View Poll Results: Who is your favorite pulp hero?

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  • The Shadow

    3 18.75%
  • The Green Hornet

    3 18.75%
  • Kato

    1 6.25%
  • Miss Fury

    0 0%
  • Doc Savage

    2 12.50%
  • The Spider

    3 18.75%
  • The Phantom

    1 6.25%
  • Zorro

    0 0%
  • Black Bat

    2 12.50%
  • Other

    1 6.25%
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  1. #31
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    Quote Originally Posted by rasx View Post
    In that case Batman would be the greatest modern day pulp hero.
    Or the greatest 1930s/40s pulp hero, depending on your tastes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pulphero View Post
    Um, I think when most of us are talking "modern pulp hero" we mean a pulp (or pulp-style) hero set in modern times, not one created in modern times that has his story set in the '30s/'40s. Like DE's Spider was set in modern times, or the Kevin Smith Green Hornet.

    You gotta give cred to the Rocketeer for being 'way ahead of the curve for the current revival of pulp and pulp-style characters, though. That was the early 1980s.
    Other characters were written in "modern times" but set in the past even before Rocketeer. DC's The Shadow (not the Chaykin version or the series based on it that followed) was set in the past, and sometimes Doc Savage was. When Chaykin created the Scorpion at Atlas, that wasn't a present-day setting. (And when he became Dominick Fortune at Marvel, it was still in the past.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MajorHoy View Post
    Other characters were written in "modern times" but set in the past even before Rocketeer. DC's The Shadow (not the Chaykin version or the series based on it that followed) was set in the past, and sometimes Doc Savage was. When Chaykin created the Scorpion at Atlas, that wasn't a present-day setting. (And when he became Dominick Fortune at Marvel, it was still in the past.)
    The difference between the Shadow or Doc Savage and the Scorpion or Dominic Fortune is that the Shadow and Doc Savage were created in the 1930s (as well as having some of their latter-day stories set in the original time period that they were created). If we're talking about pulp characters written in modern times but set in the past, then that would be MOST of them (with the exceptions of the updated versions of characters originally created in the first half of the 20th Century, when the pulps were originally being published). Except for the Golden Age comics that featured those characters like the Shadow, Doc Savage or the Green Hornet... which were set in the "present day" of the 1940s when they were being published.

    At any rate, the number of latter-day comic book creations specifically created to be set in the past, evoking the "pulp style" of hero, is a relatively small one. The Scorpion/Dominic Fortune may have been the first "comic book original" to evoke the pulp style hero and be set in that time period (again, unless we're considering contemporaneous ones like Golden Agers The Sandman and The Crimson Avenger). But THE SCORPION - despite evolving into his divergent parallel counterpart Dominic Fortune at Marvel - also got "updated to the present" (of the 1970s) with his third issue from Atlas Comics. That might have been a "first" for comic books (unless you count Archie Comics' 1965 updating of THE SHADOW into a superhero) -- but the pulps were already updating heroes to the present as far back as the 1930s NICK CARTER DETECTIVE MAGAZINE (which updated the "dime novel" hero Nick Carter from the turn of the century to the "present day" of the 1930s).

    Then we got the Rocketeer, Lobster Johnson, and... I'm sure there were a few others. Recently, there was Marvel's MYSTERY MEN. I vaguely remember something called THE TWILIGHT AVENGER, but this only goes to show how quickly these characters tended to disappear and be largely forgotten, being pretty obscure to most people to begin with.

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