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The CW Adapting 1930s Pulp Hero 'The Avenger' to Series


The Avenger, Street & Smith


Well, I imagine the title of this is going to change...

The CW is developing a series with CBS Television Studios and Conde Nast Entertainment based on the Paul Ernst pulp hero from 1939, 'The Avenger.' This will be an updated version of the 75-year-old character, described as a "biopunk" version of the character. The project is being written by Deric Hughes and Benjamin Raab of 'Warehouse 13.'

'The Avenger' was the name of a pulp magazine published between 1939 and 1942, featuring the The Avenger talesadventures of Richard Benson, a man with a strange ability who was avenging the deaths of his family. After his wife and daughter are killed, Benson undergoes a transformation: his hair turns white and his face becomes malleable. Benson uses his ability to alter his appearance and become other people in order to hunt the criminal element behind his family's death. The character was published by Street & Smith, the same company behind 'The Shadow,' which received a feature film reboot in the 1990s. 

In the old pulp books, Benson's murdered daughter was named Alice. In the version coming to The CW, Alice Benson survives and it is her parents that are killed. As reported by Deadline, "'The Avenger' tells the story of Alice Benson, a young woman who, in the wake of her parents’ murder, discovers she possesses a superpower as a result of genetic bio-hacking which allows her to transform her appearance at will. Alice will use her face-altering talents to investigate the mystery of her parents’ deaths and uncover the origins of her strange ability."

This series should fit in well alongside 'Supernatural,' 'Arrow' and 'The Vampire Diaries' on The CW and should provide an opportunity for a young actress to skyrocket to stardom. Assuming that the series will get a new title to dissociate itself from Marvel, what should this series be called? 

- CW

Written by: bad_subject
Nov 3rd, 2013, 1:27 am

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Message Posted On Nov 7th, 2013, 6:38 am

I can see Arielle Kebbel playing this part. As for the title, 'The Avenger' works for me.


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Message Posted On Nov 4th, 2013, 1:14 am

"and should provide an opportunity for a young actress to skyrocket to stardom."

Not sure that an actress who has a different face each week is going to be able to skyrocket to stardom on a show where she doesn't look like herself half the time.

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Message Posted On Nov 3rd, 2013, 1:58 pm

I've got a lot of the original novels, from when they reprinted them as paperbacks in the 80s. The character never reached the popularity of Doc Savage or the Shadow. And it doesn't sound like they're using much from the 30s novels anyway.

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Message Posted On Nov 3rd, 2013, 5:11 am

Face On?


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Message Posted On Nov 3rd, 2013, 1:14 am

How about calling it: Dark Angel 2

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