Sep 222014
 
The Hunter #1: Scavenger Kill, by Ralph Hayes January, 1975  Leisure Books One of the last men’s adventure series Leisure Books published in the ‘70s, The Hunter ran for five volumes and, like other Leisure (and Belmont-Tower) publications, the volume numbers were eventually removed from the titles. Author Ralph Hayes was credited under his own name; Hayes was another of those prolific pulp
Sep 182014
 
Kill Squad: Dead Wrong, by Mark Cruz No month stated, 1975  Manor Books Dan Streib was a prolific action series writer in the ‘70s and ‘80s, but this is the first of his books I’ve read. For this four-volume series he was credited as “Mark Cruz,” and it’s interesting that Kill Squad is similar to a two-volume Belmont-Tower series, also published in 1975, titled Death Squad, which was
Sep 152014
 
Dark Angel #2: The Emerald Oil Caper, by James D. Lawrence March, 1975  Pyramid Books If you’ve ever been reading The Baroness and thought to yourself, “This is good and all, but what if, instead of a spy, the Baroness was a private investigator? And what if she was black??”, then you are in luck, because the four-volume Dark Angel series answers those very questions. Like The Baroness,
Sep 112014
 
The Sharpshooter #10: Hit Man, by Bruno Rossi November, 1974  Leisure Books Johnny Sharpshooter Rock returns in a fairly good tenth installment that’s a hell of a lot better than the previous volume. First-time series author John Marshall delivers a Rock that comes off like a combo of Peter McCurtin's original version and the more neurotic character Len Levinson gave us; like McCurtin’s take
Sep 082014
 
The Aquanauts #2: Ten Seconds To Zero, by Ken Stanton No month stated, 1970  Macfadden Books The second volume of The Aquanauts is less static than the first, with hero William “Tiger Shark” Martin not only more active in the plot, but also sent on a mission that has world-changing implications. Manning Lee Stokes once again doles out the over-long tale in his own stilted, page-filling style,
Sep 012014
 
War Of The Gurus, by Howard Rheingold No month stated, 1974  Freeway Press The second and final installment of The Savage Report is just as breathless and hyperbolic as the first, but this time Howard Rheingold unfortunately tells more than he shows, with the cumulative effect of rendering the reader insensate from the constant barrage of “futurespeak” words, phrases, and worldbuilding.
Aug 252014
 
Operation Hang Ten #3: Deadly Group Down Under, by Patrick Morgan No month stated, 1970  Macfadden Books Possibly one of the most overpriced men’s adventure series on the market, with some volumes listed online at vomit-inducing prices, Operation Hang Ten is also one of the more unusual, so far as series concepts go, with its hero a 23 year-old surfer who works as a spy. Yet another
Aug 212014
 
The Aquanauts #1: Cold Blue Death, by Ken Stanton No month stated, 1970  Macfadden Books The Aquanauts ran for 11 volumes between two publishers (going over to Manor when MacFadden Books went out of business) and was yet another series copyright book packager Lyle Kenyon Engel. “Ken Stanton” throughout the run was Manning Lee Stokes, who at the time was also working for Engel on the Richard
Aug 182014
 
Razoni & Jackson #2: Dead End Street, by W.B. Murphy May, 1973  Pinnacle Books As if he wasn’t busy enough co-writing The Destroyer, in the early ‘70s Warren Murphy also turned out this five-volume series that is now most remembered for providing the inspiration for the Lethal Weapon movies; screenwriter Shane Black even gave Murphy official acknowledgement for this, requesting that Murphy
Aug 112014
 
The Vigilante #1: New York: An Eye For An Eye, by V.J. Santiago November, 1975  Pinnacle Books How could you not want to read something that’s “More vengeful than Death Wish!?” Starting off a six-volume series copyright book packager Lyle Kenyon Engel, An Eye For An Eye serves as the origin story for Joe “Vigilante” Madden, and for the most part comes off like a less sadistic take on Bronson