Reviews and Recommendations by Mel Odom, Professional Writer

Archive for the ‘Pulps’ Category

THE BLACK BEETLE: NO WAY OUT by Francesco Francavilla

January 3, 2014

Buy At Amazon: The Black Beetle Volume 1: No Way Out Author/artist Francesco Francavilla has been on my radar for some time now. I just didn’t know it. I loved his covers for the Shadow, Batman, and various other comics titles, but I’d just never bothered to check for his name. It’s a shame, but […]

THE SHADOW: THE FIRE OF CREATION by Garth Ennis & Aaron Campbell

July 19, 2013

Garth Ennis loves violence and war themes in the comics he writes. Still, until Dynamite Comics tapped him to be the debut author for their new Shadow comics, I hadn’t thought about him writing the character. When I did hear about it, and after I saw the fabulous cover art for the first issue, I […]


May 8, 2013

When I first heard that Doc Savage was going to meet King Kong in the newest Wild Adventures of Doc Savage book by Will Murray, I couldn’t believe it. Then, after I thought about it for a moment, I wondered why no one had ever thought to tell that story before. Well, now it’s told, […]

THE LIVING SHADOW by Maxwell Grant

June 7, 2012

The Shadow is one of my favorite pulp characters, but more for the appearance and mythos than for reading pleasure, which is a backhanded compliment, I know. The simple translation is that I am enamored of the character, but I simply haven’t read as many of his books as I have Doc Savage or the […]

BLACK AMAZON OF MARS by Leigh Brackett

January 1, 2012

Leigh Brackett was an interesting writer. She was the first bestselling female science fiction writer back during the pulp days when men generally filled the pages of those magazines. She wrote SF and mystery, and she helped write the screenplays for The Big Sleep, The Empire Strikes Back, and a couple John Wayne films among […]

FIRST WAVE #1 by Brian Azzarello and Rags Morales

March 12, 2010

DC Comics is trying something new with their approach to a separate world/franchise than their superhero universe (now equipped with 52 Earths). They’re mixing some pulp heroes like Doc Savage, The Avenger, and others with some of their more iconic (a different take on Batman) and almost forgotten heroes like the Blackhawks and Rima the […]


March 22, 2009

At Amazon  OK, time for an admission. I bought The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril when it first came out in hardcover. Then I put it on the shelf and promptly forgot about it even though it was about my two favorite pulp writer idols: Lester Dent and Walter B. Gibson. Even before I became a […]

Book News: HONEY IN HIS MOUTH by Lester Dent

January 16, 2009

  I just found out this morning that pulp writer Lester Dent left behind an unpublished novel.For me this is a gold mine. Those of you who read pulps know that Lester Dent was the man behind Doc Savage. Under the name Kenneth Robeson, he wrote 165 of Doc’s 181 adventures published in the 1930s […]