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June 22, 2004

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zephyrin_xirdal

Weird -- just some days ago late at night german TV has re-broadcast "The Mask of Fu Manchu" (1932) which is briefly mentioned at the weird-scientist site (in the section on Kenneth Strickfaden) because of the evil Dr.'s conjuring with beautifully visual electrical charges. Watching the movie resparked my interest in Dr. Fu Manchu. Sax Rohmer's story The Zayat Kiss, wherein Dr. Fu Manchu appears for the very first time, and Rohmer's novel The Insidous Dr. Fu Manchu are completely online.

Another thing I stumbled across recently is Robin Walz's book Pulp Surrealism: Insolent Popular Culture in Early Twentieth-Century Paris -- not exactly mad-scientist, but related, I guess.

Zach

For a playful, and extremely creative, iteration of Mad Science, take a peek at the comic "Girl Genius" by Studio Foglio. They are a small indie outfit that does great work. The story starts at Transylvania Polygnostic University, where the motto is "Know Enough To Be Afraid."

http://www.airshipbooks.com/
follow link for Girl Genius

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