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.
61. THE CONDOR RIDES WITH DEATH (October 1938) – Introducing the Condor, a brand-new villain for G-8 and his Battle Aces. The Condor – in reality Hapsburg Austrian Prince Bruno – is a flying ace for the Central Powers and his skill at espionage and aerial combat rivals that of G-8 himself.
This airborne foe owns a castle with a customized version of an ancient catapult device which fires artillery that can wipe out opposition planes with one hit. Continue reading