Barry Reese

Pulp Writer Extraordinaire

night-forceMy buddy Jim Beard has had some success translating the Captain Action toy into prose and we’ve certainly seen novels based on tv shows, comic book characters and so forth over the years. But there are some properties out there that I’d love to get to see in prose… and maybe even write myself!

What things am I thinking about? Let’s see…

The Six Million Dollar Man – These days, he’d have to be updated to Six Billion or more, right? Anyway, I always thought this was a pulpy kind of show and I think it would be fun to see new prose adventures that followed the television continuity.

Challengers of the Unknown – Let’s pretend the Ron Goulart novel from the 70s never happened, okay? The notion of these guys living on borrowed time is a great one and would translate easily into a New Pulp take.

Sheena, Queen of the Jungle – Everybody loves a good jungle girl story, right? I think Sheena is ripe for a revival and updating. If Sheena were unavailable, maybe we could get the tragically aborted Savage Beauty concept revived and explored in prose.

Micronauts – This toy line spawned a classic Marvel comic book but revivals since haven’t been able to hit the right notes. I actually read a prose trilogy based upon one of the later continuities… and I think there’s a lot of potential here, even if it hasn’t always been present since Marvel lost the license.

The Phantom – We’ve had a great series of paperbacks written by Lee Falk and Moonstone did some fantastic anthologies featuring the hero but I’d like to see more Phantom prose adventures.

Night Force – This Wolfman/Colan creation was a lot of fun from DC Comics back in the day and I’d be ready to follow them into prose adventures, as well. Baron Winters is a great character and the premise is just made for a continuing series of adventures.

What old properties would you like to see revived in prose?

 

4 thoughts on “Properties That Need To Be Translated Into Prose – ASAP!

  1. Dave Brzeski says:

    THUNDER Agents
    Jonathan Creek
    Afterlife
    Doomwatch
    Adam Adamant

  2. Fred Herman says:

    Flash Gordon (original Alex Raymond comics’ continuity or 1930s Buster Crabbe serials continuity *only*)
    Basil Wolverton’s Spacehawk
    Doc Smith’s Lensmen (if it’s not heresy to continue past CHILDREN OF THE LENS)
    David Starr, Space Ranger
    (I do seem to have a pattern here.)

  3. Dale harris says:

    Barry. do you have the fifteen paperbacks Avon put out of The Phantom? They are pretty good, although Lee Falk took his name off of some of them as he didn’t care for the writer’s take on The Phantom. I have them, and as I understand it, five were written by Falk himself and the other ten by Basil Cooper and Ron Goulart. http://deepwoods.org/avon.html

    I think Dick Tracy would make a good prose series. Using the TV Show as a basis, The Arrow would as well.

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