Thanksgiving Weekend Day 1: The Argosy Library #91-100

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Today we’re releasing 10 titles from The Argosy Library by authors such as Theodore Roscoe, W.C. Tuttle, George F. Worts, Arthur B. Reeve, and Ray Cummings, among others, and featuring characters like Peter the Brazen, Jimmie Cordie, Singapore Sammy, and Craig Kennedy. These are some of the best installment in the series thus far.

Tarantula Tower: The Adventures of Scarlet and Bradshaw, Volume 4

Tarantula Tower: The Adventures of Scarlet and Bradshaw, Volume 4 (The Argosy Library)

Written by Theodore Roscoe; cover by Paul Stahr; illustrated by Rudolph Belarski, Samuel Cahan, M. Lincoln Lee, and V.E. Pyles

Best remembered as the author of Thibaut Corday and his French Foreign Legion yarns, author Theodore Roscoe wrote another, little-known, long-running series: the adventures of curio hunter Peter Scarlet and Bradshaw, the naturalist. While each appeared in solo stories, they also teamed up in several yarns. These tales of treasure in the Orient are action-filled adventure by one of pulpdom’s best.

Volume 4 collects the final five adventures, taken from the pages of Action Stories and Argosy magazines: “Tarantula Tower,” “Octopus,” “Blood of the Beast,” “The Evil Eye,” and “Port of Missing Heads.”

200 pages | $19.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover

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Henry Plays a Hunch: The Complete Tales of Sheriff Henry, Volume 5

Henry Plays a Hunch: The Complete Tales of Sheriff Henry, Volume 5 (The Argosy Library)

Written by W.C. Tuttle; cover by Emmett Watson, illustrations by Samual Cahan

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: “Henry Plays a Hunch” and “Henry Hits the Warpath.”

228 pages | $24.95 softcover | $34.95 hardcover

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King of the Dead: The Saga of Monella, Volume 3

King of the Dead: The Saga of Monella, Volume 3 (The Argosy Library)

Written by Frank Aubrey; cover illustration by Lawrence Sterne Stevens

The sequel to The Devil-Tree of El Dorado and A Queen of Atlantis, King of the Dead is another early science fiction classic by the British author Frank Aubrey. Don Lorenzo and Arnold Neville lead separate expeditions to the South American interior whereupon they encounter the exiled king of the underground world. But can Neville help him reclaim his throne when the arch-priestess, Alloyah, raises an army of the dead? And then there are the ogres of that lost city who kill and eat people during the night…

330 pages | $29.95 softcover | $39.95 hardcover

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Cave of the Blue Scorpion: The Adventures of Peter the Brazen, Volume 5

Cave of the Blue Scorpion: The Adventures of Peter the Brazen, Volume 5 (The Argosy Library)

Written by George F. Worts, writing as Loring Brent; cover by Paul Stahr; illustrated by Samuel Cahan, Douglas Hilliker & John R. Neill

In 1930, Argosy Magazine brought back several of their most popular series characters, and that list was headlined by Peter the Brazen. The three stories collected in Volume 5 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. Included in Volume 5 are the next three stories in the series: “Vampire,” “Chinese for Racket,” and “Cave of the Blue Scorpion.”

244 pages | $24.95 softcover | $34.95 hardcover

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The Monster of the Lagoon: The Complete Adventures of Singapore Sammy, Volume 3

The Monster of the Lagoon: The Complete Adventures of Singapore Sammy, Volume 3 (The Argosy Library)

Written by George F. Worts; cover by Paul Stahr; illustrated by Samuel Cahan

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…. In his youth, George Frank Worts had been a telegraph operator on ships making the China run when he turned his experiences in Asia into some of the most memorable escape fiction ever to appear in the pages of Argosy magazine. The volume collects the next two stories in the saga of Singapore Sammy Shay and Lucky Jones of the schooner, Blue Goose: “The Monster of the Lagoon” and “Shark Bait.”

358 pages | $34.95 softcover | $44.95 hardcover

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The Fourteen Points

The Fourteen Points (The Argosy Library)

Written by Arthur B. Reeve; introduction by Robert H. Davis; cover by Lejaren Hiller

Scientific detective Craig Kennedy had solved plenty of tricky cases in his career, but none were quite like the Fourteen Points: four cases of the Compass: “North,” “South,” “East,” and “West,” the Elements: “Air,” “Water,” “Earth,” and “Fire,” the Senses: “Smell,” “Sight,” “Taste,” “Touch,” “Hearing,” and “The Sixth Sense.” It’s a classic series from the pages of Detective Fiction Weekly. Includes an introduction by Munsey editor Robert H. Davis as well as a biography of the author of the Craig Kennedy series, Arthur B. Reeve.

390 pages | $34.95 softcover | $44.95 hardcover

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War Dragons: The Complete Adventures of Cordie, Soldier of Fortune, Volume 4

War Dragons: The Complete Adventures of Cordie, Soldier of Fortune, Volume 4 (The Argosy Library)

Written by W. Wirt; cover by Paul Stahr; illustrated by John R. Neill & Samuel Cahan

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 four adventures which originally appeared in Argosy in 1932–33: “War Dragons,” “The Devil’s Tattoo,” “A Manchu Robin Hood,” and “The Face in the Rock.”

256 pages | $24.95 softcover | $34.95 hardcover

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Shark Trail: The Complete Adventures of Bellow Bill Williams, Volume 3

Shark Trail: The Complete Adventures of Bellow Bill Williams, Volume 3 (The Argosy Library)

Written by Ralph R. Perry; cover by Paul Stahr; illustrated by Samuel Cahan

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 final eight stories, originally appearing in 1934–36: “The Scar,” “The Jungle Master,” “Blood Payment,” “The Rats of Mahia,” “Fangs of the Fetish,” “The Golden Oyster,” “The Atoll of Flaming Men,” and “Shark Trail.”

336 pages | $29.95 softcover | $39.95 hardcover

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Minions of the Shadow

Minions of the Shadow (The Argosy Library)

Written by William Gray Beyer; cover by Lawrence Sterne Stevens

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. Collecting the final story in the series, Minions of the Shadow, herein Nevin and Omega return to the Twentieth Century with investigate a murder before it even occurs.

138 pages | $19.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover

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Rats of the Harbor: The Complete Cases of Dirk and Baker

Rats of the Harbor: The Complete Cases of Dirk and Baker (The Argosy Library)

Written by Ray Cummings; cover by Virgil Finlay; illustrated by Samuel Cahan

In the far-flung future of 1981, science plays a great part in crime prevention. But Franklin Dirk and Jack Baker of the secret service find that nerves and brains are just as important. Included here are all three stories of Dirk and Baker as they investigate murder, blackmail, and undersea pirates in the commerce of Great New York: “Bandits of the Cylinder,” “The Disappearance of William Roger,” and “Rats of the Harbor.”

156 pages | $19.95 softcover | $29.95 hardcover

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