Joseph T. “Cap” Shaw enjoyed several distinguished careers—military man and champion fencer, among them—before he assumed the editorial chair of the most significant fiction magazine since The Strand gave the world the immortal Sherlock Holmes. Between 1926 and 1936, Shaw edited Black Mask magazine. The pioneering first stories of Carroll John Daly and Dashiell Hammett had just begun to appear in its pages. Shaw recognized in their hard-boiled treatment of the American crime story the potential for a new literary school. Working closely with his hand-picked writers, he pulled the magazine back from the brink of cancellation, and transformed the staid detective story into a vigorous and modern genre, discovering and championing important inheritors of this new tradition, among them, Raymond Chandler.
But there is more to Joe Shaw than his editorial career. Here, in the first biography ever written of this editorial giant, his son relates the full fascinating story of the man behind the revolutionary editorial persona….
Pulp magazines written initially for boys in the first half of the Twentieth Century dominated the industry with stories about cowboys and Indians, science fiction, and adventure. They were written by such illustrious authors as Louis L’Amour, Ray Bradbury, L. Ron Hubbard, and Isaac Asimov, with a readership of tens of millions, for 10 cents a copy. The best-known editor of this era was Leo Margulies, editor-in-chief of Standard Magazines: The Thrilling Group. During one period, he bought two million words a month. He edited more than 70 magazines and was, for a time, the highest-paid pulp magazine editor in the country.
Leo Margulies: Giant of the Pulps—His Thrilling, Exciting, and Popular Journey, by his nephew, Philip Sherman, includes stories by members of his family, friends, and writers, about his generosity and encouragement to so many.
Dr. Sherman’s extensive research draws largely upon correspondence records from university archives, including University of Oregon, Northern Arizona University, Boston University, and Texas A&M University, and many others, and from journals such as Writers’ Digest and Author & Journalist. He talked and wrote to writers and others who knew his uncle and of course drew upon his own family’s personal experiences with this remarkable man.
Now, at last, the incredible life story of the real man behind the Doc Savage pulp novels, including:
His true name and family background, covering his relationship to Lord Greystoke, Sherlock Holmes, Sam Spade, James Bond, and Fu Manchu. Detailed information on some of his most devilish opponents—John Sunlight, the Mystic Mullah, and Mr. Wail. A summation of some of Doc’s most amazing inventions. Biographies of the Fabulous Five—Monk, Ham, Renny, Long Tom, and Johnny—as well as the group’s Lady Auxiliary and Bronze Knockout, Pat Savage!
Armed with forgotten interviews, controversial essays & candid letters first not seen in generations, acclaimed pulp historian Will Murray, author of The Wild Adventures of Doc Savage. reveals the epic life & frequent deaths of the Pulp West!
For nearly 20 years, Dan Fowler and his G-men battled crimedom in the pages of G-Men Detective. Now, author Tom Johnson has indexed each issue, listing everything you need to know about the series.
One of the most beloved pulp characters, The Black Bat, is finally celebrated with this 340 page deluxe retrospective. Author Tom Johnson has indexed each issue, listing everything you need to know about the series, along with the following highlights:
- A complete reprint of the rejected Black Bat adventure, “The Lady’s Out for Blood”
- A breakdown of the newly-discovered final Black Bat story, “The Celebrity Murders”
- All 800 German Black Bat stories newly identified for english audiences
- Nine complete reprints of the Black Bat’s golden Age comic book stories
- An interview with series creator Norman Daniels as well as his complete payment records… available here for the first time
Featuring additional articles by Will Murray, this is the ultimate history of the series.
For 40 years, pulp historian Will Murray has been writing about Doc Savage and Lester Dent in the pages of many fanzines. Long out of print and very tough to find, the best of these articles have been updated and collected in this new book. Includes over 450 pages of Doc info, spread across over 50 articles.
Dime Detective Magazine was second only to Black Mask as the dean of detective/P.I./hard-boiled pulp magazines, and was the home of Carroll John Daly, Frederick Nebel, John D. MacDonald, Cornell Woolrich, Erle Stanley Gardner, and many other top-notch scribes. This book indexes all 274 issues of Dime Detective, contains several articles on the series and its writers, and as a bonus, the fifth anniversary round-robin story from the November 1936 issue, “The Tongueless Men,” by William E. Barrett, Carroll John Daly, Frederick C. Davis, T.T. Flynn, and John Lawrence.
Completely revised and expanded, Rick Lai’s authoritative chronology has been heavily updated to include Lester Dent’s radio scripts and new data unearthed from the recent restored Doc Savage reprint editions.
The longest-running hero of the pulp era! For the first time, the history of the Phantom Detective is bought under one volume, completely updated! Includes an index to nearly 175 stories, 100s of pages of articles, two unused Phantom story plots from the mid-1930s and nearly all of the Phantom’s comic book appearances. It’s 400 pages of must-own information for any pulp fan to enjoy.
The follow-up to Lai’s Daring Adventurers collection, this volume contains the following: “The Chronological Crimes of Wu Fang and Yen Sin,” “The Secret History of Captain Nemo,” “A Brief Biography of Dr. Caber (1883-1945?),” “The Bride of Shiwan Khan,” “The Mask of Erik,” “The Life of Dr. Antonio Nikola (1856-1898?),” “The Brothers Zaroff,” “The Savage Killer,” “Irma of the Ilsa,” “The Trail of the Feathered Serpent,” “Zanigew the Killer,” “The Balkan Tigress,” “Astar of Opar: The Secret Origin of Sumuru,” “The Hansoms of John Clay,” “The Tiger of Haiti,” “Professor Moriarty’s Other Daughter,” “The Third Most Dangerous Man in London,” “Some Chronological Observations on the Fu Manchu Series,” “Fu Manchu Vs. Cthulhu,” “Ah Ling, Brother to Fu Manchu,” “The Legacy of Hanoi Shan,” “The Secret of Erlik Khan,” “Partners in Crime: Fu Manchu and Carl Peterson,” “Alias Dr. Natas,” “Sirens of the Si-Fan,” “The Hidden Hand of Shiwan Khan,” and “John Sunlight and the Si-Fan Succession.”
The entire history of the The Purple Invasion, the War and Peace of the pulps which ran for over a year in the pages of Operator 5! Loaded with illustrations from the original pulps.
The first in a series of article collections by one of the Wold Newton authors. This volume contains the following: “A Chronology for the Avenger,” “Yasmini of India,” “The Life and Times of Steve Harrison,” “The Legend of El Borak,” “The Life and Times of Wild Bill Clanton,” “The Saga of Singapore Sammy,” “The Sgt. Jaeger Chronology,” “The Mystery of Harry Quatermain and Other Conundrums,” “The Saga of John Gorman,” “Secrets of Sir Henry Merrivale,” “The Lecoq Universe,” “Peter the Brazen: The Inconsistencies,” “Peter the Brazen Vs. Fu Manchu,” “The Hand of Kong,” “The Contradictions of Khlit the Cossack,” “The A.J. Raffles Chronology,” “The Insane Captain Wentworth,” “The Anomaly of Professor Challenger’s Daughter,” “A Scandal in Ruritania,” “The Holmes-Lupin Rivalry,” “The Savage Family of India,” “The Tragic Case of John Blakeney” and “The Jules de Grandin Chronology” (co-authored with Matthew Baugh).
For the first time in print, Rick Lai’s Chronology of Shadows (his timeline of the pulp character The Shadow) has been updated & assembled in an easy-to-navigate package. It’s the first volume in our The History of The Shadow series.
The classic investigation of Secret Agent “X,” revised and updated by the original writers, Tom Johnson and Will Murray, including new chapters, images and information! It's the last word on this classic character!