MY TOP STORIES OF THE PULP HERO G-8 & HIS BATTLE ACES
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3M ago
Recently, a Balladeer’s Blog reader asked if I would compile a list of my “Best of” stories of the 1930s and 1940s pulp hero G-8 and his Battle Aces. That idea makes perfect sense considering I reviewed all 110 book-length stories of this World War One flying ace who should be as big culturally as Doc Savage, Zorro, and so many other pulp icons.  Writer Robert J Hogan created the heroic American World War One pilot G-8 in 1933 when that conflict was still being called simply The World War or The Great War. G-8 and his wingmen/ Battle Aces Nippy Weston and Bull Martin battled all the super ..read more
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JOHN CARTER VS THE AIR-PIRATES
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by balladeer
7M ago
This weekend’s light-hearted, escapist superhero blog post takes a look at the early issues of Marvel Comics’ adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ 1911 literary creation John Carter of Mars. JOHN CARTER, WARLORD OF MARS Vol 1 #1 (June 1977) Title: Air-Pirates of Mars, Chapter One Villains: The Air-Pirates of Mars Comment: For my fellow geeks for Burroughs’ John Carter novels, let me point out that this entire Marvel series was set during the 9-year gap between John Carter marrying Dejah Thoris and the malfunctioning of the Atmosphere Plant in the final part of the first book, A Princess of Mars ..read more
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ALEXANDRE DUMAS’ THE BLACK TULIP IF IT HAD BEEN A SWASHBUCKLER
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by balladeer
7M ago
Regular readers of Balladeer’s Blog will remember my review of three neglected swashbuckler novels by Alexandre Dumas. (For those three – Georges, Captain Pamphile and La Dame de Monsoreau click HERE ) Regular readers will also recall my look at the way Dumas’ The Corsican Brothers is NOT really a swashbuckler story in the spirit of The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo or The Man in the Iron Mask, but because it’s a Dumas tale it often gets adapted AS IF it’s an action-oriented sword and pistol saga.  And that brings us to Dumas’ novel The Black Tulip set in the Netherland ..read more
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FLASHMAN’S GUYANA: LOST FLASHMAN PAPERS
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by balladeer
7M ago
With Venezuela’s announcement that they want to annex Guyana we all got another reminder that centuries-old issues can turn hot again at any moment. The 19th Century situation when Venezuela and Great Britain nearly went to war over what was then called (and spelled) “British Guiana” was fodder for my “What if” speculations about another Harry Flashman adventure never completed before George MacDonald Fraser’s death. IF HE WAS BRITISH, LEE HORSLEY WOULD HAVE MADE A PERFECT HARRY FLASHMAN. Projected Title: FLASHMAN’S GUIANA Time Period: 1876-1877 NOTE: The title Flashman’s Guiana is a play on ..read more
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AGZCEAZIGULS: A FICTIONAL LAND
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by balladeer
7M ago
AGZCEAZIGULS – Pronounced “Agzceaziguls”, this was a fictional country between Chile and Bolivia. First Appearance:  Les Conquerants d’idoles (1919) by Charles Derennes. Lore: Consisting largely of desert terrain in the Andes Mountains, Agzceaziguls is accessible only by crossing a mountain pass called the Gates of Dawn. The sun seems to rise on one end of the pass from the perspective of anyone in the pass at dawn. At the bottom of a nearby valley is a cleft in the rock that can be negotiated to reach a tunnel in order to enter Agzceaziguls proper. The inhabitants are supposedly descende ..read more
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DON Q: SON OF ZORRO (1925) SILENT MOVIE POSTERS
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by balladeer
7M ago
Regular readers of Balladeer’s Blog may remember that I’m a Silent Movie geek. Last time around I took a look at the magnificent film poster for Douglas Fairbanks’ Thief of Bagdad. This time around it’s posters for one of my favorite underrated Fairbanks flicks, Don Q: Son of Zorro. Decades before Lash Larue and Indiana Jones, Douglas Fairbanks wielded a whip in battle like no one had ever seen. Don Q, the alias adopted by the son of Zorro, took on his own set of evildoers and in the exciting finale Fairbanks used split-screen technology to show up as papa Zorro to fight side by side with his ..read more
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DARK AGNES: ROBERT E. HOWARD’S “OTHER” RED-HAIRED FEMALE WARRIOR
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by balladeer
7M ago
SWORD WOMAN – This was the first story about Robert E. Howard’s fiery woman warrior Agnes the Dark aka Agnes de Chastillon, a sword fighting, butt kicking woman in 1500s France. Previously, Balladeer’s Blog reviewed the one and only story that R.E. Howard wrote about Red Sonya (NOT Sonja) – Shadow of the Vulture, set in the late 1520s, not in Howard’s fictional Hyborian Age. Unlike Shadow of the Vulture, none of the Dark Agnes tales were published during Robert E. Howard’s lifetime. Sword Woman, the character’s origin story, saw print posthumously in 1975, 39 years after Howard’s suicide. The ..read more
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RAFAEL SABATINI NOVELS
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by balladeer
7M ago
Rafael Sabatini (1875-1950) was an incredibly prolific writer of novels, short stories and nonfiction works. Even people who think they’ve never heard of him may well be familiar with the movie versions of some of his writings: Captain Blood, Scaramouche, The Sea Hawk and The Black Swan. THE SEA HAWK (1915) – In the late 16th Century, English gentleman Sir Oliver Tressilian is betrayed into galley slavery by his jealous half-brother Lionel. After a time, the galley on which Oliver has been condemned to serve as an oarsman is raided by Barbary Corsairs in the Mediterranean Sea. Our main charact ..read more
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JUNGLE JIM TV SERIES: FORGOTTEN TELEVISION
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by balladeer
7M ago
Recently, Balladeer’s Blog examined the 1937 Jungle Jim serial and all sixteen Johnny Weissmuller movies in which he was technically in the role. In this third and final Jungle Jim blog post I will look at the one-season series from 1955-1956. Each episode was 30 minutes with commercials. Jim’s chimp was back to being called Tamba, and the series added a son named Skipper (Martin Huston) for the hero. Fans will remember that Skipper was originally the name of Jungle Jim’s pet dog. Norman Fredric was added to the cast as Jim’s turbaned assistant Kaseem.   EPISODE ONE: MAN KILLER Synop ..read more
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JUNGLE JIM ON SCREEN
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by balladeer
7M ago
News of the disastrous reaction to screenings of the unwanted and unneeded fifth Indiana Jones movie, starring a 136-year-old Harrison Ford, caused me to reflect on the 1980s flood of Indiana Jones imitators. Studios even revived the old H. Rider Haggard character Allan Quatermain by casting Richard Chamberlin as Quatermain in a few movies. Conspicuously absent from that 1980s eruption was Jungle Jim, the former comic strip character who had been depicted in a film serial, several movies and a television series from the 1930s to 1950s. Obviously, the same attempts to update Allan Quatermain wo ..read more
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