This Site is for essays on The New Pulp Heroes. It’s about time we catalog new characters appearing in books and anthologies. Since I do not have time to read everything being published, I will offer space here for legitimate creators of new pulp characters to send me their data, and I will post their essays. It is not my place to say what is, or what is not a new pulp hero, and the only changes I will make to essays will be editing and format. If you wish, include a jpeg of a book cover or b&w illustration if you have permission from the artist. By sending me your essays, you are giving me permission to promote and showcase this data. Essays should be up to 500 words, and include information on MC and back up characters, creator, title of books, and where the stories can be found. A paperback edition is now available for $12.00, plus $3.99 postage (US). The book will only be sold through us: Tom Johnson, 204 W. Custer St., Seymour, TX 76380. Send questions or data to fadingshadows40@gmail.com

Monday, September 5, 2016

The Centipede (Villain)


Creator: Tom Johnson
The Centipede (Villain)
Muggsy Scarlatti (Mob Lieutenant)
Sammy Paulson
Jack “Butch” O’Leary
Benson Roberts
Claude Burks
Kirk Stanley
Curtis Van Leif

The Centipede: He was covered from head to toe in a yellowish-green robe, designed like the old Manchurian emperors of old. A matching hood covered the man’s head, hiding the features of his face in a dark green mask; only his eyes were visible, and they flashed like fire as they burned into Scarlatti 's very soul. A strange, many-legged shape was sewn into the design of his robe.
"I'm like the venomous centipede," the hooded man said. "You, my dear Scarlatti. Forget who is running this organization, and I'll feed you to my little pet."
When Billy’s mother is shot down on the street outside a bank, the young boy is also wounded, and lies near death in the hospital. His uncle, big, tough Jack O’Leary sits in his room fearing the worse. But daring bank robbery and vicious murder of innocent bystanders brings someone else on the trail of a mastermind behind the vicious mob lieutenant, Muggsy Scarlatti. That Big Shot is only known as The Centipede.
The Centipede only appeared in one story, the debut short novel featuring The Masked Avenger, CRIME’S LAST STAND. He was Sammy Paulson, a business associate of a rich industrialist. The story made three appearances.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Super Incorporated


Creator: Brian Barr
Brian Surgeon (Antagonist)
Principle Mind (Antagonist)
The Saints of Death (Villains)
Mont E. Cartoon (Villain)
Master Gepetto (Villain)
The Stoic (Crusader)
 The Shekinah (Crusader)
Ghost Lady (Crusader)
Horrid Hag (Crusader)
The Gambler (Crusader)

Brian Barr’s Psychological Revenge: A Super Incorporated Novel
         Hello. My name is Brian Barr and I’m an American author of novels, short stories, and comic books.
Recently, J. Ellington Ashton Press published my second book, Psychological Revenge: A Super Inc. Novel. This short pulp novel revolves around two antagonists, Brain Surgeon and Principle Mind, who must be stopped by Super Incorporated, a crime fighting team assembled and owned by the government.
         Super Incorporated exist in a future, centuries down the line, where vigilantism has been outlawed, and all crusaders must be licensed by the government. Crusaders can only work for government-owned agencies. Super Incorporated is the most renowned and respected crusader team in Capital City of Sector E3 (a world-state that consists of the Americas, Europe, and parts of the Middle East). Their team consists of five members: The Stoic, The Shekinah, Ghost Lady, Horrid Hag, and The Gambler. Together, Super Inc. fights against supercriminals, criminals deemed too troublesome or powerful for law enforcement and the military to handle. In order to fight crime, Super Inc. must get authorization from the government, and going beyond their jurisdiction would result in heavy penalties and consequences.
         In this first novel, Super Inc. goes against Brain Surgeon, a psychotic extraterrestrial who feeds on mental energy, and Principle Mind, a misanthropic telekinetic and electrokinetic who hates humanity. An intense rivalry brews between these villains, and Super Inc. must stop the both of them before their feud destroys Capital City. Other villains get tangled in the rivaling supercriminals’ affairs, from the violent crime syndicate known as The Saints of Death, to the paranoid-schizophrenic cartoonist Mont E. Cartoon and the mad robotist Master Gepetto.
         Along with being introduced to these characters in the Super Inc. universe, Psychological Revenge also familiarizes readers with the world these characters exist in. From the corporate regulations imposed by the government that Super Incorporated has to followed, to the complexities of Capital City, an advanced megacity that stretches from what was once Maine to the Floridian peninsula, the novel portrays a world that has changed drastically from the one we know now. The results of a failed one-world government, which has produced five independently-ran but connected world-states, allows readers to understand Super Inc.’s environment. It’s a complex environment, strange and far-removed from nature with mass urbanization, class divide, and immense crime. It’s a world where heroism and action is heavily limited, where crusaders can only do the right thing if approved by the forces who rule them… or else.
         Thank you for reading this essay. Please check out Psychological Revenge!
         One novel has been released, but more are in the works.

Psychological Revenge: A Super Inc. Novel (J. Ellington Ashton Press)
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Sunday, March 6, 2016

The Hood

The Hood

Creator: Wayne Greenbaugh
Thanet Blake (P.I.)
Capt. Sebastian Holt (Police)
Dr. Gannon (Medic)
Jake Slippery (Shyster Lawyer)
Aphrodite Morgano (ex-girlfriend)
Starla Smith (current girlfriend)
Isis Jones (weird woman)

Who is the hooded person the city knows as The Hood? All that’s known is the vigilante appeared after the death of a policeman rumored to be on the take. The Hood wears all black, including a hood. Blue eyes are all that’s visible. 6-foot, slim build, moves with feline grace, uses martial arts to take out four men at once.
Captain Sebastian Holt, the head detective, wants the vigilante brought to justice, and hires private detective Thanet Blake to use his underworld connections to discover The Hood’s identity.
Rumpatt is an old friend of Blake’s. A Vietnam veteran, he married Lotus before the war ended and they were separated. He’s trying to bring her over now. A bit weird, he dresses like Flash Gordon, and watches Saturday Matinee serials.
Isis Jones lives in the apartment next to Blake’s office, and owns the building. She has a shooting range in her room where she target practices with two .38 revolvers on targets attached to hay bails. She goes out at all hours of the night.
Starla Smith is Blake’s current flame, but they break up in this story.
Aphrodite Morgano was Blake’s girlfriend two decades previous when he was 18 and she was 24. Now she may be back.
Although Thanet Blake has been in many stories to-date, there has only been one story featuring The Hood (or Hooded Person).

“The Hooded Person” (2016) Devine Destinies

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Apparition


Creator: Wayne Greenough
Bryan Sloane
David Stryker
Police Lieutenant Jackson McCoy
Edgar Wells
Mike Johnson
Alicia Johnson
Mr. Know
Professor Mobous Proctorius

The Apparition: A figure appeared in the doorway. The hooded shape in black wore a menacing hood, and a blood-curdling laugh chilled the bones of room’s occupants, and chiseled fear into their faces.
            Mobsters brought .45 automatics up to confront the intruder, and the room filled with gun smoke, the hooded figure firing a pair of old-fashioned six-shooters.
            When it was over, one dying hood gasped, “I shot you three times … you’re not human.”
            “I was once. Not anymore,” The Apparition said.
Bryan Sloane is a young billionaire. He had killed Nick Putty Stryker, the son of mob boss, David Stryker, in a fistfight. Attired in all black, suit, shirt, fedora and gloves, he was almost invisible at night. His automobile, a powerful Daimler, is also black. Behind the steering wheel, Sloane pressed a secret button, and a small compartment opened revealing a black costume and a black hood. The ominous darkness of the night was joined by Sloane’s laughter.
Police Lieutenant Jackson McCoy is a long time acquaintance of Sloane.
Professor Mobous Proctorius is an experimental scientist. The scientific community mocks his inventions. His nicknames among the scientific establishment are Mad Scientist, Crank, and Insane Madman, to name a few. He had turned Bryan Sloane into a zombie-like slave, but when the chemical wears off, Mobous is forced to kill the billionaire.

Jordan is Sloane’s butler, a giant of a man, but suffers from ulcers.
Edgar Wells is about 35. The death of his wife leaves him a wreck; now The Apparition wants Edgar to work for him. He is to care for, and assist Alicia.
Mike Johnson was the original Apparition. He was shot down, and died in the streets.
Alicia Johnson, Mike’s granddaughter was helping him walk the day he was killed, and she was gunned down, her spine shattered. She now must live in a wheelchair. She is a lovely young woman, with blonde hair and blue eyes.
Mr. Know always wears a gray suit; shirt, tie, socks, and shoes. He has piercing blue eyes, and pure white hair. Perhaps an angel, he offers a favor for a favor.
I’m not going to identify The Apparition, as I’m sure the author plans to build on the characters in future stories. I’ll just say there were numerous plots and character twists in the story, but with a little thought you should be able to make the right choice.
There has only been one story so for:

“The Apparition” (Devine Destinies) February 14, 2016.