Introduction On Racism Epigraphs A History of the Pulps A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Glossary and Character Taxonomy Breakdown by Country of Origin Bibliography Table of Contents The Best of the Encyclopedia
Alcázar, Roberto. Roberto Alcázar was created by the Spanish author Eduardo Vañó (Carlos Ray) and appeared in Roberto Alcázar y Pedrín #1-1219 (1940-1976).
Roberto Alcázar is a well-dressed Spanish journalist (later an Interpol agent) and adventurer. He is courageous, noble-hearted, Catholic, violent (he thinks little of torturing criminals), and outraged by injustice and the abuse of power. When Alcázar goes to Argentina to receive an inheritance, he discovers a stowaway on his ship, a twelve-year-old boy, Pedrín Fernandez. When they arrive in Argentina, their adventures begin. Alcázar and Pedrín fights a variety of foes, from German officers to ghost submarines to vampires to Femmes Fatale of every ethnicity to Lost Race Queens to Yellow Perils (including Fu Manchu (I) himself) to a variety of gorilla assassins, talking gorillas, gorillas with human brains in their heads, and Pimbo, a King Kong (I) lift, on every continent on Earth. Some of Alcázar’s stories verge on the fantastic.
Alcázar appears in stories with titles like “The Living Mummy,” “The Man Without a Face,” “The Pearls of the Maharajah,” and “The Treasure of the Pygmies.”
* I've included Roberto Alcazar in the the Best of the Encyclopedia category because of the ideasplosions within the pulp--just read that list of their opponents again!--and because of the pulp's (folhetin, really) historical significance to Spanish popular literature. Roberto Alcázar y Pedrín ran for thirty-six years, throughout Franco's reign, and managed to make it past the government's censors enough to produce high-quality pulp fun for all that time, during years when the competition was comparatively pretty grim. No small thing, that.
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