“Der Rote Finger!” the foreign spy gasped as he came face to face with America’s top agent. Ford Duane, a mild mannered bookstore owner is, in truth, the dreaded Red Finger, top agent of P.A.T., hunter and destroyer of foreign spies. Carrying only a strange gas gun, foreign agents end up dead after they meet this nemesis. His black gloves have one oddity, the trigger finger is painted blood red, giving him the name foreign spies have come to recognize and fear—The Red Finger!
For the first time, all 13 Red Finger stories by Arthur Leo Zagat from the back pages of Operator #5 are collected in one edition, along with the recently-discovered, unpublished finale, “Red Finger and the Murder Trio,” puts closure on this classic series.
Transformed by an Underworld sadist into a city of man-made, outlaw cripples, New York faces the gravest criminal threat of all time. Can the Spider, already robbed of his most loyal assistant, successfully meet this new menace?
Against the Mongol hordes on land, and the Purple Fleet, loosing its annihilating bombardment from the sea—New York had fought through the bitter, exhausting siege. Victory, at last, was within the grasp of Operator 5 and his fighting American patriots. Then, from out of the Emperor’s devil cauldron, rose the scourge of the Black Plague!
Solomon’s Son and John Solomon: The Adventures of John Solomon, Volume 9 (The H. Bedford-Jones Library)
John Solomon, the mysterious ship’s chandler and secret agent, returns in two more rare adventures from early in prolific pulp author H. Bedford-Jones’ career: “Pilgrim Solomon” and “John Solomon, Retired.” Continue the story of John Solomon with this next book in the series, complete & uncut from the pages of People’s Magazine. Includes the original illustrations.
Best known as the author of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? author Charles F. Myers began his writing career in the pages of the science fiction pulp magazine, Fantastic Adventures, wherein he introduced readers to the adventures of Marc Pillsworth and his imaginary girlfriend, the beautiful Toffee. For the first time, the complete series has been collected, remastered from the original magazine appearances in Fantastic Adventures, Imaginative Tales, and Imagination Stories of Science and Fantasy, along with all of the original illustrations by Rod Ruth, William Brady, Harold McCauley, Enoch Sharp, William A. Grey, Virgil Finlay, Robert Gibson Jones, and Joe W. Tillotson.
Tales of the Northwest may have been Frederick Nebel’s forte, but sadly these ultra-rare magazines don’t turn up often and as a result, few readers have been able to enjoy these classics. This series—of which most of the stories have never before been reprinted—brings these stories to modern readers, complete, uncut, and in order. Volume 2 contains Nebel’s next 7 stories of this genre, taken from North*West Stories. With an introduction by Rob Preston.
THE RISE OF THE SPIDER! In the Fall of 1933, upstart Popular Publications released their challenge to Street & Smith top-selling crime fighter, The Shadow. The Spider walked darker streets and battled more vicious criminals than The Shadow ever imagined. His hard-boiled exploits ran from the Great Depression into World War II, and thrilled ten-year-old Stan Lee, future creator of Spider-Man.
This unique volume collects the next five Spider novels, wherein author Norvell Page began a long period of consistently action-packed, emotionally powerful stories of millionaire criminologist Richard Wentworth and his suave yet sinister alter ego, the Spider. Driven, relentless, and without mercy for criminals, the Spider dares Underworld dens of horror and iniquity no other investigator braved. With a new introduction by modern Spider novelist Will Murray, revealing even more secrets of the Spider’s cre
No pulp adventurer ever went through as dramatic a transformation as Peter Moore, famous throughout the Orient as Peter the Brazen.
Commencing with his first skirmishes against Asian warlords and criminal despots, the two-fisted shipboard radio operator nicknamed the Man of Bronze progresses in power as he becomes a troubleshooter par excellence who tackles such exotic foes as the Gray Dragon, Ung the Unspeakable and K’ang of the Green Circle.
But when he goes up against the fiendish Mr. Lu, the Man in the Jade Mask otherwise known as the Blue Scorpion, Peter knows he cannot win unless he transforms himself through arduous physical and mental training, which he does, becoming a true superman and earning a new nom de guerre—the Man of Chromium!
This two-volume set collects every Peter Moore short story and serial, including The Sapphire Death, considered to be one of the greatest sagas ever published in the pages of Argosy magazine. Author George F. Worts, writing as Loring Brent, was one of the chief stylistic influences on Lester Dent when he was writing his legendary Man of Bronze, Doc Savage.
Meet Mr. Strang: In his skull is embedded a bullet. Through the underworld glide his lieutenants—men and girls willing to be tortured to death to aid him. He cares nothing for power, nothing for safety. He works for one thing—to crush the evils of parole, and to smash the mysterious, sinister figure who uses the parole system to take desperate criminals from jail, to rob and murder helpless citizens! Collecting the first half of this archetypal pulp superhero series.
The Argosy Library #122
Prolific pulp fiction author Donald Barr Chidsey’s long-running series about hard-boiled Miami cop Sgt. Wentworth L. McGarvey and his sidekick, Detective Morton, was one of the most popular series to see print in Detective Fiction Weekly magazine in the late 1930s, running over 30 installments. Never before in book form, the Morton & McGarvey series is finally collected in order, along with the original pulp magazine illustrations. Volume 1 contains the first five stories from when the series was originally running in Dime Detective magazine.
The Argosy Library #123
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: “Thirty Days For Henry” and “Buckshot for Henry.”
The Argosy Library #124
One of pulpdom’s most important science fiction authors—Ray Cummings—penned a long-running series of short stories and novels featuring the so-called Scientific Club: a group of New York-based socialites of revolving membership who either recounted tales of fantastic science… or were directly involved in them. This edition collects the first five hard-to-find Scientific Club short stories, complete and uncut.
The Argosy Library #125
In 1930, Argosy Magazine brought back several of their most popular series characters, and that list was headlined by Peter the Brazen. The two stories collected in Volume 6 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. Included in Volume 6 are the next two stories in the series: “Sting of the Blue Scorpion” and “The Master Magician.”
The Argosy Library #127
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 1933–34: “Ammunition Up!,” “The White War Lords,” and “The Mad Monks.”
The Argosy Library #128
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 3 contains the next two stories in the series: “The Steerers” and “The Under Dogs,” along with the original pulp illustrations. Also including an introduction by pulp historian Robert Sampson.
The Argosy Library #129
One of the most popular private detective series from the pages of Flynn’s Detective Fiction is finally collected in book form. Author Edward Parrish Ware’s stories of former-cowboy-turned detective Tug Norton ran for nearly 50 short stories and novelettes which recounted the cases of the Kaw Valley Detective Bureau of Kansas City, and are frequently considered some of the best hard-boiled detective stories so see print in Flynn’s. Volume 1 contains the first six stories, along with all of the original illustrations.
The Argosy Library #130
One of Black Mask editor Joe Shaw’s “Black Mask Boys,” author Roger Torrey haunted the pages of that venerable magazine for a half decade. Considered by his peers as amongst the top tier of Black Mask writers alongside Raymond Chandler, Torrey was on top of his game in the mid-1930s. As fellow Black Mask scribe Steve Fisher remarked, [Torrey was] “probably one of the finest writers Black Mask ever had.” However, Torrey made a brief foray to Black Mask’s chief rival, Dime Detective, to pen the tales of Los Angeles private eye Johnny Cass, written in Torrey’s classic gritty, hard-bitten style. Only running five stories, this edition collects the entire series, along with the one other story Torrey wrote for Dime Detective in this same period, “Curtains for Five.” Rounded out by an authoritative introduction by pulp historian Will Murray, The Complete Cases of Johnny Cass is the most important hard-boiled detective story to see print in years.
Cleveland private detective Jim Bennett appeared in over 20 stories in the pages of Dime Detective and other Popular Publications pulps of the late 1940s and early 50s. Noted as one of the few pulp P.I.s to actually be in a relationship, these stories are some of the most refined detective stories of the post-war era, as the influence of the noir movies of the era greatly influenced their plots and styling. The Complete Cases of Jim Bennett, Volume 1 contains the first four stories, along with all of the original pulp illustrations.
A millionaire playboy with a yen for excitement, young Ken McNally disguises himself as the gray-haired, gold-toothed, jaundiced-looking proprietor of a seedy tattoo parlor in the “tenderloin” district of St. Louis. His unusual occupation frequently brings him into contact with underworld denizens who, willingly or accidentally, embroil him in criminal activities.
Written by William E. Barrett, Needle Mike found himself embroiled in nearly 20 hard-boiled mysteries originally published between 1935 and 1938 in the pages of Dime Detective, the prestigious crime pulp second only to the legendary Black Mask in its impact on the genre. The Complete Cases of Needle Mike, Volume 2 contains the next four stories: “The Tattooed Chain,” “The Tattooed Cop,” “The Tattooed Circle,” and “The Tattooed Chinaman.”
Brilliant psychiatrist Doctor Carter Cole often investigates crimes that seem to be supernatural in nature. Using his medical training to discern the mental states of suspects he interrogates, making deductions based on the quirks manifest in their behavior, and is aided in his cases by identical-twin nurses. Written by Frederick C. Davis, this edition collects the first half of the series: “The Case of the Crimson Claws,” “The Case of the Skinned Men,” “The Case of the Crazy Witness,” “The Case of the Silent Giantess,” and “The Case of the Queen’s Headsman.”
Back in print! Enjoy the adventures of Max Latin, the detective who doesn’t want to be a detective! Author Norbert Davis mixed the classic hard-boiled style with humor, making Max Latin unique in pulp fiction. Appearing for only five stories in Dime Detective, this new edition restores all the original John Fleming Gould illustrations and includes an authoritative introduction by Bob Byrne.
Author Richard Dermody’s stories of traveling conman Doc Pierce appeared frequently during the 1940s in the pages of Dime Detective magazine. Pierce, a scheming grifter, appeared in over twenty stories, and they are a hidden gem in this period of Dime Detective. The Complete Cases of Doc Pierce, Volume 1 contains the first half of the series: “Hello, Sucker!,” “The Doctor’s Bag,” “The Doctor Operates,” “The Doctor’s Ditch,” “The Doctor’s Fee,” “Painless Operation,” “The Doctor’s Treatment,” “The Doctor Deals,” “The Doctor’s Test,” “The Doctor’s Switch,” and “The Doctor’s Plant.”
Detective Frank Hall wasn’t so much a cop: more of a killer on the police force. His brutal style and devil-like visage gave him the nickname Satan Hall as he worked to corruption, gangsters, and killers… one of the most unique series characters from the detective pulps of the 1930s.
This volume collects the first six short stories, including the previously-undocumented premiere story, “Black Turns White.” Written by the creator of the hard-boiled detective story, Carroll John Daly, and including the original illustrations from the original pulp magazines.
The Argosy Library #111
Frozen to death in a scalding hot steam bath! That was the baffling fate that overtook Simon Corlaes, wealthy—and hated—chemical wizard. Jigger Masters, detective hired by Corlaes to protect him after receiving dearth threats, was unable to prevent the murder, but now it was his duty to track down the slayer. Discovering that liquid air of a searing, frigid temperature had been fed into Corlaes’ shower from an adjoining laboratory, Jigger Masters must locate the culprit as additional murders of Corlaes’ acquaintances stack up.
The Argosy Library #112
Police reporter Katie Blayne—aka the Duchess—was clearly cut from the same cloth as fellow hard-boiled female newspaper scribe Torchy Blane. These seven stories, mostly taken from the pages of Detective Fiction Weekly, are narrated by the Duchess’ reporter rival Pinky Kane, who one days hopes that Katie Blayne will accept his frequent marriage proposals.
Written by screenwriter Whitman Chambers, the Duchess is one of the best female lead detective series to see print in the pulp magazines of the 1930s.
The Argosy Library #115
Eugene Thomas’s stories of reformed master criminal Vivian Legrand—aka “The Lady From Hell”—were amongst the most popular stories to see print in Detective Fiction Weekly during the 1930s. A former blackmailer, the red-haired Legrand’s escapades pitted her against both the British Secret Service, and the criminal Underworld. Appearing in over twenty stories in Detective Fiction Weekly, this collection includes the first ten stories of The Lady From Hell, along with all of the original illustrations.
The Argosy Library #117
Panama—the fairest sight ever to greet the eyes of plundering pirate—lay waiting for Captain Morgan and his men.
Louis d’Or, famous pirate of the Spanish Main, encounters in sea battle a small craft commanded by Ivor Kildare, a young daring pirate who is also known as Tranquillo II. Captured by d’Or, in order to barter for his life, Kildare translates for d’Or a cipher cut in wood which tells of hidden treasure at in Panama. But the quest for the treasure will soon put them in the crosshairs of the notorious buccaneer, Captain Henry Morgan.
Never before reprinted, The Dew of Heaven is a fantastic historical adventure by the king of the Western pulps, Max Brand.
The Argosy Library #118
The Festival of the Dead: The Complete Chinatown Cases of Jimmy Wentworth, Volume 1 (The Argosy Library)
Chinatown crime: born in China, Sgt. Jimmy Wentworth, a police detective on the San Francisco Chinatown squad, battled the Chinese Tongs—and some supernatural foes as well. Volume 1 chronicles the beginning of the series, along with Wentworth’s battles against Kong Gai, supreme leader of the tong. Running for 30 installments, this is one of the most-requested series to be included in The Argosy Library of pulp fiction.
The Argosy Library #119
Framed for murder and hunted by the law after being framed for the death of his foster father, Richard Pemberton must change his identity with plastic surgery and become “Paul Standing” in order to find and kill the gangsters who murdered his surrogate father.
Never before in book form, Beyond the Law is one of the best novels author J. Allan Dunn penned for Argosy magazine.
The Argosy Library #120
Klaw, Murdoch, and Kerrigan—AKA the Suicide Squad—are the best the F.B.I. has to offer. Through nearly two dozen adventures, they battled spies, saboteurs, and even super-villains! This collection includes their next four stories:
- “The Masked Marksman’s Command Performance”: What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable body? The answer, we’ll bet, would be something like the meeting between Ed Race, the Masked Marksman—and the Suicide Squad!
- “The Suicide Squad’s Dawn Patrol”: The Japs were planning a barbarous air raid on America—that much was known to Kerrigan, Murdoch and Klaw, the F.B.I.’s indomitable Suicide Squad. When, where and How this hellish blitzkrieg was to come, they were grimly determined to find out, even if that meant permitting the lovely, evil Madam Setti to lure them to the reincarnated Japanese Diva-King—who could command men to destroy themselves!
- “The Suicide Squad Meets the Rising Sun”: We are all engaged in the defense of our great nation. But, in one of the most amazing chapters of this war, it became the grim task of Kerrigan, Murdoch and Klaw, three lone champions of democracy, to find and destroy a Japanese Army of nine thousand brutal fanatics—who were hidden here in the United States!
- “So Sorry, Mr. Hirohito!”: Kerrigan, Murdoch and Klaw, the famed Suicide Squad, had always fought side to side, welcoming any odds. But on that nightmare night in Valparaiso, Johnny Kerrigan stood alone against the Jap horde, while Steve Klaw went to wrest the great ship-building works from the Axis—with a thirteen-year-old girl as his only ally!