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How many folks have looked at the 'heroic adventurer' comics from the Golden Age and used them to mine ideas from?

 

The Golden Age Shadow comics have given me some ideas, as have Airboy and it's associated Air Fighters comics (some terribly racist period material in there, though, so not for everyone), and others.

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That's where I do my reading as well - the actual collecting is too rich for my blood (and wallet).

 

Some of the one's I've been surprised by were the original Miss Fury (much more serialized than I ever thought likely for the period, with actual character growth and development), Captain Midnight (which I only knew through the serial of the same name), and, somewhat surprisingly for me, a number of the America's Best characters like the Black Terror. 

 

Almost all of the stories from those characters adapt well as scenario ideas for Pulp Hero (Captain Midnight is more high-tech than the others).

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Planet Comics from Fiction House (same company that published the pulp mag Planet Stories) has provided me with nearly endless amount of inspiration for pulpy retro-SF - particular ways to populate the other planets in our solar system with life as imagined by pulp-era fans.

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 One Pulp era comic that is available in collections (I personally have six volumes covering the period 1934 to 1946) is Milton Caniff's classic adventure strip "Terry and The Pirates". Absolutely brilliant black and white action adventure in the far east.

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How many folks have looked at the 'heroic adventurer' comics from the Golden Age and used them to mine ideas from?

Where do you think I get supersdraft ideas from?

 

Lucius Alexander

 

Aside from my palindromedaries

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I have found some sites that allows you to read PDFs of Golden Age comic books and pulp magazines for free, and I have started reading a series called Super-Mystery Comics by Ace Publishing.  I am mainly reading it for ideas for my super hero campaign, but some of the stories is making me want to do a 30s to 40s era pulp style campaign.

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That's where I do my reading as well - the actual collecting is too rich for my blood (and wallet).

 

Some of the one's I've been surprised by were the original Miss Fury (much more serialized than I ever thought likely for the period, with actual character growth and development), Captain Midnight (which I only knew through the serial of the same name), and, somewhat surprisingly for me, a number of the America's Best characters like the Black Terror. 

 

Almost all of the stories from those characters adapt well as scenario ideas for Pulp Hero (Captain Midnight is more high-tech than the others).

"Miss Fury" is available in a hardcover collection published by "The Library Of American Comics", the same people who do "Terry And The Pirates".

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I have found some sites that allows you to read PDFs of Golden Age comic books and pulp magazines for free, and I have started reading a series called Super-Mystery Comics by Ace Publishing.  I am mainly reading it for ideas for my super hero campaign, but some of the stories is making me want to do a 30s to 40s era pulp style campaign.

 

 

You are a cruel cruel person....  ;)

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