Sunday, January 27, 2008

Pulp Spotlight: The Green Hornet

Pulp Spotlight
Well, after last week radio episode dedicated to another pulp icon such as the Green Hornet, this month spotlight should come as no surprise ;)

As for the Shadow, the Green Hornet has been around since the '30s and it has been adapted in many media: radio show, movies, tv series, and novels and comics. Created by Fran Striker, the Green Hornet tells the war against the crime conducted by this vigilante who is often helped by his (expert in martial arts) Asian manservant Kato. The man behind the mask is Britt Reid, a newspaper publisher by day, who uses his investigative reports to hunt down the criminals in the city with also the help of some cool gadgets and the technological equipped car (ala Batman!) known as Black Beauty.

The Spider
The mask on his face has changed thorough the years (from covering just his lower face as a bandit, to the upper face to a full face mask) but the symbol of the green hornet has been always there to testify that this is indeed a hornet that stings!
In his TV series version, the Green Hornet is famous to have Bruce Lee in the role of Kato. Even if the series was up just for one season, it is still remembered nowadays for Lee's performance (the show was actually re-titled "the Kato show" for the Asian market).

Little interesting trivia: being created by the same writer, the Green Hornet real identity, Britt Reid, is the virtual grandnephew of another famous pulp character born from Striker's pen: the Lone Ranger! (who should appear on this blog at a certain point ;))

That's it for today. Feel free to gimme suggestions on who you would like to see portrayed in the future radio-shows or spotlight: there are so many characters that I don't even know where to start ;)

Have a Pulp Sunday, everyone!


Pulp Spotlight is the new monthly feature where I will cover other famous characters that have helped to build the Pulp genre not just on the radio but also in the other media.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

"The Ghost Who Talked Too Much" (May 25, 1939)

The Three Ghosts

The ShadowAnother ghost story for this week, but with a different hero coming to save the day of the unlucky victims: the Green Hornet! We will get to the Green Hornet profile when he gets the spotlight feature, but for now let's enjoy the episode assuming you all are familiar with this other icon of the pulp genre.

In last week episode, the "ghosts" were after the fortunes of a rich woman. This week the "ghosts" are bringing their savvy counseling to the mourning relatives thanks to the special gift of a medium who can put the living in contact with the dead. Soon the Green Hornet and his faithful manservant Kato will discover that the dead have more practical interest than they should. Ghosts and real estate: that's a genius scam that sadly could also work in reality ;)

Before closing, please let me also thank Bill Cunnigham for sending me links to the radio shows of other pulp characters like the Green Hornet. Thanks, Bill :)

Enjoy the episode of "Il Calabrone Verde" and have a Pulp Sunday!


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Sunday, January 13, 2008

"The Three Ghosts" (Oct 31, 1937)

The Three Ghosts

Even if this episode was aired on Halloween and starts in what seems to be a haunted house, we will soon discover that (as usually happens in the Scooby-doo cartoons ;)) there is a perfectly logic explanation behind the supernatural phenomena happening in the mansion.
A woman is brought to madness by the newly married husband, a "professor" who turns out to be a crook just released from jail. The guy works with 2 "partners" who play the black widow card as well.

The ShadowSpeaking of card, it's interesting to see how The Shadow plays the terror card, literally, by throwing a half ace of spade to the professor menacing next time he will give him the other half as sign of his death sentence. the Shadow also use his hypnotic powers to have to professor kill one of his own partners.

There isn't much to add other than:
Enjoy the episode and have a Pulp Sunday!


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Sunday, January 6, 2008

"The White Legion" (Mar 20, 1938)

Gun Island
A "shadowy" group of masked men who call themselves The White Legion - Avengers of Injustice - are kidnapping and executing by hanging (after some sort of trial) key witnesses in an upcoming high profile court case against a famous gangster. Somehow the press is not covering the activities of The White Legion which makes Lamont suspicious about the whole situation (as he witnesses, first hand, the kidnapping of the assistant D.A.).

Lamont's suspicions lead him and Margo to follow Clays - the newspaper editor - to a rundown shack on the river. That's where the Shadow is forced to come into the game...

The ShadowI liked the idea of this masked organization, and even if the name reminds a bit of the well known triple K, the description of the outfit and the purposes of the White Legion in the episode made me thing more to some kind of Masonic organization, so I came up with the design for the guys that you can appreciate in more details (including personalized logo ;)) on the left.

Finally it's cool to hear Orson Welles and Agnes Moorehead at the end of the episode (which was what we would call "the season finale" of that winter) inviting the listeners to call Blue Coal and tell how much they enjoyed the Shadow shows and to ask for more. Without sponsor, as we all know, there is no show ;)

Enjoy the episode and have a Pulp Sunday!


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