Frank Miller writes ahead for Pulp Power book on the Smith universe

Fans of the comic book world probably know all about the antebellum pulp novel decade that brought us the stories that would eventually give us our beloved superheroes. In a new book titled Pulp Power: The Shadow, Doc Savage, and the Art of the Street & Smith Universe, fans can take a closer look at that era of storytelling and how it influenced some of our favorite creators. The book also includes a foreword written by the visionary maker Frank Miller

Miller is “considered one of the most influential and award-winning creators in the entertainment industry today,” but many of us know him for his work in things like Batman: the first year and the rugged noir aesthetic he brings to work. He clearly has a connection to this world, which has been described as “a pre-Batman, pre-Superman golden age of American creativity and artistic excellence, starring two main characters: The Shadow and Doc Savage


The series “gives fans a rare glimpse into the antebellum pulp novel decade of the 1930s, a period of daring action and adventure storytelling that eventually led to the creation of the comic book and superheroes we know and love today.”

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So many of us know the world of comics and the characters we love there, but it’s interesting to see things like pulp power are rising in popularity because it is an era we have seemingly forgotten. We know all about DC Comics and Marvel, but we don’t really know what inspired the creators to tell these super-powerful stories.

And a Miller attacker is unbelievable for being billed as one of the most visionary creatives in the genre. You can get your own copy of pulp Power: The Shadow, Doc Savage, and the Art of the Street & Smith Universe on July 26, 2022, and what a way to celebrate the era of our favorite superheroes?

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Street & Smith, the renowned publisher of these novels, commissioned leading artists to create bold and original cover illustrations for their publications, and in pulp power, hundreds of these striking covers are reproduced as a collection for the first time. Author Neil McGinness provides context for the cover illustrations alongside a rich narrative history of the characters and era and discussion of the Street & Smith heroes’ influence on legendary creators such as Orson Welles, Truman Capote, Michael Chabon, George Lucas, Agnes Moorehead, James Patterson, Walter Mosley, Dwayne Johnson, Frank Miller, James Bama, Jim Steranko, Jim Lee, Gail Simone, Steve Orlando, Gayle Lynds and many more.

The book also features original line art from the volumes, a unique collection of Shadow ephemera, cover art from the paperback boom of the 1960s and 1970s, and a look at the past, present and future of the Street & Smith characters in comics .

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