Fortress of Pulpitude: Black Widow, Luke Cage and The Wasp Get A Pulp Noir Makeover

 What would Black Widow, Luke Cage  and The Wasp look like given a pulp makeover?

Well according to artist Calamity Jon  they would look something like this…


I was struck with the idea of what the Marvel Universe might have looked like had it only ever have existed in pulp detective, crime and thriller novels – it started with an idea for an ongoing series of The Black Widow adventures, borrowing the cover layout from Mike Shayne detective novels.

I assigned each character to a dream team pulp writer whom I thought matched the essence of the character. Donald Hamilton was best-known for his Matt Helm series of spy novels, which I thought made him an appealing choice for the Natasha Romanova “series”. Leslie Charteris was, of course, creator of the suave and witty Saint series of novels, so I gave him rein over the socialite adventurer Janet van Dyne and her scientist husband (Also, I thought Dashiell Hammett would have been a little on-the-nose), and Hoke Moseley creator Charles Willeford is assigned to craft the seedy, unsentimental world of Luke Cage, Hero for Hire.

None of these writers were particularly known for science fiction, which I thought made it more interesting to imagine them writing characters who – if not traditional sci-fi character – at least often set foot in impossible realms. You would have to imagine they’d be stripped down to characters devoid of super-powers and ladled with intrigue. – Calamity Jon.

Fingers crossed  Calamity Jon decides to do a few more of these awesome covers. It would be cool to see some of these as actual novels, if you’re listening Marvel.

Source:Calamity Jon  
GS Reporter: Nuge

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