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  • By Michael Brown
    Jun 28, 2012
    [a preliminary review until I read the volume] 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 final of 3 volumes from Altus Press, which reprints the final 4 stories "The Case of the Fugitive Fingerprints," "The Case of the Crooked Cane," "The Case of the Hollywood Ghost," and "The Case of the Beardless Corpse," which appeared in Munsey/Red Star's "Double Detective" pulp magazine in the early 40s (tho the fourth appeared a couple of years later, after Popular Publications bought out Munsey and continued the magazine). ALSO included is a NEW epilogue... More > by Adam Lance Garcia and Mike Fyles: "The Case of the Final Column." 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 his own Spark Comics line, as well as in radio. Finally, we clearly see that the ownership is with his family, and Argosy Communications is just overseeing it) 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. So we are have the Green Lama, who is really Buddhist Jethro Dumont, who was made a lama in Tibet. He always disguises himself as the Reverand Dr. Pali, a Buddhist priest, hence no one connects Dumont with the Green Lama. And like the Shadow, he has several aides that help him to battle the forces of evil in the western world. We meet the first aide in the first story (in v1), and he starts gathering new aides from that point. Another individual is the mysterious Magga, who helps the Lama, but whose real identity is never revealed. Crossen didn't even bother to come up with a background for her, just wanting her to be mysterious. This volume contains in introduction by radio historian Martin Grams, Jr., on the Green Lama radio series, and Crossen's involvement with radio dramas.< Less
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First Edition
Altus Press
May 8, 2012
Hardcover (dust-jacket)
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.7 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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