View Poll Results: Who is your favorite pulp hero?
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The Green Hornet
For the characters that actually HAD pulp magazine stories, the comic book stories have rarely (if ever) matched the greatness of the characters as they appeared in their prose fiction stories, as written by the writers who defined those characters (Walter Gibson, Lester Dent, Paul Ernst, Norvell Page, Johnston McCulley). That goes for the newspaper comic strips (The Phantom by Lee Falk, Miss Fury by Tarpé Mills) as well. Maybe that's why the Green Hornet has fared better in comic books than any of the actual pulp heroes. The 25-minute Hornet radio adventures, entertaining as they were, just aren't as compelling or as memorable as the kind of longer stories told in the pulp magazines, or longer sequential continuities told in the continuing newspaper strips.
My favorite pulp character in comics is the one that's being done best right now, although there can certainly be several being done right at any one time. In terms of overall consistency of quality, I'd have to go with Lobster Johnson.
I agree with Pulphero that Green Hornet has fared better in comic book form than his original radio version. And I agree that many of the actual pulp heroes were actually better in their original pulp formats than their comic book adaptions/original tributes/etc. For example, DE did a great version of the Spider but no comic book version of the Spider (even a couple of Moonstone's comics or short stories) compares to the breakneck action and thrills a second stories of Norvell Page novels in the pulps of the Spider.
Originally Posted by pulphero
Having said that, DE has created some great versions of these characters! Green Hornet, the Spider, the Lone Ranger, the Shadow, and the like have had great adaptions under DE's watch.
Again here is my list of fantastic fiction heroes (I put in bold the ones covered by DE):
Favorite Pulp heroes:
John Carter, Warlord of Mars (and other ERB characters like Tarzan)
G-8 & his Battle Aces (Cross between Buffy the Vampire Slayer and James Bond)
Conan the Barbarian (and other REH heroes--DE and Dark Horse are teaming up to give us a Conan/Red Sonja team up soon!)
Zorro (one of my favorite movie serials was Zorro's Fighting Legion and I loved Don McGregor's graphic story-telling runs on the character)
Favorite comic strip heroes:
Dick Tracy (Max Collins run)
Little Nemo in Slumberland
Favorite TV heroes:
Dr. Who (Jon Pertwee/UNIT years--copied format in Stargate:SG1)
Power Rangers ("in Space" is my favorite of the franchise--true superhero series like comic books)
Six Million Dollar Man/Bionic Woman
Wild Wild West
Star Trek (original Kirk/Spock/Bones dynamic)
Peron of Interest (season one had Mr. Reece acting more like The Shadow
Land of the Lost
Law and Order: Criminal Intent (a very modern Sherlock Holmes cop show)
CSI (original version that made science cool in solving crimes like Doc Savage would do back in the days)
Battlestar Galatica (loved Starbuck in original series)
Favorite movie (although James Bond is not originally a movie character, I like his movies too) heroes:
Walking Tall (original movies)
Jason and the Argonauts
Star Wars (original movies and versions--Han Solo shot first)
Jackie Chan (yes, I know he is an actor but he portrays basically the same character with different names--Who am I? is my favorite)
Favorite manga/anime heroes:
Case Closed/Detective Conan
Lone Wolf & Cub
Astro Boy (2003 version was beautiful to watch)
Favorite cartoon heroes (I grieve the end of Saturday Morning cartoons by the major networks this year in favor of education shows, an end to an era):
Filmation heroes (Blackstar, Bravestar, Space Sentinels, Super Seven (Freedom Force, Superstretch/Microwoman, Web Woman, and Manta/Moray--Filmation did a great Tarzan, Flash Gordon, Zorro, Star Trek, etc)
Space Ghost (original version not the humorous talk show host)
Thundarr the Barbarian
Favorite book series heroes:
Dirk Pitt (and other Clive Cussler characters--usually a cross between James Bond and Indiana Jones stories)
Lord of the Rings/Hobbit
Song of Fire and Ice (although mostly a non-heroic fantasy series)
Favorite Comic book heroes (created for the comic books--*means series/runs ended):
Captain Marvel/Shazam (including family characters and Spy Smasher and Bulletman--Cap's and Spy Smasher movie serials were among my favorites)
Batman (and Robin)
Iron Man (and War Machine--mature super hero characters)
Judge Dredd/2000 AD characters (especially Judge Anderson, Rogue Trooper, and Slaine)
Punisher (a mature vigilante character)
Black Widow (a mature spy character)
Thun'da (Great DE series! I am a big Frazetta fan)*
Superman (editor Mike Carlin run before death of Superman)*
The Question (both Ditko and O'Neil versions)*
John Ostrander's DC work (Firestorm, Suicide Squad, Spectre, Manhunter, and Manhunter from Mars--topical/political with continuity enhanced)*
Captain Atom (Cary Bates and Greg Weisman's run of a government super hero)*
Fantastic Four (Lee/Kirby and Byrne runs--basically a cosmic version of Doc Savage and his crew)*
Amazing Spiderman (Ditko run)*
Dr. Strange (Ditko run and some of Roy Thomas's run)*
Master of Kung Fu (although based on a pulp villain--particularly the Doug Moench run)*
Killraven: Warrior of Worlds (Don McGregor's graphic story-telling classic)*
Black Panther (Don McGregor's graphic story-telling classic stories)*
Silver Surfer (Buscema's run of graphic novels each issue)*
All-Star Squadron (Roy Thomas' love of golden age characters particularly the JSA was great)*
Daredevil by Frank Miller*
Thor (by Kirby--great combination of Shazam and Conan the Barbarian when Don Blake was Thor's secret ID)*
Arak Son of Thunder*
The Rook (who teamed sometimes with Vampirella had a great supporting cast and was a cross between Dr. Who and Doc Savage)*
Swamp Thing (original stories by creators and some of Alan Moore's run)*
Night Force (original series with human pawns of Baron Winters against the supernatural)*
Superboy and the Legion of Superheroes (by Cockrum and Grell)*
The Spirit (by Will Eisner, master of graphic story-telling--complete story in 8 pages--not sure if this would qualify as a comic or comic strip)
Turok: Dinosaur Hunter (Could DE reprint in a trade paperback the great Tim Truman stories from Valiant?)
The Occult Files of Dr. Specktor (Could DE reprint in a cheaper paperback format these great Gold Key stories? Same with Turok and Magnus: Robot Fighter?)
Last edited by Blinky McQuade; 11-15-2014 at 01:26 PM.
re: "G-8 & his Battle Aces (Cross between Buffy the Vampire Slayer and James Bond)" --
I remember reading DC's WEIRD WAR TALES in the 1970s and immediately loving it, although at that time I was neither a huge fan of horror comics or war comics, as a genre. At the time it struck me that DC had invented something completely new... little did I know at the time that G-8 and His Battle Aces had invented the "weird war" cross-genre some 4 decades earlier! And had Lt. Steve Savage, the Balloon Buster possessed the unique talents of The Unknown Soldier, and fought Richtmeister Hans von Hammer, the Enemy Ace, in the killer skies during the Great War with the accompaniment of giant radio-controlled vampire bats and a squadron of German werewolf pilots, it would have been something like that.
Last edited by pulphero; 11-15-2014 at 02:19 PM.
Originally Posted by pulphero
I loved those weird war characters too! It also took me a while to discover G-8 & His Battle Ace! DC also gave us a great Haunted Tank stories, Viking Commando, and Creature Commandos!
I had trouble posting earlier and had to do multiple attempts. Below is my favorite Radio heroes that somehow missed in the postings:
Favorite Radio heroes (thanks to Sirus XM Radio Classics, it is a joy to listen to these great show): Bold for those characters covered by DE
The Green Hornet
The Lone Ranger
Don't forget Kanigher's weirdest, wackiest war series of them all -- "The War That Time Forgot" in STAR-SPANGLED WAR STORIES. It might seem clearly "inspired" by Edgar Rice Burroughs' novel The Land That Time Forgot (and its sequels), but I always had a sneaking suspicion that Kanigher needed to look no further for inspiration than a typical boy's toy box in the early 1960s... filled with those ubiquitous little green plastic army men and equally common multicolored plastic dinosaurs. Any sandbox in any kid's backyard could have been "Dinosaur Island". Kanigher made several attempts to establish some ongoing characters in the series (it's where the original Suicide Squad and G. I. Robot got their start), but none seemed to last beyond a few stories. A high point in the series was reached just prior to the end with a wonderful 2-part story drawn by the legendary Russ Heath featuring a new character called "the Birdman", who was sort of like Frank Frazetta's THUN'DA... but shared the same relation with the pterodactyls on Dinosaur Island that Ka-Zar shared with Zabu. Still think it would make a great movie. I know the SyFy Channel already did something like that, but lousy execution doesn't mean the IDEA was lousy.
Originally Posted by Blinky McQuade
The weird war continues even today, in the occasional series of miniseries from Image Comics, '68, only now it's the Vietnam War, with zombies.
Last edited by pulphero; 11-15-2014 at 05:15 PM.
My favorite is Tarzan, the greatest pulp hero ever.
I'm a Tarzan fan too, but my favourite has to be The Shadow. There's just something about him.