Fans of the comic book world probably know all about the pre-war pulp novel that brought us the storytelling that would ultimately give us our beloved superheroes. In a new book entitled Pulp Power: The Shadow, Doc Savage, and the Art of the Street & Smith Universe, fans can look into that era of storytelling and how it affected some of our favorite creators. The book also contains a protrusion written by the visionary creator Frank Miller.
Miller is considered one of the most influential and award-winning creators in the entertainment industry today, but many of us know him for his work in things like. Batman: One year and the rough noir aesthetic that he brings to his work. He clearly has a connection back to this world, which is described as “a pre-Batman, pre-Superman golden era of American creativity and artistic expertise, with two main characters: The Shadow and Doc Savage. “
The series “gives fans a rare glimpse into the 1930s pulpromising decade before the war, a period of daring action and storytelling that ultimately led to the creation of the cartoon and the superheroes we know and love today.”
So many of us know the world of comics and the characters there that we love, but it’s interesting to see things like Pulp Power rising in popularity because it is an era that we have apparently forgotten. We know all about DC Comics and Marvel, but we do not really know what inspired creators to tell these super-powerful stories.
And having a forward by Miller is incredible because he is branded as one of the most visionary creative in the genre. You can get your own copy of Pulp Power: The Shadow, Doc Savage, and the Art of the Street & Smith Universe July 26, 2022, and what way to celebrate the era before our favorite superheroes?
You can read more about the book here:
Street & Smith, the famous publisher of these novels, commissioned leading artists to provide bold and original cover images for their publications, and in Pulp Power, hundreds of these eye-catching covers are reproduced as a collection for the first time. Author Neil McGinness provides context to the cover illustrations along with a rich narrative story about the characters and the era and discussion of the influence of Street & Smith heroes on legendary creators such as Orson Welles, Truman Capote, Michael Chabon, George Lucas, Agnes Moorehead, James Patterson, Walter Mosley , Dwayne Johnson, Frank Miller, James Bama, Jim Steranko, Jim Lee, Gail Simone, Steve Orlando, Gayle Lynds and many more.
The book also features original line illustrations from the volumes, a unique collection of Shadow ephemera, cover art from the paperback boom of the 1960s and 1970s, and a look at the past, present, and future of the Street & Smith characters in comics.
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