PULP HERO G-8 AND HIS BATTLE ACES: STORIES FIFTY-EIGHT TO SIXTY

Once again I'll say that a young Bruce Campbell would have made a perfect G-8 in a television series!

Once again I’ll say that a young Bruce Campbell would have made a perfect G-8 in a television series!

Balladeer’s Blog resumes its examination of the neglected Pulp Hero G-8. This is a story-by- story look at the adventures of this World War One American fighter pilot who – along with his two wingmen the Battle Aces – took on various supernatural and super- scientific menaces thrown at the Allied Powers by the Central Powers of Germany, Austria- Hungary and the Ottoman Muslim Turks.

G-8 was created by Robert J Hogan in 1933 when World War One was still being called simply the World War or the Great War. Over the next eleven years Hogan wrote 110 stories featuring the adventures of G-8, the street-smart pug Nippy Weston and the brawny giant Bull Martin. The regular cast was rounded out by our hero’s archenemy Doktor Krueger, by Battle, G-8’s British manservant and by our hero’s girlfriend R-1: an American spy/ nurse whose real name, like G-8’s was never revealed.

Fangs of  the Serpent58. FANGS OF THE SERPENT (July 1938) – Introducing  the German intelligence agent known only by the codename the Serpent. Kaiser Wilhelm himself gives the Serpent his latest mission: to destroy G-8 and his Battle Aces. A-1, Hogan’s fictional head of American Intelligence, personally warns our hero about this new adversary’s abilities.

The Serpent, like plenty of other G-8 villains, sports a memorable disfigurement. In his case a twisted spine from which he gets his codename and his distorted posture.  That would be a detriment to his career as a spy if not for the fact that his real strength lies in his supernatural mastery of the art of hypnosis. Continue reading

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GOTHIC HORROR: THE DEVIL’S ELIXIRS (1815)

Devil's Elixirs 2THE DEVIL’S ELIXIRS – By E.T.A. Hoffmann. Halloween month continues at Balladeer’s Blog with a look at another neglected work of Gothic Horror. As I’ve mentioned in the past, horror stories from back then that feature supernatural menaces OTHER than vampires and ghosts hold a special appeal to me. The Devil’s Elixirs features a doppleganger.

Regular readers of Balladeer’s Blog will remember I’m a big fan of Hoffmann’s macabre stories and have even reviewed Offenbach’s opera Tales of Hoffmann, based on various short stories of the Austrian writer. The central character of the novel is Medardus, a Capuchin monk. Continue reading

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CALLIPPIDES (circa 400 BC), THE ANCIENT GREEK COMEDY

Annoy your friends with your pretentiousness: refer to shows like I Love Lucy and Make Room for Daddy as "Parathespian Comedies."

Annoy your friends with your pretentiousness: refer to shows like I Love Lucy and Make Room for Daddy as “Parathespian Comedies.”

Balladeer’s Blog presents another examination of an ancient Greek comedy. Callippides was written by the comedian Strattis and falls into that comic poet’s specialized area: Parathespian Comedies.

Another fun element of our shared humanity with the ancient Athenians who flocked to attend these plays is the fact that even 2,400 years ago audiences were fascinated and entertained by the trappings of “showbiz”. “Parathespian Comedies” were just one of the many sub-genres of ancient Greek comedy but Strattis is the writer most associated with them … by me and the .000001 percent of the population who are into such things.

Yes, a few thousand years before I Love Lucy, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Seinfeld and other such sitcoms the spectators at the Theatre of Dionysus were laughing at comedies depicting what it was like to be one of the performing, writing and singing stars of the Athenian stage. The Parathespian Comedies sometimes featured fictional stars as the characters but would also depict real-life figures of the stage in stories that were either wholly fictional or based on backstage gossip of the time.  

Callippides was based on the real-life actor and megastar of ancient Greek tragedies. In this particular case Strattis presented a very unflattering comedic poke at Callippides, making jokes that depicted him as a William Shatner-esque ham instead of the accomplished thespian he was often hailed as.   Continue reading

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WHAT KIND OF SAVAGES GLOAT OVER KILLING A THREE-MONTH OLD CHILD?

A SYMBOL OF HATRED, SLAVERY,  MASS RAPE AND INFANTICIDE.

A SYMBOL OF HATRED, SLAVERY, MASS RAPE AND INFANTICIDE.

Oh, yeah … Muslim savages. Three-month old Chaya Zissel Braun, an American citizen, was killed by a Muslim terrorist in Jerusalem in a vehicular attack that wounded several other people. The deed was proudly trumpeted by HAMAS spokesman and alleged human being Hossam Badran, who said “This is a natural response to the crimes of the occupation and invasion of our land by the Jews.”

Badran was not asked what exactly Chaya Braun had done that implicated her in any alleged “crimes”. HAMAS is one of the sub-groups who fall under the worldwide umbrella of I.S.L.A.M. (Intolerant Savages Loathing All Modernity).  

In keeping with the kind of savagery endorsed by HAMAS, Palestinians bombarded a Jewish kindergarten with rocks today. Children are the frequent targets of Muslim fanatics, who are not capable of any creative acts and who understand nothing but killing and more killing.  

This incident is one that puts people in three groups: Continue reading

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FREDDY’S NIGHTMARES (1988-1990): FORGOTTEN TELEVISION

Freddy's Nightmares

Freddy’s Nightmares

FREDDY’S NIGHTMARES (1988 – 1990) – With Halloween just over a week away what better time to examine this forgotten series! I’ve always been a Freddy Krueger over Jason Voorhees kind of guy. I found Voorhees a dull imitation of Michael Myers from the Halloween movies, plus it isn’t even Voorhees doing the killing in at least two of the Friday the Thirteenth films. Throw in a mention that the boring as hell slice and dice man didn’t even don his iconic hockey mask until the third movie. Now add the fact that no matter how bad some of the Nightmare on Elm Street sequels were NONE of them were as lame as so many of the FT13 flicks.

I always thought the Continue reading

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ISLAM IS INCOMPATIBLE WITH DIVERSE CULTURES

A REMINDER OF WHAT'S AT STAKE IN THE CLASH BETWEEN THE CIVILIZED WORLD WITH ALL ITS FAULTS AND THE TYRANNY CALLED ISLAM.

A REMINDER OF WHAT’S AT STAKE IN THE CLASH BETWEEN THE CIVILIZED WORLD WITH ALL ITS FAULTS AND THE TYRANNY CALLED ISLAM.

Do spineless, groveling apologists for Islam ever get tired of trying to defend the most intolerant religion in the world at this particular point in history?

To Muslim fanatics tolerance is a one-way street. They expect to be able to take their homophobia, misogyny and savage superstitions with them everywhere they go and demand that their host countries adapt to all of their own built-in hatreds rather than adapt to the 21st Century. Most repulsive is Islam’s insistence on carrying its treatment of women – slavery in other words – everywhere it spreads.

American Liberals are cowardly hypocrites because they would NEVER accept that from people migrating from Christian or Jewish nations but they twist logic as severely as they have to to side with hate-filled Islam. American Liberals are no doubt already preparing their excuses for the Muslims opening fire on the Canadian Parliament on the day they are considering honorary citizenship for Malala Yousafazi. One soldier is reported dead and one of the Muslim attackers was also supposedly slain.

Not content to just shoot Yousafazi when she was fifteen for  advocating educating women and letting them vote, I.S.L.A.M. (Intolerant Savages Loathing All Modernity) had to perpetrate additional outrages. All they know how to do is kill and kill and kill. Continue reading

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PRESSURE BUILDS ON CONTENDERS AS COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF RANKINGS LOOM

dog-in-football-uniformWith the publication of the inaugural College Football Playoff rankings less than a week away, a number of key Week 9 matchups take on even greater importance, with nation’s top-ranked teams looking to catch the eye of the CFP selection committee.

No. 1 Mississippi State has risen to the top of the national rankings following three straight wins over top 10 teams, and will be looking to improve on their perfect 6-0 record when they travel to Kentucky to take on the Wildcats.

The Bulldogs, who opened the season outside the Top 25, are pegged as early 13.5-point road favorites over Kentucky in college football betting odds published at bettingsports.com. Mississippi State is currently riding a nine-game winning streak and have rewarded bettors with a 9-1 record ATS in their last 10 games, but will need a win to keep ahead of the other two undefeated teams vying for CFP consideration.

No. 2 Florida State, SU winners in their last 23, head into a bye in Week 9 at 7-0 following a 31-27 win over No. 5 Notre Dame on Saturday night. While the Noles have padded their SU record, they have been a disappointment to bettors, covering the spread just once in their last eight dating back to last season’s national championship Continue reading

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