The Best of the Encyclopedia of Pulp Heroes: Sheridan Doome

doomeDoome, Sheridan. Sheridan Doome was created by “Stephen Gould,” the pseudonym of Steve Fisher (Red Brennan, Danny Garrett, Homicide Johnny, Tony Key, Mister Death (II), Mark Turner), and appeared in fifty-four stories and three novels from 1935 to 1943, beginning with “Tattooed Skipper” (Shadow Magazine, May 1935). Sheridan Doome is a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy who was injured during World War One. He was maimed and his body could only be reconstructed with the help of numerous steel plate implants. These have made him bullet-proof, but he’s no looker:

He was six feet two inches tall; had a chalk-white face and head. It appeared as though it had once been seared or burned. For eyes, he had only black blotches; glittering optics, that looked like small chunks of coal. His nose was long, the end of it squared off rudely. He had no lips, just a slit that was his mouth. His neck was long, as white and as bony as his face….

Sheridan Doome looked more like a robot than a human being. He was tall and ghastly; his uniform fitted him in a loose manner. Long arms hung at his sides; his face was a perfect blank….

Sheridan Doome scrutinized him without emotion. He had no control of his facial muscles; consequently, his countenance was always without expression, chalky and bony.

Doome, “the ace of the Naval Intelligence” is bright and a skillful investigator, and speaks in a brittle, short, clipped, terse manner.

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