The Green Lama first appeared in a short novel entitled The Green Lama in the April 1940 issue of Double Detective magazine. The novel was written by Kendell Foster Crossen using the pseudonym of "Richard Foster". Writing in 1976, Crossen recalled that the character was created because the publishers of Double Detective, the Frank Munsey company, wanted a competitor for The Shadow, which was published by their rivals Street & Smith.
The Green Lama's first comic book appearance was in Crestwood Publications' issue #7 of Prize Comics (December 1940), where he continued to appear for 27 issues . All stories were written by Ken Crossen, with art by Mac Raboy and others. He then moved to his own title, The Green Lama (Spark Publications) which lasted for eight issues from December 1944 to March 1946.
More than three years after the demise of his comic book, the Green Lama was resurrected for a short-lived CBS radio series that ran for 11 episodes from June 5 to August 20, 1949, with the character's voice provided by Paul Frees. This version of the Green Lama was also written by creator Kendell Foster Crossen, along with several co-writers.
The Avenger originally appeared in September 1939 in the pulp magazine The Avenger, published by Street and Smith Publications. The Avenger was a pulp hero who combined elements of Doc Savage and the Shadow. The authorship of the pulp series was credited by Street and Smith to Kenneth Robeson, the same byline that appeared on the Doc Savage stories. The "Kenneth Robeson" name was a house pseudonym used by a number of different Street & Smith writers. Most of the original Avenger stories were written by Paul Ernst.
The Avenger radio show originated from Long Island, NY-based station WHN and was broadcast over a time-span of 62 weeks. It also aired on many stations across the United States as a transcription series. The 62 weeks refer only to the period during which the program aired, not the number of shows. Most likely, the series consisted of a then standard run of 26 half-hour episodes (plus repeats). Unfortunately, despite the fact that the program was recorded for syndication, the only remaining artifacts of the show are seven scripts.
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Michael Dominic is a self-taught, self-published creator living in Nova Scotia, Canada. Under his freelance masthead (www.paladinfreelance.com) he has created art for Apex Books, Harper Collins, and the band "Sky Club", as well as art for various independant comics, books and music publications. As publisher of the AIM Comics line, he has published "The Brutal Blade of Bruno the Bandit", "Why Comics?" and "The Journals of Simon Pariah", with more books to come.
Christopher Munroe is a author/actor/comedian from Calgary, Alberta whose fiction has appeared in the Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine, the Way of the Buffalo and Journey Into… podcast. His debut novel, Broken Escalator, is available now in eBook and as a podcast at Podiobooks.