rivera (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+ • 6/26
Now that the Green Hornet is out of control, only one man stands a chance of bringing him down–his partner, Kato! What’s the voice that Britt Reid is hearing–and is he alone in hearing it?

GREEN HORNET LEGACY # 38
Jai Nitz (w)
Jethro Morales (a)
Phil Hester (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+ • 6/19
What’s worse than a supervillain? Green Hornet asks that very question when he teams up with the nefarious Nikki Stripez to crack a ring of human traffickers in Century City. What will this deal with a devil cost Britt Reid? Heroes and villains unite!

THE SPIDER #13
David Liss (w)
Ivan Rodriguez (a)
Francesco Francavilla (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+ • 6/5
It’s the beginning of an epic showdown that will change The Spider forever! The Fly is the Spider’s most dangerous enemy – a wealthy madman with no goal but power – and no hesitation to kill. Richard Wentworth has sacrificed happiness in order to protect the city he loves, but is he prepared for the betrayals to come?

DEJAH THORIS AND THE GREEN MEN OF MARS # 5 (OF 8)
Mark Rahner (w)
Lui Antonio (a)
Jay Anacleto (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Mature • 6/12
To keep the peace, Dejah Thoris must keep a dreadful secret – the inhuman acts she witnessed and endured at the hands of outlaw Tharks. To reveal such horror would break the alliances that John Carter forged, pitting all of Mars in a race war. But the price of her secrecy grants the brutal Cult of Hok free reign to launch a terror campaign of their own!

WARLORD OF MARS # 31
Arvid Nelson (w)
Leandro Oliveira (a)
Joe Jusko, Lucio Parrillo (c)
2 regular covers will be shipped in equal ratios
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Mature • 6/26
The Red Planet is a world of secrets, but Martians lack the innate curiosity of Earthlings. Why? Because on Mars, the past can come back to haunt you – literally! When John Carter discovers the inner workings of a mysterious tower over his capital, he unleashes an ancient evil that could lay waste to his empire!

WARLORD OF MARS VOL. 3 TP
Arvid Nelson (w)
Daniel Sampere, Stefano Martino, Leandro Oliviera (a)
Joe Jusko (c)
FC • 168 pages • $19.99 • Mature • 6/26 (C:0-1-2)
John Carter has freed Mars from Issus, the false goddess whose tyranny once ruled the entire planet… but at a great personal cost. Dejah Thoris, his beloved princess, was kidnapped by a renegade priest bent on revenge! Activating a doomsday device to destroy the fragile Martian atmosphere, the evil Shang flees into the unknown regions of the north. Carter, aided by his son Carthoris and trusted alien pet Woola, must unite the many races of Mars — despite the ages of distrust and open warfare — to avert Judgment Day!

WARLORD OF MARS: DEJAH THORIS # 28
Robert Place Napton (w)
Carlos Rafael (a)
Wagner Reis, Fabiano Neves (c)
2 regular covers will be shipped in equal ratios
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Mature • 6/5
The Machine Men march on Helium, and the Red nations position themselves for war! Meanwhile, Dejah discovers that someone from her past has been conscripted into service by the Machine Men… and intends to settle a score with the Princess of Helium!

DEJAH THORIS 2014 CALENDAR
FC • 12” x 12” • $14.99 • Advance-solicit. In stores August 2013 (C:0-1-2)
The beautiful heroine of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ science fiction masterpiece Warlord of Mars graces every page of this 2014 calendar! Dejah Thoris, bride of John Carter and warrior princess of Barsoom, commands attention with her powerful presence and alluring looks. Journey to the faraway Red Planet twelve months of the year with this exotic Martian goddess!

2 thoughts on “A Tough Decision… Plus: Dynamite’s Pulp Comics for June 2013

  1. Good on you for having the foresight to realize that you weren’t right for this undertaking. It can be very easy to get psyched up about something and then quickly find yourself in over your head, and being able to know how far you’re willing and able to go is an important trait many people haven’t mastered.

  2. Believe me, it took me many painful years to get it straight in my own head 😉

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