Pulpy Goodness

Last night Laura took me to see Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, which long-time readers of my blog will remember I’ve been goobering over since I first heard it was in production (back before it had a studio distribution deal). As many of you know, I’m an absolute nut about the pulp fiction of the 30s and 40s–a shelf here in my office groans under the weight of Doc Savage, The Spider, G-8 and his Battle Aces, and many other pulp reprints, along with books about the pulps.

So, it’s little surprise that I really liked the movie (Hell, I’m probably the only person who liked the latest film versions of The Shadow and The Phantom). It’s a tone-perfect tribute to…well, tons of stuff, really. I caught visual references to the Max Fleisher Superman cartoons, several of the air-hero pulps, the “Dan Dare” comics from the UK, Republic Serials (like “King of the Rocketmen” and others)…there were even nod-and-wink references to Godzilla and King Kong. In some ways, it almost comes off like the visual equivalent of electronic music (another of my loves), with visual elements as the samples. It was goofy, it was pulpy, and I liked it….even if they did have a P-40 Warhawk fly underwater in “amphibian mode.”

3 Replies to “Pulpy Goodness”

  1. Hey, hi there! I’m friending you back. You know, my dad and I used to read all the Doc Savage we could get our hands on waaay back when I was in Junior high and we loved that campy shit; I still do. Lots of fun! I still have some of them in my library, I’m pretty sure.

    And love the Shadow, too, as well as the Thin Man. I’ve been realizing lately that I’ve missed a whole lot of fun by not being a gamer or going to Cons but you gots to make choices in life as to where you spend your time/energy and well, I did. And with really no regrets in the long run.

  2. Yes, indeedy!

    Well, ok, I regret that I was never in the Bolshoy Ballet or that I quit violin lessons …and that I can’t touch my nose with my tongue….but I can life with those.

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