Harry Kane, The Trench-Scarred Demon Vigilante

Link to Harry’s hospital room.

And my pulp reading switches from G-8 and his Battle Aces to the Spider: Master of Men. This is some dark stuff. The Spider will whack a motherfucker stone-cold dead and laugh about it.

He shot a guy who was running away from him. He shot him in the back of the head. This was the third chapter, a nobody, a mook.

Yeah, Harry Kane’s dark but this pulp stuff ain’t all talking monkeys and shiney zeppelins. There are some mad mofos in the alleys and some of them put on masks and beat people up for breaking the law.

14 thoughts on “Harry Kane, The Trench-Scarred Demon Vigilante

  1. The Spider is indeed the baddest of badasses. Here’s what Jim Steranko said about him:

    His idea of mercy was a bullet between the eyes instead on in the stomach. The thought of rehabilitation never entered his mind. Woe be to criminals who fell into the Spider’s web. He’d often execute them before they had a chance to draw their weapons. Once, when he needed a human head, he simply decapitated the first felon who crossed his path. He was the ultimate right-winger of the pulps.

      • Re: Great Quote

        It’s in the first volume of the two-volume Steranko’s History of the Comics, one of the seminal reading experiences of my youth. Unfortunately, it’s out of print, I only have the first volume now, and my copy’s completely falling apart. Used copies are very pricey. Every time I look to bid on the complete set on Ebay, someone jumps in (usually at the last minute) and drives the bidding up out of my affordability zone. *sigh*

      • Re: Great Quote

        It’s in the first volume of the two-volume Steranko’s History of the Comics, one of the seminal reading experiences of my youth. Unfortunately, it’s out of print, I only have the first volume now, and my copy’s completely falling apart. Used copies are very pricey. Every time I look to bid on the complete set on Ebay, someone jumps in (usually at the last minute) and drives the bidding up out of my affordability zone. *sigh*

  2. The Spider is indeed the baddest of badasses. Here’s what Jim Steranko said about him:

    His idea of mercy was a bullet between the eyes instead on in the stomach. The thought of rehabilitation never entered his mind. Woe be to criminals who fell into the Spider’s web. He’d often execute them before they had a chance to draw their weapons. Once, when he needed a human head, he simply decapitated the first felon who crossed his path. He was the ultimate right-winger of the pulps.

  3. I like this guy. I’m glad you have some aspects of the dark and lurid side of the pulps instead of the standard “Gee, whiz!” airships and talking gorillas that people latch onto.

    • I started writing short stories very much influenced and in homage (and out of some frustration) of the pulp magazines and adventure fiction.

      But it felt lame to write in a tradition that I didn’t know about so in the past few weeks its been wall to wall pulp reprints. That was a big help, to actually see these guys in action.

    • I started writing short stories very much influenced and in homage (and out of some frustration) of the pulp magazines and adventure fiction.

      But it felt lame to write in a tradition that I didn’t know about so in the past few weeks its been wall to wall pulp reprints. That was a big help, to actually see these guys in action.

  4. I like this guy. I’m glad you have some aspects of the dark and lurid side of the pulps instead of the standard “Gee, whiz!” airships and talking gorillas that people latch onto.

  5. The Spider is hyperkinetic passion and violence all rolled into one. Page was a genius at writing such breakneck stories with scarcely a thought of whether the plots made any sense.

    Page was also brilliant at depicting close action fighting in a hair-raising REH kind of way. If you can, track down the story “Hordes of the Red Butcher” (June 1935, and also reprinted several times) where Wentworth has a battle lasting an entire chapter where he has to fight hand to hand with a mob of raving sub-human cave-men, first with his guns, and later with their own cast off weapons, all the while trying to protect a barely clad young thing.

    ::B::

    • Spidery

      That chapter long shooting-brawl sounds like its worth the price of admission. I will chase that one down. Thanks.

      Yeah, the Spider certainly wasn’t about logic but taking crime to such a ridiculous extreme that the crimes just became ridiculous. Honestly, it was almost as if the Spider was fighting proto-terrorists.

    • Spidery

      That chapter long shooting-brawl sounds like its worth the price of admission. I will chase that one down. Thanks.

      Yeah, the Spider certainly wasn’t about logic but taking crime to such a ridiculous extreme that the crimes just became ridiculous. Honestly, it was almost as if the Spider was fighting proto-terrorists.

  6. The Spider is hyperkinetic passion and violence all rolled into one. Page was a genius at writing such breakneck stories with scarcely a thought of whether the plots made any sense.

    Page was also brilliant at depicting close action fighting in a hair-raising REH kind of way. If you can, track down the story “Hordes of the Red Butcher” (June 1935, and also reprinted several times) where Wentworth has a battle lasting an entire chapter where he has to fight hand to hand with a mob of raving sub-human cave-men, first with his guns, and later with their own cast off weapons, all the while trying to protect a barely clad young thing.

    ::B::

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