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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Radio Archives

October 24, 2014 - Halloween edition
That Was The Year
"...designed to free you from the four walls of today for a half-hour of high adventure..."
For nearly twenty years, Suspense - "radio's outstanding theater of thrills" — was the jewel in the crown of CBS dramatic anthology shows. It featured the biggest stars, the best scripts, and the crème de la crème of producers and directors; a prestige program that was not only hugely popular but often critically acclaimed. With a pedigree like that, clearly no other radio program could come close to matching its quality.
Except that one show did...and with a limited budget, few glamorous stars, and so much schizophrenic scheduling that, during its seven-year run, it was shifted around into no less than eighteen different time slots. Radio enthusiasts often think of it as the sister show to "Suspense" — but, given the secondary status it was granted in its own time, it would be more apt to describe it as its "step-sister."
We offer you...Escape.
Escape never received the lavish attention afforded to Suspense but, from July 7, 1947 to September 25, 1954, it managed to transcend its mostly network-sustained origins and provide top-quality entertainment. Occasionally a celebrity would appear in a leading role - Victor Mature, Edmond O'Brien, Vincent Price - but for the most part Escape relied on the tried-and-true veterans of "Radio Row," outstanding performers like Elliott Lewis, Jeanette Nolan, Jack Webb, Lillian Buyeff, Hans Conried, Vivi Janiss, Harry Bartell and Georgia Ellis, to name just a few. Distinguished veterans like William N. Robson and Norman Macdonnell oversaw the production and direction, and exceptional scripts were provided by the likes of Les Crutchfield, John Dunkel, Gil Doud, E. Jack Neumann and Kathleen Hite. Week in and week out, Escape demonstrated that it was truly an outstanding and memorable show...even if it was lacking that "Hollywood gloss" that attracted big-money sponsorship.
While stories of mystery and crime were the bailiwick of SuspenseEscape concentrated more on tales of high adventure — war, westerns, supernatural horror and science-fiction. Esteemed authors like Rudyard Kipling, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Arthur Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells, and Joseph Conrad provided much of the source material for the program, setting Escape apart from most of the other dramatic anthologies on the air at the time.
Many of the shows dramatized on Escape have established permanent residence in the recesses of this author's memory: "Zero Hour," an eerie science-fiction tale about the end of the world; "Evening Primrose," in which a misfit removes himself from the rest of society by hiding out in a department store...and discovers to his horror the strange creatures that roam there after hours; "Poison," a sweat-inducing allegory on prejudice that develops when a man awakens to learn that a deadly snake has joined him in his bunk. "A Shipment of Mute Fate" was another of Escape's all-time classics - an African bushmaster gets loose on a passenger ship, much to the dismay of both travelers and crew - and ditto "Leinengen vs. the Ants," in which a stubborn plantation owner must fight off an army of African ants. Perhaps the best remembered tale aired on Escape is "Three Skeleton Key," in which a group of lighthouse keepers find themselves besieged by ravenous rats. (Fans rarely remember the title to this one and simply refer to it as "the one with the rats". Enough said.)
Escape featured one of radio's most memorable openings, with either William Conrad or Paul Frees intoning: "Tired of the everyday grind? Ever dream of a life of romantic adventure? Want to get away from it all? We offer you...ESCAPE!" The orchestra would then strike up Mussorgsky's "Night on Bald Mountain" and, within seconds, the listener would be transported to a Caribbean jungle or to an icy glacier, effectively putting them in the shoes of that episode's protagonist.
Of the more than 200 episodes originally broadcast, there are but a mere handful of Escape programs that are missing today — wonderful news for the novice listener, as hours and hours of great and rewarding radio drama await. 10 hours - $14.99 Download / $29.98 Audio CDs
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"Let's be happy, gather 'round, 'cause it's time for you and me to sing a song as we jog along to the Chuck-Wagon Jamboree!"
To western fans, he will always be best known as Festus Haggen, the grizzled and cantankerous sidekick of Sheriff Matt Dillon on the CBS television seriesGunsmoke. Complete with a three-day growth of beard and a dry-throated voice, Ken Curtis co-starred on the series for eleven years and became one of the best-loved comedic actors in television history.
But even die-hard fans of Dodge City may not realize that, in the years just after World War II, their favorite western deputy was, in fact, a singing cowboy — the star of his own movie series at Columbia Pictures and a musical radio favorite to boot.
Then as now, it was difficult to be successful in the highly competitive world of popular music and it didn't take long before Curtis realized he simply wasn't exceptional enough to become an overnight sensation. He soon began singing anonymously on various network radio shows and was also given the chance to regularly record 'demos' - recordings of newly-written popular songs, designed to be distributed to bandleaders in hopes that their orchestras might add them to their repertoire. One 'demo', featuring a song written by composer Harold Arlen, made its way to bandleader Tommy Dorsey; Dorsey didn't much care for the song, but he was in need of a new male singer — and so got in contact with Curtis and offered to pay his way to New York to rehearse and sing with the band. Dorsey didn't much care for the name Curtis Gates, though, and decided that it should be changed; thus, having been hired to sing with one of the top bands in the country, Curtis Gates became Ken Curtis.
Heard today, Chuck-Wagon Jamboree still has much to offer. Reminiscent of The Grand Old Opry and, particularly, The National Barn Dance, the series is a tuneful throwback to a simpler time when cowboys rode the range with their guitar by their side and everyone knew the old songs they had learned on their grandmother's knee. Taken from an original set of 16" Teleways transcription recordings and fully restored for beautiful, high-fidelity sound, here's your invitation to stop by the Jamboree and join in the fun. We bet you'll have a wonderful time. Specially priced until November 6th. 10 hours - $7.49 Download / $14.99 Audio CDs
Will Murray's Pulp Classics #61
Read by Milton Bagby, Liner Notes by Will Murray
It all began with Dime Mystery Magazine in 1933. Its brand of fiction came to be called Weird Menace. The mystery-and-menace formula proved so successful that publisher Popular Publications threw all pretense to the wind and issued a companion title unashamedly dubbed Terror Tales.
The slant, or formula, was simple: “Terror Tales wants the eerie atmosphere, in which the menace is centralized against one character or one group of characters, who, above all, are thoroughly terrified by their helpless situation.”
If you recognize the motif, it’s classic Hollywood horror fare, still in vogue today. When the blood-stained Terror Tales went into the black and stayed there, Popular Publications decided to add Horror Stories. This completed the triumvirate of terror edited by Rogers Terrill that dominated the Weird menace genre all through the 1930s.
Blurbed as featuring “mystery-horror” stories instead of “mystery-terror,” this new magazine was formulated differently than its companion titles. As one editor told writers, “Horror Stories needs the bizarre and the horrible; monsters, torture, butchery—anything that is really horrible. The mystery angle is not so important here.”
In other words, damn the plot. Pour on the menace!
From year to year, the mix was refined. “No monsters” was one taboo that came and went. Grand Guignol-style torture and sadism was turned up and then dialed back down as complaints poured into Popular’s editorial offices whenever an overeager writer went too far.
Horror Stories debuted in 1935. It immediately ran into trouble. After the third issue, the magazine vanished from the stands for two full months. It’s unclear why. But once it returned, Horror Stories kept going.
The same crew who filled the pages of the other terror titles got busy keeping this offering on schedule. They comprised a Who’s Who of Popular Publications pulp giants, yarn spinners such as Norvell W. Page, Frederick C. Davis, Wyatt Blassingame, Paul Ernst, Arthur Leo Zagat, Francis James, John H. Knox, and Arthur J Burks.
Once again, we’ve combed through innumerable issues to cull the best––or should we say worst?––offerings torn from the torturous pages of Horror Stories. These terrific tales have been handed to Milton Bagby, who delivers them with gruesome gusto. Listen with the lights on. You might end up sleeping the same way.... 6 hours - $11.99 Download / $23.98 Audio CDs

Robert Weinberg Presents
by Alan Hyder
Read by Milton Bagby. Liner Notes by Robert Weinberg
The June 1983 issue of the Twilight Zone magazine contained a short but fascinating article by noted horror writer, editor, fan, and collector, Karl Edward Wagner, on the 13 Best Horror Novels ever published. But because Karl had such winding, obscure tastes he was not able to fit all of his choices into one list. Instead he produced three—one effort consisting of supernatural horror, one for science fiction horror, and one for non-supernatural horror (mainstream fiction). His choices ranged from the familiar to the forgotten. Last month we brought you The Maker Of Shadows by Jack Mann from his supernatural listing.
As a follow-up to that novel and a special Halloween treat, this month we present another title from the Wagner list, this time from the Science Fiction category. One of the famous Creeps series published in England, it is a unique horror story that describes a vampire invasion from outer space. The monsters are definitely “Vampires Overhead!”
The author of this forgotten classic of horror fiction was Alan Hyder. As best as can be determined, Vampires Overhead was Hyder’s only work of horror fiction. His name was not listed in the massive Bleiler Index to Supernatural Fiction or Mike Ashley’s comprehensive guides to horror writers of the past century. Even more telling, Hyder did not have any fiction in the Creeps Short Story Library published by Philip Allan, of which Vampires Overhead was part of the series. We were left to conclude that Hyder was a one-idea wonder who sold his one spectacular story to the Creeps series and then left the publishing world forever.
The concept for Vampires Overhead is a unique one and definitely something out of science fiction, not fantasy or the supernatural. The Earth is overrun by a cloud of monsters from outer space. These monsters, numbering in the hundreds of millions, are some sort of cosmic vampire bat and they arrive on Earth hungry for blood. No explanation is given for the origin of the bats or how they survive in outer space. They just are. Vampires Overhead is a cosmic disaster novel, very much similar to Garrett Serviss’s The Second Deluge, published nearly thirty years earlier. But where Serviss has the Earth engulfed by a gigantic cosmic water cloud and most everyone drowned, Hyder imagines a swarm of near indestructible bats attacking humanity. It is an unforgettable novel of interstellar menace! Read by Milton Bagby. 8 hours - $15.99 Download / $31.98 Audio CDs

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The best of timeless Pulp now available as cutting edge eBooks! Will Murray's Pulp Classics brings the greatest heroes, awesome action, and two fisted thrills to your eReader! Presenting Pulp Icons such as the Spider and G-8 and His Battle Aces as well as wonderfully obscure characters like the Octopus and Captain Satan. Will Murray's Pulp Classics brings you the best of yesterday's Pulp today!
Dime Mystery Book Magazine eBook
It all began with Dime Mystery Magazine in 1933. Its brand of fiction came to be called Weird Menace. Blurbed as “mystery-horror” stories instead of “mystery-terror,” this new magazine was formulated differently than its companion titles. As one editor told writers, “Horror Stories needs the bizarre and the horrible; monsters, torture, butchery—anything that is really horrible. The mystery angle is not so important here.”
In other words, damn the plot. Pour on the menace!The same crew who filled the pages of the other terror titles got busy keeping this offering on schedule. They comprised a Who’s Who of Popular Publications pulp giants, yarn spinners such as Norvell W. Page, Frederick C. Davis, Wyatt Blassingame, Paul Ernst, Arthur Leo Zagat, Francis James, John H. Knox, and Arthur J Burks.
Once again, we’ve combed through innumerable issues to cull the best––or should we say worst?––offerings torn from the torturous pages of Horror Stories. This exciting book has been beautifully reformatted for easy reading as an eBook and are of highest quality. $2.99.
From out of space, they came... riding on a comet of doom. In numbers too mammoth to conceive, they fed upon the blood of the living. Khaenealler’s Comet appeared in the heavens, bringing with it a strange glow, mysterious weather changes and vampires... filthy, loathsome creatures that could not be stopped. Three survivors of an annihilated world, Garry Garrington, his comrade-in-arms Bingham and the lovely young Janet, scour the English countryside seeking some place of safety from the horrors that have descended from above. This rarely-seen legend of horror, originally published in London in 1935, is now reissued for today’s readers in electronic format$2.99.
Dime Mystery Book Magazine eBook
Dusty Ayres and his Battle Birds #20 July 1934 Black Lightning
This is the first issue in the Dusty Ayres series. It all started here! These are science-fiction stories of a near-future war that has ravaged America. The Black Invaders, led by an Asian warlord known as "Fire-Eyes", are bent upon world domination, have conquered all of Europe and are now on the American continent. Captain Dusty Ayres, ace pilot for the U.S. Air Defense flies in the Silver Flash, an advanced craft of his own design. With his two pals Curly Brooks and Biff Bolton, they battle some of the most diabolical mad scientists and their weirdest inventions. These exciting stories took over the Battle Birds magazine from June 1934 through the July/August issue of 1935, changing the magazine name to Dusty Ayres and his Battle Birds. And now Dusty Ayres and his Battle Birds is back, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $2.99.
The Pecos Kid Western #4 eBook
Battle Birds #42 October 1941
Beginning in 1932, Battle Birds brought readers a thrilling main story, referred to as a “novel”, that featured a rotating cast of main characters like The Three Mosquitoes and Smoke Wade. After nineteen issues, just over a year and a half after its debut, the magazine began to feature the air adventures of Dusty Ayres, and the magazine became officially titled Dusty Ayres and his Battle Birds. This lasted until the summer of 1935 when the magazine folded after thirty-one issues. But Battle Birds wasn't finished; it would return. In early 1940, Battle Birds reappeared on the newsstands. But now the focus of the stories was on the conflict that would soon be known as World War II. This resurrected Battle Birds lasted for 26 issues until May 1944. And now Battle Birds is back, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $2.99.
Dime Mystery Book Magazine eBook
Sports thrills, ripped from the burning pages of one of the all-time great sports magazines of the 1930s, Sports Novels! Magazines containing sports fiction were one of the staples of the pulp magazines, becoming popular in the early 1920s and by the mid-1930s there were over two dozen titles on the newsstands. In early 1937, Popular Publications decided to enter the lucrative field of the sports fiction magazines. The April-May 1937 issue of Sports Novels hit the newsstands in late March, featuring an eye-catching baseball cover. For the next fifteen years, each issue featured stories of football, boxing, baseball, hockey, track, basketball, tennis and hockey. Nearly every sport imaginable was represented in the long-running magazine. It continued publishing for a total of eighty-five issues until the April 1952 issue, when pulp magazines were in their waning days. Vintage Sports Novels are now being reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $2.99.
The Pecos Kid Western #4 eBook
Horror Stories! The dark companion to Dime Mystery Magazine. Created to showcase stories too horrible for Terror Tales. The third of the triumvirate of fear pulps. This brand of fiction came to be called Weird Menace. The mystery-and-menace formula proved so successful that publisher Popular Publications produced Dime Mystery Magazine, Terror Tales and Horror Stories. These three dominated the Weird Menace genre all through the 1930s. Blurbed as “mystery-horror” stories instead of “mystery-terror,” Horror Stories was formulated differently than its companion titles. Damn the plot. Pour on the menace! This eBook contains a collection of stories from the pages of Horror Stories magazine, all written by Arthur J. Burks, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $2.99.
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by Will Murray and Lester Dent, writing as Kenneth Robeson, cover illustration by Joe DeVito
When William Harper Littlejohn unearths a shadowy figure transfixed in ice, the renowned archeologist understands that he has made the most momentous discovery of his brilliant career. For inscribed over the frozen form is this chilling warning:
Who is this monster? Why does his name strike terror into the hearts of brave men? Can even Doc Savage control him once he breaks free of his icy tomb?
From the Gobi Desert to war-torn Free China, the Man of Bronze and his fighting crew battle a threat so terrifying that it could change the course of human history…. Softcover $24.95

by Will Murray and Lester Dent, writing as Kenneth Robeson, cover illustration by Joe DeVito
When the ruler of the Balkan state of Merida vanishes from his locked limousine, official Washington is baffled. The President of the United States summons the one man who can solve the mystery—Doc Savage!
No sooner does the Man of Bronze reach the nation’s capitol than an even more bizarre phenomenon manifests. A long-dead monarch, King Fausto the First, returns from the grave to plunge his royal sword into the vitals of anyone suspected of knowing the whereabouts of the vanished modern ruler!
From Washington to Manhattan, Doc and his fighting brain trust race to unravel one royal riddle while battling the untouchable phantom potentate known as The Whistling Wraith! Newly Revised! Softcover $24.95
The pulp era’s greatest superhero returns in two chilling novels by Laurence Donovan and Lester Dent writing as “Kenneth Robeson.” First, bizarre disturbances on the sea floor, the disappearance of an international commission and a power blackout result in the President enlisting Doc Savage to investigate the “Haunted Ocean.” Then, why is a chemical company owned by Doc Savage providing sub-standard chemicals for the war effort? Doc, Monk and Ham go ghost hunting to solve the strange mystery of “The Spook of Grandpa Eben.” This instant collector’s item showcases the classic pulp covers by Walter M. Baumhofer and Modest Stein, the original interior illustrations by Paul Orban and historical commentary by Will Murray, author of fifteen Doc Savage novels. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
The pulp era's greatest superhero seeks the lost secrets of Atlantis in two action-packed novels by Lester Dent writing as "Kenneth Robeson." First, deep in the Amazon, Doc Savage is drawn into the weird mystery of "The Mental Wizard" in his quest for a lost kingdom and the incredible creature known only as "Z." Then, plunging into the Everglades the Man of Bronze races against Doctor Light and his Nazi agents in a desperate search for "The Secret of the Su." BONUS: Doc confronts "The Society Amazonia" and their murderous conspiracy to create a New World Order controlled by women, in a lost 1943 Doc Savage radio adventure by Edward Gruskin. PLUS: a NEW 16-page section with exclusive commentary by James Bama and art historian Brian M. Kane! This special variant edition leads off a spectacular James Bama painting and also features the original color pulp covers by Robert G. Harris and Modest Stein plus the original interior illustrations by Paul Orban, with historical commentary by Will Murray and Anthony Tollin. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
The Shadow
The Shadow Double Novel Reprints
Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows! The Master of Darkness demonstrates that “crime does not pay” in two macabre mysteries by Walter B. Gibson writing as “Maxwell Grant.” First, a secret treasure map and a strange ebony casket hold the secret to a hidden fortune, but will it be claimed by its rightful heirs ... or the underworld crimelord known as “The Creeper”? Then, “Death’s Masquerade” threatens the masked revelers of the Pageant of Progress unless The Shadow can unmask a serial murderer! This deluxe pulp reprint showcases both classic color pulp covers by George Rozen and the original interior illustrations by Tom Lovell and Paul Orban with historical commentary by Will Murray and Anthony Tollin. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
The Spider
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The Master of Men blasts his way into Adventure once again in these two action packed tales of The Spider! First, The Spider squares off with The Corpse Broker (1939)! This terrifying tale reveals The Master of the Green Death! For A ten percent commission on murder, this Dealer in Evil guaran-tees immunity from police prosecution, and any officer that dares to challenge him, dies! With New York in the clutches of this deadly criminal mastermind, the Spider sets out to stop wholesale murder that turns the dead green! Next, The Spider marches against the Volunteer Corpse Brigade (1941)! Deadly plague-germs are used against the nation as Smiler Miordan issues the statement that 'Might is Right!' crushing all who oppose him. Himself affected by the virus, Richard Wentworth, alias the Spider, rallies a band of patriotic lepers to stem the tide of murder set in motion by the criminal Underworld Union! These two exciting pulp adventures have been beautifully reformatted for easy reading and feature both of the original full color covers as well as interior illustrations that accompany each story. Double Novel Reprint $14.95

The pulps' most bloodthirsty crimebuster wages his deadly war on crime in the FIRST and LAST Spider novels by Norvell Page writing as "Grant Stockbridge." First, the Black Death secret society frames the Spider for a series of police murders and plots to depopulate Manhattan through the "Wings of the Black Death." Then, the Conqueror's takeover of a big city is only the prelude to planned state, nation and world domination in the story "When Satan Came to Town"! This double novel pulp reprint showcases the original color covers by John Newton Howitt and Rafael DeSoto, John Fleming Gould's classic interior illustrations and historical commentary by Will Murray. Double Novel Reprint $14.95

This is an authentic replica of an original pulp magazine, just as it appeared on the newsstands of America during what is now considered the Golden Age of Pulp Fiction - roughly 1900 through 1950. Unlike our other line of pulp reprints, which offer original covers and illustrations but with reformatted text, this edition - one of an ongoing series - is designed to give the reader an authentic taste of what a typical pulp magazine was like when it was first issued - but without the frailty or expense of trying to find a decades-old collectable to enjoy. The outer covers, the interior pages, and the advertisements are reprinted just as they appeared in the original magazine, left intact to give the reader the true feel of the original as well as an appreciation for the way in which these publications were first offered to their avid readers.Pulp fiction magazines got their nickname because they were printed on cheap pulpwood paper that was high in acid content. Pulps were, in fact, assumed to be disposable - bought for a dime or a quarter, read, enjoyed, and then thrown away in time for the next issue to be released. The paper, like the pulps themselves, was never meant to be durable or last for very long, which is part of the reason why the originals are so hard to find today.
While most pre-1940 pulp covers hung over the interior pages and were left untrimmed, this replica has been trimmed for easier storage and handling. To further enhance the "pulp experience", this edition is printed on off-white bond paper intended to simulate the original look while, at the same time, assuring that this edition will last far longer than the original upon which it is based. The overall construction and appearance of this reprint is designed to be as faithful to the original magazine as is reasonably possible, given the unavoidable changes in production methods and materials. Pulp Replica Book $35.00
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The pulps' legendary "Man of Steel" returns in three action-packed pulp thrillers by Paul Ernst and Emile Tepperman writing as "Kenneth Robeson." First, Justice, Inc. must unmask a serial murderer before"The Wilder Curse" claims further innocent victims. Then, a deadly plane crash sets Dick Benson on the trail of the incredible new .. invention behind "Midnight Murder." PLUS "To Kill a Dead Man," the final Avenger thriller from the back pages of The Shadow Magazine by Spider-scribe Emile Tepperman! This classic pulp reprint showcases the classic color pulp covers by Lenosci and A. Leslie Ross, Paul Orban's interior illustrations and commentary by pulp historian Will Murray. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
In the two-fisted tradition of Doc Savage, Captain John Fury and the crew of his super-ship The Whirlwind battle modern-day piracy in two thrilling novels by Laurence Donovan writing as "Wallace Brooker." First, after the law fails, Cap Fury follows a trail of vengeance to his brother's murderers in "The Red Heart Pearls." Then, "Black Daylight" strikes at high noon, enveloping thousands in terror and suffering, and propelling Cap Fury on an ur gent mission to Mexico's Sierra Madras. BONUS: An action-packed adventure of Sheridan Doome from the back pages of The Shadow Magazine! This double-novel special collector's edition showcases the original cover art by Lawrence Toney and interior illustrations by Harry Kirchner, plus historical commentary by Will MurrayDouble Novel Reprint $14.95
America's premier detective hero returns in action-packed pulp thrillers by ZORRO-creator Johnston McCulley and John Chambliss plus a classic Nick Carter radio script by BATMAN co-creator Bill Finger! First, the Master Detective's arch-nemesis (who predates Professor Moriarty) comes back to wage a battle to the death with Nick Carter in "Dr. Quartz Returns," "Nick Carter Corners Dr. Quartz" and "Nick Carter's Danger Trail," three classic 1926 adventures from the pages of Street & Smith's Detective Story Magazine by Johnston McCulley! Then, "The War-Makers" bring America to the brink of world war, and only Nick Carter can save his beloved nation! BONUS: Nick Carter solves a Chinatown murder in "The Case of the Chinese Motto Murder" by BATMAN co-creator Bill Finger. This special edition showcases the original color pulp covers by Jerome G. Rozen and John A. Coughlin, and also includes the original pulp interior art by Harry T. Fisk plus historical commentary by Will Murray, J. Randolph Cox and Anthony Tollin. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
The pulp era's longest-running supersleuth returns in his debut adventures by D'Arcy Champion writing as "G. Wayman Jones," reprinted for the first time in chronological series order! First, playboy Richard Curtis Van Loan becomes The Phantom to end the murderous reign of "The Emperor of Death" in his earliest recorded adventure! Then, The Phantom combats a mysterious Asian's sinister plot in "The Crime of Fu Kee Wong." BONUS: From Thrilling Comics #53, the first Phantom Detective comic book story by Flash and Justice Society artist E. E. Hibbard. This double-novel collector's edition showcases both classic color pulp covers by Bertram Glover and the original interior illustrations by comic-great Mel Graff, with historical commentary by popular culture historians Anthony Tollin and Michelle NolanDouble Novel Reprint $14.95
The double life of Police Commissioner James Gordon is explored in a pair of two-fisted thrillers that inspired classic Batman stories! First, The Whisperer goes undercover to close down a “School for Murder” that prepares teenagers for criminal careers! Then, Wildcat Gordon investigates corruption in the trucking industry in “Murder on the Line.” BONUS: an adventure of Norgil the Magician by The Shadow’s Maxwell Grant! This historic collector’s item showcases both original color pulp covers by Spider artist John Newton Howitt, classic interior illustrations by Paul Orban and golden-age great Creig Flessel, and historical commentary by Will Murray and Anthony Tollin. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
Weird Tales #290 Spring 1988
This 65th anniversary issue contains six stories by Gene Wolfe and an interview with the Author. Also included are stories by Keith Taylor, F. Paul Wilson, Felix Gotschalk, Ramsey Campbell, Darrell Schweitzer, Chet Williamson, T.E.D. Klein, Lloyd Eshbach, and Tanith Lee. 148 pages. After the original magazine operation folded in 1954, there were several brief attempts to revive it — reprint anthologies in the ’60s, four new magazine issues in the ’70s, four original paperbacks in the early ’80s — before the resurrection finally achieved full-fledged afterlife under editor-publishers George H. Scithers, Darrell Schweitzer and John Gregory Betancourt. Beginning in 1988, Weird Tales has been published more or less continuously. These 25 year old magazines are Brand new and have never been read. Radio Archives is proud to have a large inventory so that everyone can have a copy of this great magazine. Magazine $9.95


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