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Friday, March 25, 2016

Radio Archives

March 25, 2016
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World War One flying aces Robert M. Burtt and Wilfred G. Moore were responsible for bringing the adventures of Army Air Pilot Captain Jim "Red" Albright – a.k.a. Captain Midnight – across the airwaves at Chicago radio station WGN in 1938.
Like his creators, Captain Midnight saw plenty of aerial combat action in the skies over the combat zones in Europe during the Great War. Army Air Pilot Captain Jim “Red” Albright’s back story was that he earned the moniker of “Captain Midnight” after returning back from a high risk mission to an Allied air field exactly as the clock struck midnight. The General who had sent Albright on the mission called him “Captain Midnight.”
The adventures of Captain Midnight were originally heard in syndication on select mid-western radio stations, including Chicago Radio Station WGN in 1938. Originally sponsored by the Skelly Oil Company, Captain Midnight did not become a nationwide phenomenon on the airwaves until Ovaltine took over sponsorship of the program in 1940 and expanded its range on the airwaves over the Mutual Radio Network.
A love of aviation ran deep within the veins of William G. Skelly. After founding the Skelly Oil Company in 1919, which would eventually become the world’s largest independent oil company; Skelly went on to found in 1928 the Spartan School of Aeronautics and the Spartan Aircraft Company.
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by Norvell W. Page writing as Grant Stockbridge
Read by Nick Santa Maria
The madness first struck at sea! As if at a signal, young and old initiated the wild bacchanal of self-destruction! Never before had a criminal of such horrible, death-dealing genius preyed upon the American people. Never before did Richard Wentworth, who was in secret the dread Spider, combat a foeman of more deadly power. And while the Spider lay gravely wounded, his beloved, Nita went forth alone to battle for her sweetheart as only a brave woman can do!
One of the things that sets the Spider apart from other hero characters is magnitude; the villains commit acts of destruction on a grand scale, sinking whole ocean liners, toppling entire buildings, wiping out entire towns with germ warfare. The evil masterminds are in truth more terrorists than criminals, their villainy often more for its own sake than any concrete plan for profit.While the Spider borrowed his black slouch hat and cloak from the already thriving Shadow, the rest of the character was significantly different. The Spider stories are all about action, emotional intensity, and pacing. Wentworth himself is strongly emotional, plumbing the thrills of victory as readily, and as deeply, as the depths of despair during his escapades.
The stories plunge along head-first aboard an emotional roller-coaster, with scarcely a moment’s pause for respite. Oriental death-traps, treacherously alluring women, and rabid, machine-gun toting gangsters are all part of a typical day for the hero; Wentworth is frequently suspected of being the dreaded Spider, his home is periodically destroyed, his servants and friends tortured.
Nick Santa Maria brings the action to vibrant life, narrating with a fever-pitch intensity. Master of the Death-Madness originally published in The Spider magazine, August, 1935.
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by George Fielding Eliot writing as C.K.M. Scanlon
Read by Richard Epcar
In the flood of pulp magazines featuring the hard-hitting exploits of a single hero, only one magazine read as if its stories had been torn out of the headlines. That was G-Men, starring the closest equivalent to Eliot Ness and his Untouchables the pulps dared offer up.

Special Agent Daniel Fowler. Young but hardened, the product of the FBI’s new scientific investigation methods, Fowler and his aides, Larry Kendal and Sally Vane, formed a special roving unit of the Bureau, willing and able to rush to any state in the Union to combat counterfeiters, extortionists and sundry foreign spies.

To write the exploits of such a non-nonsense hero, they called in George Fielding Eliot, a former major in U. S. intelligence. In 1933, he resigned as a U. S. Intelligence officer so he could write military non-fiction articles without being hampered by official censorship.

Eliot knew how to operate a Tommy gun, and what it was like to hear the snap and crack of live rounds whistling past your head. He also knew how to get his man—hallmarks of the Mounties and the G-Men both. His credentials were perfect.

Titled after an underworld slang term for kidnapping, with the Lindbergh baby kidnapping fresh in the public consciousness, and inspired by the notorious Purple Gang, the premier exploit of Dan Fowler and his team was called Snatch. It was published under the house pseudonym of C. K. M. Scanlon. It was an instant success among readers who had been reading daily newspaper accounts of the F. B. I.’s successful crusade against John Dillinger and “Baby Face” Nelson, and other otherwise-unstoppable Public Enemies.

Seared by crime, trained by Hoover, and motivated by a stern sense of justice, Special Agent Fowler went on to a long and successful career spanning nearly two decades.

In order to do justice to this riveting hero, we’ve recruited the impeccable-voiced Richard Epcar to narrate Snatch. Let the Tommy guns roar!
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The Shadow
The Shadow Double Novel Reprints
Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows! The Shadow's premier agent Harry Vincent takes center stage in two thrilling pulp novels by Walter B. Gibson. First, the Master Avenger investigates "Doom on the Hill" after Vincent summons him to track down a serial killer in one the series' greatest murder mysteries. Then, The Shadow follows a winding trail "Clue for Clue" as he searches for Nazi diamonds, while Harry Vincent finds romance with an enemy agent! This double-novel collector's edition showcases the classic color pulp covers by George Rozen and Graves Gladney plus the original interior illustrations by Tom Lovell and Paul Orban, with historical commentary by Will Murray.! Double Novel Reprint $14.95
Doc Savage Double Novel ReprintsBooks by Will MurrayLost Radio Scripts bookDoc Savage Audiobooks
The Man of Bronze returns in two action-packed novels by Lester Dent. First, Patricia Savage's disappearance in the Bermuda Triangle lures the Man of Bronze to "Poison Island" to rescue his beautiful cousin and recover stolen gold. Then in They Died Twice, Doc Savage returns to Hidalgo's Valley of the Vanished, the locale of his first adventure, to help Princess Monja defeat a criminal cabal attempting to loot Mayan treasure. This classic pulp reprint showcases a haunting cover by legendary paperback artist James Bama and both original color pulp covers by Emery Clarke, Paul Orban's classic interior illustrations, and 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 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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Thursday, March 10, 2016

The Night of Morningstar

Modesty Blaise #11: “The Night Of Morningstar” by Peter O’Donnell. The Watchmen are a mysterious group supposedly hiring out to terrorists for a price. Any job. But in truth they’re only pretending to be working for someone else. They have plans of their own. They are recruiting top killers into their group, and early own want Modesty Blaise and Willie Garvin, but one of their men has once worked for The Network and told the leaders that it would be a mistake to bring them in. So they decide to use them as part of the recruitment, assigning one of their recruits the task of taking out Modesty. When he fails, The Watchmen try to cover their ground making it look like Tarrant was the intended target. Later on, Willie stops two assassins from actually carrying out the hit on Tarrant. But unknown to Modesty, a friend from the CIA has become a recruit and she accidentally uncovers his identity to The Watchmen, which gets him killed. Now Modesty wants to bring The Watchmen down. This was another fine story. In fact, it begins during the period The Network is shutting down, and we get to meet all the heads, including The Graduate, who will play a part with The Watchmen. A good read, as usual, and lots of action.