Balladeer’s Blog resumes its examination of the neglected Pulp Hero G-8. This continues 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 nurse/ spy whose real name, like G-8’s was never revealed.
34. CURSE OF THE SKY WOLVES (July 1936) – As we all know if there’s one thing more dangerous than wolf-men it’s wolf-men involved in aerial combat. This exciting adventure introduces a new villain – Amed Ghezi, an Ottoman Muslim Turk who wields the secret of turning men into deadly, relentless werewolves.
Since G-8 and his Battle Aces have proven to be the most dangerous opponents of the Central Powers Amed Ghezi and his lycanthropic shock troops are called to the Western Front to eliminate our heroes once and for all. G-8, Bull Martin and Nippy Weston have survived mummies, walking skeletons, headless zombies and intelligent gorillas but will these supernatural foes be their downfall? Find out amid dogfights, gunfights, fist-fights and desperate battles with savage wolf-men on land and in the skies over No Man’s Land! Continue reading
THE BATTLE OF HIGHWAY 55 – The 18th ranked LINDSEY WILSON COLLEGE BLUE RAIDERS couldn’t get out of their own way last night until they trailed the CAMPBELLSVILLE UNIVERSITY TIGERS 9-0 with 6:08 left in the 1st Quarter. QB Branden Cresap then led his team to a 21-9 lead on three consecutive possessions. A safety made it 23-9 at the Half. The Tigers, cheered on by their home crowd, made it a 23-22 game and LWC put in backup QB Dylan Beasley. Everything stood at 30-28 at the end of the 3rd Quarter. A 44-40 Blue Raiders lead late in the 4th barely withstood a successfull onsides kick by Campbellsville but 44-40 did indeed hold up as the final score.
THE PAINT BUCKET GAME – Meanwhile, even further west, the VALLEY CITY STATE UNIVERSITY VIKINGS battled the UNIVERSITY OF JAMESTOWN JIMMIES for the Paint Bucket. Though this was the North Star Athletic Association Game of the Week it was a bit of a letdown. The Jimmies held the Paint Bucket after last year’s clash but the Vikings reclaimed it with ease last night. A 7-0 lead after 1 Quarter became 21-0 at Halftime, then 28-0 after the 3rd Quarter. The Jimmies snuck on the board in the 4th and a Field Goal from the Vikings made the final talley 31-7. Continue reading
SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES: TSARNAEV SISTER IN BOMB THREAT INCIDENT
Aliana Tsarnaev, the Muslim sister of the two Tsarnaevs who allegedly perpetrated the Boston Marathon Bombing in 2013, has been arrested in an incident involving a bomb threat. The “Religion of blowing people to pieces” seems to have struck again!
Thank you to lovely Lucy (pictured) for her kind shoutout to Balladeer’s Blog, where the sexiest people on the internet congregate! Continue reading
Despite what ESPN says tonight kicks off WEEK TWO of the 2014 college football season. There are NINETEEN games tonight:
NORTH STAR ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION GAME OF THE WEEK – The UNIVERSITY OF JAMESTOWN JIMMIES will take it on the road to face the VALLEY CITY STATE VIKINGS.
IT’S IN THE CARDS – The CONCORDIA (MI) CARDINALS are going to host the ALMA COLLEGE SCOTS in the first of this year’s games that pit the NAIA against the NCAA Division 3. Continue reading
SAMI OSMAKEC, A TAMPA MUSLIM WHO PLANNED A “SECOND 9-11″
A SMALL ROUNDUP OF “PEACE-LOVING” RELIGIOUS FANATICS AND THEIR HORRIFIC ACTIONS IN THE U.S. RECENTLY.
SEATTLE, WA – A Muslim named Musab Mohamed Masmari was sentenced to 10 years in prison weeks ago. His hateful crime: setting fire to Seattle’s gay nightclub called Neighbours last New Year’s Eve. An associate of Masmari told the FBI that the arsonist had told him he did it because “what these people are doing is wrong.” The FBI admitted in February of this year that an informant had warned them before the hateful crime that Masmari was planning a terrorist attack and had “opined that homosexuals should be exterminated.” Continue reading
In the middle 1980’s/ Way down on Level 31 …
Before MST3K there was … THE TEXAS 27 FILM VAULT!
Balladeer’s Blog continues its examination of this neglected cult show from the mid-1980′s.
EPISODE ORIGINALLY BROADCAST: Saturday March 30th, 1985 from 10:30pm to 1:00am.
SERIAL: Prior to showing and mocking the movie Randy Clower and Richard Malmos, the show’s machine-gun wielding “Film Vault Technicians First Class” showed an episode of the notoriously campy sci-fi serial The Lost City (1935). That serial featured a super-scientific city lost in the middle of the African jungle plus zombified “giant” African tribesmen, ray-guns, a slinky femme fatale and a tribe of pygmies. There’s also a Great White Hunter as the hero and a mad scientist whose inventions include a machine that turns black people into white people! And the “colorization” is considered a REWARD for tribesmen who serve the mad scientist well! All this plus BOTH William Boyds in one serial!
THE TUNNEL WITH THE MINIATURES OF MULTIPLE VAULT DOORS THAT OPENED AS THE POV CAMERA FILMED THEM.
FILM VAULT LORE: One eye-catching element of The Texas 27 Film Vault was the POV shot down a tunnel of various vault doors which would open in turn as the camera approached them. It’s another aspect of the show that had Vaulties feeling deja vu when MST3K debuted years later.
The shot was achieved through miniatures, of course, and Randy Clower was kind enough to provide me with the behind-the- scenes photo shown above. Continue reading