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Superheroes and Pulp Fiction, Still an Influence in Today’s Novels and Movies

Did you know that back in the day, before there was Batman and Iron Man, was a thing called pulp fiction.

Superheroes and Pulp Fiction, Still an Influence in Today’s Novels and Movies

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Pulp fiction is not just a movie made in 1994 by Quentin Tarantino but in the 1920s, 30s and 40s was a very popular way to tell exciting stories. It was popular like graphic novels and comic books are today. Pulp fiction was printed on cheap pulp paper and sold millions of copies a month.
Although that may seem like a long time ago pulp fiction has a lot in common with the most visual and action packed graphic novels on the stands today.

Pulp fiction is an amazing and modern way of telling exciting stories using images and colors. When you read a story from the pulps you don’t just hear ideas and theories but see action and villains in brutal color. You hear a man slowly breathe as he’s about to be buried alive in a coffin. You see his breath fog the coffin glass. You hear his heart pound. You then hear the coffin burst out the back doors of the hearse and crash to the road. You see blood spatter as he lands. You see him escape and get up and run. When he seeks the evil coroner that tried to poison and kill him and he smashes fists for revenge you feel the smack and see the bruise. You see and feel Detective Sgt Terrence Lane covered in bloody gun shot wounds stagger as zombies stagger towards him! The words become heart pounding pictures. You enter the story bracing for bullets.

These images described from Hubbard’s ‘Dead Men Kill’ are no less stark and unrelenting than the wild images of the Wolverine slashing through rogue scientists in a glossy comic book. Though one uses words the images they paint are just as clear and at times even more graphic.

In the other stories like Branded Outlaw and Under the Diehard Brand you are transported into a graphic novel where bullets fly in the black night and the lightening is cruel cutting all hope. The visuals are grotesque yet exhilarating. One is quickly reminded of the work of the great graphic artists like Frank Miller. The blood is as red and the terror is real. The fear feels the same.

So as you see the comic book and the pulp story are very closely related in style and purpose. The pulps greatly influenced the comics we have today but still speak the same language. Many of the great superheroes from Superman, Batman, Spiderman and many of their creators had been closely involved with or influenced by pulp heroes like Doc Savage, the Shadow, the Spider and others. The two mediums are one.

So if you like great action heroes of comic lore then pick up the pulps which are now in large numbers being reprinted. There’s as much action and blood mayhem as the best comic around. There are swords slashing and bullets pounding the walls. There are beautiful women in danger or causing danger. There are evil rogues gone mad twice over and all in vivid blood soaked color! These are the pulps. They will quickly earn a place next to your favorite graphic novel.

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