Call for submissions: New Doc Talos Files anthology – “Mona”

The first Doc Talos Files anthology, featuring Rickie Talos (pastiche of Pat Savage) was a great success. The DTF Anthology series features a spotlight on specific characters from The Talos Chronicle, and next up is a collection exploring the life of Dr. James Talos’ great unconsummated love, Mona. Based on Princess Monja from the DocContinue reading “Call for submissions: New Doc Talos Files anthology – “Mona””

Talos Fan Fiction Contest Entry #11 – Daughter of the King

Note from Doc Talos author/contest judge R. Paul Sardanas: When I invited short story author Marissa Sarno to take part in the contest, she expressed two wishes: one, to write something that would potentially fit with existing Doc Talos canon, and — after reading the Princess Monja posts here on the Forbidden Pulp blog —Continue reading “Talos Fan Fiction Contest Entry #11 – Daughter of the King”

Magnificent Anger: Princess Monja in the Doc Savage comics – Part 4 of 4

In the first three parts of this look at the character of Princess Monja in her comics incarnations, we saw her as beautiful, courageous and dutiful in Rare Orchid (her Marvel Comics appearance)…strong and doomed in Courage and Tragedy (her DC comics story)…and modernized but cold in Paris and Pistols (in her Dynamite Entertainment persona).Continue reading “Magnificent Anger: Princess Monja in the Doc Savage comics – Part 4 of 4”

Paris and Pistols: Princess Monja in the Doc Savage comics – Part 3 of 4

The first two parts of this article were in chronological order, exploring the characterization and presentation of Princess Monja in the 1972 Marvel Doc Savage comic, and the 1987 DC comics series. Monja would next appear in the 90’s, when Millennium, a smaller but very ambitious comics company, acquired the Doc Savage rights. Millennium’s seriesContinue reading “Paris and Pistols: Princess Monja in the Doc Savage comics – Part 3 of 4”

Courage and Tragedy: Princess Monja in the Doc Savage comics – Part 2 of 4

After the briefest of appearances in the Marvel comics adaptation of The Man of Bronze in 1972, Monja would not appear in the comics again until 1987. And that appearance was very odd indeed. DC Comics had acquired the rights to do Doc Savage, and based on the success of Howard Chaykin’s revisionist modern TheContinue reading “Courage and Tragedy: Princess Monja in the Doc Savage comics – Part 2 of 4”

Rare Orchid: Princess Monja in the Doc Savage comics – Part 1 of 4

My first sight of Monja, the lovely (if romantically ill-fated) Mayan princess of the Valley of the Vanished, came on the cover of the 1972 comic Doc Savage #2, with art by Jim Steranko. Of course the woman behind Doc is not named, but who else could it be? And it was certainly a dynamicContinue reading “Rare Orchid: Princess Monja in the Doc Savage comics – Part 1 of 4”