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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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/

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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 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)

Pulp Crazy: The Adventures of Pat Wildman: On the Trail of the Wild Huntsman

 

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/127.mp3

 

Win Scott Eckert and Chuck Loridans join me in discussing the Pat Wildman series and Win’s wider body of fiction from Meteor House, Blackcoat Press, and Moonstone Books.

The Adventures of Pat Wildman Series

The Evil in Pemberely House: http://meteorhousepress.com/the-evil-in-pemberley-house/

The Scarlet Jaguar:  http://meteorhousepress.com/the-scarlet-jaguar/

The Official Adventures of Pat Wildman Website: http://pemberleyhouse.blogspot.com/

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

 

Chuck’s “Daughters of Greystoke” article:http://www.pjfarmer.com/woldnewton/Articles2.htm#TarzansDaughters

 

The Wold Newton Origins Series 

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

Wold Newton Side-Ways Stories

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:

Win Scott Eckert Bibliography with additional links to purchase: http://www.winscotteckert.com/p/bibliography.html

Meteor House: http://meteorhouse.com

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

Black Coat Press: http://blackcoatpress.com

Moonstone Books:  http://www.moonstonebooks.com/shop/default.aspx

Chuck Loridans: http://www.nwlaartgallery.com/Chuck%20Loridans.htm

Pulp Crazy – The New York Review of Bird by Harlan Ellison

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/109.mp3

In this weeks episode I’m going to be discussing “The New York Review of Bird” by Harlan Ellison. It first appeared in Weird Heroes Volume 2, published in 1975 by Pyramid Books and produced by Byron Preiss Visual Publications Inc. “The New York Review of Bird” is currently in print in the Harlan Ellison collection titled, Strange Wine. Strange Wine is available in both print and eBook. See below for links.

I read The New York Review of Bird in Weird Heroes Volume 2. I purchased my copy at PulpFest last summer and was immediately intrigued by this story after seeing the Neal Adams interior artwork and the connections to Philip Jose Farmer’s Wold Newton Family. I went ahead and purchased the digital edition of Strange Wine, so I could compare it to the Weird Heroes version.

Links:

Harlan Ellison’s Website: http://harlanellison.com/home.htm

Harlan Ellison’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1XrlRQsRxYfuc47CCJN05w

Purchase Strange Wine:  http://www.amazon.com/Strange-Wine-Harlan-Ellison-Collection/dp/1497643279/

Purchase: Weird Heroes Volume 2: http://www.amazon.com/Weird-Heroes-Vol-Byron-Preiss/dp/0515040444/

The Genealogy of Bird: http://pulpcrazy.com/birdgen.png

Philip José Farmer and Harlan Ellison: http://pulpcrazy.com/pjfhe.png

Wold Newton Day 12/13/2014 – The Shadow Midnight in Moscow by Howard Chaykin

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/094.mp3

This is a special bonus episode in celebration of Wold Newton Day, December 13th. In celebration of Wold Newton Day 2014, I’ll be discussing The Shadow: Midnight in Moscow written and illustrated by Howard Chaykin from Dynamite Entertainment. This comic book mini series is notable as being the first overt reference to Philip Jose Farmer’s Wold Newton Family concept in comic book format. The series also marks Howard Chaykin’s return to the Shadow since his landmark 1986 mini series at DC which revitalized the character.

Midnight in Moscow begins on January 31, 1949 and the rest of the story takes place in the early days of 1950, where as Chaykin’s 1986 mini series took place in contemporary times. Midnight in Moscow can be placed in the Wold Newton Universe. Midnight in Moscow is a prelude to the 1986 series, so by extension the 1986 series can also be thought of as being in the Wold Newton Universe as well if one wishes.

Links:

Introduction to the Wold Newton Universe: 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/

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

Official Philip Jose Farmer Website: http://pjfarmer.com

Meteor House Press: http://meteorhousepress.com

Wold Newton Universe :http://www.pjfarmer.com/woldnewton/Pulp.htm

Episode Title Card W/ Who’s Who: http://pulpcrazy.com/094.png

Wold Newton Monument: http://pulpcrazy.com/monument.jpg

Wold Newton Family Tree from Tarzan: Alive: http://pulpcrazy.com/tarzantreechart.png

Wold Newton Family Tree from Doc Savage: HAL: http://pulpcrazy.com/doctreechart.png

Google Map w/graphics of the Wold Newton crash site: http://pulpcrazy.com/crashsitemap.png

Pulp Crazy: http://pulpcrazy.com

Pulp Crazy – Ignition City

In this weeks episode I will be discussing Ignition City. It is a alternate history science fiction comic book mini series that was published in 2009 by Avatar Press. The five issue mini series was written by Warren Ellis, illustrated by Gianluca Pagliarani, inked by Chris Dier and colored by Digikore Studios. The series is also available in trade paperback, hardcover or digital.

The series is set in 1956, in Ignition City, the last space port on Earth on an island located along the equator. Pulp fans will be interested in the series due to the cast being analogues of the great science fiction characters of yesterday. Analogues for Flash Gordon, Dale Arden, Doctor Hans Zarkov and Ming the Merciless are present, as well as Buck Rogers, an antagonist wearing Commando Cody’s rocket pack and helmet, and a former Lensman

There are also real life characters such as Lionel Kenneth Crabb, also known as Buster. Also making an appearance is Yuri Gagarin.

Despite many intergalactic adventures in the past, in this series personal spaceflight is starting to become outlawed by governments all over the world. Ignition City is the final haven for the space faring heroes of the 30s and 40s. Think of Ignition City as Deadwood, but populated by classic science fiction characters who all have their best years behind them. The star of the series is Mary Raven, the daughter of famed pilot Rock Raven who seems to be based on British Science Fiction hero Dan Dare. She travels to Ignition City to investigate her fathers recent death. She is a pilot herself and slings a mean ray gun. She is the POV character you experience Ignition City through.

Links:

Ignition City Trade paperback :http://tinyurl.com/lhgz7hz

Ignition City Hardcover: http://tinyurl.com/onjbxod

Ignition City at Comixology: https://www.comixology.com/Ignition-City-Vol-1/comics-series/2642

Ignition City Website: http://ignitioncity.com/

Warren Ellis Website: http://www.warrenellis.com/

Lionel “Buster” Crabb: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lionel_Crabb

Yuri Gagarin: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuri_Gagarin

Pulp Crazy – The Shadow/Green Hornet: Dark Nights

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.

Links:

The Shadow/Green Hornet: Dark Nights on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Shadow-Green-Hornet-Volume/dp/1606904701/r

The Shadow Fan’s Podcast interviews Michael Uslan: http://theshadowfan.libsyn.com/interview-with-michael-uslan

http://dynamite.com