Some pulp magazines were created to showcase one particular hero character. Hero Pulps had some of the largest followings of all the magazines. Perhaps it was because of the flashy characters and the non-stop action. Or maybe it was a reading of the gloomy times- where the depression brought a need to escape between the pages of a story that offered a person that could rise above adversity.
The Spider strikes terror into the hearts of the most hardened criminals. He is proficient and unswerving, and deals swift justice, to those who prey upon the innocent. The Spider's trademark, stamped on the foreheads of those upon whom he has passed judgment, is a sinister warning to all denizens of the Underworld of his wraith--a hideous, blood red spider!
|Jimmy Christopher, America's Undercover Ace, also known as Operator 5, was the main character of the self titled Operator 5 magazine published by Popular Publications. From April, 1934 to November, 1939, forty-eight issues in total, Jimmy Christopher fought and lead American forces into battle against threats to destroy America.|
G-8, master spy and brilliant air force pilot, leads Bull Martin and Nippy Weston into battle during World War One. Germany and America's enemies have aligned all forms of evil to combat our hero. The world of fantasy and air warfare meet in this classic bloody pulp series. Young G-8 must lead the allies into battle against the likes of Vampires, Werewolves, Bats, Vikings, and other strange entities unlike anything else in the history of the pulps!
|Doc Savage. A daring experiment transmuted Clark Savage into the Herculean Man of Bronze. Welding five courageous soldiers of fortune into a Band of Iron, this invincible superman travels the world battling threats to humanity. Not since the days of King Arthur and Robin Hood has mankind known greater crusaders for justice.|
|The Shadow "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows... " The Shadow not only kept millions of listeners glued to their radios for over 25 years, but he also ushered in a new era of pulp heroes with over 325 adventures recorded in his self-titled pulp magazine.|
The Secret Six
The Secret Six is a crime fighting team published by Popular Publications in this short lived series that only lasted four issues. King, on death row as an innocent man, is busted out of prison and begins to lead his team towards proving his innocence and fighting crime.
|The Suicide Squad When it comes to fighting gangsters, racketeers, and the mob, America calls on its most courageous, strongest, and toughest men to go undercover and fight for all Americans!|
|The Avenger In the roaring heart of the crucible, steel is made. In the raging flame of personal tragedy, men are sometimes forged into something more than human. It was so with Dick Benson. He had been a man. After the dread loss inflicted on him by an inhuman crime ring, he bacame a machine of vengeance dedicated to the extermination of all other crime rings.|
|The Whisperer The Gray Wraith deals out bloody vengeance in two hardboiled pulp thrillers by Laurence Donovan writing as "Clifford Goodrich," in the most violent series ever published by Street & Smith.|
|Captain Zero as a crime fighting pulp hero. Lee Allyn is cursed with a mysterious capability of becoming invisible at the stroke of midnight and re-appears at dawn. Only his eyes are visible providing an achilles heal. Using this power, Captain Zero battles crime and the underworld.|
Secret Agent X The identity of Secret Agent "X" is an enigma. He comes and goes veiled in a cloak of mystery. His name, his background, and even his date of birth are riddles, even to those who know him best. He is a man of a thousand faces -- master of make up, voice impersonation, and acting.
The Phantom Detective pulp lasted for 170 issues from February, 1933 through Fall, 1953. Richard Curtis Van Loan -- The Phantom Detective. The greatest sleuth of all time! A worthy successor to Auguste Dupin, Sherlock Holmes, Arsene Lupin and Philo Vance.
|The Green Lama. College student Jethro Dumont spends 10 years in Tibet studying the secrets of meditation and returns with mystical powers. He now returns to Park Avenue and New York City to combat crime, evil doers and international enemies and with a magical Tibetan chant, he is transformed into the Green Lama.|
Hero Pulp Highlights
- Available in Fanzine
- Golden Perils #17 by Howard Hopkins
- Available in Magazine
- G-8 #25: Claws of the Sky Monster by Robert J. Hogan
- High Adventure #66: Suicide Squad Special Edition
- High Adventure #83: G-Men: Snatch! by C.K.M. Scanlon
- High Adventure #85: The Black Bat in The Maniac Murders by Black Bat
- High Adventure #96: The Blackout Murders by Black Bat
- The Avenger Reprint #2: The Devil's Horns / The Sky Walker by Kenneth Robeson
- The Shadow Reprint #1: Golden Vulture / Crime Insured by Maxwell Grant
- The Spider # 06: The Citadel of Hell by Grant Stockbridge
- The Spider # 70: The Spider and the Slaves of Hell by Grant Stockbridge
- Available in Paperback
- Master of Midnight: The Collected Captain Zero by G.T. Fleming-Roberts
- Available in Pulp Replica
- Hooded Detective: Whispering Eye: Jan. 1942 by Hooded Detective
- Replica: Operator 5: The Invisible Empire May 1934 by Curtis Steele