Jun. 30, 2020

Bringing you the shared world of pulp!

The Way They Were Volume 2 The Pulp Era by Jeff Deisher

Essays on pulp heroes…

To address the elephant in the room, it is a better deal to buy Jeff’s original big volume, and it is an extraordinarily beautiful book. Just saying. This volume and the other two have the advantage of being easier to manage when you sit down to read. Possibly a selling point for some of you. They are very readable.

The essays in this book deal mostly with Doc Savage, The Avenger, Hugo Danner, and Korak, Son of Tarzan. There is also a lot of others that tie into these in a shared universe.

I would have loved to see the Shadow and the Spider as chapters in this book, but you cannot have everything, unfortunately.

I did find some misinformation. It is noted twice in this book that Tarzan killed and ate Kulonga, the native that killed Kala, his ape mother. If you read chapter 9 of Tarzan of the Apes you’ll find he was going to eat the man but it repulsed him and he did not commit cannibalism. Burroughs was quite clear on that.

Overall, the book will keep the interest of any pulp aficionado worth his collection. The many ways to connect heroes from different stories into one massive shared universe is a labor of love with Jeff joining others such as Philip Jose Farmer in defining the parameters of that overlap.

I give you four stars, Jeff. Thank you for your efforts.

Quoth the Raven…