Thundering across a ravished America comes a loot laden train bearing twenty million dollars in gold, hurtling toward the despoiled metropolis of New York, where the dread foreign conqueror, Emperor Rudolph I, has established headquarters. Suddenly the train trembles to a stop. A desperate little band of American patriots, who refuse to bow to the conqueror’s yoke, make a bold attack. Their leader, Jimmy Christopher, known as Operator 5, realizes that with that trainload of gold he can flood the skies with a thousand fighting planes, the only chance for America to repel the brutal invaders! Already they have ravished the Eastern seaboard. Even now they are hammering at the surviving citadel of American freedom—the Rocky Mountain stronghold of the brave men who will not yield.
Over Manhattan’s dizzy towers fell that insidious, invisible menace—an unseen cloud of death that first transformed the entire metropolis into a laughing, drunken riot and then blasted it to bits! Who was the evil Master of these Flame Men, who had found a real way to amass millions by gutting New York with fire? In defense of those reeling, giggling victims, trapped in their awesome death-spree, Richard Wentworth, in the Spider’s weird robes, rose from the charred embers—to fight his greatest battle against an arson assassin no one had ever seen—for a doomed people so blind-drunk they could not see!
The last of three books collecting the Silver Trent short stories that appeared in Star Western following the cancellation of The Western Raider. Includes “Blood of the Yucca,” “The Madness of Silver Trent,” “Silver Trent’s Blood-Bounty Feud,” and “Silver Trent Rides Alone.”
Famine marched through America’s metropolis, and the starving multitudes who sat down to eat found only the choice of empty plates—or a murder-menu! Richard Wentworth, with the whimpering chorus of unfed babies ringing in his haunted ears, picked up once more the Spider’s eerie weapons of mercy—to fight a new and awful figure in the field of crime, a criminal red Spider who, with a thousand unknown assistants, was contaminating the city’s food supply!
Before the horrified eyes of the Senate’s jammed galleries, that revered Senator died by his own hand. And Richard Wentworth, who had reached Washington in response to the newspaper agony column’s personal, “In the name of democratic humanity, come to Washington before September 9…” knew that this marked only the beginning of a yogi-ridden dictator’s reign. Behind that welter of machine guns and storm troops moved the Cobra, striking at the nation’s very chief—and the Spider was face to face with the strangest battle ever fought by man!
The defense forces of the United States have been crushed by the powerful war machine of Emperor Rudolph, Warlord of the World… From the Atlantic to the Mississippi the brutal conqueror is subjecting millions to his merciless, bloody reign of terror—and his ruthless gray-clad hordes are steadily sweeping westward, leaving a vast path of death and destruction in their wake… Faced with the surrender of America’s army, only Jimmy Christopher—known to the Intelligence Service as Operator 5—and a pitiful handful of desperate men stand between the Mad Emperor and his bloody conquest of the nation…
The second of three books collecting the Silver Trent short stories that appeared in Star Western following the cancellation of The Western Raider. Includes “The Gun-Prayer of Silver Trent,” “The Secret of Torture Ranch,” and “One Last Raid For Trent’s Hell-Hawks.”
Ruthless, invulnerable, that Scarred Hand reached out to destroy the entire law machine of New York—blasting into merciless oblivion those juries which dared convict even a single criminal. In that twilight of terror, when empty cells yawned for the felons who never arrived, and helpless Justice hid her bloodied head—no one but Richard Wentworth could combat this invisible Juggernaut which had paralyzed five mighty boroughs. Once more, in the Spider’s weird vestments, Wentworth sets out—this time to annihilate a brain so evil that it is encased in two heads!
A ruthless businessman supposedly perished when a building he owned was torched during a night of violent protests in a black neighborhood of Los Angeles. But investigator Milo March suspects that the fire may have been set to cover a worse crime. The case is solved with the help of a black hipster who has access to some surprising information.
As a CIA agent, Milo March goes undercover as a vending machine expert invited to teach the Russians how to build their own machines. His dual mission is to find a missing American agent and to solve a World War II mystery about a Soviet spy who was supposedly executed by the Japanese but who may be still alive and operating secretly.
Milo March is sitting at the pool of the Far Eastern Hotel, a dry martini in his hand, a lovely British blonde on his left, and a beautiful Chinese girl on his right, both in bikinis. What more could a man require? But the idyllic vacation is rudely interrupted by a call from Intercontinental Insurance in New York. They have a serious case that he, their best investigator, must solve. As usual, many millions of dollars are at stake. A large gang is transporting goods stolen from all over the U.S. into Hong Kong, to be sold to Communist China. Milo doesn’t doubt that organized crime is responsible, but where to begin? Under an assumed identity as a small-time crook, he begins hopping back and forth between Hong Kong, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas, determined to put and end to the whole operation—not only the stealing, but the dealing with an enemy country.
Invaders from the Central Empire held all New England and most of the Eastern Seaboard. The Purple Emperor, bloodthirsty and heartless, was subjecting millions of Americans to an endless reign of terror. Threat of the horrible Green Gas had driven our defenders to the Mississippi. The President had fled to a ramshackle courthouse in Florida. Despair filled every heart. Operator 5, leading a desperate guerilla band within the enemy lines, is America’s only hope. This long novel, dramatized from Jimmy Christopher’s own personal history of the invasion, presents a startling, thrilling picture of the Second War of Independence!
A blood-red mailed fist crashed into the shadowy dens of New York’s underworld, dangling the promise of vast loot for alliance, and a threat of stark horror for betrayal. The answer came swiftly in an orgy of killing and rapine—the Red Hand ruled all crimeland! Richard Wentworth, hastening to set the Spider’s might against the new terror, was trapped in a murder net with Nita van Sloan, branded a policeman’s slayer in the Red Hand’s grip! Only the Spider could hope to win through this criminal army to the devil-brain behind that fist. And the Spider must battle alone, against time—and a foe who coldly put a price on wholesale, ruthless slaughter!
This specially-priced set includes all ten books in Series 9 of The Argosy Library:
- The Python Pit: The Complete Adventures of Singapore Sammy, Volume 2 by George F. Worts
- A Queen of Atlantis: The Saga of Monella, Volume 2 by Frank Aubrey
- Four Corners, Volume 2 by Theodore Roscoe
- The Stuff of Empire: The Complete Adventures of Bellow Bill Williams, Volume 2 by Ralph R. Perry
- Galloping Gold: The Complete Tales of Sheriff Henry, Volume 4 by W.C. Tuttle
- Jades and Afghans: The Complete Adventures of Cordie, Soldier of Fortune, Volume 3 by W. Wirt
- The Ledger of Life: The Complete Cabalistic Cases of Semi Dual, the Occult Detector by J.U. Giesy & Junius B. Smith
- Minions of Mercury by William Gray Beyer
- White Heather Weather by Frederick Faust writing as John Frederick
- The Fire Flower and Other Adventures: The Jackson Gregory Omnibus by Jackson Gregory
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This specially-priced set includes all ten books in Series 8 of The Argosy Library:
- Satan’s Vengeance by Carroll John Daly
- The Viper: The Complete Cases of Madame Storey, Volume 2 by Hulbert Footner
- The Sapphire Smile: The Adventures of Peter the Brazen, Volume 4 by George F. Worts writing as Loring Brent
- The Curse of Capistrano and Other Adventures: The Johnston McCulley Omnibus, Volume 2 by Johnston McCulley
- The Man Who Mastered Time and Other Adventures: The Ray Cummings Omnibus by Ray Cummings
- The Guns of the American: The Adventures of Norcross, Volume 2 by W. Wirt
- Trailin’ by Frederick Faust writing as Max Brand
- War Declared! by Theodore Roscoe
- The Return of the Night Wind by Varick Vanardy
- The Fetish Fighters and Other Adventures: The F.V.W. Mason Foreign Legion Stories Omnibus by F.V.W. Mason
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One of the classic sagas from the pages of Detective Fiction Weekly featuring master criminal The Griffin and his war on America. Written by one of the most colorful authors of pulpdom—J. Allan Dunn—and running for 31 installments, this collects the entire series, uncut, and with all the original images by Joseph A. Farren.
Casebook hardcover edition.
Sailor Singapore Sammy Shay roamed the South Seas, desperate to find the father he neither knew nor loved. For reckless old Bill Shay had absconded with the only copy of a will that left all of his own father’s worldly riches to Sammy alone. Singapore Sammy didn’t know why, and he didn’t care particularly. He just wanted to get his hands on that precious document. He had only two clues to go on: his old man loved pearls and elephants—in that order. When Sammy came into possession of the fabulous Malobar pearl, he realized that he had something to bargain with. If only he could track down the elusive Bill Shay….
The volume collects the next four stories in the saga of Singapore Sammy Shay and Lucky Jones of the schooner, Blue Goose.
Mystery runs rampant in the quiet, upstate New York town of Four Corners… featuring five more Gothic mysteries as only Theodore Roscoe could write. Easily one of Roscoe’s best-written series, Volume 2 collects the second half of this lost masterpiece of the pulps, as they originally appeared in the pages of Argosy magazine.
Finally in book form: the burly pearler—Bellow Bill Williams—was one of the most popular, and colorful, characters who appeared in the early 1930s issues of Argosy. Written by Ralph R. Perry, Bellow Bill was a seemingly-superhuman, tattoo-covered mountain of a sailor who couldn’t keep from stumbling into one adventure after another throughout the South Seas.
Clearly another inspiration for the creation of Doc Savage (whose creator Lester Dent was an avid reader of Argosy during this period), these adventures of Bellow Bill have never before been reprinted. Included here are his next seven stories, originally appearing in 1931–34.
Once voted Adventure magazine’s most popular author, W.C. Tuttle introduced the world to one of his longest-running—and most popular—series characters, Henry Harrison Conroy, in the pages of Argosy. Collected here are the next two novels: “High Heels—and Henry” and “Galloping Gold.”
Jades and Afghans: The Complete Adventures of Cordie, Soldier of Fortune, Volume 3 (The Argosy Library)
The sagas of Jimmie Cordie and his crew of soldiers of fortune were among Argosy Magazine’s most popular series when it was brought to that magazine during its early ’30s renaissance by writer W. Wirt. Quite clearly an inspiration for the creation of Doc Savage, this edition collects his next three adventures which originally appeared in Argosy in 1930–31: “He’s My Meat!,” “Jades and Afghans,” and “Aztec Treasure.”
The Ledger of Life: The Complete Cabalistic Cases of Semi Dual, the Occult Detector (The Argosy Library)
Detectives Glace and Bryce find a blackmail and murder mystery worth taking to the Persian astrologer-sage, Semi Dual. Investigating a city plagued by a blackmail ring by an unknown criminal, Glace and Bryce soon find themselves involved in a murder. When the two detectives are targeted for murder themselves, it’s only Semi Dual—and his mysterious powers of deduction—who can put the solve the case and rescue his friends.
Given an overdose of an untried super-anesthetic, Mark Nevin went into a slumber that lasted for six thousand years. While he slept, there were wars; the civilization Mark knew disappeared; and mankind reverted to savagery. Detroit (AD 7952 Edition) is running around in circles—following the commands of men long dead and threatening chaos to the world. Enter Omega, swooping from the clouds with Mark Nevin flying behind him. A sparkling and fast-moving tale of adventures in the Days to Come….
The influence of an Underworld lord known as The Other Man has crept into the Police Commissioner’s office. This criminal mastermind is forcing the market owners of New York to pay protection to him, and is getting control of all rackets. In desperation, the Police Commissioner appeals to Satan Hall, the cop who believes in killing criminals as they kill others, the one man on the police force that all the Underworld fears. First time in book form. By the creator of the hard-boiled detective story, Carroll John Daly.
Femme fatale Mme. Rozika Storey was one of the most popular series characters in the pages of Argosy during the 1920s–30s. These detective stories are fast-paced adventures which pushed Madame Storey’s masterful deductive skills to the limit. Volume 2 contains the next three stories in the series, accompanied by the original pulp illustrations.
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In 1930, Argosy Magazine brought back several of their most popular series characters, and that list was headlined by Peter the Brazen. The four stories collected in Volume 4 showcases an even more action-oriented series compared to the earlier stories, and are considered by pulp readers as among the best stories to ever appear in Argosy. Written by George F. Worts under his primary pen-name, Peter the Brazen made a marked impression on Argosy reader Lester Dent when he co-created Doc Savage. The saga of Peter the Brazen is amongst the best adventure series in the history of pulp fiction.
The Curse of Capistrano and Other Adventures: The Johnston McCulley Omnibus, Volume 2 (The Argosy Library)
A monster-sized volume containing the first two Zorro novels from the pages of All-Story Weekly by Johnston McCulley. It’s headlined by the premiere Zorro adventure, “The Curse of Capistrano,” along with the rare, second Zorro story, “The Further Adventures of Zorro.” Taken directly from the original pulp texts and including several of the original pulp illustrations.
Captain John Norcross is back for his final two adventures from the pages of Argosy. In “The City of Japheth,” Norcross and his handful of fighting troopers battle Afghan raiders in the lawless mountains of western China. Then in “The Guns of the American,” with Norcross far away, and with two princesses he had entrusted to their care trapped by the hordes of hostile War Lords, his troop of U.S. cavalrymen face cruel odds in western China’s mountains.
Bingham Harvard, former protégé of a banker named Chester, is wrongfully accused of robbing Chester’s bank. Escaping from the police, Harvard must flee to England. While his private detective wife attempts to clear Harvard’s name, how can sudden appearance in New York of the mysterious Night Wind be explained, when Bingham Harvard and the Night Wind are one and the same?
Varick Vanardy was the pseudonym of prolific dime-novel producer Frederick Van Rensselaer Dey, the author of over one thousand Nick Carter stories. His Night Wind novels were written for The Cavalier magazine during the last years of Dey’s amazing writing career, as dime novels gave way to the new pulp magazine field pioneered by Argosy.
He was a hardboiled lone-wolf investigator whose real name was never revealed. And he was a true company man, identified only by the name of the business he worked for, with an “Op” tagged at the end. His stories were tough and violent, and while they sometimes revealed him to be indecorous or not particularly heroic, he laid them all out in a straightforward, first-person style. He was, however, not the Continental Op.
Credited as the author was the mysterious “Jan Dana,” in reality John Lawrence: a former stockbroker and author of another long-running Dime Detective series, the Marquis of Broadway. Volume 1 collects the first six stories in the series.
Includes an all-new introduction by John Wooley.