Modern Day Pulps
Doc Savage. The Shadow. Hardy Boys. Dr. Who. and more.

Novels cranked out at an astonishing rate, often by a number of writers hiding under a common pseudonym (Kenneth Robeson for Doc Savage, Franklin W. Dixon for Hardy Boys, Carolyn Keene for Nancy Drew). Inconsistencies crop up. Formulas tend to develop. But surprisingly, writing improves over the years... especially if it's the same team of writers grinding out stories year after year.

Howabout a modern day pulp series for the Philippines? Strong female & male leads with hetero- and homo-sexual friends / compatriots from different religions and social strata (it's the 90s, man). PG rated stuff for sex, R rated stuff for violence. Plausibility not realism. Travel. Combat. Intrigue. Mysteries. Psychics and Malignos. Dastardly villains. Dangerous situations. Educate readers with snippets of Philippine trivia, history, political and social quirks.

A bible that everyone follows. Mostly. An issue #50 special that twists everything around and kills off nearly the entire supporting cast.... MWAHAHAHA! Nah.

And do it in comics... ala Tintin (who was also very pulp-ish in style).
Forlorn Spoilers
It all ends in tears.

*twiddles thumbs*

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Endless Nights
Neil Gaiman. Interview. Exclusive. At Go. Watch. Now.
Patented D20's?
I can't quite remember who told me that Gary Gygax patented the d20 dice. In any case, if it were true, that patent may not hold up anymore given the link here.

It's a d20 used by the romans up for auction at Christies. Cool, no?

Location New York, Rockefeller Plaza
Sale Date Dec 11, 2003
Lot Number 189
Sale Number 1314
Creator Circa 2nd Century A.D.
Estimate 4,000 - 6,000 U.S. dollars
Lot Description A ROMAN GLASS GAMING DIE Circa 2nd Century A.D. Deep blue-green in color, the large twenty-sided die incised with a distinct symbol on each of its faces 2 1/16 in. (5.2 cm.) wide

Provenance Acquired by the current owner's father in Egypt in the 1920s.

Lot Notes Several polyhedra in various materials with similar symbols are known from the Roman period. Modern scholarship has not yet established the game for which these dice were used.

Got this from
JLA / Avengers Issue 3
A fanboy's delight! This issue of JLA /Avengers really showcased a lot of 'what if' scenarios for the JLA & Avengers if company cross-overs had been the norm from the beginning (i.e. the JSA meeting the Invaders during the WWII era). This issue showcases the "classic JLA" and "classic Avengers" struggling to find out why their two most respected members are acting like fight-club rejects.

Hal Jordan and Barry Allen make their appearances and pledge heroic sacrifices to set things right. Hal's short speech was especially meaningful given the "Parallax" debacle. Sort of a redemption in the eyes of Busiek and Perez...

Alas, the new generation of readers probably won't get a lot of this stuff...