Hollywood was quick to take note of this thriving market, and an increasing number of name stars realized that there was fast, easy money to be made in syndicated radio. This led to a barrage of new series built around marketable celebrities - series such as that spotlighted in this ten hour collection, Frontier Town.
Recorded in Hollywood in 1952-53 and distributed by Broadcast Producers Syndicate, Frontier Town features up-and-coming action star Jeff Chandler in a role far removed from his best-known radio role as Mr. Boynton, the goofy biology teacher boyfriend of Eve Arden on Our Miss Brooks. Credited as "Tex" rather than "Jeff," Chandler is heard here as Chad Remington, a tough-but-dedicated lawyer in the rough and tumble frontier town of Dos Rios. Chandler filled the lead role for twenty-three episodes before being replaced for the remainder of the series by veteran movie tough guy Reed Hadley. Remington fights for justice with the aid of his windbag snake-oil selling sidekick Cherokee O'Bannon, portrayed in a voice redolent of W. C. Fields by character comedian Wade Crosby. The series was written and directed by Paul Franklin, taking a break from his usual role as a top radio comedy writer, and features original organ music by Ivan Ditmars and Bob Mitchell, with Bill Forman announcing.
Death! — companion of the skyways and champion of the War — has descended upon the Master Spy with all the grim fury of a monster’s hate! What are three men against the forces of hell itself! What price will brave men pay for their honor? The action is fierce, fast and frightening as we hearken to the Wings of Invisible Doom! G-8 and his Battle Aces rode the nostalgia boom ten years after World War I ended. These high-flying exploits were tall tales of a World War that might have been, featuring monster bats, German zombies, wolf-men, harpies, Martians, and even tentacled floating monsters. Most of these monstrosities were the work of Germany’s seemingly endless supply of mad scientists, chief of whom was G-8’s recurring Nemesis, Herr Doktor Krueger. G-8 battled Germany’s Halloween shock troops for over a decade, not ceasing until the magazine folded in the middle of World War II. G-8 and his Battle Aces return in vintage pulp tales, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $2.99.
Headline Hartley had a job to do before he filled a traitor’s grave, a job that meant a flight through Hell on the wailing wings of Fury! Dare-Devil Aces was another of the many pulps that rode the wave of popularity of World War I aviation tales in the decade after the conflict. It made its debut in February 1932 and lasted for an astounding 135 issues. It finally closed after World War II ended, with the November 1946 issue. During its run, it presented a wide assortment of high-flying aerial series, including The Red Falcon, The Vanished Legion, The Three Mosquitoes, Molloy and McNamara, The Black Sheep of Belogue, The Mongol Ace, Chinese Brady, Captain Babyface, Smoke Wade and others. Strap on your flying helmet, toss that scarf about your neck and get ready for some soaring action in the skies over France and Germany during the Great War. Dare-Devil Aces return in vintage pulp tales, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $2.99.
The greatest superhero of the pulp era returns in two-fisted thrillers by Lawrence Donovan and Lester Dent writing as "Kenneth Robeson." First, Doc Savage is framed by a bronze lookalike as nightmarish reptilian creatures fill the air and Earth is threatened with environmental disaster in "Mad Eyes." Then, Patricia Savage blunders into a death trap after she intercepts a message for Doc, and the only clue to her disappearance suggests "Death is a Round Black Spot." This deluxe pulp reprint leads off with a knockout cover painting by legendary illustrator James Bama and also features both color pulp covers, original interior illustrations by Paul Orban and historical commentary by Will Murray, author of fifteen Doc Savage novels. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
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Aloha from relatively peaceful and somewhat innocent Honolulu. Having spent most of my life in the islands, I was attracted to your CD which had a San Francisco setting, the area of my college education. Moreover, your selection of Michael Gwynne as the sole narrator in particular peaked my interest as I had thoroughly enjoyed his work on your Captain Zero release. The Dr. Sin story presents an enormous challenge to the narrator. Not only are there continuous settings which require timing and emotion, but the sheer volume of characterizations, many of which are presented in violent conflict come to vibrant life when read by Mr. Gwynne. How he is able to play multiple voices and dialects with such ease is most impressive. Singing Mummies is a must listen for anyone who can relate to the colorful setting of San Francisco of 1930-1940. I heartily recommend it.