Ace G-Man #3: Shells for the Suicide Squad

Ace G-Man #3: Shells for the Suicide Squad

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 three stories:

  • Shells for the Suicide Squad“: Steve Klaw, of the F.B.I.’s Suicide Squad, borrowed a traitor’s name, when he went into battle against three world powers—to save Forge River’s priceless military secret for America!
  • Suicide Squad’s Murder Lottery“: Kerrigan and Klaw of the F.B.I.’s ace trio, came to mourn at the grave of their murdered comrade… and stayed to follow a fighting ghost to war—against the Twentieth Century Nero who held a third of the nation in abject slavery!
  • The Suicide Squad and the Murder Bund“: Murdoch, Kerrigan and Klaw, the F.B.I.’s dauntless Suicide Squad, must daily fight with dogged, unbelievable courage—merely to earn the right to live! Could this fabulous team of crime-fighters lock guns in deadly combat with the Skull and Swastika Corps—and still remain a trio?
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The Spider #61: The Spider at Bay

The Spider #61: The Spider at Bay

New York was powerless in the hands of the Black Police and its maddened master—and when men dared oppose this red regime of the Underworld, they were struck down by a frightful plague! Even the Federal government, which had stepped in to hold a New Deal for Manhattan, found itself hopelessly defeated by intimidated ballots at the polls! In this moment of black despair, a single, desperate hope remained. For Richard Wentworth, as the Spider, had come down from his mountain retreat. With him was a gallant legion of honest fighting men who had sworn to take the law into their own hands and fight fire with fire!

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Operator 5 #34: Drums of Destruction

Operator 5 #34: Drums of Destruction

The goose-stepping armies of the Purple Emperor massed in the passes of the Continental Divide, ready to swoop down upon the last defenders of American soil and drive them relentlessly westward into the sea. Grimly the besieged force, without guns or supplies, waited the attack they could not hope to hold off. Then Operator 5 played his last card—a daring dash into the Occupied Territory, where his life was worth a province to the man who could deliver him into the eager hands of a torture-mad emperor!

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Ace G-Man #2: Coffins for the Suicide Squad

Ace G-Man #2: Coffins for the Suicide Squad

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 three stories:

  • “The Suicide Squad Pays Off”:The Black Sheep of the F.B.I. turn a terror-ridden town upside down in a finish-fight with a gang that had decreed death for all G-men!
  • “Coffins for the Suicide Squad”: Boldly, New York’s crime czar flung his challenge before the F.B.I., daring the full might of America’s prize crime-fighting machine to a finish war! And Washington answered with the Suicide Squad—three grinning, fighting Volunteers of Death—to tame a murder empire!
  • “The Suicide Squad—Dead or Alive!”: Storm Troop gangsters took over the Hill City government. Blue-uniformed killers picked up the blood-purge hunt for Kerrigan, Murdoch, and Klaw—the three F.B.I. aces who had to capture a city just to rescue a red-headed girl!
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The Spider #60: The City That Paid to Die

The Spider #60: The City That Paid to Die

Deeper and deeper New York had sunk in the grip of the Underworld monarch—until the law was licked at last! But in that moment of desperation, Richard Wentworth, as the Spider, resolved to fight the underworld with its own savage weapons. With New York’s own police commissioner at his side, the Spider raised a fighting legion of honest men sworn to take the law into their own hands!

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Operator 5 #33: Revolt of the Lost Legions

Operator 5 #33: Revolt of the Lost Legions

The grim banner of the Purple Empire was flaunted over America from coast to coast. Americans labored in chains for the blood-maddened Emperor Rudolph. Defiant patriots found their heads under the guillotine. All hope seemed lost. But one man—Operator 5—clung to the vision and the courage to fight for an America once more free. Facing dismaying perils, he snatched the Purple Emperor’s own weapons to fire the spark of battle in a mighty nation!

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The Spider #59: The Devil's Candlesticks

The Spider #59: The Devil’s Candlesticks

Overnight, a bizarre crime wave had gripped New York, turning America’s First Families into criminals who, for savage lawlessness, outdid the Underworld! Society’s Four Hundred had now become a ghastly, blood-thirsting set of thieves and murderers. Embezzlements and bank frauds had terrorized Manhattan and pauperized a helpless people. In this topsy-turvy world of terror, Richard Wentworth, as the Spider, set out to save a betrayed civilization—from a mystic Hindu crime-czar who had mastered the magic necessary to turn New York’s moneyed class into inhuman monsters!

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Ace G-Man #1: The Suicide Squad Reports for Death

Ace G-Man #1: The Suicide Squad Reports for Death

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 first three stories:

  • “Mr. Zero and the F.B.I. Suicide Squad”: One for all, and all for one—even in death—was the fighting creed of the three wildest, gun-swinging law aces of the F.B.I.!
  • “The Suicide Squad Reports for Death”: In all the Service they were the Law’s toughest, shield-bearing crime fighters—and their job was to come through or die!
  • “The Suicide Squad’s Last Mile”: The F.B.I.’s ace manhunt trio fight their way to hell and back—to end the rule of a crime-czar who had decreed death for all G-men and paid highest cash prices for second-hand corpses!
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The Spider #58: The Emperor from Hell

The Spider #58: The Emperor from Hell

“Your souls are mine—when I speak, you will obey!” From the bowels of the shaking earth itself rose the satanic ultimatum that threatened to send America’s greatest city up in flames! For the hordes of Hades, ruled by a devilish dictator, had turned New York into an Underground Kingdom of Crime, and helpless thousands died, strangling, when Hell’s emperor loosed his slaying devil-dust! Reeking of sulphur and brimstone, it floated over Manhattan, leaving death in its wake. Only one man—Richard Wentworth, as the Spider—could hope to battle this Mephistopheles of Murder—who had blasted a city and whose satanic laughter was the signal that loosed the kill-maddened Legions of Lucifer!

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The Spider #57: Satan's Shackles

The Spider #57: Satan’s Shackles

Never again would the Spider wage battle against crime—this Richard Wentworth had sworn to himself as he found sanctuary in a quiet rural retreat to nurse back to health the woman he loved. Yet, into that peaceful spot swept a whirlwind of horrible butchery like none he had ever seen—New York’s sewers pouring out the Underworld’s rabid hordes to engulf the countryside in a tidal wave of racketeer ruin! Whole towns were given their choice of paying blood money to a legion of maddened looters or being wiped out, and it was then that Richard Wentworth knew the Spider must rise again—to rid America of a criminal menace that struck at the very core of its existence, and overthrow an evil empire that men and women and children might still walk free and unafraid!

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Operator 5 #32: Patriot's Death March

Operator 5 #32: Patriot’s Death March

Can a beaten, subjugated nation fight back—and win? America was doing it! Starting out with a handful of ragged, desperate men, Operator 5 went doggedly about the hopeless task of transporting his precious store of guns and ammunition—across two thousand miles of enemy territory—to our last crumbling defenses in the Far West. Read here of that amazing running battle with death. March with this swelling, triumphant legion of hungry patriots—in the greatest, most stirring epic of military history!

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Threads of Evidence: The Complete Cases of Riordan, Volume 1 (The Argosy Library)

Threads of Evidence: The Complete Cases of Riordan, Volume 1 (The Argosy Library)

Considered one of the most authentic police procedurals from the pulp magazines, author Victor Maxwell relied on his own experience as a crime reporter to chronicle the cases of Sgt. Riordon and Detective Halloran in this long-running series from Detective Fiction Weekly. Never before reprinted, this edition collects the first eight stories in the series. Includes an introduction by Maxwell aficionado Terry Sanford which features several rare Maxwell family photos.

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Masters of Darkness (The Argosy Library)

Masters of Darkness (The Argosy Library)

A beam of darkness had been paid on Fifth Avenue for precisely fifteen minutes, and a forewarned underworld had reaped the harvest. Every source of valuables that could be found had been cleaned put. An amazing and baffling new weapon of the Underworld put New York at Crime’s mercy, and has left the city’s police blindly grasping for answers. Written by noted Science Fiction author Murray Leinster, “The Darkness on Fifth Avenue” and its three sequels are finally collected in book form.

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The House of the Ego: The Complete Cabalistic Cases of Semi Dual, Volume 3 (The Argosy Library)

The House of the Ego: The Complete Cabalistic Cases of Semi Dual, Volume 3 (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.

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Murder’s Masquerade: The Complete Cases of Mike & Trixie, Volume 1 (The Argosy Library)

Murder’s Masquerade: The Complete Cases of Mike & Trixie, Volume 1 (The Argosy Library)

The adventures of detectives Trixie Meehan and Mike Harris of the Blaine Agency are some of the most frequently-anthologized stories from the pulps. Author T.T. Flynn’s stories of the bickering investigators foreshadowed the genre of male/female partner detectives. Included in Volume 1 are the first four stories in the series— “The Deadly Orchid,” “Death Takes Passage,” “Falling Death,” and “Murder’s Masquerade”—along with their original illustrations by Joseph A. Farren.

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The Land of Limping Law: The Complete Cases of Calhoun, Volume 1 (The Argosy Library)

The Land of Limping Law: The Complete Cases of Calhoun, Volume 1 (The Argosy Library)

Stationed in the Sunken Lands of Arkansas, U.S. Ranger Jack Calhoun’s violent, fast-paced detective stories set in the river counties’ swamps were among the most popular stories of readers of Flynn’s Weekly, running for almost 70 stories from the 1920s–30s. Written by prolific author Edward Parrish Ware, this series has never before been reprinted.

Volume 1 collects the first seven stories, along with an introduction by pulp historian Robert Sampson.

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Cocked Dice: The Complete Cases of Daffy Dill, Volume 1 (The Argosy Library)

Cocked Dice: The Complete Cases of Daffy Dill, Volume 1 (The Argosy Library)

Meet Joe “Daffy” Dill: wisecracking reporter for the New York Chronicle. Never one to take chances, Dill made sure to pack a gun as he investigated the criminal underworld. The Dally Dill stories are hard-boiled with a touch of humor, a skill for which the author was known. Written by prolific pulp author, novelist, screenwriter, and director Richard B. Sale, the stories from this long-running series from the pages of Detective Fiction Weekly have rarely been reprinted. This edition collects the first seven stories.

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The Complete Anthony of Arran (Deluxe Edition)

The Complete Anthony of Arran (Deluxe Edition)

The first of Talbot Mundy’s great recurring heroes, Dick Anthony is a headstrong Scotsman who abandons home, hearth and heritage to seek his fortune in a wider world. Sailing east in a sturdy ketch, armed with the ancestral sword of his clan, he braves storms both natural and manmade, landing in cryptic Egypt before moving on to meet his true destiny—no longer Richard Anthony of Arran, but King Dick of Iran!

Before Athelstan King, before Jimgrim, even before Lawrence of Arabia, Talbot Mundy’s fearless fighter swept across the Middle East like no warrior since the era of Alexander the Great!

Collecting the entire series, as it originally appeared in the pages of Adventure magazine, complete and uncut. As a bonus, this edition also includes all of the edited syndicated newspaper versions of the stories. Also includes an all-new introduction by Mundy authority Will Murray.

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The Spider: The Complete Series, Volume 1 (Deluxe Edition)

The Spider: The Complete Series, Volume 1 (Deluxe Edition)

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 first four Spider novels, including bestseller R.T.M. Scott’s seminal stories of millionaire criminologist Richard Wentworth and his suave yet sinister alter ego, followed by Norvell Page’s emotionally powerful continuation of the character.

Go with the Spider as he embarks upon his crime-crushing career, swiftly evolving into one of the most powerful and compelling heroic figures in all pulp fiction. Driven, relentless, and without mercy for criminals, the Spider dares Underworld dens of horror and iniquity no other investigator braved.

With an introduction by modern Spider novelist Will Murray, revealing secrets of the Spider’s creation, and a penetrating exploration of the weird psychology of the tormented crusader known and feared as the Master of Men!

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Rogues in Clover

Rogues in Clover

Home to his father’s farm comes Bill Parmelee, after six years of precarious life at the gaming tables. The high note struck in the initial situation carries over into the pages following, wherein Bill Parmelee’s love of gambling comes to grips with the honest sportsmanship of his father and the influence of wholesome country life. An exciting poker game in which the father is pitted against son, the stakes being the son’s right to stay on in his home at the farm, brings Bill to the turning point in his career. Bill’s further adventures with card sharps, phony roulette operators, and other cheats go to make a colorful and diverting story.

Listed in Queen’s Quorum: A History of the Detective Crime Short Story as one of the ten best Detective novels of the 1920s, this edition includes two additional stories of Bill Parmelee not in the original hardcover. This new edition features an all new introduction by Evan Lewis.

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The Masked Rider Archives, Volume 3

The Masked Rider Archives, Volume 3

Collected for the first time: the original Masked Rider series! Originally published by Ranger Publications, Altus Press has committed to collecting all the rare and illusive Masked Rider yarns from these early years prior to its acquisition by Standard Publications. Each volume will include articles and information about the series and its publisher, Ranger Publications, one of the earliest companies run by Timely and Marvel Comics founder Martin Goodman.

Volume 3 contains the next three stories, uncut, in order, and accompanied by the original illustrations: “Outlaws of the Moccasins” and “Brand of the Quanahy Clan” by George A. Starbird, and “The Devil’s Henchmen” by William H. Stueber & Lincoln Hoffman. Includes an all-new introduction by James Reasoner.

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Damnation on Halfaday Creek

Damnation on Halfaday Creek

Black John Smith, Old Cush, and the rest of the outlaws of Halfaday Creek return in seven more adventures, taken from their original magazine texts, and including all of the original interior illustrations. These original versions have never before been reprinted.

Continuing the complete reprinting of one of the longest-running series in all of pulp fiction.

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John Solomon, Argonaut and The Shawl of Solomon: The Adventures of John Solomon, Volume 7 (The H. Bedford-Jones Library)

John Solomon, Argonaut and The Shawl of Solomon: The Adventures of John Solomon, Volume 7 (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: “John Solomon, Argonaut” and “The Shawl of Solomon.” 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.

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Ki-Gor: The Complete Series Volume 4

Ki-Gor: The Complete Series, Volume 4

For the first time, the Ki-Gor series from the pages of Jungle Stories is collected, complete, uncut and in order! Volume 4 includes the next four stories: “The Devil’s Death Trap,” “Voodoo Slaves for the Devil’s Daughter,” “Eyrie of the Golden Goddess,” and “Caravan of Terror.” Includes an all-new introduction by Howard Andrew Jones.

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The Complete Cases of Bookie Barnes (The Dime Detective Library)

The Complete Cases of Bookie Barnes (The Dime Detective Library)

A truck driver employed by Murdock Motor Freight, Bookie Barnes is a tough working class hero. Though not a detective per se, he is a rough customer described as “tall, heavy-chested, with a build you see only in physical culture ads, and, though barely twenty-six, he’d been on the trucks for three years.” He is emblematic of the type of crime fighters found in pulp fiction in that he represents the typical readership of pulp fiction: an average working-class audience.

Written by one of the greats of the detective pulps, Robert Reeves—who was tragically killed in World War II—this book collects all of his Bookie Barnes stories: “Murder in High Gear,” “Over a Barrel,” and “Murder Without Death,” as well as his lone, non-series character story, “Dance Macabre.”

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The Complete Cases of Cash Wale, Volume 1 (The Dime Detective Library)

The Complete Cases of Cash Wale, Volume 1 (The Dime Detective Library)

Written by Peter Paige, one of Black Mask editor Fanny Ellsworth’s finds after succeeding Joseph Shaw’s tenure in that same role, Paige introduced the tough-as-nails detective Cash Wale and partner Sailor Duffy: a series worthy of the esteemed lineage of Black Mask magazine. Quickly plucked by Black Mask’s rival, Dime Detective, the cases of Cash Wale were a mainstay of that magazine for the next decade. Never before in book form, this edition collects his first five cases: “Voodoo Frame,” “The Corpse Promoter,” “Lotta Had a Husband,” “Wanted: Dead and Alive!,” and “The Bullet From Nowhere.” And it includes an all-new introduction by popular fiction authority John Wooley.

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The Complete Cases of Inspector Allhoff, Volume 3 (The Dime Detective Library)

The Complete Cases of Inspector Allhoff, Volume 3 (The Dime Detective Library)

Brilliant, decisive, and hard-charging, Deputy Inspector Allhoff was the NYPD’s ace detective until bullets from a mobster’s machine gun robbed him of his legs, his career, and—in the opinion of an associate—his sanity. Yet Allhoff was too good a man to be put out to pasture, so New York’s police commissioner found a way to keep him employed and refer to him such cases as the department couldn’t or wouldn’t handle. Confined to a wheelchair and operating from a seedy tenement flat, Allhoff is assisted by two cops: Battersly, the rookie patrolman whose brief moment of cowardice cost the inspector his legs, and Simmons, the bitter career cop who detests Allhoff but sticks with the embittered cripple to protect his own pension. Created by D.L. Champion, Inspector Allhoff denied most conventions of detective-pulp fiction. He could never be confused for one of Raymond Chandler’s knights errant, trudging down those mean streets. Allhoff was no Rover Boy in trench coat and fedora. He was, in fact, a sadist and a psychopath.

With 30 entries published between 1938 and 1946, the Allhoff series was among the most popular and long-lived to appear in Dime Detective, the prestigious crime pulp second only to the legendary Black Mask in its impact on the genre. Volume 3 collects the next seven stories: “You’re the Crime in My Coffee,” “Thanks for the Ration Card!,” “The Profitable Corpse,” “The Diplomatic Corpse,” “Aaron Had a Rod,” “The Day Nobody Died,” and “Go Home and Die!”

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The Complete Cases of Corpus Delicti Mort, Volume 1 (The Dime Detective Library)

The Complete Cases of Corpus Delicti Mort, Volume 1 (The Dime Detective Library)

Defense attorney Clarence Darrow Mort, an unkempt habitué of seedy bars, was known familiarly, if not affectionately, as “Corpus Delicti” Mort. A mainstay of the page of mid-1940s issues of Dime Detective magazine, Mort was yet another of the quirky characters which editor Ken White avidly placed in his hard-boiled pulp magazine. This collection contains the first half of the C.D. Mort stores, all by Julius Long: “C.D. for Corpus Delicti,” “No Minimum for Murder,” “Loaded for Murder,” “Corpus Delicti de Luxe,” “Mostly for Murder,” and “Murder Under Foot.”

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The Complete Cases of the Jones Brothers (The Dime Detective Library)

The Complete Cases of the Jones Brothers (The Dime Detective Library)

They were meek and mild looking little men, those brothers Jones. The last two in the world you’d expect to find mixed up with murder. But tracking down killers was their specialty—and a simple job like doubling for a corpse on a coffin-ride was just another night’s work for Horatio & Leander Jones.

Written by Maxwell Hawkins, the Jones Brothers series was a transitional one for Dime Detective magazine’s editorial focus, from weird menace & mysteries to the more traditional gumshoe detective story pioneered by rival magazine, Black Mask. This collection contains all six stories in the series: “Alias the Corpse,” “The Devil’s Dozen,” “Death from Down Under,” “Duchess of Death,” “Fool’s Jewels,” and “Fair and Murder.”

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The Complete Cases of Steve Midnight, Volume 2 (The Dime Detective Library)

The Complete Cases of Steve Midnight, Volume 2 (The Dime Detective Library)

Down and out former playboy Steven Middleton Knight’s fortune was destroyed by the Depression. Now a cabbie for the Red Owl Cab Company, he never fails to take on another mystery with each new fare. Created by John K. Butler, this fast-paced, Los Angeles-based hard-boiled series was published between 1940 and 1942 in the pages of Dime Detective, the prestigious crime pulp second only to the legendary Black Mask in its impact on the genre.

Volume 2 collects the final five stories: “The Killer was a Gentleman,” “Dead Man’s Alibi,” “The Hearse from Red Owl,” “Death and Taxis,” and “The Corpse That Couldn’t Keep Cool.”

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