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  • By Michael Brown
    Jun 28, 2012
    If all you know of the Green Lama has been thru his recent comic book appearances (either in Dynamic's "Project Superhero" or AC Comics' short series, or prehaps the recent archive collections from Dark Horse comics of his Spark Comics title) or prehaps the 'new pulp' stories published by Airship 27 (a collection and a novel, with another novel on the way), NOW you can read the ORIGINAL stories of the Green Lama. This is the second of 3 volumes from Altus Press, which reprints the next 5 stories "The Case of the Death's-Head Face," "The Case of the Clown Who Laughed," "The Case of the Invisible Enemy," "The Case of the Mad Magi," and "The Case of the Vanishing Ships.", which appeared in Munsey/Red Star's "Double Detective" pulp magazine in the early 40s. The Green Lama was created by Kendell Foster Crossen (who, surprisingly, retained the rights to the Green Lama, and oversaw his stories in comics, both at Prize and... More > his own Spark Comics line, as well as in radio. His family owns the rights to Green Lama, and Argosy Communications acts as their agent) for Munsey as part of the 'third wave' of pulp heroes, and intentionaly inspired by The Shadow, but with very clear Buddhist influences. And, it seems that they really tried to get things right. The first story actually continues some of the storylines from the previous story. We have the marriage of 2 of the Green Lama's assistants (Gary and Evangl), who largely leave the series, to be replaced by Jean Farrel and Ken Clayton who also appeared in the previous story. This is again, something unusual, as secondary characters usually don't do this in the pulps. Also, the villains of this story where hinted at in the previous one. The third story is interesting as it deals with Fifth Columnists in America who are allied with Hitler. And this is before the US entered WWII, but at the time there were people who were concerned about the fascists in Europe and warned against them. The covers of the original stories are reprinted on the back (sadly, a bit small and not in color) and at the beginning of each story (again, in black & white). In addition to the stories, we have an intro that focuses on the comic book version, with new info on Spark Comics. I never knew that this company was owned by Crossen. Also included is a brief bio of the artist for these stories.< Less
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Product Details

Edition
First Edition
Publisher
Altus Press
Published
November 1, 2011
Language
English
Pages
512
Binding
Hardcover (dust-jacket)
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
1.66 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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