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Hi there! Dr Hermes here. I'm offering several hundred reviews of classic adventure stories, pulp novels, obscure movies, cliffhangers and old-time radio. There's plenty of wild speculation and rampant opinion on these pages.
Comments, suggestions, heated disagreements -- all are very welcome! I love getting feedback and always reply to e-mails. These are not meant to be exhaustive, encyclopedic reference articles, just the casual reactions of someone who has enjoyed these stories, and would like to share his thoughts and hear what you think.
Feel free to E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. It will be a welcome change from coming home to find seven or eight bits of inexplicable gibberish from companies trying to sell me Korean porn or wholesale farm equipment. (I don't need a tractor or access to co-ed webcams , thank you.)
Our main TABLE OF CONTENTS is on the next page, after we see below what's on our separate review sites for Doc Savage, the Saint, Fu Manchu, James Bond, Universal Monsters, Cliffhangers, Remo Williams and Chiun, Tarzan, Bruce Lee and other essential cultural icons.
MARCH 2007 – Now, I seem to have slacked off on writing reviews for some time now and don't feel the craving to do any at the moment. It
certainly doesn't mean I won't start up again in a sudden burst of enthusiasm. But when a hobby starts becoming a chore, it's good to give it a rest and come back to it later. This site will definitely remain up for the forseeable future.
NEW April 11, 2008. FINALLY I have broken down and parted with $80 for an image scanner. Now we can begin a LiveJournal page with scans and comments on obscure movies, crazy old comics and bizarre pulps, babes of years gone by and more!
NEW July 19, 2010 – http://dr-hermes.livejournal.com/ DR HERMES RETRO-SCANS has passed two thousand scans with commentary at this point. ( yikes!?) I'm going to have type up an index for each tag soon. Now we have so many covers and art from pulps, comics and men's magazines, stills and ads from obscure movies and whack tv series; odd clippings and esoterica; and pictures of Babes of Yore that even I am stupefied at all this stuff. There's more going up daily.
Many of these reviews will give away bits and pieces of the stories covered, sometimes parts you may not want to know if you like to be surprised. It's hard to avoid completely if I want to do any speculating. So be advised.
All of the 182 original Doc Savage adventures have now been reviewed, as well as all the new adventures by Will Murray and Philip Jose Farmer. (whew. Lot of reading there.) Also, I've added pictures of autogyros, Zeppelins, likely actors to play Doc, the Empire State Building (with and without Kong on it), Mayan pyramids and so forth to illustrate the reviews. The captions are, well, not entirely serious.
Finally, there's SPECULATIONS IN BRONZE, brief notes on Doc's cameo appearances in other stories and whimsical speculation about some aspects of the great saga.
Reviews of six episodes from the beloved 1960s British spy spoof, starring Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg (
Reviews of a dozen favorite episodes from the classic 1950s series starring George Reeves. How many of you can recite the opening mantra by heart? "A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty..." No, wait, that can't be right.
If you are a fan of the glorious House of Sinanju, then you know that there is nothing quite like the Destroyer series created by Richard Sapir and Warren Murphy. Even just another pale piece of a pig's ear such as this unworthy reviewer knows that.
Reviews of forty-five classic Cliffhanger serials. Everyone from Nyoka to Rocketman to the Purple Monster to Spy Smasher. What a bunch.
Reviews of the entire original canon by creator Ian Fleming (as well as Kingsley Amis' excellent COLONEL SUN). Entertaining as some of the movies are, they are but a pale reflection of the real 007.
Reviews of the works of the writer from Cross Plains, Texas, who in a few short years of a brief life gave us tales of Conan, El Borak, King Kull, Breckenridge Elkins, Solomon Kane, Bran Mak Morn, Dennis Dorgan, Turlogh O'Brien and many more. A variety of these tales are covered here, stories that leave you black and blue just from reading them.
Oh, yeah... that classic illustration to the side was painted by Frank Frazetta for the first Lancer paperback CONAN THE ADVENTURER in 1967 - still the definitive visualization of Conan.
Not just another masked two-gun vigilante of the 1930s, the Spider had emotional depth and apocalyptic adventures under the writing of the inimitable Norvell W. Page
ALSO Other PULP HEROES
Here you'll find tales of The Avenger, Captain Future, the Green Lama, the Phantom, Jules de Grandin, the Moon Man, Captain Hazzard,
El Kabong,The Black Bat, Secret Agent X, Captain Zero (who?) and many more....
A site dedicated to those endearing creatures from the Golden Age of Horror. Return for a little while to a time when every night is Halloween and the children of the night howl around the Hill of the Seven Jackals, when even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night....
As well as all the expected classics such as BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN and THE INVISIBLE MAN, we also have reviews of less well-known epics such as THE MAD GHOUL, BLACK FRIDAY and even ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE MUMMY.
Also, check out VINTAGE HORROR FILMS, next door to our Universal page, which covers great old chillers from the 1930s and 1940s made by other studios. ISLAND OF LOST SOULS, THE APE MAN, KING OF THE ZOMBIES, DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE....
Reviews of all the Devil Doctor's books and stories can be found in his own separate little kingdom, something I'm sure he would appreciate.
Here on our Detectives Page are reviews of the Chinese mastermind`s guest appearances in "The Musgrave Version" and the Solar Pons stories. Also, check out Fu Manchu and Kato guest-starring in the surprisingly respectful Destroyer novel SKULL DUGGERY.
Finally, go to our CLIFFHANGERS Page, for a review of one of the best serials ever made, 1940's THE DRUMS OF FU MANCHU.
And more, we have a section dedicated to DRIVE-IN CLASSICS.
Flicks like INVASION OF THE SAUCERMEN, SPIDER BABY (yay!), FIEND WITHOUT A FACE, WEREWOLF IN A GIRL'S DORMITORY. Put the beer down, leave your date's bra alone and watch the movie for a few minutes.
AND, there's also VIDEO WILDERNESS
Reviews of rare and esoteric films and TV. Some truly weird stuff here, including the TV-movie of Will Eisner's THE SPIRIT, W.C. Fields representing Klopstakia at the 1932 Olympics, Tor Johnson in a prison flick, Wallace and Gromit, THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE, Sarah Silverman's JESUS IS MAGIC, RABBIT-ROOF FENCE, Sifl & Olly and lots more.
Reviews of all four martial arts flicks completed by Bruce Lee, as well as most episodes of THE GREEN HORNET and his appearances in MARLOWE and LONGSTREET. Good news for fans is that the new DVDs from 20th Century Fox have restored scenes in crisp new prints and subtitles.
And our main Dr Hermes Reviews TABLE OF CONTENTS is on the next page......