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The Best of the Encyclopedia
updated 14 April 2021
A brief twirl through this encyclopedia will show that some characters, in the their respective character lists, have a * next to their names (i.e., "Fascinax *"). The * indicates that the character and/or the stories or novels or films or comic strips in which that character appears are notable in some way. They might be notable because of historical importance; historically important (if otherwise dull) characters like Craig Kennedy are listed here. The character might be so archetypal a version of a pulp character type that I include them here; characters in this class include Li Shoon (despite his being a contemptible piece of Yellow Peril racism). Most of the characters listed here as the "Best of the Encyclopedia" embody the ideasplosions and pure imagination that are the best aspects of the pulps, or because the stories or novels which the character appears in are particularly interesting, well-written, or just a superior piece of pulp entertainment in general.
Note that a character's presence here does not mean that the character or the stories/novels which the character appeared in aren't problematic. Being entertaining and well-written has never prevented a story or novel from being racist or sexist or any exhibiting any other bigotry or combination of bigotries. For example, I love the Sanders stories and novels--I think they are highly entertaining--but there's no denying that they're deeply, deeply racist. Problematic heroes in problematic stories is one of the ugly realities of the pulps, and there's no getting around that.
These characters and these stories/novels/etc are the best the Encyclopedia of Pulp Heroes have to offer, so I decided to group them all on one page, so that people who want a quick introduction to what the Encyclopedia has to offer in its purest form can get it on one page.
A. Abdahalla-Fan, Olaf K. Abelsen, AC-12, Adelita, Cliff Aeros, El Alacran, Alaska-Jim, Roberto Alcazar, Pâwang Ali, Frank Allan, Alley Oop, Furio Almirante, Apaches (III), archy, Arizona Jim, Ayesha, Dusty Ayres
B. Alan Baker, Byomkesh Bakshi, Bakterev, Barnaby, Professor Barter, The Bat (I), Batouk, Jamie Bazan, Dr. Belsidus, Knut Berg, Black Mask (III), Sexton Blake, Hannibal Blunt, Dick Bos, Brick Bradford, Heinz Brandt, Albert Brien, Bu-ran Yu, Buffalo Bill, Jim Buffalo
C. Dr. Caligari, Captain Easy, Captain Future, Captain Justice, Captain Mors, Doctor Caresco, John Carter, Nick Carter (I), Mr. Chang, Nick & Nora Charles, Deepak Chatterjee, Hein Class, Sir Ralf Clifford, Leon Clifton, Filip Collin, Conan, Connie, Continental Op., Bertha Cool, Jason & Patricia Cordry, Pepe Cortes, Steve Costigan
D. Kurt Danner, Dr. Danton, Robert Darvel, Deerslayer, Professor Demonico, Desperate Desmond, Detective Nobody, Harry Dickson, Daffy Dill, Don Dixon, Doan, Doctor Death, Doctor Satan, Fidelity Dove, Kerry Drake, Richard Drake, Valerie Drew, Sâr Dubnotal, Duke, Dan Dunn, Marcel Dunot, Sinclair Noel Brodie Dysart
E. Elang Emas, Ell, El Espectro
F. Frank Faber, Fafhrd & the Grey Mouser, Melville Fairr, Pussy Fane, El Fantasma, Fantômas, Jörn Farrow, Fascinax, Filibus, Dr. Mary Finney, Firebrand (I), Jonas Fjeld, Colonel Humphrey Flack, Dr. Flame, Dr. Flax, Toto Fouinard, Four Musketeers, Timm Fox, Fu Manchu (I)
G. Gagaklodra, Jo Gar, Garth, Gees, Gene, Brigadier Gerard, Beau Geste, Ghanada, Henri Giraud, Godahl, Golem, Flash Gordon, Gorilla King, Shark Gotch, Gray Maiden, Colin Gray, Nicholas Graydon, Green Lama, Knut Gribb, G-8
H. Hairbreadth Harry, Satan Hall, Richard Hannay, Hansa, Hanshichi, Bob Harder, Doc Harker, Harald Harst, Ben Hassett, Dixon Hawke, He Yufeng, Hercules, Harry Hill, Sherlock Holmes, Holy Joe, Homura Soroku, Kay Hoog, Horatio Hornblower, Horse-Sense Hank, Pa Howdy, Huang Zhisheng, Bull Hunter, Hunterwali, Huo Sang, Hurricane
I. Isaak & Benjamin, Robby Ix, IXE-13
J. Jack, Doc & Reggie, Jacko the Detective, Janaki, Reginald Jeeves, Billy Jenkins, Jigong, Jim-Joyce, JimGrim, Jirel of Joiry, Johnny Forty-Five, Sam Johnson, Careful Jones, Rocky Jordan, Joseph Jorkens, Judex, Jumelia, Jungle Jim
K. Princess Kah, Kai Lung, Harri Kander, Solomon Kane, Karmesin, Craig Kennedy, Captain Kettle, Chin Kwang Kham, Khlit, King Kong (I), Ethel King, Ken King, Sergeant King, Lord Kingsley, Kimball Kinnison, Coffin Kirk, Moris Klaw, John Kling, Loke Klingsor, Richard Knight, Kogoro Akechi, Sun Koh, Horst Kraft, Asbjorn Krag, Dr. Cornelius Kramm, Kurama Tengu
L. Lady Ghost, Lampiao, Bradley Lane, Sophie Lang, Tomas Lann, Arsen Lapin, Jean Larocque, Lynn Lash, Rosalie Le Grange, Lê Phong, Nelson Lee, Terry Lee, Legionnaire (II), Vivian LeGrand, Doctor Lerne, Li Mu Bai, Li Shoon, Pekka Lipponen, Lord Lister, Little Nemo, Little Orphan Annie, Bert Little, Ferrers Locke, Quentin Locke, Lone Ranger, Lone Wolf, Los, Armand Louque, Fourth Madam Lu, Lu Ping, Arsene Lupien, Arsene Lupin
M. Doctor Mabuse, Maciste (I), The Madame, Mah le Sinistre, Jules Maigret, The Major, Mandrake the Magician, Philip Marlowe, Jane Marple, Todd Marvel, Masked Warrior, Perry Mason, Randolph Mason, Jan Mayen, Violet McDade, Roderick McKay, Captain Craig McKenzie, Mr. Meek, Patjar Merah, Frank & Dick Merriwell, Padre Metri, Mac Milford, Flavio Minetti, Miraculas, Mister X, Monje Negro, Captain Morgan, Phil Morgan, Will Morton, Mister Moto, El Murcielago, Musketeer of the Air, M. Mystere
N. Nan Guotai, Pire Necmi, Jack Nelson, New Eccentric Club, New Leatherstocking, The Nyctalope
O. Octopus (II), Ogon Batto, Oka-Yuma, Sadipe Okukenu, Old Man in the Corner, Terence X. O'Leary, Operator #5, Oscar-Bill, Winnie O'Wynn
P. Mike Palabras, Joe Palooka, Peter Pan, Pao-Pao, Pardaillan, Park Avenue Hunt Club, Fred Parker, Don Isidro Parodi, Lee Parry, Patoruzu, Pedro & Lourenço, Pelican, Pete (I), Peter the Brazen, Dick Peter, Jurgen Peters, Joe Petrosino, The Phantom (III), Phantom Crook, Phantom Detective, Phantom of the Opera, Phaster Phene, Harry Piel, Fred Pinkerton, Nat Pinkerton, Si Pitung, Hercule Poirot,
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