Pulp Adventure Heroes
Pulp Adventure Heroes
Richard Wentworth is a wealthy
playboy who sometimes aids the police as an amateur criminologist,
but more often than not works outside the law meting out lethal
justice as the shaggy, fanged hunchback The Spider -- and is
himself a hunted criminal for his trouble.
Besides his frightening disguise
and vicious methods, what really sets Wentworth apart from his
playboy-slash-crimefighter brethren is the seamlessness of his
two identities. The Spider isn't so much a costume as an iron-willed,
death-dealing state of mind.
Dr. Clark Savage Jr. was raised
from birth to be a man of superhuman strength and protean genius.
With his five scrappy aides - the greatest brains ever assembled
in one group - and a vast Mayan wealth at his disposal, he has
dedicated his life to the destruction of evil doers the world
Richard Benson was an exceptional
man. While his looks did not make him stand out from the crowd,
he was a scientific genius with senses and physical strength
far greater than most.While on a trip with his wife and daughter
he returned from a trip to the toilet he is shocked to find
his wife and child gone, and everyone else on the plane denying
they were ever there. Benson snaps and is hospitalized. He awakens
to find that the loss has turned his jet-black hair completely
white, bleached the color out of his suntanned skin, and paralyzed
his facial muscles so that he can mold his features like putty.
Determined to discover what really happened he becomes the Avenger,
a deadly foe of the underworld.
It is Los Angeles, 1938, and the
world hovers on the brink of war. Famous adventurer and scientist,
Clark "Doc" Savage Jnr., builds a one-man jet pack,
which will allow a man to fly. Before it can be properly tested,
the prototype is stolen by enemy agents. With the authorities
in hot pursuit, they are forced to hide the pack in an airfield
hanger, where it is discovered by daredevil pilot Cliff Secord.
Not knowing its origin, Cliff adopts the identity of the Rocketeer.
He acquits himself so well against the Nazi spies that when
Doc Savage finally tracks him down, he allows Cliff to keep
the device, feeling he has earned it and can continue to do
good in the world with it.
For more than four centuries criminals
and villains the world over have spoken in whispers of a legendary
figure, the Ghost Who Walks, a seeker of justice who cannot
be killed or stopped in his pursuit of those who prey on the
weak. This Phantom operated out of Bangalla (whose exact location
is a bit inconsistent in the stories, but seems to be near or
part of coastal Africa), but would pursue evildoers across the
globe. Those who faced him were usually marked for life, left
with a skull-shaped scar on their faces, indelibly marked by
the ring on his right hand when he strikes his enemies.
"Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of men? The Shadow
But only perhaps the Shadow knows
his secretive past which is shrouded with mystery and speculation.
The Shadow has worn many faces over the years and many more names
and identities, shifting between them like a chameleon. It is
believed that his true name is Kent Allard; his exact origins
are uncertain but many believe that he is not an American by
birth. Some believe that he originally hails from France but
other sources claim that he is actually British.