Who were the original Pulp Heroes?

..... To answer this question, we must travel back to the lean days of the Great Depression. Before Indiana Jones, Superman, Batman, Captain America and all the other modern day heroes. The year 1931 introduced a larger-than-life character that would change the face of modern day heroes, The Shadow. His monthly magazine was arguably the first to feature a solo, recurring hero in novel-length adventures.
..... With the success of the Shadow, many other publications were produced to tap this virtual gold mine. America was introduced to dozens of crime fighters, including Doc Savage, the Spider, the Avenger, G-8 and His Battle Aces, the Phantom Detective, Ka-Zar, Secret Agent X, Captain Future, Operator Number 5, and the list goes on and on.

Pulp Fan 2

..... Many of today’s most popular heroes and villains also had their humble beginnings in the pulp magazines. These include Tarzan, Fu Manchu, Conan, Zorro, Buck Rogers, Sexton Blake, Flash Gordon, John Carter of Mars, and Hopalong Cassidy.
..... From the dozens of single-character hero pulps published during the 1930’s and 1940’s, (and totalling over one thousand individual magazines) the top eight, longest-running, series were:

The Shadow (1931-1949) with 325 issues
Doc Savage (1933-1949) with 181 issues
Phantom Detective (1933-1953) with 170 issues
The Spider (1933-1943) with 118 issues
G-8 and His Battle Aces (1933-1944) with 110 issues
Operator Number 5 (1934-1939) with 48 issues
Secret Agent X (1934-1939) with 41 issues
The Avenger (1939-1942) with 24 issues

Pulp Fan 2

..... Into the 21st century, the Shadow and Doc Savage remain the most successful nostalgic icons, appearing in radio, film and comic books, reprints of the original stories, and are often referenced in novels and in popular culture. Over the long years, they also became the inspiration for hundreds of new characters, including Superman, Batman, and James Bond.
..... From these humble trappings, generations of writers and artists have been inspired by, borrowed from, pastiched, and too often created pale imitations of, these pulp icons. But as a wise man once said, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” And an even wiser man added, “Always steal from the best!”
..... There is no denying there are similarities between certain heroes of the original pulp magazines and various characters in the Pulp Heroes novels. Just as Indiana Jones, Rick O’Connell from the Mummy movies, and Lara Croft are essentially the same character. They are all cut from the same bolt of cloth. But as each character is fleshed out and made into their own, so, too, will the Pulp Heroes characters grow in a unique direction and stand alone over the span of the novel trilogy.

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