Balladeer’s Blog resumes its look at 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 super-natural 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, his two Battle Aces.
106. BOMBS FROM THE MURDER WOLVES (October 1943) – As the G-8 series nears its end get ready to meet an all-new addition to our hero’s Rogue’s Gallery of foes: Dr Marlott! This mad doctor has his secret laboratory in a swamp where he has been performing macabre experiments on human guinea pigs.
At long last he has succeeded in perfecting his ultimate goal: living “Suicide Men” mutated and shorn of all self-preservation instincts. These Suicide Men will coldly and unfeelingly carry out destructive attacks on the Allied forces, completely unmindful of any potential harm to themselves.
Dr Marlott’s creations are sent forth in conjunction with the Murder Wolves. Those Murder Wolves are larger-than normal Central Powers aircraft which carry huge red bombs with cockpits. The Suicide Men will make these red bombs the ultimate in “smart bombs” by literally piloting them toward Allied planes, making evasive maneuvers nearly hopeless and blowing themselves up along with their targets.
In a way you could say that with this story Robert J Hogan eerily anticipated the Japanese Kamikaze pilots of a few years later.
107. THE WINGS OF THE IRON CLAW (December 1943) – This story presents G-8’s final encounter with Goulon, the man with an iron hook – this time with three claws instead of one – replacing the hand he lost in a plane crash long ago.
Goulon survived his previous clash with our heroes and somehow escaped his submarine before it was destroyed. Since that time he’s been back in his subterranean lair beneath the Black Forest transforming human beings into feral beast-men that he plans to use in his new plan.
The vile madman sends forth several of these beast-men to surreptitiously make their way into Allied military hospitals and then unleash deadly poison gas, killing all the wounded PLUS all the doctors and nurses. G-8, Bull Martin and Nippy Weston are the only obstacle standing between Goulon and the realization of his heinous plan.
The Baron’s many-layered plot involves very aggressive rat-beasts, a new plane with six engines plus hydrogen devices that can give Central Powers aircraft VERTICAL takeoff and landing capability.
G-8 and his Battle Aces are pressed to their limits to overcome their new foe’s multi-tiered Master Plan, with the outcome of the war on the line if they should fail!
I WILL BE EXAMINING *THE FINAL TWO* G-8 STORIES NEXT TIME!
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