Goal

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, July 24, 2017

Xenthe

XENTHE

Creator: CG Blade
Characters
Xenthe
Belga
SIS

Xenthe, a Pseudosilicon Pseudonsynth, designated Thirty-two. New layers of clothing stitched by robotic assistants covered her entire form including black calf-high combat boots, blue jeans, and a black long sleeve shirt. A blond wig touched her shoulders, the bangs cut straight across her camelhair eyebrows.
            “I am the giver of the darkness, the taker of the light, the reckoning. I am the Thirty-third SDR, poured, mixed, and programmed to hunt hell on earth.”
            An android with the power of death at her fingertips, she often uses robotic spiders to kill and eat her foes.
            Belga is a lab scientist.
            SIS is her embedded android device.
            There has been one novel so far.

Emerald (Pseudonsynth Press) 2016

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Cobalt

COBALT

Creator: CG Blade
Characters
Petra Kayden Dace
General James Cooper
Dreama Nelson
Raymond Nelson
Helen Long
Mark Sheehan
Dave Keller
Ter

Army 1st Lieutenant Petra Kayden Dace is terminally injured in a combat mission, and her father’s best friend, General James Cooper, head of NIB has his lab synthesize her DNA to replicate her memory cells within the DNA, and grow a new body with the capability of using her mind like a computer. She trains her body to super human abilities, making her a formidable spy. She can instantly be covered in a metal suit of armor when fighting.
            Stepping out of the buggy she quickly morphed into her blue Army Dress uniform and held her Officer’s Cap in her hand., standing on the occupant’s driveway. Petra’s Dress Blue uniform consisted of a dark blue jacket top with matching skirt and white shirt and black tie. Gold pin striping circled the ends of her long dark sleeves. Her medals  were proudly pinned to her chest and her cap was layered with gold piping at the bottom. Her rank insignia shone protruding from her cap and shoulders.. Rounding out the ensemble were shiny black piping up the back of her legs.
            Petra stepped out from behind the podium and from the toes up changed into the most magnificent glowing red white and blue crisscrossed striped armor. Gold stars evenly spaced across her body, stretching diagonally starting at her left shin and moving up to her right shoulder, represented the original thirteen colonies. Thirteen patriotic colored stripes intersected the opposite diagonal direction of the stars going from her right shin to her left shoulder. The 1775 Cavalry Sword she was holding in her right hand emitted red white and blue flames as well as her now matching hair lying on her shoulders. Her irises were lit up like patriotic bull’s eyes.
            General James Cooper was her father’s friend and head of NIB, the agency that replaced all the other letter organizations like the F.B.I., etc. His labs brought Petra back to life with a new body.
         Raymond Nelson is the industrialist thought to be hind all the mind control with his deviltry.
         Dreama Nelson, daughter of Raymond, was a 5-year-old child genius, and her discoveries built the coming technologies of 2070.
         Helen Long, Mark Sheehan, and Dave Keller are the new tri-presidents, though Helen is the guiding power behind the presidency.
         Ter (Terprise) is the android device within Petra that gives her brain instant knowledge and combat skills and weaponry. Ter and Petra carry on a constant commentary throughout the story, with some humor.
         People are discovered with implants in their brains that were likely implanted in a fly vaccine. The implant controls their thoughts and actions. As NIB investigates, they discover all Americans that received the shot have the implant. Petra is attacked by a seven foot tall man, but when she beats him discovers he is a robot, now other robotic replacement people start showing up. Petra is going to have her work cut out for her.
         There are at least three novel in the Trinity series, which will feature Petra in the lead or as secondary character.
1       Cobalt (Pseudosynth Press) 2015
2         Crimson (Pseudosynth Press) 2016
3           Emerald (Pseudosynth Press) 2016




Monday, December 26, 2016

Manteau

MANTEAU

Created by Arlen M. Todd
Characters
Lina Mayen
Solange (Lina’s secretary & master of her disguises)
Osher (bookstore owner)
Anatole Janvier (mob boss, gang des Pauses Sud)
Pittard brothers (Janvier’s bodyguards)
“Sturmbahnfuhrer” Wiegand (German leader)
Fantome (Boris Gunn)
Noye (stage magician known as Count Mirabeau)
Ciara
Paul
Lancer

She is in Paris after the last man responsible for her sister’s death, Lina Mayen (not her true name) put the murderer on hold when another case surfaces. After all, she all ready knows who her sister’s killer is, so he can wait.
Manteau: She strapped on her silk black mask. The mask covered her face like a bandana, allowing her hair to tumble free to her shoulders. It was decorated with a silver-threaded Libra or balance scale symbol. The scale’s support ran the length of her nose; its beam defined her brow line; and its weighing pans consisted of the eyeholes. She regarded this persona, Manteau, the Cloud-Sign Mask, as her truest self. The mob boss Lena Mayen was a ruse adopted only as an efficient means to discover the criminal deserving Manteau’s vengeance and, except around her father, she’s allowed her birth name to fade with disuse. The anonymity of the mask both protected her private life (such as it was), and afforded her the freedom to think and act as justice demanded.
Her only way into the museum was up – four stories of sheer brick. Iron bars secured all of the windows below the top floor. The buildings fa├žade of acid-resistant silica offered no easy handholds. The mortar between bricks would have to do. She affixed a collapsible sword to her thigh-strap, attached a holstered gas gun to her belt, then donned a pair of clawed gloves. Her head was still bleary from last night’s cognac. She cursed herself for not drinking red wine cut with water and again for forgetting her cloak, which, when activated by her gauntlets, stiffened into glider wings. The building loomed like an unmarked gravestone. She found her first crevice, took a troubled breath, and pulled her combat boots from the ground.
She drives a Duesenberg J Roadster.
Manteau runs the Marseille mob, Unione Carse as a divergent to her role as a masked detective vigilante in the 1930’s France. She especially looks for cases that involve the supernatural.
         Although it’s mentioned that she has many aides, and a few are named, Solange works as her close associate and secretary. She also works wonders with disguises for Lina Mayen when she doesn’t want to be seen as Manteau.
         There’s only been one novel so far that I know of, and there was a mix up in the name. Sometimes she is called Manteau, and sometimes Monteau. Manteau appeared more often, so I went with that name for our heroine.

1: “The Q For Damnation” (Imperiad Entertainment 2016) Published in NIGHTSCAPE Double Feature #1 The second novel in the issue was “The Thousand-Eyed Fear” by Derrick Ferguson & David W. Edwards (both stories slightly connected, but does not feature Manteau in both).  

Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Protectors

THE PROTECTORS

Creator: Zackary Blue (R.L. Stine)
Characters
Matt O’Neal
Micky Malano
John Wendell Waterford
Riana Riggs
Lu Golden

Five students receive airline tickets and special requests to come to Washington D.C., supposedly to receive Presidential Citations. However, when they arrive, they are secretly taken to a mysterious group headquarters called CONTROL, and told they are needed for a special mission; to help a Russian gymnast defect to America. The students are five very talented young people:
Matt O’Neal is a mechanical and electrical engineer genius.
Micky Malano, is a young girl who is an actress and disguise expert.
John Wendell Waterford IV, whose parents are connected to high society.
Riana Riggs, a 16-year-old black girl who has a photographic memory.
Lu Golden, Vietnamese and brown belt in karate.
Before they were brought to D.C. they had never met, now they have become good friends, and eventually feel like a team. This is definitely a young adult spy novel, with no sex or language, but it was cute. Everything seems to go wrong, and there is a nice twist at the end. I was a bit surprised when the author included a strange pain in Matt O’Neal’s side, which seemed to bother him suddenly at the wrong minute, a la Secret Agent X. If you’re looking for hard, fast gun battles and killings, this series isn’t for you. But it was a fun read, and a light-hearted spy novel with teenagers as our team of heroes.
In the second novel someone is stealing the plans of a secret airplane at an Air Base next to a youth military academy. Using the academy as a cover, CENTRAL sends The Protectors there as cadets. They uncover two CONQUEST agents, but they are also after the secret plans. So who is the hidden spy, and who is buying the information? The spy is uncovered, but we never learn the answer to the last question. And this is the final issue of The Protectors. The series is juvenile. There are no killings, no sex, and no language – which was a nice touch for a spy series. Lu, the brown belt in karate does have a fight with one of the CONQUEST agents, and Mickey uses disguises for her and Riana, and J.W. has fun being snobbish. Perhaps Matt has the best scene when he’s left alone in a jet on his first time in a cockpit.
In this last novel, the Air Force Base is easily accessible to anyone, with no real security, and there’s even a secret elevator built in a hanger for the team’s use. A tear in the fence is never reported or repaired. And there is absolutely no security around the secret plane. A sergeant flies a jet, and is an instructor for the cadets in the cockpit. Plus, I had a little trouble with ignition keys in a military jeep but the novel was written in 1987, and I got out in 1979, so maybe they had ignition keys by then; in my time, there was merely a switch on the dashboard of military jeeps. R.L. Stine has written many, many children and young adult books, and this was a fun series. And I’m sure parents would rather their children read this than Nick Carter – Killmaster, or The Executioner, The Enforcer, etc. Scholastic, Inc. was the paperback publisher, and the packaging was also top notch.
         Only two novels were ever published, both from Scholastic Books, in paperback.
The Protectors #1: “The Petrova Twist”

The Protectors #2: “The Jet Fighter Trap”