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Still Watching the Skies: Summer 2018 1990s Pulp Heroes Spectacular

Posted on Jul 4, 2018 by | 0 comments

Pulp Heroes Spectacular

Robert, Nat, and Cody are joined by returning guest John Bierly as we take a trip back to the 1990s and three films that tried to catch onto the superhero boom created by Tim Burton’s BATMAN but which missed for various reasons as part of our Pulp Heroes Spectacular bonus episode.

The Rocketeer

First up is 1991’s THE ROCKETEER. Based on Dave Stevens’ comic book creation, THE ROCKETEER is a loving throwback to the 1930s and the tradition of air adventurers and rocket pack equipped serial heroes. Featuring a gorgeous Jennifer Connelly and Timothy Dalton never having more fun as a swashbuckling movie icon turned Nazi spy, there’s a large cult following. Widely regarded as Joe Johnston’s best film, we have a long discussion about the film and why it didn’t catch on.


The Shadow, Pulp Heroes Spectacular

The Shadow

A true pulp hero, 1994’s THE SHADOW did it’s best to tap into the aesthetic of Tim Burton’s take on the caped crusader while being true to the pulp roots of the character. Alec Baldwin stars as the titular character and there’s an all star ensemble featuring John Lone, Penelope Ann Miller, Peter Boyle, Tim Curry, Jonathan Winters, and more. So what happened? We try to get down to the mystery of what evil lurks in the heart of men and Hollywood producers for this film.


Pulp Heroes Spectacular, The Phantom

Billy Zane as The Phantom


We conclude our Pulp Heroes Spectacular with 1996’s THE PHANTOM. Billy Zane, Treat Williams, Kristie Swanson, Catherine Zeta Jones, and Patrick McGoohan team up to bring us this very earnest and literal adaptation of Lee Falk’s comic strip hero. I think the response to this one will surprise people.

We hope you enjoy this nostalgic look back. Give us a play or Download the episode. Also, feel free to let us know what you think by commenting below or Email Us at [email protected] as we appreciate feedback.

Later this month, we continue in a literary theme with George Roy Hill’s 1972 adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE. We’ll see if anyone becomes unstuck in time preparing this podcast. We hope you’ll join us.


Time tracks: 0:00 to 33:00 Intro & THE ROCKETEER

33:00 to 1:04:16 THE SHADOW

1:04:16 to End, THE PHANTOM and various other films.


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Robert Reineke
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