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Pulp Appeal: The Green Hornet

Today I talk about another old time radio hero, The Green Hornet.

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“The Green Hornet – He hunts the biggest of all game, the public officials that even the G-men cannot reach!” Thus starts the half-hour-long radio serial about a millionaire playboy with a crime-and-corruption fighting secret identity, The Green Hornet. The radio drama was created by George Trendle and Fran Striker, the same people behind The Lone Ranger, the Texas Ranger who was left for dead in the Wild West before striking it rich and turning that fortune into fighting crime. This connection explains why the main character, Britt Reid, claims The Lone Ranger as a relative, and why they also share similarities in backgrounds, ethos, and sidekicks. They are both rich, white do-gooders with minority bodyguards/sidekicks.

The Green Hornet (ABC) 1966-1967 Shown from left: Van Williams, Bruce LeeIn the fictional context of the character, Britt Reid is a newspaper publisher and former reporter[1] with tons of money from his inheritance–a silver mine. Chronically bored, he takes a trip to Asia…

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Pulp Appeal: Switchblade #4

Today Matt talks about Switchblade, a magazine of gritty crime fiction and poetry that is pumping out some really cool pulp.

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If you are looking for a magazine publishing the best in underground crime fiction, you would be sadly remiss passing on SWITCHBLADE. Edited by Scotch Rutherford, SWITCHBLADE fills a much needed gap in publishing hardboiled, stripped down crime fiction. Some of the shorter pieces are more vignettes than true stories, but each packs a punch like a bullet in the dark, or a knife twisting in the small of your back. Each story highlights the bad choices and worse luck that happens to those on the wrong side of the law, and there are few happy stories to be found within and even less redemption. These are stories that have you reaching for rot-gut whisky and unfiltered cigarettes, and might just have you thinking “There but for the Grace of God go I.” The magazine itself is smartly put together, with illustrations and photographs that set the tone well…

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