Mar 022015
The Spider #3: Wings Of The Black Death, by Grant Stockbridge December, 1933  Popular Publications The third volume of The Spider is notable because it was the first to be written by Norvell “Grant Stockbridge” Page, who would go on to write the majority of the ensuing 115 volumes. Having read some of Page’s later volumes, I was curious how different this first one would be. Surprisingly,
Feb 282015
At first glance, this issue of WILD WEST WEEKLY has a pretty run-of-the-mill cover by A. Leslie Ross, illustrating one of Walker Tompkins' Tommy Rockford stories. Then you see what Tommy's carrying, and the cover suddenly becomes more creepy and effective. That's the way it struck me, anyway. I've read only a few of the Tommy Rockford stories but liked them all quite a bit. Maybe someday
Feb 212015
J. Edward Leithead, one of my favorite Western pulp authors, had at least two stories in most issues of WESTERN TRAILS and WESTERN ACES during the second half of the 1940s, and that's true in this issue, where he appears under his own name and also under his most common pseudonym Wilson L. Covert. That would be enough to make me read this issue, but there are also stories by L.P. Holmes,
Feb 192015
The Spider #15: The Red Death Rain, by Grant Stockbridge December, 1934  Popular Publications I splurged on this volume of The Spider: when I read that The Red Death Rain was considered one of the more outrageous novels in the series, with it’s Yellow Peril threat, sexpot female villain, and a character raped to death by an orangutan, I decided I would in fact seek out a reprint of the
Feb 152015
That racy cover by Graves Gladney looks more like it ought to be on a Spicy pulp rather than one from Street & Smith. But hey, I like it. And inside are stories by Lester Dent, Walter B. Gibson, Paul Ernst, and Theodore Tinsley, four titans of the pulp business, along with Robert C. Blackmon and George Allen Moffatt. I don't think I've ever read an issue of CRIME BUSTERS. I'm pretty sure I
Feb 142015
Pretty good cover by John Drew on this issue of RANCH ROMANCES. This was a good era for the long-running pulp. The stories had gotten a little tougher and more action-packed, a trend that would continue on into the Forties and Fifties. Stephen Payne, Clee Woods, and Paul Even Lehman are probably the best known authors in this issue, although William Freeman Hough and James A. Routh appeared
Feb 122015
The Spider #75: Satan's Murder Machines, by Grant Stockbridge December, 1939  Popular Publications The Spider returns in an installment published a few years after the previous volume I read, Death Reign Of The Vampire King, though not much has changed – he’s still thrust into a relentless sequence of chases, firefights, and life-threatening traps, all while separated from his usual
Feb 092015
A plea for help from a woman he thought was dead brings Texas Ranger Jim Hatfield to the ghost town of Palminter. What he finds waiting for him is a storm of outlaw bullets—and an even deeper mystery that leads him to a mansion on top of a sinister mesa overlooking the Rio Grande. To survive, the legendary Lone Wolf will need his keen wits—and all his deadly gun skill!  Bestselling author