Fortress of Pulpitude: Bulletproof Nylon, Masks and Lazarus Gray

 Ok finally here’s the second helping of what’s going on in the world of all things pulp from the Fortress of Pulpitude.

So like I said in the first post I see this as more of a round-up of what’s going on as there is a lot going on and some of the titles in various mediums that catch my eye. With that idea in mind hopefully I’ll be able to post these news bits more often under the FoP banner. So without further ado let’s get pulping! (‘hmm note to self better catch phrase needed’).

Bulletproof Nylon

Bulletproof Nylon is an ongoing creative project, informed and inspired by The Pulp Magazines, Hardboiled Crime Literature, and Underground Fetish Culture of Mid-Twentieth Century America.

In text and illustration the project will grow to explore the denizens and environs of an alternative America of the late Nineteen Fifties, in a series of interlocking, convergent tales.
The city of Dores Rib on the eastern seaboard of the United States is the backdrop to a thousand stories in a world where Japan did not feel the terror of the atomic bomb, the space race is on the brink of being won, atomic batteries power the needs of civilization and the ‘Newton Gear’ has revolutionized the fundamentals of travel across the globe.

In the alleyways of ‘The Rib’, the vigilantes stand side by side with the cops in the fight against increasing lawlessness across the city, and in the shadows above and below the machinations of evil and corruption gather like an unstoppable storm cloud.
Welcome to the world of BPN.

I got the heads up of this from its creator Mal Earl and will be hoping to launch the first issue on 18th August at the Carlisle Megacon you can read a preview here.

The Adventures of Lazarus Gray

New Pulp Author Barry Reese, creator of the well-known ‘ROOK’ series, brings yet another creation to life! THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY is Reese’s entry into Pro Se’s The Sovereign City Project, showcasing a hero whose own life is a mystery to himself. On the road to discovering his own secrets Gray and his Assistance Unlimited team encounter weirdness, madness, and over the top badness on every page! Come along for the ride for this new Barry Reese adventure, for the first entry in The Sovereign City Project and the first Pro Se Book under its new imprint, REESE UNLIMITED! Thrill to THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY!

I’m a sucker for a cool hero name and this was what attracted me to this title, also in some of the reviews/comments folks are saying this title is a good read for Doc Savage fans so I may well check this out. The other reason I wanted to give it a mention is that author Barry Reese has just published a follow-up novel entitled The Adventures of Lazarus Gray, Volume 2: Die Glocke. Both titles are available now on the Kindle. This is what Barry had to say about volume 2:

“The story is also about paying homage to the many things that went into the creation of Lazarus Gray,” continues Reese. “Obviously, there are elements of The Avenger in the series but I also drew heavily upon Indiana Jones, the Hellboy stories by Mike Mignola and Andy McDermott’s novels. I wanted to incorporate elements from all of those, in terms of plot elements, specific scenes and just the overall feel of those works.  Hopefully, I’ve taken all of that and combined it with my own creations to feel fresh and new – but with all my New Pulp work, I feel like I’m standing on the shoulders of giants.” – Pulpmachine

So Why Pulp? Ephemeral Hit Or Enduring Classic? – A great article written by Nancy A. Hansen,over on New Pulp Fiction  on what means in today’s world being a New Pulp author.

Masks

The Shadow, Green Hornet, Kato, Zorro, The Spider, Miss Fury, The Black Bat and MORE are all featured in Masks, the Dynamite Entertainment cross-over featuring the top pulp heroes of all time.  Written by Chris Roberson, the ENTIRE FIRST ISSUE IS PAINTED BY ALEX ROSS!! This is his first full interior work since “Justice” at DC Comics!!!  Masks is hitting comic book stores everywhere this November, also featuring covers by Alex Ross, Sean Phillips, Howard Chaykin and Jae Lee!!!

In Masks #1, it’s 1938, and the Justice Party has swept into office in New York State. But the newly elected officials are in the control of powerful criminals, who quickly corrupt the law to their own advantage. When a fascist police state is instituted, the only ones who stand in defense of the innocent are masked vigilantes like the Shadow, the Green Hornet, Kato, and the Spider. When the law is unjust, justice must be an outlaw…
“For years now, Dynamite Entertainment and I have desired to unite all of the varied pulp characters they’ve been publishing into one big crossover event,” says legendary comic book creator Alex Ross.  “When the Green Hornet and Kato paved the way for a successful relaunch of the original masked duo characters, we knew that the grand prize of revivals should then be the ultimate original, the Shadow.  Now, to be able for the first time in history to have these legends meet, along with fellow mysterymen; The Spider, Zorro, Black Bat, and others, makes this project a unique accomplishment.  I always thought that illustrating the first hero archetypes like The Shadow would be a milestone in my career.  I’m thrilled to touch upon the legends that began the very concept of the superhero in Masks with a crossover that is literally the longest overdue.”
“Masks is the comic I’ve wanted to write since I first discovered the pulp heroes in the 1970s,” says writer Chris Roberson. “Just working with these characters is already a dream come true, but having the first issue painted by Alex Ross makes it that much more amazing!”
“When we were exploring writers, I emailed Chris and we spent a couple of emails back and forth and in that short span, he laid out a basic framework that was pitch-perfect for what we were looking for,” adds Dynamite Editor Joe Rybandt. “Alex had initially laid out a character list and high concept, but Chris added the flesh to the bones and we’ve got something really cool coming together here.”
“Alex is so incredible excited about Masks, and realizes that it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to draw so many classic and iconic characters in one series,” exclaims Dynamite President and Publisher Nick Barrucci.  “Alex promptly jumped head-first when presented with the idea to pain the interiors of the entire first issue, which will bring the most amount of attention to the series possible.”
In short I cannot wait for the first issue of this comic as Doc Savage doesn’t wear a mask, we probably won’t seem him in the comic but a guest appearance would be cool.
As always if you have something going on in new pulp (esp in the UK) drop me a line at [email protected] and let me know. Also if anyone would like to create a little logo for this column also get in touch!
Reporter: Nuge

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