The Spider #57: Satan's Shackles
The Spider #57: Satan's Shackles
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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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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!

By Wayne Rogers, writing as Grant Stockbridge

Dimensions

5.25" x 8"

Pages

164

Publication Date

January 7, 2022

Author

Grant Stockbridge,

John Fleming Gould,

John Newton Howitt,

Wayne Rogers

Publisher

Popular Publications

Series

Popular Heroes

The Spider

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Editorial Review

“Satan’s Shackles” is the 57th Spider novel and was originally published in June 1938. . Girasol reprinted it in its #5 double, but used the cover of the other novel, “Builders of the Black Empire.” Girasol also has its replica which, of course, uses the original cover. It is written by Wayne Rogers, his second consecutive published novel.

Richard Wentworth and his entourage have retreated to Harper’s Falls, probably somewhere in upstate NY. Nita is mostly recovered from injuries, and with Kirkpatrick out of the country, his substitute is seeking to jail Wentworth for murder.

The crime is the looting and murdering in smaller town and then forcing them to pay extortion money so that it would not happen again…too bad they chose one where the Spider is resting. Even as the heat on Wentworth grows, the crime wave catches up with him in Harper’s Falls. The Spider once again arises to fight and kill gang members.

The Spider’s guise of Blinky McQuade is instrumental in allowing him to infiltrate the criminals. With that assist, the Spider’s threat becomes increasingly to the mob attacking Harper’s Falls such that soon a steady stream of cars with New York City license plates are seen coming into town.

So the Spider is greatly outnumbered, but that has never stopped him in the past, and it does not stop him in this episode. He takes out the bad guys, using a World War I tank, no kidding.

Then, he utters the most-interesting words of the novel, “The course is south, Jackson, back to the peace and quiet of New York.”

“Satan’s Shackles” was not a bad novel, but it is also not up to standard for a Spider novel. Nothing much really happens in this one except for a lot of shooting and killing. Where is the resurrected Apollo the dog when we need him?

—Dennis Burdette