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Monday, June 11, 2007

At Last! Straight from the Pages of Hellboy
Cannibals, Yetis, Prophecies, & Lobster Johnson

Yes, yes, yes!

Although it was many moons ago, I can distinctly remember the first time I got my hands on a copy of The Shadow pulp magazine. I was eleven years old and at one of those farm auctions my old man loved going to to buy neat old junk that no one but he cared about. At the time, the elder Sime had something of a reputation in my family for buying entire wagons of junk at those auctions in order to get a desired stripped-down chainsaw engine or waterpump for a 1965 Ford tractor.

In amongst a pile of rotting newspapers, National Geographics, and mail away recipe books for cooking with Mogan David wine (told you I remembered it well!) was a worn and battered copy of The Shadow from 1948. I sat down in the dirt and read the entire thing right there on the spot... and practically cursed my father at day's end for somehow showing restraint and not buying that particular mountain of trash! Even so, I've had a soft spot for any and all things pulp ever since.

As you might suspect, the Isotope staff and I have great love for Mike Mignola's family of Hellboy comics. If you read comics already I'm sure you don't need us to tell you about all the gorgeous Hellboy art lovingly drawn in service of great writing with all the quirky characters, dark witchcraft, sinister nazis, stinking corpses, Lovecraftian monstrosities and supernatural curses you could ever ask for!

And personally, there's no character in the world of Hellboy I like more than Lobster Johnson, a true love letter to The Shadow and his depression-era contemporaries if there ever was one. So it was with great joy that I spotted the up-coming Lobster Johnson mini-series in Dark Horse Comics solicitations for September.

Thank you Dark Horse, for making me feel 11 years old again. Except this time... I'm buying that wagon!

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