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My Favorite Pulp Comics – Of All Time!

shadowdocsavageToday I’m listing out my Top 10 Favorite Pulp Comics of all time.

The rules are simple: it has to be a comic book based upon an actual pulp character. So The Rocketeer doesn’t count and neither does Will Eisner’s Spirit. Both may be pulp in “spirit” (Hah!) but they’re not based on actual classic pulp heroes.

So let’s get started, shall we?

10. John Carter, Warlord of Mars (1977, Marvel)
9. Tarzan (1972, DC)
8. Doc Savage Magazine (1975, Marvel)
7. Conan the Barbarian (1970, Marvel)
6. Savage Sword of Conan (1974, Marvel)
5. The Shadow (1973, DC)
4. The Shadow: Blood and Judgment (DC, 1986)
3. The Shadow Strikes! (1989, DC)
2. The Shadow/Green Hornet: Dark Nights (2013, Dynamite)
1. The Shadow: Year One (2013, Dynamite)

As you can see, my love of The Shadow may have tainted the list somewhat ๐Ÿ˜‰

What are some of your favorites, folks?

My Favorite Pulp Comics – Of All Time!

shadowdocsavageToday I’m listing out my Top 10 Favorite Pulp Comics of all time.

The rules are simple: it has to be a comic book based upon an actual pulp character. So The Rocketeer doesn’t count and neither does Will Eisner’s Spirit. Both may be pulp in “spirit” (Hah!) but they’re not based on actual classic pulp heroes.

So let’s get started, shall we?

10. John Carter, Warlord of Mars (1977, Marvel)
9. Tarzan (1972, DC)
8. Doc Savage Magazine (1975, Marvel)
7. Conan the Barbarian (1970)
6. Savage Sword of Conan (1974, Marvel)
5. The Shadow (1973, DC)
4. The Shadow: Blood and Judgment (DC, 1986)
3. The Shadow Strikes! (1989, DC)
2. The Shadow/Green Hornet: Dark Nights (2013, Dynamite)
1. The Shadow: Year One (2013, Dynamite)

As you can see, my love of The Shadow may have tainted the list somewhat ๐Ÿ˜‰

What are some of your favorites, folks?

My Favorite Pulp Comics — Of All Time!

shadowdocsavageToday I’m listing out my Top 10 Favorite Pulp Comics of all time. The rules are simple: it has to be a comic book based upon an actual pulp character. So The Rocketeer doesn’t count and neither does Will Eisner’s Spirit. Both may be pulp in “spirit” (Hah!) but they’re not based on actual classic pulp heroes.

10. John Carter, Warlord of Mars (1977, Marvel)
9. Tarzan (1972, DC)
8. Doc Savage Magazine (1975, Marvel)
7. Conan the Barbarian (1970)
6. Savage Sword of Conan (1974, Marvel)
5. The Shadow (1973, DC)
4. The Shadow: Blood and Judgment (DC, 1986)
3. The Shadow Strikes! (1989, DC)
2. The Shadow/Green Hornet: Dark Nights (2013, Dynamite)
1. The Shadow: Year One (2013, Dynamite)

As you can see, my love of The Shadow may have tainted the list somewhat ๐Ÿ˜‰

What are some of your favorites, folks?

Georgia Literary Festival & My Favorite Pulp Comics

literary_festival_2013_logoSo today is the Georgia Literary Festival, which will be held in Milledgeville, Georgia. I’ve been the co-chair of the planning committee for this event over the past year and it’s been a lot of work.

A lot of work.

Did I mention that it has been a lot of work?

Anyway, we’re finally here on the big day and I’m hopeful that it will go smoothly and we’ll get a nice turnout. I was happy to be able to draft some of my New Pulp buddies into the mix – Bobby Nash, Van Plexico, Sean Taylor and Andrea Judy will all be on hand. Honestly, I’m most looking forward to getting together with those folks for dinner after the day is over!

As I mentioned yesterday, Rabbit Heart is back in print so I hope that all of you who have heard about it but never had the chance to read it will go pick up a copy. Given that it’s set in Milledgeville, as well, it’s very appropriate that it’s making its return!

The past few weeks I’ve doing lists of “favorites” — so this week I’m listing out my Top 10 Favorite Pulp Comics. The rules are simple: it has to be a comic book based upon an actual pulp character. So The Rocketeer doesn’t count and neither does Will Eisner’s Spirit. Both may be pulp in “spirit” (Hah!) but they’re not based on actual classic pulp heroes.

10. John Carter, Warlord of Mars (1977, Marvel)
9. Tarzan (1972, DC)
8. Doc Savage Magazine (1975, Marvel)
7. Conan the Barbarian (1970)
6. Savage Sword of Conan (1974, Marvel)
5. The Shadow (1973, DC)
4. The Shadow: Blood and Judgment (DC, 1986)
3. The Shadow Strikes! (1989, DC)
2. The Shadow/Green Hornet: Dark Nights (2013, Dynamite)
1. The Shadow: Year One (2013, Dynamite)

What are some of your favorites, folks?

My Favorite Pulp Heroes

1759222-conan_the_cimmerian_by_frank_choI’ve read a lot of pulp.

I mean, a lot.

So over the years I’ve found myself drawn to certain characters more than others — it’s natural, right? Not every series will connect with you in the same way. So I figured I’d list my ten favorite pulp heroes, counting down from 10-1. Some of them are from completely different genres than each other but that’s okay.

For the sake of the list, I kept it to ‘classic’ pulp heroes — so nothing from New Pulp is on this list.

Here we go:

10. The Spider
9. Thunder Jim Wade
8. Doc Savage
7. Norgil the Magician
6. Tarzan
5. John Carter
4. Conan
3. Seekay
2. The Avenger
1. The Shadow

For years, I would have put The Avenger at # 1 and The Shadow at # 2 but the sheer weight of Shadow stories and their excellence throughout has moved him into the top spot. I read every Avenger story years ago and I’m still reading Shadow stories for the first time (there’s over 300 novels!) so I think that has a lot to do with it. Seekay and The Avenger, it should be pointed out, are both written by Paul Ernst (though other people also contributed to later Avengers)… who happens to have also been the guy behind the evil Doctor Satan, one of my favorite villains. Ernst is right up there with Walter Gibson and Robert E. Howard as my favorite pulp authors.

What would your list be like?

It’s a Monday.

mellisa_clarke_10_001Yep, it’s a Monday here at Ye Olde Blog. Had a nice day yesterday with my family so now it’s back to the daily grind!

I continue to split my writing between Gravedigger Volume Two and Lazarus Gray Volume Five. Both stories are going really well – on the Tales of The Rook front, there’s still one story that I haven’t received so I don’t know when that volume will be scheduled. This will definitely be the last of the Tales of The Rook series and I have no plans whatsoever to return to the character any time soon. Tommy Hancock is still penciled in to write volumes 7-9 of the main Rook series and hopefully his schedule will allow him to do it, as it was a cool idea he had.

For those of you who follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that I went off on a little rant last night about fans of certain classic pulp characters who seemed actively opposed to new adventures featuring their favorites. I don’t understand that at all. If I love something, then I want it to be a living, breathing property and not confined to just stories from nearly a hundred years ago. Though they might not want to admit it, new stories generate new excitement. For whatever reason, Barnes & Noble doesn’t stock the excellent Sanctum reprints of classic Shadow novels. But if there were new novels, perhaps timed to coincide with a new film or tv series? They’d be on the shelves — I lost track of how many different editions of John Carter of Mars I saw at Barnes & Noble in the months leading up to the release of the film! Had the film been more successful, would I have been interested in new John Carter stories? Yes! I love the old ones but I am not automatically opposed to continuations of beloved heroes. The large number of Sherlock Holmes pastiches I’ve read can testify to that. Have all the new Holmes stories been good? Nope. Some have been awful. Did any of them ruin the classics for me? No. And if you don’t want to read new stories? Then don’t!

And as for folks who say “But I wouldn’t be able to afford new books *and* the reprints!”

Cry me a freakin’ river. Welcome to the real world, where people have to make decisions. Do you think Lucasfilm/Disney sits back and says “Maybe we should put out less Star Wars merchandise since the fans can’t afford to buy everything?”

Hell no! People pick and choose what they buy — and I’d love to have so many choices of Shadow or Avenger product that I had to make decisions like that!

Our model today is the lovely Mellisa Clarke, who was one of the visual inspirations I had in mind for Charity Grace (aka Gravedigger)

Take care!

Satuday Matinee: The John Carter Animated Project (1936)

dejah_thoris_19_by_paulrenaud-d5461j8Every Saturday I find a movie or clip that I think will appeal to the fans of this blog. Since most of you enjoy action/adventure, I tend to focus on something that falls into that category. This week weโ€™re looking at the 1936 attempts at creating a series of theatrical features starring Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter of Mars. As you’ll see, it’s a real shame that we didn’t get a chance to see this in completed form. It looks GORGEOUS. It’s only a couple of minutes long but it will really whet your appetite for what could have been…

Our accompanying artwork is from Dynamite’s Dejah Thoris series and is by the talented artwork Paul Renaud. She looks quite spiffy, I think.

Enjoy!