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Pulp Crazy – Five Ghosts Volume 1

 

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/096.mp3

In this weeks episode I will be discussing a pulp themed comic book collection, Five Ghosts Volume 1: The Haunting of Fabian Gray. It is written by Frank J. Barbiere and the art is by Chris Mooneyham. S.M. Vidaurri and Lauren Affe are the colorists. The logo and graphic design are by Dylan Todd. It is published by Image Comics.

Five Ghosts Volume 1: The Haunting of Fabian Gray was published in 2014 and it collects Five Ghosts #1-5. The regular price for this collections is only $9.99, which is cheaper than buying these in individual issues. The price comes out to only $2.00 an issue before tax, which is a nice bargain, and a great way of introducing readers to a new series.

The premise of Five Ghosts is a cool take on a classic concept going back to characters such as Mimic from Marvel Comics (who could take the powers of five different characters at a time) and Amazo from DC Comics (who had all the powers of the Justice League) and the 1970’s Captain Action toys (where Captain Action could transform into various comic book and TV heroes).

The lead character in Five Ghosts, Fabian Gray has similar abilities. His abilities are more similar to Mimic and Amazo as his physical appearance doesn’t change all that much during the process, but he can summon the abilities of five different literary ghosts. The Five Ghosts are: The Archer, The Wizard, The Detective, The Samurai, and the Vampire. Although these literary ghosts aren’t named, it appears they are meant to be: Robin Hood, Merlin, Sherlock Holmes, Miyamato Musashi, and Dracula. He is able to do this via a chunk of Dreamstone that is lodged in his chest.

Links:

Comic Shop Locator: http://www.comicshoplocator.com/storelocator

Purchase Five Ghosts Volume 1 on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/pa2mjtr

Purchase Five Ghosts Volume 2 on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/mq93f5m

Purchase Five Ghosts on Comixology: https://www.comixology.com/Five-Ghosts/comics-series/9855?ref=Y29taWMvdmlldy9kZXNrdG9wL2JyZWFkY3J1bWJz

Five Ghosts at Image.com: https://imagecomics.com/comics/series/five-ghosts

Black Mask Studios: http://blackmaskstudios.com/

Pulp Crazy – The Chain by H. Warner Munn

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/087.mp3

The supernatural and horror themed episodes for October comes to a close with this weeks short story. The Chain by H. Warner Munn. It first appeared in the April 1928 issue of Weird Tales.

This is a story firmly set in the horror genre, but without any real supernatural elements. It’s actually somewhat realistic and is a tale of torture (both mental and physical).. It deals with a man being trapped in his cousin’s castle, and the unique brand of tortures the cousin inflicts on him.

Links:

The Chain at ISFDB: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?57463

H. Warner Munn at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._Warner_Munn

H. Warner Munn Interview with Jessica Amanda Salmonson: https://web.archive.org/web/20130628075234/http://www.violetbooks.com/Munn.html

Wilum Pugmire talks H. Warner Munn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZ-YOjDQFek

H. Warner Munn and Philip Jose Famer Photo: http://www.pjfarmer.com/photoal.htm

H. Warner Munn at ISFDB: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?1802

Christopher Paul Carey Website: http://cpcarey.com (Thanks to Chris for the H. Warner Munn reference materials)