Friday, January 22, 2010

Pulp #8 -- January 22, 2010

The Avenger was a pulp hero who lasted for a relatively short time, from 1939 to 1942. Richard Benson was a rich adventurer who settled down to marry and raise a family. His wife and daughter were killed in a plane crash, and Benson's hair turned white and his face became paralyzed. He decided to dedicate his life to taking vengance on criminals. He formed a team which, unusually for a pulp hero's organization, was integrated. The Avenger liked to trick criminals into destroying themselves. Unfortunately, the pulp hero market was crowded, and the publisher cancelled the series.

I read some reprints in the 1970s, and read a DC comic book revival in the 1980s, at the same time they revived the Shadow in a comic book.

The image, showing the November, 1939 cover, is from a wonderful site called Cover Browser:

This morning when I got up, KCBS said "chance of showers." I looked out the window and the rain was coming down in buckets. BART was late.

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