In the wake of Howard Hendrix's bloviating about writers putting their work online for free, papersky declared today, April 23, "International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day," and said, "On this day, everyone who wants to should give away professional quality work online. It doesn't matter if it's a novel, a story or a poem, it doesn't matter if it's already been published or if it hasn't, the point is it should be disseminated online to celebrate our technopeasanthood."
I've put my books online before now, and I'm all in favor of the concept, both as a reader and as a writer, so I had to join the movement. My contribution will be the first five pages of entries (as of Sunday) from The Encyclopedia of Pulp Heroes, due out from MonkeyBrain Books in fall 2008.
d'Abate, Commissioner. Commissioner d'Abate was created by Carlo Brighenti (Commissioner Grifaci) and appeared in L'Osteria Della Fame (1938), Morte di un Editore (1939), and Un Mistero alla "Mille Miglia" (1940). Commissioner Vincenzo d'Abate is a vigorous, forty-year-old policeman. Originally from southern Italy, his years of police training and experience in the north of Italy have given him the work habits of a northern Italian, rather than the good-natured laziness of a southern Italian. (The racial/ethnic biases of Brighenti's novels are pronounced). D'Abate has an aristocratic air, is always elegantly-dressed, and inspires confidence in those who see him. However, he has confidence in the Mussolini regime and is sympathetic toward a veterinarian who practices vivisection on humans, saying only that "You are born too early, doctor...perhaps one day this will be allowed to scientists."
The Abbey Girls. The Abbey Girls were created by "Elsie Oxenham," the pseudonym of Elsie Dunkerley, and appeared in the forty-nine book "Abbey Girls" series, beginning with The Girls of the Hamlet Club (1914) and concluding with Two Queens at the Abbey (1959). The Abbey Girls are the cousins Joan and Joy Shirley, Jen Robbins (a younger girl), and Janice "Jandy Mac" Macdonald, an Australian. They attend school at Abinger Hall and Gracedieu Abbey. They have various adventures, some of which are mildly crime-related. As time passes the girls mature and marry and their daughters have adventures of their own.
Abbott, Ethel & Sammy. Ethel & Sammy Abbott were created by James P. Langham and appeared in Sing a Song of Homicide (1940) and A Pocketful of Clues (1941). They are a crime-solving couple modeled on Nick and Nora Charles. Sammy is a special investigator for the Los Angeles District Attorney, and Ethel is his new wife.
Abbott, Pat and Jean. The Abbots were created by Frances Crane and appeared in twenty-six novels from 1941 to 1965, beginning with The Turquoise Shop; they also appeared on the radio show Abbott Mysteries (1945-1947). The Abbots are a husband-and-wife detective team who solve cases around the world. They meet in New Mexico when Jean Holly is working as a store manager and Pat Abbott is a handsome private detective. They team up to solve a crime and then fall in love. At the end of the third novel they marry and move to San Francisco, where Pat keeps his office, and from there travel around the world as cases require. Pat is a native of Wyoming, tall and dark; he is an expert in most areas of detective work and very well read in anything that has to do with his career. Jean is short, pretty, independent and claustrophobic, and although she tries to help her husband he does most of the work. They have a small dachshund, Pancho.
Abelsen, Olaf K. Olaf K. Abelsen was created by "Max Schraut," the pseudonym of Walther Kabel (Harald Harst, Nic Pratt, Rockheart, Three Vigilantes), and appeared in Olaf K. Abelsen - Abseits der Alltagswege #1-50 (1929-1933). Abelsen is a Swedish man who is unjustly convicted of a crime he did not commit. He escapes from prison and becomes a wandering adventurer, fighting for justice in Scandinavia and around the world despite being pursued by the policemen of all nations. Abelsen's only companion is his faithful hound, although Abelsen does befriend and encourage the Three Vigilantes. Olaf K. Abelsen is notable for the imaginative, colorful stories, which convey a Sense of Wonder unusual even for the heldromans and involve, among other things, a Lost Race of Incans still living underneath Chile. Some of the story titles were "The Undead Brain," "The Road to Nowhere," "The Devil's Farm," "The Holy Smile," and "Solid Tears." In "The Fires of Eternity," Olaf K. Abelsen #26, Abelsen travels into the subterranean world of Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth.
Mr. Absurdity. Mr. Absurdity was created by "Donghai Jeuwo," the pseudonym of Xu Nianci, and appeared in "Xin Falu Xiansheng Tan" (Xin Falu, 1905). "Xin Falu Xiansheng Tan" is one of the first modern Chinese science fiction stories. Mr. Absurdity is a man whose soul is separated from its body during a typhoon. His body sinks down towards the center of the Earth while his soul visits the other planets in the solar system. On Mercury he watches as aliens transplant brains as a means to rejuvenate themselves. On Venus he sees evolution in action, with basic plants and animals appearing at the same time, which is a rebuke to the evolutionary theory that plants preceded animals. Meanwhile his body, at the Earth's core, encounters an almost immortal man, and together the pair watch various marvelous scenes through the man's "lens." Back in space Mr. Absurdity's soul reverses course and returns to Earth, merging with his body in the Mediterranean sea. Mr. Absurdity hitches a ride back to Shanghai on board a Chinese warship, and once home Mr. Absurdity founds a university where he teaches a course on "Brain Electricity" which becomes very popular.
Mr. Abukir. Mr. Abukir was created by Edward Woodward and appeared in six stories in The Blue Magazine in 1923 and 1924, beginning with "The Amazing Mr. Abukir" (The Blue Magazine, Aug. 1923). Mr. Abukir is a member of the Globe-Trotters' Club. He seldom talks to the other members or joins them in their story-telling, but every now and again something prompts him to loquacity, and then his eyes glitter, he lights up a foul-smelling cigar, and he tells a story from his life. He is a self-titled "investigator," for "he loathed being considered in any way a rival of the detective force, and never touched a case until it had been definitely and finally forsaken as hopeless by Scotland Yard, and, although that August body regarded him with a superior and kindly tolerance, the fact remained that he was frequently successful in untying criminal knots which had proved too intricate for the spatulate fingers of official hands." His background and nationality are mysterious and unknown, although he is rumored to be half-English and half-Egyptian. He has brown skin and penetrating eyes.
Ace High. The Ace High were created by Edgar Wallace (Viola Beech, Brigand, Wireless Bryce, Felix Carfew, Dixon, Elegant Edward, Inspector Elk, Educated Evans, Four Square Jane, Dixon Hawke, Heine, Just Men, King Kong, Larry Loman, Superintendent Minter, Policy Sleuth, Oliver Rater, John G. Reeder, The Ringer, Sanders, York Symon, Tam o'the Scoots, Inspector Wade, Kate Westhanger) and appeared in six stories in the Post Sunday Special and The Popular Magazine from 1918 to 1919, beginning with "The Sign of the Black Ace" (Post Sunday Special, Nov. 24, 1918). The Companions of the Ace High are English pilots who have a special grudge against the Germans and take it out on them, bloodily and at length, in mid-air combat during World War One. The Ace High were founded by a man named Dexter whose wife was driven mad by the shelling of a luxury liner by a German submarine. Dexter then dedicated himself to the destruction of Germany during the war. Using his wealth he reached an agreement with the small republic of San Romino, on the northern border of Italy. He was appointed Chief of Air Operations for San Romino, and when San Romino declared war on Germany Dexter began gathering together pilots from around the world. The only thing the pilots have in common was that their lives had been destroyed by the Germans. The hate the pilots feel for the Germans leads them to kill Germans, kill their spies and sympathizers, sneak into Germany and kill their individual enemies, and to shoot the Germans down wherever they find them. The Ace High fly an assortment of planes–each pilot brings his own–whose wings are marked with a circle around a star enclosing a black ace of spades.
Ace of Spades. The Ace of Spades was created by Alberto Ongaro and Hugo Pratt and appeared in the comic strip "Asso di Piche" (Albi Uragano, 1945-1949). Asso di Picche ("Ace of Spades") is a masked vigilante who, assisted by his Chinese servant Wang, fights crime in the persons of the Nazis, the Yellow Peril Band of Panthers, and the Club of the Five. After capturing criminals the Ace of Spades leaves behind his namesake playing card. The Ace's civilian identity is journalist Gary Peters.
Acrobats. The Acrobats appeared in Companeros de Aventuras. Emocionantes Hazanas de una Familia de Acrobatas a Traves del Mundo #1-20 (1934?). The Acrobats are a family of circus acrobats who find adventure and fight evil while traveling around the world with their circus.
Acton, Kit. Kit Acton was created by Marion Bramhall and appeared in five novels from 1944 to 1949, beginning with Button, Button. Acton is an amateur detective active on Cape Cod, Boston, and later in Michigan. She begins as a nineteen-year-old living with her widowed father and then marries a suspect, Richard, whose innocence she proves. He is a college professor, and both solve crimes as amateurs.
Adair, Arnold. Arnold Adair was created by Laurence La Tourette Driggs and Henry Watson and appeared in four novels from 1918 to 1930, beginning with The Adventures of Arnold Adair, American Ace. Arnold Adair is a teenager from New York who attends the Verney School, in Verney, Switzerland, in 1911. Adair falls in love with flying while in Verney and is taught to fly by an older chum, a graduate of the Verney School. While attending Harvard Adair is given further instruction by a "corking fine instructor." When the Germans declare war on Europe Adair becomes an Air Scout for the French. He works his way up through the ranks, becoming an ace several times over and having various adventures against the Germans.
Adalarý. Adalarý was created by Mehmed Nabi-Rumbeyölu and appeared in Korsan Adalarý Meselesi #1-? (1917). The Turkish Adalarý is "the muscular pirate" and is active in the Mediterranean during the early parts of the 19th century.
Adams, Adelaide. Adelaide Adams was created by Anita Blackmon and appeared in Murder à la Richelieu (1937) and There is no Return (1930). Adams is a tough, hard old woman, affectionately and not-so-affectionately referred to as "the old battle ax," who lives in the Hotel Richelieu in a small town in the American South. Unfortunately, murders keep occurring at the Hotel; fortunately, Adams is there to solve the murders and catch the criminals. Adams is of the middle classes and is hard but not unfriendly. Her mysteries are of the "Had I But Known" variety.
Adams, Anthony. Anthony Adams was created by "Timothy Brace," the pseudonym of Theodore Pratt, and appeared in four novels from 1936 to 1939, beginning with Murder Goes Fishing. Adams is a suave, debonair big game fisherman and yacht owner who enjoys solving crimes. He is active in Florida, solving murders among the upper classes.
Adams, Bullwhip. Bullwhip Adams was created by George C. Henderson (Apache & Wagonwheel, Whizz Fargo, Vinegaroon Sherman) and appeared in a number of stories in Wild West Weekly in 1935, possibly beginning with "Bullwhip Adams–Man Hunter" (Wild West Weekly, Jan. 26, 1935). Bullwhip Adams is a jolly cowboy, a "whooping, rollicking, double-gunned cowboy" who likes to bellow a "night-herd song at the top of his voice" as he drives his "gaily painted red-and-gold stagecoach." But when bullets fly, Bullwhip throws himself into the fight, demonstrating an almost supernatural skill with his bullwhip.
Adams, Donald O'Keefe. Donald O'Keefe Adams was created by "Dana Sage," the pseudonym of Frederick C. Davis (Bill Brent, Dennis Dayle, Show-Me McGee, Moon Man, Operator #5), and appeared in The Moon Was Red (1944) and The 22 Brothers (1950). Adams is a wealthy industrialist who solves a murder mystery on a lake steamer in Bolivia and foils a murderous conspiracy in Argentina.
Adams, Doug. Doug Adams was created by Norman Corwin and appeared in the radio serial Passport for Adams (1943). Doug Adams is the editor of a small town newspaper. Accompanied by Perry "Quiz" Quisinberry, Adams is sent by the Consolidated News Syndicate to countries around the world to report on breaking news. In the course of his job Adams finds adventure, from Tel Aviv to Moscow.
Adams, Hilda. Hilda Adams was created by Mary Roberts Rinehart (Letitia Carberry) and appeared in a number of stories and two novels and two movies from 1914 to 1942, beginning with "The Buckled Bag" (Saturday Evening Post, Jan. 10, 1914). Adams is a nurse and a policewoman, although she never lets the latter interfere with the former. She is asked to work for the police by George L. Patton, a policeman rendered hors de combat. Patton is impressed by Adams' levelheadedness and persuades her to report to him on the cases she is called out on. She does, with arrests and convictions inevitably following. Her success in solving the crimes earns her the nickname "Miss Pinkerton." (She is not to be confused with the radio Miss Pinkerton).
Adaptive Ultimate. The Adaptive Ultimate was created by Stanley Weinbaum (Ham Hammond, Tweel, Haskel van Manderpootz) and appeared in "The Adaptive Ultimate" (Astounding Stories, November 1935). Kyra Zelas is a plain, mousy woman who is dying of tuberculosis. Fortunately for her, Dr. Daniel Scott, a brilliant young biochemist, is on hand to try his newest brilliant idea on her. His thought was that since fruit flies are the "most adaptive of living organisms," he could concoct a serum from their bodies which would allow living beings to adapt to injury and old age. Since Kyra is dying, Scott's superior, Dr. Bach, has no objection to Scott trying out the serum on Kyra.
It works. Too well, in fact, because Kyra is not only cured of tuberculosis but becomes a paragon of health and beauty, her body automatically adjusting itself to whatever conditions it is in. Kyra turns out to be a bit of a rotter and schemes her way to power, killing children and adults on her way to the top. She's so adaptive, not just physically but in personality, that she makes Scott fall in love with her. Eventually Scott and Bach fix her, but Scott remains in love with her, giving the story a somewhat bittersweet ending.
Adelita. Adelita was created by Jose G. Cruz and appeared in the comic strip "Adelita" (Pepin, 1939). Adelita is an independent and headstrong young woman, and her best friend Nancy is a detective from Mexico City. Together they fight crime, both in the big cities of Mexico and in the rural areas, from the deserts to the jungles to the swamps. In 1940 Adelita and Nancy have their lives saved by Superman, who catches their car when it falls off a cliff.
The Adjusters. The Adjusters were created by "Valentine," the pseudonym of Archibald Thomas Pechey (Substitutes, Limited), and appeared in a number of stories and forty-seven novels from 1922 to 1961, beginning with The Adjusters. The Adjusters are a group of amateur crime-fighters who are interested in "adjusting" the results of the law, or the outcome of a crime, so that the guilty are ultimately punished and the good kept from harm or freed from jail and recompensed. The Adjusters won't break the law, but they will do everything they can to bend it. The Adjusters, headquartered in London, are Daphne Wrayne, a sporting society girl of distinguished forebears; Sir Hugh Williamson, the noted African explorer; James Treviller, the very strong and very handsome young nobleman; Martin Everest, the handsome and articulate lawyer; and Alan Sylvester, he of the long experience in theater.
Admiral Fudge. Admiral Fudge was created by Harry Dart and appeared in the comic strip "The Explorigator" (The New York World, 1908). Admiral Fudge is a child adventurer and inventor; "The Explorigator" is in the Edisonade vein. Fudge creates a dirigible-like aircraft, the Explorigator, and uses it to sail to the moon, where he meets the Man in the Moon, gets caught trying to steal a moonbeam, explores the Moon, and battles the giant, ferocious moon cats. The resolute and stalwart Fudge, who always dresses in a Napoleonic uniform, is accompanied by a group of friends who are also children his age (around nine or ten). Fudge's friends are Detective Rubbersole (who dresses and acts like Sherlock Holmes), Maurice Mizzentop (who dresses and acts like a sailor), Nicholas Nohooks, Grenadier Shift (who dresses and acts like a British grenadier guard), Teddy Typewriter (the reporter and scribe for the group), and Ah Fergetitt (the Chinese stereotype).
A.D.T. The A.D.T. appeared in a number of stories in Boy's Leader in 1904. The A.D.T. is a young messenger boy with an aptitude for crime-solving.
© 2007 Jess Nevins
I'm not just a peasant--in his words, I'm a "webscab." That's right--I'm a strike-breaker and an enemy to unions! Woohoo!
Hendrix has his friends, including one of my colleagues at No Fear of the Future, but my limited exposure to him has certainly left me with a very negative impression of him.
You're welcome, of course!
Just wanted to say IPSTP led me here. I have never heard of you before (livejournal is a big, big place) but when I saw you mention "pages from my next encyclopedia" I was intrigued.
It will be fitting if Hendrix' only legacy on the web is to increase the profile of several dozen would-be/wanna-be authors.
For purposes of this encyclopedia, can you define "Pulp", i.e. the class of source material, what's included and what's excluded? I note at least one comic strip in the excerpt, and I would not have considered strips "pulp".
Also, I'm intrigued by the breadth of your entries. To what extent are you using secondary sources? Do you verify with primary sources, and if so, how do you handle sources in languages you don't speak?
I'm calling it The Encyclopedia of Pulp Heroes because The Encyclopedia of Pulp, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Radio Serials, Movie Serials, Comic Strip, and Various Series Heroes and Villains isn't pithy and won't fit on the spine. As I explain in the introduction, I'm covering a lot more than just the pulps; the book is a panoptic look at series characters from a variety of media and from as many countries as I can get.
I'm relying heavily on secondary sources, simply because a vast amount of the material isn't available, either to me (geographically) or at all (no copies survive). The secondary sources are reliable, though. As for the material in languages I don't speak, I have reading French and German, and hand-translate the other languages.
I dig the whole "Mr. Absurdity" concept - that sounds pretty entertaining. I also like the idea behind Admiral Fudge - it could be considered a very early version of the Kids' Crew (!).
It's also only proper and fitting that there's a pulp hero named "Doug Adams" - too bad his sidekick wasn't named "Marvin".
Oh, and you have a little pixel stain on your shirt there.
You know, I dreamed last night that sitting next to Victoriana on my shelf was this huge blue book by you, a bestiary called "Dragons and Dodos," which listed all the mythological animals ever created.
I woke up very sad that it does not exist.
Did someone at Baen eat his children, or something?
I also like how his post switched between first and third person in the bio section, even though I know it's a cheap shot to bring that up.
But, yeah, he's a dope for calling people scabs. I grew up awhile in a mill town, and you just don't call someone a scab unless you follow it up with a picket sign to the side of his/her head. (Well, ok, it quickly gets more complicated because the scab is probably a relative or neighbor and you end up borrowing money from him/her later, at the weekly bbq, but...it is fighting words, no doubt.)
I suppose all the in-fighting keeps sf writers from taking over the world with their giant fighting robots built in secret space labs, so maybe it's just as well. :)
Gotta agree--"scab" is literally a fighting word, for me, and leads to a good kicking.
But, yes, it turns our Awful Power inward rather than outward, which is likely all for the best. :-)
(I took a few cheap shots at him over on the writer's blog. (-: )