The Spider #52: Legions of the Accursed Light
Like an eerie devil-dawn, that green death-ray spread its lethal shadow over New York—burning to smoking crisps the helpless hundreds who dared its path. For the Eye of Flame had loosed his fire-fiends upon America’s proudest city, and, as prisons poured forth their criminals, and the underworld came into its terrible own, no man could hope to combat that ray of death. Single-handed, Richard Wentworth, in the Spider’s gruesome garb, dared the Flame—fighting for an entire people’s safety against a monster who had learned to make millions out of human misery and the charred cinders that had once been men!
Milo March #22: Death to the Brides
Colonel Milo March penetrates into North Vietnam to rescue an American who disappeared in the highlands while on a mission of peace. Crossing the jungle on foot with the guidance of the possibly treacherous Madame Lê, a beautiful officer of the Viet Cong, and confronting obstacles with the help of a small military dog, Milo prevails in the end through crazy risk-taking inspired by an old tradition—to stay alive for one more day.
Milo March #23: The Twisted Trap: Six Milo March Stories
For the first time in book form—six vintage pulp adventures from the pages of Bluebook and Popular Detective magazines, featuring Milo March, the shrewd insurance investigator and brazen secret agent created by M.E. Chaber. First published in the early 1950s and ’60s, the stories are packed with fast action and surprising turns of events as Milo grapples with jewel thieves, a bizarre insurance fraud scheme, and the capture of an American U-2 pilot in the midst of the Cold War.
The Spider #51: Satan’s Switchboard
Stillness like that of the cold tombs had descended upon America’s greatest city, and in that cheerless, ringing void, no man dared raise his voice above a whisper. For the Silencer was at work, his giant ear strained to catch the innermost secrets of every citizen, turning upon them a blackmail scourge such as the world had never seen, as he drove those helpless multitudes to wholesale suicide! Never before had Richard Wentworth been called upon to battle a crime-emperor so powerful. As he donned the Spider’s eerie armor, to take up the Silencer’s trail of faceless corpses—it meant war to the death with a monster whose reign extended clear into the sky, itself, and whose victims died whispering, in hell!
Operator 5 #29: America’s Plague Battalions
It was inconceivable that America should ever bow beneath the heel of the invading tyrant, the self-styled Emperor Rudolph I—yet two-thirds of the nation had been seized and laid waste. A courageous but deluded people had muttered, “It can’t happen here!”—even when the purple hordes had swept over Europe and Asia. Now these people were retreating before the bloody battalions of the conqueror. And finally, when even the women of the nation had hurled themselves against the enemy in a last desperate effort to stay his irresistible progress, America staggered under the most paralyzing blow of all—the devastating barrage of the cholera bombs… What could one man—even though he be the veteran Jimmy Christopher, Operator 5—do against such odds?
Milo March #21: Born to Be Hanged
Milo March treads on dangerous ground as he investigates an old, abandoned gold mine in one of Nevada’s historic boomtowns. In the short time since it reopened, the mine has produced a massive amount of gold. But suddenly the vein dries up—and with it the hopes of the insurance company, which had issued an unusually large policy against the mine’s running out of gold. The riddle is: How do you get gold out of a mine that has no gold in it? The answer must be that you bring gold into the mine, then take it out again. But that raises another question: Where did all that gold come from? With the Syndicate in the picture, things take a deadly turn several times before Milo closes the case, as usual in his own independent way.
Milo March #20: The Bonded Dead
Two naive young women, both bonded employees at a New York brokerage firm, leave work one day with $1.5 million in bonds and securities stuffed into their bags. The only way to cash in the securities is by selling them to someone in the Syndicate. And it’s just a matter of time before that someone will start to worry about the fact that the girls could testify against him. After one of the girls is found murdered and dumped in the Everglades, insurance investigator Milo March is sent to track down the remaining witness and recover the stolen goods from the Miami underworld.
Milo March #19: Green Grow the Graves
After the shooting death of a Congressman, the FBI and police are unable to locate the prime suspect—a loser with an unforgettable face. Intercontinental Insurance sends their best man, Milo March, to capture the assassin as a public service. The chase sends Milo from Cleveland to the West Coast (where he questions a shady plastic surgeon), to Lisbon, Hong Kong, and Cape Town, and to a final confrontation in the City of Love.
Operator 5 #28: The Bloody Forty-five Days
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.
The Spider #50: Master of the Flaming Horde
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 Western Raider #6: Silver Trent Rides Alone
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.”
The Spider #49: The City That Dared Not Eat
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!
The Spider #48: Machine Guns Over the White House
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!
Operator 5 #27: Patriots’ Death Battalion
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 Western Raider #5: The Gun-Prayer of Silver Trent
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.”
The Spider #47: Slaves of the Black Monarch
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!
Milo March #18: The Flaming Man
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.
Milo March #17: Wild Midnight Falls
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 #16: A Man in the Middle
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.
Operator 5 #26: Death’s Ragged Army
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!
The Spider #46: The Man Who Ruled in Hell
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!
The Argosy Library: Series 9 (Ten Book Set)
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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The Argosy Library: Series 8 (Ten Book Set)
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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The Complete Crimes of the Griffin (Deluxe Edition)
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.
The Python Pit: The Complete Adventures of Singapore Sammy, Volume 2 (The Argosy Library)
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.
Four Corners, Volume 2 (The Argosy Library)
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.
The Stuff of Empire: The Complete Adventures of Bellow Bill Williams, Volume 2 (The Argosy Library)
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.
Galloping Gold: The Complete Tales of Sheriff Henry, Volume 4 (The Argosy Library)
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.