In this weeks episode I will be discussing two short stories written by Pulp authors that are about Batman. 2014 marks the 75th Anniversary of the Dark Knight Detective. His first appearance was in Detective Comics #27, which first hit the stands on March 30, 1939. Making this past Sunday his 75th birthday. It’s no secret pulp heroes played a major influence in the creation of Batman, but what some people might not know is that two pulp authors have actually written Batman stories. There may be more than these two, but I’m not aware of them. The two pulpsters I am speaking of are Walter Gibson and Isaac Asimov. Walter Gibson’s “The Batman Encounters Gray Face” was published in Detective Comics #500 in March of 1981. I read Isaac Asimov’s “Northwestward” in The Further Adventures of Batman collection edited by Martin H. Greenberg published by Bantam Books in 1989.
In this episode I discuss The Shadow/Green Hornet: Dark Nights mini series written by Michael Uslan and illustrated by Keith Burns. Dark Nights is a five issue mini series that was published by Dynamite Entertainment in 2013. It’s an exciting blend of history and pulp fiction featuring the Shadow, Green Hornet and Kato, as well as their respective casts of supporting characters.
In this special episode I discuss the recently released Tales of the Wold Newton Universe collection from Titan Books. Edited by Win Scott Eckert and Christopher Paul Carey, this is a collection of Wold Newton fiction by Philip Jose Farmer and those following in his footsteps. I highly recommend it. There are references made within this collection to the Shadow, Doc Savage, King Kong, H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos, Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan, Sherlock Holmes and A.J. Raffles to name a few.
Michael Croteau gives a history of Farmercon. Win Scott Eckert gives an overview of the Wold Newton Family and the expanded Wold Newton Universe. Rick Lai discusses the Shadow in the Wold Newton Universe. Art Sippo discusses Philip Jose Farmer’s “A Feast Unknown”.