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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 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

PulpFest 2012 – Conan and The Birth of Sword & Sorcery

 

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

Rusty Burke, Don Herron, Brian Leno, and Bill Cavalier discuss the contributions of Robert E. Howard and Conan The Cimmerian to the birth of Sword & Sorcery. Some great overall Robert E. Howard discussion as well.

Links:

The Robert E. Howard Foundation: http://www.rehfoundation.org/
Official Robert E. Howard Forums: http://conan.com

The Cimmerian: http://leogrin.com/CimmerianBlog/

REH: Two-Gun Raconteur: http://www.rehtwogunraconteur.com/

REHUPA: http://www.rehupa.com/

Rusty Burke on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/nl6ymxt
Don Herron on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/onqbosu

PulpFest 2012 – The Illustrated Conan

 

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

 

First installment of the celebration of Robert E. Howard’s birthmonth at Pulp Crazy.

From Pulpfest 2012 – The Illustrated Conan Panel – Jim and Ruth Keegan, along with Mark Schultz, offer a look at Conan of Cimmeria as depicted by various illustrators over the last eight decades and offer a modern perspective on illustrating Robert E. Howard’s immortal character.

True to the theme of the panel, there was art present via a slideshow. I have compiled some images via Google Images that I believe are the pictures used, or fairly close. I do not own any of these images, I have just put them on PulpCrazy’s server for preservation against possible future dead links.

Mike Neno’s website has a picture of this panel: http://eventized.blogspot.com/2012/08/pulpfest-2012-day-iii.html

Jim Keegan was kind enough to provide his original slides below:

 

These were my best guesses prior to Jim sending me the actual sliders. Click on the images below while listening to the panel if you would like. I put them in order as best as I could.

(I can’t remember the exact Frazetta’s shown.)

Frank Frazetta:

http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/001%20-%20Frazetta.jpg
http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/002%20-%20Frazetta.jpg
http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/002a-Frazetta.jpg
http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/002b-Frazetta.jpg
http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/002c-Frazetta.jpg
http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/002d-Frazetta.jpg
http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/002e-Frazetta.jpg
http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/002f-Frazetta.jpg

(These are my best guesses for pictures used on the following artists)

John Buscema: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/003-Buscema.jpg
Barry Windsor Smith: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/003-%20BWS.jpg
Jeff Jones: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/004-Jeff%20Jones.jpg
Bernie Wrightson: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/005-Bernie%20Wrightson.jpg
Alex Toth: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/006-Alex%20Toth.jpg
Jack Kirby: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/007-Jack%20Kirby.jpg
John Byrne: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/008-John%20Byrne.jpg
Mike Mignola: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/009-Mike%20Mignola.jpg
Bill Sienkiewicz: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/010-BillS.jpg
Wally Wood: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/011-WallyW.jpg

(I can’t remember what the worst Conan cover was, or the context)
Margaret Brundage:

http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/012-brundagea.jpg
http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/012-brundageb.jpg
http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/012-brundagec.jpg

Jayem Wilcox: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/013-jayemwilcox.jpg

Harold S. Delay – Weird Tales – Red Nails:
http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/014-RedNailsWT-HS%20Delay.png
http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/014-RednailsWTb.png
http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/014-RedNailsWTc.png

Hugh Rankin – Weird Tales:

http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/015-hughrankin.jpg
http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/015-hughrankina.jpg
http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/015-hughrankinb.jpg
Fantastic Worlds: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/016-FantasticWorlds.jpg

Unable to find the Red Ruin Logo from the REHUPA Mailings

Wandering Star Editions: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/018-WanderingStar.jpg
Frank Kelly Freas: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/019-FrankKellyFreas.jpg
Edward M. Shmeller (SP?): http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/020-EdwardMShmeller.jpg
Jim & Ruth Keegan: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/021-Jim&Ruth.jpg
Gary Gianni: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/022-Gianni.jpg
Gregory Manchess: http://pulpcrazy.com…PirateConan.png
Mark Schultz: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/024-Schultza.jpg
Mark Schultz: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/024-SchultzSketch.jpg
N.C. Wyeth: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/025-NCWyeth.jpg  (This may not be the image shown at the panel)
Frank Leyendecker: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/026-Frank%20Leyendecker.jpg  (This may not be the image shown at the panel)
John Allen St. John: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/027-J.%20Allen%20St.John%20WT.jpg
Jack Dempsey: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/028-Dempsey.jpg
Harry Houdini: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/029-Houdini.jpg
Eugen Sandow: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/030-Sandow.jpg
Douglas Fairbanks: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/031-Fairbanks.jpg
Keegan Scan of Muscle REH: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/032-REHKreeganScan.jpg

Jim and Ruth Keegan Conan Pin-Up: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/033-JimRuthConan-Pinup.jpg

Jim and Ruth Keegan: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/033b-JimRuthConanb.jpg

Jim and Ruth Keegan: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/033c-JimRuthConana.jpg

Jim and Ruth Keeganhttp://pulpcrazy.com/reh/033-JimRuthBlackstone.jpg
Fritz Lang’s Siegfried: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/034-FritzLangSiegfried.jpg

John Gilbert; http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/036-JohnGilbert.jpg

Unable to locate an image of the exact Two Gun Bob Strip they talk about featuring Gilbert.

Mark Schultz: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/038-MarkQueen.jpg
Mark Schultz: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/039-MarkDustJacket.jpg

(I do not have images for all the in between steps of the Swordwoman Cover by John Watkiss. Just the initial and final result)

John Watkiss initial cover: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/040-JohnWatkiss.png
John Watkiss final cover: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/041-JohnWatkiss.jpg
Mark Schultz: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/042-Schultz.jpg
Jim and Ruth Keegan: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/043-JimRuth.jpg
Jim and Ruth Keegan: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/044-JimRuth.jpg
Jim and Ruth Keegan: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/045-JimRuth.jpg
Jim and Ruth Keegan: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/046-JimRuth.jpg

Links:

Jim & Ruth Keegan’s Two Gun Blog: http://twogunblog.blogspot.com/

Jim & Ruth Keegan at Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/kr5y854

Mark Schultz Collections: http://fleskpublications.com/flesksite/index.php?route=product/category&path=18_67

(I wasn’t able to find a website for Mark)

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

Conan.com Forums: http://www.conan.com/invboard/