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Encyclopedia > The Destroyer
Cover sample of Destroyer #1: "Created, The Destroyer.
Cover sample of Inside Sinanju, A companion guide to the series.

The Destroyer is a paperback series of novels created by Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir about a U.S. government operative named Remo Williams. The first novel was published in 1971, although the manuscript was written in 1963. Along with Don Pendleton's The Executioner series, The Destroyer is one of the original and longest lasting men's adventure series. It was adapted into the 1985 feature film, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, starring Fred Ward as Williams. A novel is an extended work of written, narrative, prose fiction, usually in story form; the writer of a novel is a novelist. ... // Destroyer may refer to: Destroyer, a type of warship Douglas B-66 Destroyer, a bomber and reconnaissance aircraft Bomber destroyer or Zerstörer, a bomber-escort fighter Destroyer (album), a Kiss album released in 1976 Destroyer (Ryan Adams album), an album by Ryan Adams Destroyer, a Gorgoroth album released in... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 361 × 600 pixelsFull resolution‎ (473 × 786 pixels, file size: 89 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This image is of a book cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned either by the artist who created the cover or the... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 361 × 600 pixelsFull resolution‎ (473 × 786 pixels, file size: 89 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This image is of a book cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned either by the artist who created the cover or the... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 374 × 600 pixelsFull resolution‎ (625 × 1,002 pixels, file size: 127 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This image is of a book cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned either by the artist who created the cover or... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 374 × 600 pixelsFull resolution‎ (625 × 1,002 pixels, file size: 127 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This image is of a book cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned either by the artist who created the cover or... Warren Murphy is the co-creator of the Destroyer series. ... Please wikify (format) this article as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1963 (disambiguation). ... Don Pendleton (December 12, 1927 - October 23, 1995) was a writer, best known for the creation of American hero Mack Bolan. ... Cover sample of The Executioner #1: War Against The Mafia. ... Look up adventure in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article is about the year. ... Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins is a 1985 cult film. ... Frederick Ward (born December 30, 1942) is an American actor. ...


Unlike The Executioner and similar series, The Destroyer cannot be strictly labeled as an adventure series. The series, while action based, has several elements of fantasy, science fiction, espionage and mystery (not necessarily all in the same novel). The main characteristic that sets The Destroyer series apart from other adventure series is the political and social satire in almost every novel. The series has lampooned almost every subject, including itself, over the years. 1867 edition of Punch, a ground-breaking British magazine of popular humour, including a good deal of satire of the contemporary social and political scene. ...

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Authors

The series was originally co-written by Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir. Early in the series, only one of them would write a book alone. The usual process was for one of them to begin the book and for the other to finish it. In the late 1970s, the relationship between the two men became tense, and Sapir left the series. In the early 1980s, Murphy began using ghostwriters to help with the series, including his wife Molly Cochran. By the mid-1980s, Sapir returned to the series to write some more books. Warren Murphy is the co-creator of the Destroyer series. ... Please wikify (format) this article as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ...


In the late 1980s, Will Murray took over the responsibility of writing the series alone, after writing several of the books with either Murphy or Sapir. After Sapir died, Murray continued the series until the late 1990s. When Murray left after novel #107, there were three novels without a steady ghostwriter (#108 & #110 by Mike Newton; #109 by Alan Philipson). Jim Mullaney took over for novels #111-#131, followed by two more by Newton. Tim Somheil was ghostwriter from #134 through #145. For the radio personality, see Will Murray. ... Jim Mullaney, ghostwriter of the The Destroyer paperback-novel series, was born in Massachusetts, the last of six children. ...


On July 11, 2006, it was announced that The Destroyer would be moving to Tor Books, part of the St. Martin's publishing group. Along with the change of publisher, author Somheil was dropped in favor of previous author Mullaney, who will co-write the novels with Warren Murphy. The last novel published by Gold Eagle, Dragon Bones, came out in October 2006. The first Tor novel, The New Destroyer: Guardian Angel, was published in May 2007, as well as a re-release of three older novels in a collection called The Best of the Destroyer. The second novel, Choke Hold, will be out October 31st, with Dead Reckoning to follow in April of 2008 and Killer Ratings later that year. If the series does well, there may be hardcovers in the future. is the 192nd day of the year (193rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tor Books is an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC which publishes popular fiction, and is particularly noted for its science fiction and fantasy titles. ...


A few years ago, Murphy started his own publishing house, Ballybunion, to have a vehicle to start Destroyer spin-off books. Ballybunion has reprinted The Assassin's Handbook, as well as the original works Assassin's Handbook 2, The Movie That Never Was (a screenplay he and Richard Sapir wrote for a Destroyer movie that was never optioned), The Way of the Assassin (the wisdom of Chiun), and New Blood, a collection of short stories written by fans of the series.


Background

The series is about Remo Williams, a Newark cop framed for a crime and sentenced to death. His death is faked by the government so he can be trained as an assassin for CURE, a secret organization set up by President Kennedy to defend the country by working outside the bounds of the Constitution. The sitting US President and the head of CURE were initially the only other people that know about the organization. (Over the years this circle of people has increased slightly.) The head of CURE is Harold Smith, a man selected by the President because of his brilliant mind but more importantly, because of his integrity. Smith was a former law instructor at Yale and served in the Office of Strategic Services during World War II. John Kennedy and JFK redirect here. ... Yale redirects here. ... The Office of Strategic Services (OSS) was a United States intelligence agency formed during World War II. It was the wartime intelligence agency and was the predecessor to the Central Intelligence Agency, the Special Forces, and Navy SEALs. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...


Remo's trainer is Chiun, a deadly assassin and the last Master of Sinanju. Over the years, Remo and Chiun's relationship has transformed from student-teacher to son-father. It's also been discovered over the years that Remo is the avatar of Shiva, as prophesied in the legends of Sinanju. In 1985, a companion book entitled Inside Sinanju was published. This was a revised and updated book that was formerly titled The Assassin's Handbook. Most of the book is written in the first person of "Chiun". It covers anecdotes as well as information on the various villains and story arcs from the series. Sinanju is a fictional martial art (the Sun Source of all martial arts) of a cult pocket book series, The Destroyer, by Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir. ... The ten avatars of Vishnu, copyright BBT In Hindu philosophy, an avatar (also spelt as avatara) (Sanskrit: , ), most commonly refers to the incarnation (bodily manifestation) of a higher being (deva), or the Supreme Being (God) onto planet Earth. ... For other uses, see Siva (disambiguation). ...


Although the series settled down into its formula by around the third book, there are many elements which are not present in the first book, 'Created, The Destroyer'. Many of these have, however, been "retconned" into later stories about the early days of Remo's training. In the first book, the word Sinanju is not used at all to describe the martial arts that Chiun teaches Remo. Zen, karate, aikido and judo are used instead. Remo has many trainers for other aspects of being an undercover operative, he is taught to use different types of firearms, and trained in close-quarters assassination. He smokes tobacco, drinks alcohol, and eats red meat, all activities that would later prove harmful or impossible as his body became changed by the harsh Sinanju training regime. Remo uses a gun to shoot somebody, although it is only to wound, and all his actual kills are hand-to-hand. He does make a conscious choice not to use weapons, after a fight in which he kills a man who had been pointing a gun at him. He realises that Chiun never carried a gun and is over 70, whereas MacCleary, who had told him to always carry a gun, is dead. Retroactive continuity – commonly contracted to the portmanteau word retcon – refers to the act of changing previously established details of a fictional setting, often without providing an explanation for the changes within the context of that setting. ...


Chiun is a minor supporting character who appears only briefly in this book in an early training sequence, and is not referred to again. Much of the humour that comes in the later books from the relationship between Remo and Chiun is correspondingly absent. The book also lacks the 'signature' touch, in that the first line of chapter two does not start with the words: 'His name was Remo'.


Villains

Remo and Chiun have encountered a number of colorful villains, both human and superhuman. Their foes have run the gamut of pulp fiction from mobsters to mad scientists. Given their talents as assassins, few have survived their encounters with Remo and Chiun, but some of their more powerful foes have managed to survive, such as the sinister android Mr. Gordons, super-soldier Elizu Roote, the computer program known as Friend, renegade Sinanju practitioner Nuihc (backwards spelling of the name Chiun), and his protege Jeremiah Purcell aka the Dutchman, and a Chinese vampire known as The Master. Philip Burne-Jones, The Vampire, 1897 Vampires are mythological or folkloric beings that subsist on human and/or animal lifeforce. ...


Other media

In 1985, The Destroyer concept was adapted for the theatrical movie Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, starring Fred Ward as Williams and Joel Grey as Chiun. In 1988, an American television pilot, Remo Williams, aired but did not lead to a series. It starred Jeffrey Meek as Williams and Roddy McDowall as Chiun. Like many films, this one did not follow the source material very closely, much to the disgust of some fans and the authors of the Destroyer series. Several Destroyer books actually make fun of the film and its promotional materials. Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins is a 1985 cult film. ... Frederick Ward (born December 30, 1942) is an American actor. ... Joel Grey (born Joel Katz on April 11, 1932 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American stage and screen actor, who graduated from Beverly Hills High School in Beverly Hills, California in 1950. ... A television pilot is a test episode of an intended television series. ... Jeffrey Meek as Jonathon Raven, Jeffrey William Meek (born on February 11, 1959) is a renowned TV and film artist. ... Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude McDowall (September 17, 1928 – October 3, 1998) was an English/American actor. ...


There have been several Destroyer comic book and magazine series published by Marvel. [1] A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article is about the comic book company. ...


Series listing

  1. - Created, The Destroyer
  2. - Death Check
  3. - Chinese Puzzle
  4. - Mafia Fix
  5. - Dr. Quake
  6. - Death Therapy
  7. - Union Bust
  8. - Summit Chase
  9. - Murder's Shield
  10. - Terror Squad
  11. - Kill or CURE
  12. - Slave Safari
  13. - Acid Rock
  14. - Judgment Day
  15. - Murder Ward
  16. - Oil Slick
  17. - Last War Dance
  18. - Funny Money
  19. - Holy Terror
  20. - Assassin's Play-Off
  21. - Deadly Seeds
  22. - Brain Drain
  23. - Child's Play
  24. - King's Curse
  25. - Sweet Dreams
  26. - In Enemy Hands
  27. - The Last Temple
  28. - Ship of Death
  29. - The Final Death
  30. - Mugger Blood
  31. - The Head Men
  32. - Killer Chromosomes
  33. - Voodoo Die
  34. - Chained Reaction
  35. - Last Call
  36. - Power Play
  37. - Bottom Line
  38. - Bay City Blast
  39. - Missing Link
  40. - Dangerous Games
  41. - Firing Line
  42. - Timber Line
  43. - Midnight Man
  44. - Balance of Power
  45. - Spoils of War
  46. - Next of Kin
  47. - Dying Space
  48. - Profit Motive
  49. - Skin Deep
  50. - Killing Time
  51. - Shock Value
  52. - Fool's Gold
  53. - Time Trial
  54. - Last Drop
  55. - Master's Challenge
  56. - Encounter Group
  57. - Date With Death
  58. - Total Recall
  59. - The Arms of Kali
  60. - The End of the Game
  61. - Lords of the Earth
  62. - The Seventh Stone
  63. - The Sky Is Falling
  64. - The Last Alchemist
  65. - Lost Yesterday
  66. - Sue Me
  67. - Look Into My Eyes
  68. - An Old-Fashioned War
  69. - Blood Ties
  70. - The Eleventh Hour
  71. - Return Engagement
  72. - Sole Survivor
  73. - Line of Succession
  74. - Walking Wounded
  75. - Rain of Terror
  76. - The Final Crusade
  77. - Coin of the Realm
  78. - Blue Smoke And Mirrors
  79. - Shooting Schedule
  80. - Death Sentence
  81. - Hostile Takeover
  82. - Survival Course
  83. - Skull Duggery
  84. - Ground Zero
  85. - Blood Lust
  86. - Arabian Nightmare
  87. - Mob Psychology
  88. - The Ultimate Death
  89. - Dark Horse
  90. - Ghost in the Machine
  91. - Cold Warrior
  92. - The Last Dragon
  93. - Terminal Transmission
  94. - Feeding Frenzy
  95. - High Priestess
  96. - Infernal Revenue
  97. - Identity Crisis
  98. - Target of Opportunity
  99. - The Color of Fear
  100. - Last Rites
  101. - Bidding War
  102. - Unite and Conquer
  103. - Engines Of Destruction
  104. - Angry White Mailmen
  105. - Scorched Earth
  106. - White Water
  107. - Feast or Famine
  108. - Bamboo Dragon
  109. - American Obsession
  110. - Never Say Die
  111. - Prophet of Doom
  112. - Brain Storm
  113. - The Empire Dreams
  114. - Failing Marks
  115. - Misfortune Teller
  116. - The Final Reel
  117. - Deadly Genes
  118. - Killer Watts
  119. - Fade To Black
  120. - The Last Monarch
  121. - A Pound of Prevention
  122. - Syndication Rites
  123. - Disloyal Opposition
  124. - By Eminent Domain
  125. - The Wrong Stuff
  126. - Air Raid
  127. - Market Force
  128. - The End of the Beginning
  129. - Father To Son
  130. - Waste Not, Want Not
  131. - Unnatural Selection
  132. - Wolf's Bane
  133. - Troubled Waters
  134. - Bloody Tourists
  135. - Political Pressure
  136. - Unpopular Science
  137. - Industrial Evolution
  138. - No Contest
  139. - Dream Thing
  140. - Dark Ages
  141. - Frightening Strikes
  142. - Mindblower
  143. - Bad Dog
  144. - Holy Mother
  145. - Dragon Bones
  146. - The New Destroyer #1: Guardian Angel (May 1st 2007)
  147. - The New Destroyer #2: Choke Hold (October 30th 2007)
  148. - The New Destroyer #3: Dead Reckoning (April 1st, 2008)
  149. - The New Destroyer #4: Killer Ratings (TBA)
  • The Best of the Destroyer (May 1st 2007) -- A collection of three early Destroyer books: Chinese Puzzle, Slave Safari, and Assassin's Play-off.

note: Tor Destroyers (i.e. novels after 145) will be renumbered.


References

  1. ^ http://www.sinanju.com/comics.htm

External links

  • GraphicAudio Books Dramatized audio book adaptations of The Destroyer Series.
  • Destroyer Club
  • Warren Murphy's Forum
  • Sinanju.Com
  • Sinanju.net

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