Let’s start off with something terrific: an original picture by pal Randy Elliot, noted comic artist and inker, of Cthul-you-know-who. Surely this beautiful piece of work is worth a vote at top WebComics:-).
Ok, refreshed? That’s good, because there’s not much going on here these days to speak of. In addition to the comic, I’ve been researching a series of articles on dime novels that I’m writing for Ed Hulse’s spectacular zine, Blood ‘N’ Thunder. The first is about the transition from the Dime Novel Era to the Pulp Era, which took over 30 years to complete. In our modern world, the idea of a “trend” breaking over that period is inconceivable. Others are about dime novel characters in the movies, the Printer’s Strike of 191 (it’s interesting, honest!) and how a cowboy character suddenly found himself fighting Germans in France after World War 1 broke out.
One interesting thing that has come out of some of my delvings into dime novels is the copy of Frank Reade Library #1, which I downloaded from some site on the internet. I printed it out, but as I’ve seen the cover many times, I didn’t pay a lot of attention to the name written on the cover. But when I went to put it in a folder, I saw…E.P. Latham! I have no idea who he was, or if we are in any way distantly related, but it was still a shock to see a magazine over 100 years old with my own last name written on it. Shades of “The Shadow Out of Time!” Add that curiosity to the fact that the man who invented (or at least took credit for) inventing the way film loops through a movie camera was also named Latham; it’s the Latham loop. As a friend said, this stuff is just in my blood.