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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

WESTERN PULP: SUDDEN!

WESTERN PULP: SUDDEN!

GARY DOBBS FINE WESTERN TINGED BLOG THE TAINTED ARCHIVE HAS A VERY COOL POSTING TODAY ON A VERY PULPISH WESTERN SERIES WITH VERY COOL COVERS . . .

With his black horse named Nigger, the Sudden books may prove problematic for modern readers, but the language used is a product of the times and if there is any message to Sudden it is one of anti-racism. The character is respectful to Indians, indeed he was brought up by one.

In fact the books portray racism on the part of any character as bad and undesirable.  Ignore the politically correct crowd because the Sudden books, both the original series by Oliver Strange and Fred Nolan's latter day adventures, written as by Frederick H. Christian are damn fine westerns.

The Sudden books were first published in the 1930's and stood out from the crowd because of their vivid drawing of western landscapes and well researched period details. The plots may have been repetitive - Sudden rides into town, discovers and comes up against unlawful elements, Sudden is initially beat but he soon returns to kick arse - but the characters and events were so well drawn that they read smoothly and it's difficult not to become addicted by the clear and concise storytelling.

Another point with the Sudden series was the humour, the laconic one-liners which were well ahead of its time. In fact the character of Sudden, himself owing much to the hero of the pulp westerns, has become embedded in the DNA of the contemporary western hero.

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SUDDEN IN SEQUENCE

OLIVER STRANGE (AUTHOR)

1. Sudden - Outlawed (1935)
2. Sudden (1933)
3. The Marshal of Lawless (1933)
4. Sudden - Goldseeker (1937)
5. Sudden Rides Again (1938)
6. Sudden Takes the Trail (1940)
7. Sudden Makes War (1942)
8. Sudden Plays a Hand (1950)
9. The Range Robbers (1930)
10. The Law O' The Lariat (1931)

FREDERICK H. CHRISTIAN (AUTHOR)

1. Sudden Strikes Back (1966)
2. Sudden - Troubleshooter (1967)
3. Sudden at Bay (1968)
4. Sudden - Apache Fighter (1969)
5. Sudden - Dead or Alive! (1970)

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