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Pathfinder: Worldscape #1 Annotations

PathFinder: Worldscape #1 Covers
PathFinder: Worldscape #1 Covers

 

Credits:

Script: Erik Mona

Art: Jonathan Lau

Colors: Omi Remalante

Letters: Simon Bowland

Edited by Joseph Rybandt and Anthony Marques

Pathfinder: Worldscape created by Erik Mona

Special Thanks To:

Jim Sullos and Cathy Wilbanks at Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc.

Luke Liberman and Shannon Kingston at Red Sonja LLC

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Page 1

Panel 1:

The Pathfinder Iconics depicted by Wayne Reynolds
The Pathfinder Iconics depicted by Wayne Reynolds

Four of the Pathfinder Universe iconic characters, or Iconics, are battling Thulgroon, from the Pathfinder: City of Secrets comic series.

The scimitar-wielding human cleric is Kyra.

The tattooed white-haired human sorcerer is Seoni.

The leaping dagger-wielding  elven rogue is Merisiel.

The black-haired human fighter with the sword is Valeros.

Page 3

Panel 1:

Sarenrae as depicted by Eva Widermann
Sarenrae as depicted by Eva Widermann

 

Sarenae is a  neutral good deity on the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game’s main world of Golarion; Kyra is one of her clerics.

Page 4

Panel 3:

The pistol-wielding adventurer in a red shirt is Gannus, according to Erik Mona’s Writer’s Commentary on Bleeding Cool, he’s an original character, thought to be from Earth’s Dark Ages.

Jungle Comics #13 featuring Kaanga
Jungle Comics #13 featuring Kaanga

The dirty-blonde-haired guy in the blue vest is De Moire, he’s from Jungle Comics #13 according to Erik Mona, more specifically the Kaanga feature.

Red Sonja: Queen of Plagues
Red Sonja: Queen of Plagues

The red-fishman is Kelgeth, per Erik Mona, he’s a member of a merman race from Gail Simone and Walter Geovani’s Red Sonja arc, Queen of Plagues.

A map of the Hyborian Age
A map of the Hyborian Age

The term Hyborian relates to the Hyborian Age, as created by Robert E. Howard in the original Conan the Cimmerian stories published in Weird Tales during the 1930’s. This is a lost age of Earth’s history set between the time of the sinking of Atlantis and recorded history.

 

Page 5

Panel 1:

An artist's map of Golarion
An artist’s map of Golarion

As mentioned previously, Golarion is the main world of the Pathfinder Role Playing Game.

Panel 2:

Camilla, Queen of the Jungle
Camilla, Queen of the Jungle

“Empress” Camilla is Camilla, Queen of the Jungle, she first appeared in Jungle Comics #1 in June 1940.

Panel 3:

Thun'da by Frank Frazetta and Gardner Fox
Thun’da by Frank Frazetta and Gardner Fox

Shareen is the lost city depicted in the Thun’da comic book by Frank Frazetta and Gardner Fox back in 1952.

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Panel 2:

Conan as depicted by Cary Nord.
Conan as depicted by Cary Nord.

The Cimmerians are a race of humans from Robert E. Howard’s Hyborian Age. Howard’s most famous creation, Conan the Barbarian is a Cimmerian.  Valerus shares some physical similarities with Conan.

An excellent article on the martial aspects of the Cimmerians: https://www.blackgate.com/2015/10/11/discovering-robert-e-howard-morgan-holmes-on-armies-of-the-hyborian-age-the-cimmerians/

Page 10

Panel 1:

John Carter and Dejah Thoris battle White Apes on Barsoom illustrated by Ken Kelly
John Carter and Dejah Thoris battle White Apes on Barsoom illustrated by Ken Kelly

This creature is a White Ape from Edgar Rice BurroughsJohn Carter of Mars or Barsoom series. They originally appeared in the first book in the series A Princess of Mars.

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Panel 4:

 

A Thern depicted on the first hardcover edition of The Gods of Mars.
A Thern depicted on the first hardcover edition of The Gods of Mars illustrated by Frank E. Schoonover.

The white-skinned humanoids are White Martians or more specifically, Therns from Edgar Rice BurroughsJohn Carter of Mars or Barsoom series. They originally appeared in Book 2 of the series, The Gods of Mars.

Issus is the self-proclaimed goddess of Barsoom and also appears in The Gods of Mars.

Page 24

Panel 1:

Xanesha as depicted by Andrew Hou
Xanesha as depicted by Andrew Hou

Lady Xanesha is an evil sorcerer who is a native of Golarion. She is of the Lamyros race.

Panel 3:

The Valley of the Death Goddess is possibly a reference to Issus, whom the Therns worship.

Panel 4:

File:Gorilla King.jpg
Gorilla King, Ruthazek by Mauricio Herrera

 

Xanesha mentions an alliance of Empress Camilla’s has barred simians of all kinds from the Shareen Arena.  According to Mona, Issue #2 will introduce us to the other side of the alliance, Gorilla King, Ruthazek from Pathfinder’s own world of Golarion.

Page 25

Panel 5:

Frank Frazetta's depiction of Pha and Thun'da
Frank Frazetta’s depiction of Pha and Thun’da

Pha appeared in the original Thun’da comics by Frank Frazetta and Gardener Fox.

Panel 6:

“I’ve killed three minotaurs, an ogre, a woman made…I think she was part metal.”

I’m not sure who the woman made of metal could be, but it sounds like a reference.

Page 26

Panel 4:

Thun'da by Frank Frazetta and Gardner Fox.
Thun’da by Frank Frazetta and Gardner Fox.

The man who ruled by Pha’s side is none other than Thun’da.

Page 27

Panel 3:

This looks to be a collection of spectators from multiple fictional worlds.  The golden robot looks some-what familiar, but I can’t place him. According to Mona, the shouting guys with helmets are meant to be Red Martians from Barsoom, but there was a coloring mistake.

Panel 4:

Camilla, Queen of the Jungle
Camilla, Queen of the Jungle

The golden-haired woman in a valkyrie-styled helmet is once again, Camilla, Queen of the Jungle.

I’m not sure if her scepter is a reference to anything, or if it’s an original item for this series.

 

Page 28

Panel 1:

Red Sonja as depicted by Frank Thorne
Red Sonja as depicted by Frank Thorne

Enter Red Sonja, the She-Devil with a Sword, based on the heroine first created by Robert E. Howard, Red Sonya of Rogatino in the historical adventure “The Shadow of the Vulture” in the January 1934 issue of Magic Carpet Magazine, adapted into a Hyborian Age comic book character by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith in Conan the Barbarian #23 in February 1973.

For more information on the pulp sword-and-sorcery origins of Red Sonja, check out one of my past episodes:

 

 

 

Pulp Adventures Mod by Benton Grey

Pulp Adventures Mod

 

Pulp Adventures Mod by Benton Grey

If you’re interested in video games, I’m willing to bet you’re familiar with mods and the mod community. Mods are fan-made modifications to games already in existence. I was recently made aware of a mod for a World War II Super Hero video game that swaps out the pre-existing super hero characters and their missions with a wide variety of pulp heroes and pulp-styled missions.

 

The video game in question is Freedom Force vs. the 3rd Reich, which was originally created by Irrational Games back in 2005 for the PC. It’s now available to download via the Steam store. This is a real-time tactical role-playing game where you control a group of heroes who time travel back in time to World War II and fight the Nazis.

I’m somewhat familiar with this franchise as the artwork always caught my attention due to its strong Jack Kirby influence, but I can’t say I’ve ever investigated it too deeply. Given the premise, it seems to be an ideal base product to insert some pulpy goodness.

 

With the Pulp Adventures Mod by Benton Grey, rather than the stock heroes, players control the likes of Doc Savage, The Shadow, Indiana Jones, The Green Hornet, Kato, the Rocketeer, The Spider, The Spirit, The Lone Ranger, Tonto, Tarzan, Conan the Barbarian, The Phantom, Captain Midnight, Miss Fury, Dick Tracy, Jungle Jim, Kolu, Monk Mayfair, Ham Brooks, and Renny Renwick on a unique campaign of 17 world-spanning missions. Also, according to the website, “the story features several classic pulp villains and a twisting, turning plot that ties into the settings and adventures of many of the starring characters.”

 

In addition to the huge cast available in the campaign mode mentioned above, Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, and John Carter of Mars are playable in the sandbox mode at the moment.

 

You can download Freedom Force vs. the 3rd Reich on Steam here: http://store.steampowered.com/app/8890/

You can download the Pulp Adventures Mod and obtain more information here: https://bentongrey.wordpress.com/pulp-adventures-mod/

Here’s a YouTube video that shows Freedom Force vs. the 3rd Reich in action:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9e0E45ipTs

Looks pretty cool, I don’t have as much time for video games as I used to, but Pulp Adventures looks like something all of us Pulp fans could really get into.

Pulp Crazy – Crossover Special – Conan Vs Rune by Barry Windsor-Smith

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/145.mp3

In celebration of the announcement of Sean Lee Levin’s Crossovers Expanded Volumes 1 and 2 to be released this summer by Meteor House, this week is a special crossover themed episode. I’ll be discussing Conan Vs Rune by Barry Windsor-Smith, where the Cimmerian battles the Dark God. This is a one-shot comic book published by Marvel Comics in 1995. It is likely never going to be collected or reprinted due to the rights surrounding the two characters. Win Scott Eckert included it in Crossovers: A Secret Chronology of the World Volume 1.

Links:

Purchase Crossovers by Win Scott Eckert: http://www.blackcoatpress.com/crossovers.htm

Preorder Crossovers Expanded by Sean Lee Levin: http://meteorhousepress.com/crossovers

The Crossover Universe (TM) Blog: www.crossoveruniverse.com

The Wold Newton Family Website: http://woldnewtonfamily.com

Barry Windsor-Smith Official Website: http://barrywindsor-smith.com/

Win Scott Eckert Website: www.winscoteckert.com

The Swords of Robert E. Howard Forum: http://swordsofreh.proboards.com/

Conan at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conan_the_Cimmerian

Rune at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rune_(comics)

The Swords of Robert E. Howard Forum

 

Just wanted to give everyone an update on what I’ve been up to this week. I didn’t have time to write or record an episode as I have been working on The Swords of Robert E. Howard Forum at http://swordsofreh.proboards.com.

As some of you may know, The Official Robert E. Howard Forums at conan.com closed at the beginning of February, but The Robert E. Howard Foundation has plans for their own forums in the future.

 

The Conan.com boards were a fantastic community and many of us didn’t want to see that vanish in between the time the Conan.com forum closed and the Robert E. Howard Foundation forum went up.

So I decided to create this fan forum and so far we have 66 members and are always open to more. If you’re a fan of Robert E. Howard, Conan, Kull, Solomon Kane, or quality fiction in general, feel free to join up.

 

http://swordsofreh.proboards.com

The Man-Eaters of Zamboula (Starring Conan the Cimmerian) by Robert E. Howard

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/137.mp3

In honor of Robert E. Howard’s 110th Anniversary (Howard was born on January 22, 1906) I will be discussing “The Man-Eaters of Zamboula” starring Conan the Cimmerian.

It was originally published in the November 1935 issue of Weird Tales as “Shadows in Zamboula.” It is currently available in The Conquering Sword of Conan collection from Del Rey. It tells of Conan’s chaotic stay in the desert city of Zamboula.

Links:

The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian (Conan Book 1): http://www.amazon.com/Coming-Conan-Cimmerian-Original-Adventures/dp/0345461517/

The Bloody Crown of Conan (Conan Book 2): http://www.amazon.com/Bloody-Crown-Conan-Cimmeria-Book/dp/0345461525/

The Conquering Sword of Conan (Conan Book 3): http://www.amazon.com/Conquering-Sword-Conan-Cimmeria-Book/dp/0345461533/

The Robert E. Howard Foundation: http://www.rehfoundation.org/

Robert E. Howard @ Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_E._Howard

Pulp Crazy – Is He in Hell? by Win Scott Eckert

 

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/125.mp3

In this weeks episode, I’m going to be discussing “Is He In Hell?” by Win Scott Eckert. This Wold Newton Universe short story first appeared in Tales of the Shadowmen Volume 6: Grand Guignol published by Black Coat Press in December 2009. It was later revised and expanded for the definitive release in The Worlds of Philip José Farmer: Protean Dimensions, published by Meteor House in June 2010. I’ll be discussing the latter as it’s the definitive edition of the story and contains more elements tying it to Philip José Farmer’s Wold Newton Universe.

“Is He in Hell?” stars the Scarlet Pimpernel. It’s set in November 1795 and takes place largely in France and Belgium.

The story focuses on Sir Percy Blakeny, the Scarlet Pimpernel as he attempts to save the Baron de Musard from the guillotine. But…things aren’t what they seem on the surface. This is a fast paced action and espionage story, but there are definitely some elements of weird fiction present as well.

Links:
Wold Newton 101:

Wold Newton Primer: http://www.thepulp.net/pulp-info/pulp-articles/wold-newton/

What Makes a Wold Newton Universe Tale?: http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2013/10/excerpt-read-the-introduction-from-tales-of-the-wold-newton-universe-edited-by-win-scott-eckert-and-christopher-paul-carey/

What is the Wold Newton Family?: http://www.pjfarmer.com/woldnewton/Pulp.htm

The Wold Newton Origins Series by Win Scott Eckert:

Core Stories:

Is He in Hell? – http://meteorhousepress.com/the-worlds-of-philip-jose-farmer-1-protean-dimensions/ | http://www.amazon.com/The-Worlds-Philip-Jose-Farmer/dp/0615370055

The Wild Huntsman – http://meteorhousepress.com/the-worlds-of-jose-farmer-3/ | http://www.amazon.com/The-Worlds-Philip-Jose-Farmer/dp/0983746117 | http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Newton-Universe-Philip-Farmer/dp/1781163049

Tie-ins:

Nadine’s Invitation: http://www.blackcoatpress.com/talesshadowmen7.pdf | http://allpulp.blogspot.com/2010/12/this-tale-in-wold-newton-origins-cycle.html | http://www.blackcoatpress.com/talesshadowmen07.htm | http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Shadowmen-7-Femmes-Fatales/dp/1935558447

Marguerite’s Tears: http://www.blackcoatpress.com/talesshadowmen08.htm | http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Shadowmen-8-Agents-Provocateurs/dp/1612270506/

Violet’s Lament: http://www.blackcoatpress.com/talesshadowmen09.htm | http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Shadowmen-La-Vie-Noir/dp/1612271456/
The Pat Wildman Series by Win Scott Eckert:

The Evil in Pembrely House (paperback) (co-authored with Farmer) -http://meteorhousepress.com/the-evil-in-pemberley-house/

The Scarlet Jaguar (ebook and new hardcover up for preorder) – http://meteorhousepress.com/the-scarlet-jaguar/
Win Scott Eckert’s website: http://www.winscotteckert.com/

Meteor House: http://meteorhousepress.com/

The Official Philip José Farmer Website: http://pjfarmer.com/

PulpFest 2015 – The Heirs of Weird Tales

 

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/heirsofweirdtales.MP3

Jim Beard, Jeff Fournier, Rick Lai, Frank Schildiner, and Ron Fortier (moderator) discuss how Weird Tales is still inspiring the writers of today, including the panelists.

From PulpFest.com: http://www.pulpfest.com/2015/06/the-heirs-of-weird-tales/
Jim Beard: http://www.amazon.com/Jim-Beard/e/B004UWVOPE/

Jeff Fournier: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byline_sr_ebooks_3?ie=UTF8&text=Jeff+Fournier&search-alias=digital-text&field-author=Jeff+Fournier&sort=relevancerank

Rick Lai: http://www.amazon.com/Rick-Lai/e/B00328TOQS/

Frank Schildiner: http://www.amazon.com/Frank-Schildiner/e/B009VRDXZC/

Ron Fortier: http://www.amazon.com/Ron-Fortier/e/B002BMG58Q/

http://pulpfest.com

http://facebook.com/pulpfest

http://twitter.com/pulpfest

http://pulpcrazy.com

PulpFest 2015 – Weird Editing at “The Unique Magazine”

 

 

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/weirdediting.MP3

 

Don Herron, Morgan Holmes, Tom Krabacher (moderator), Will Murray, and Garyn D. Roberts discuss the editorial policies of Weird Tales, with a focus on Farnsworth Wright.
From PulpFest.com: http://www.pulpfest.com/2015/06/weird-editing-at-the-unique-magazine/

Don Herron: http://www.donherron.com/

Morgan Holmes: http://www.castaliahouse.com/?s=Morgan&ssubmit=Submit

Tom Krabacher: http://www.csus.edu/geog/Geog-Faculty/TomKrabacher.html

Will Murray: http://www.adventuresinbronze.com/

Garyn D. Roberts: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/59246.Garyn_G_Roberts
http://pulpfest.com

http://facebook.com/pulpfest

http://twitter.com/pulpfest

 

Pulp Crazy – Savage Sword of Criminal

 

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/108.mp3

In this weeks episode I’m going to be discussing a comic book that came out last month. It’s one of the coolest comics I’ve ever read. Criminal: The Special Edition, The Savage Sword of Criminal. This is a magazine sized comic that was written by Ed Brubaker and illustrated by Sean Phillips, the co-creators of Criminal. It was colored by Elizabeth Breitweiser.

I’m going to be discussing the magazine sized variant for the most part, but there was a regular sized edition put out without all of the design elements. Later in this episode I’m going to include a video and do a side by side comparison of the two. I’ll also put Savage Sword of Criminal next to some Savage Sword of Conan magazines for comparison as well.

I’m going to try and explain this one-shot as best as I can, and hope everyone stays with me, but I think the video will ultimately do a better job visually than I can do via audio.

Links:

 

Ed Brubaker on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Ed-Brubaker/e/B001K8L8ZW

Ed Brubaker Twitter: https://twitter.com/brubaker

Sean Phillips on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=n%3A283155%2Cp_27%3ASean%20Phillips

Sean Phillips Website: http://www.seanphillips.co.uk/

Sean Phillips Twitter: https://twitter.com/seanpphillips

The Art of Sean Phillips Blogspot: http://theartofseanphillips.blogspot.com/

Image Comics: http://imagecomics.com

Robert E. Howard Forums: http://conan.com

Robert E. Howard Foundation: http://www.rehfoundation.org/

 

Pulp Crazy – Marchers of Valhalla by Robert E. Howard

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/097.mp3

In this weeks episode Pulp Crazy is continuing the celebration of Robert E. Howard’s birth month with a short story not published in Howard’s lifetime. The story is titled, “Marchers of Valhalla” and is a part of his James Allison series, which are reincarnation tales.

This story was first published in 1972 by Donald M. Grant. I had the pleasure of reading it in the newest publication from the Robert E. Howard Foundation, titled “Swords of the North”, which collects Howard’s Viking and Celtic stories, drafts and fragments.

Marchers of Valhalla was able to be completed thanks to combining multiple drafts by Howard together, into one coherent story. I have to say, I’ve read a decent amount of Robert E. Howard, including all of his Solomon Kane tales, Kull stories, his Dark Agnes tales, all but the final two Conan stories, and a fair amount of his stand alone Weird Fiction. I would rank Marchers of Valhalla as one of my favorites.

Links:

Swords of the North at the Robert E. Howard Foundation: http://www.rehfoundation.org/2014/11/05/swords-of-the-north/

Marchers of Valhalla Discussion at the Robert E. Howard Forums: http://www.conan.com/invboard/index.php?showtopic=5423

Hyborian Age America Discussion at the Robert E. Howard Forums: http://www.conan.com/invboard/index.php?showtopic=8902&page=1

Swords of the North Discussion Thread: http://www.conan.com/invboard/index.php?showtopic=10938

Hyborian Age Map: http://www.oocities.org/gmredux/hyboria/images/hyboria_bw.gif

Marchers of Valhalla at ISFDB: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?63590