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Friday, February 26, 2016

February 26, 2016
99 Cent The Great Gildersleeve, Volume 4 Bonus!
The brand new The Great Gildersleeve, Volume 4 radio set is only 99 cents through March 10th, when you place any order for $25 or more.
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The Great Gildersleeve became one of radio's most successful situation comedies, and sixty years after it left the airwaves, it continues to be a favorite among old-time radio fans. It was distinctive in that the series placed a strong emphasis on character-driven comedy, as opposed to the vaudeville-based slapstick of its parent show, Fibber McGee & Molly. As portrayed by Peary, the Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve character — who, on Fibber McGee, had a pronounced larcenous streak — mellowed considerably, settling into the comfortable role of kind and loving uncle to his niece and nephew. Assisted in the running the household by housekeeper Birdie Lee Coggins (Lillian Randolph). Outside the home, Gildersleeve's closest association was with Judge Horace Hooker (Earle Ross), with whom he had many battles during the first few broadcast seasons.
A unique bit of history was made when The Great Gildersleeve premiered across the radio airwaves back on August 31, 1941. It marked the first time in the Golden Age of Radio that a popular regular character on an already much beloved and popular radio program – Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve from Fibber McGee and Molly – was spun off into his own radio series.
Gildersleeve’s departure from Wistful Vista and move to Summerfield was explained by the unexpected passing of his brother-in-law. He moved there to raise his orphaned niece and nephew, Marjorie and Leroy Forrester and manage the estate their father had left for them. While on the train to Summerfield, Gildersleeve played a practical joke on Judge Horace Hooker, which only backfired on Gildersleeve, because the judge just happened to be the executor of his late brother-in-law’s estate. Yet Hooker and Gildersleeve eventually set aside their animosity for each other and became friends after the first season.
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by Frederick C. Davis writing as Curtis Steele
Read by Milton Bagby
A group of bitter men — a secret League of War — was ready to plunge the world into a new, earth-wide conflict. They issued orders, and bloody organized murder was loosed in the heart of Europe! And behind this carnage, a single man was scheming to make himself the Dictator of the World! Never before had a single person conceived such a colossal plan for profiting from the slaughter of humans. He had overcome all obstacles — except one lone avenger, Operator #5, America’s secret service ace. Can Jimmy Christopher, keep the nations of the world from hurling themselves into a war which can bring nothing but universal defeat, misery, and slavery?
Originally written by master pulpsmith Frederick C. Davis, the Operator #5 series was a clear forerunner of the spy and espionage genre, which exploded in the 1960s when President John F. Kennedy happened to remark that he enjoyed reading Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels. Soon, America was surrounded by spies. Jimmy Christopher was on the job a generation before them all, blazing the espionage trail, and keeping America safe from fascism and other wicked isms.
Frederick C. Davis began pitting James Christopher—otherwise Operator #5 of the United States Intelligence Service—against the Yellow Empire, variously thinly-disguised European dictators, and other torn-from-the-headlines global actors. The more Operator #5 exploits Davis wrote, the wilder and more horrific the threats to national security became: Wicked would-be conquerors, creepy cults, weird weather-controllers and famine-creating menaces to our mid-western breadbasket. Davis’ tales were disciplined, yet apocalyptic—a difficult accomplishment when you are tasked to turn out a 50,000-word novel every 30 days.
Into this unprecedented crisis plunged Jimmy Christopher. Only one man, but a man who embodied the American spirit — and stands prepared to perish to protect his country.
The League of War Monsters is read with stirring intensity by Milton Bagby. Originally published in the February, 1935 issue of Operator #5 magazine.
5 hours - $9.99 Download / $19.98 Audio CDs
by Robert J. Hogan
Read by Nick Santa Maria
G-8 and His Battle Aces ran for 10 wild years. And every single G-8 sky saga was written by Robert J. Hogan. This was a rare thing back in the pulp magazine days, where the authors often wrote under house names and sometimes shared those bylines with other contributors. Naturally, telling the exploits of a high-flying hero such as the Master Spy every month without fail was a relentless and demanding gig. So it stands to reason that G-8 had his highs and his lows.
One of the highs was the series' premiere novel, The Bat Staffel. In an effort to hold the readers’ interest and keep from going stale, Hogan wrote dramatic G-8s such as The Blizzard Staffel, weird G-8s—Squadron of the Scorpion and The Death Monsters come to mind—and one-of-a-kind G-8 novels that fit into no convenient category.
Fangs of the Serpent introduced the villain of the title, the serpentine war cripple with the power of super hypnosis. This was no ordinary antagonist—not that any foe of G-8 was particularly ordinary—but the combination of this strange mesmerizing enemy agent, and the change-of-pace story, makes this one of the standout G-8 novels of the entire 1930s.
In this uncanny epic, the Flying Spy faces a challenge that tests his courage to the utmost. For his opponent this time is not a rival ace, nor a mad scientist, but an occult entity able to bend others to his malign will, one who twists and poisons both sides of the global conflict. Once the Serpent has G-8 in his power, escape seems impossible, victory remote and unattainable.
Strangely, Hogan never brought the Serpent back for an encore bout. Perhaps he was just too creepy even for G-8 and His Battle Aces magazine.
Once again, Nick Santa Maria brings G-8, Nippy and Bull to thrilling life in their desperate struggle to defeat a reptilian nemesis unlike anything they have ever before encountered. Originally published in the July, 1938 issue of G-8 and His Battle Aces magazine.
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Doc Savage Double Novel ReprintsBooks by Will MurrayLost Radio Scripts bookDoc Savage Audiobooks
Sanctum Books completes its reprinting of all 182 original Doc Savage pulp novels with three hellish thrillers by Lester Dent writing as "Kenneth Robeson." First, the Man of Bronze struggles to prevent the Nazis from obtaining "The Devil's Black Rock," a mysterious force that could change the course of the war! Then, Doc and his aides team with three ghost hunters to destroy "The Pure Evil." Finally, Doc journeys to the gates of Hell and must battle demon-like creatures in order to return "Up from Earth's Center" in his legendary final pulp odyssey! This instant collector's item showcases the classic color pulp covers by Emery Clarke, Edd Cartier and George Rozen and Paul Orban's original interior illustrations, with historical commentary by Will Murray. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
by Will Murray and Lester Dent, writing as Kenneth Robeson, cover illustration by Joe DeVito
When a vivacious blonde convinces Monk Mayfair to skip an important sea voyage to London, and instead run off to her Louisiana plantation, Ham Brooks is very suspicious.
After Doc Savage enters the picture, things start popping. As in fists and guns. Finding themselves on a steamship bound for the Caribbean, Doc, Ham, and a reluctant Monk become embroiled in wartime intrigue surrounding the question of who is desperately trying to keep them off the Northern Star, and why?
From New York City to the Bahama Banks, Doc Savage and his mighty men follow the trail, making new allies along the way, until they plunge into a hurricane of horror only some will survive…. Softcover $24.95
The Shadow
The Shadow Double Novel Reprints
Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows! The Knight of Darkness proves that "crime does not pay" in startling pulp novels by Theodore Tinsley and Walter B. Gibson! First, disguised as both Lamont Cranston and Kent Allard, The Shadow investigates "Double Death" when a corpse is murdered-a full day after its actual death! Then, the Dark Avenger battles an eight-foot man of steel in "The Robot Master," a change-of-pace super-science thriller. Plus, a rare Iron Munro illustrated adventure by science fiction great Theodore Sturgeon and Golden Age of Comics legend Jack Farr! Double Novel Reprint $14.95
The Spider
The Spider Double Novel ReprintsThe Spider Double Novel ReprintsThe Spider AudiobooksThe Spider eBooks
Published by Sanctum Books
The pulp era's most lethal crimebuster wages his deadly war on crime in two violent thrillers by Norvell Page. The White House itself hangs in the balance as Richard Wentworth attempts to prevent a power-mad dictator from turning our nation into an "Empire of Doom." Then, the city burns as The Spider seeks to unmask the mysterious Munro, a murderous master of disguise who could be anyone in "The Spider and the Faceless One." This double novel pulp reprint showcases the original color covers by John Newton Howitt and Rafael De Soto, John Fleming Gould's classic interior illustrations and historical commentary by Will Murray. Double Novel Reprint $14.95

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