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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Triple Detective


$13.46 each, from ALTUS PRESS Contains both new and original pulp hero characters.

TRIPLE DETECTIVE #1 With the release of the new series, three important stories are included in the first issue for the pulp fan. Norman Daniels' "The Happiest Hour Murders" was written as a Phantom Detective entry in 1934, but rejected, and published later with all reference to the Phantom deleted removed from the story. When the Black Bat folded in 1953, Stewart Sterling's "The Lady of Death" was left unpublished, and appeared later, with all traces of the Black Bat removed. These two stories have been restored to their original characters and published here for the first time. The Secret Agent "X" story, "The Stolen Formula" was originally written and published in Greece in 1950, and this is its first American publication in English. TRIPLE DETECTIVE is being published in the pulp format of old, and for the pulp collector, and fan of the character pulps, this will quickly become a collector's item in itself. Basically, these are three "lost" stories from the heyday of the character pulps.

TRIPLE DETECTIVE #2 Back for another issue, this time featuring the following stories. DOCTOR DEATH RETURNS by Steve Mitchell: Twenty years before, a sinister madman held the world at bay, using the twin powers of science and sorcery to unleash a crimson tide of murder and destruction that swept across America and Asia. Then he disappeared-leaving no clue as to his final fate. MURDER MUSEUM (featuring The Phantom Detective) by K.G. McAbee: The Phantom Detective, that nemesis of all evildoers in New York City, takes on the uncanny powers of the sinister Dr. Darkness! And CRIME'S LAST STAND (starring The Masked Avenger) by Tom Johnson: Will evil win out? Can even The Great Masked Avenger survive the final battle with the city's underworld when crime makes its last stand!

TRIPLE DETECTIVE #3 Back again for another issue! Thrill to the all-new adventures of The Black Bat, The Phantom Detective and The Masked Avenger! Written by G. Wayman Jones, Robert Wallace, and Tom Johnson.

TRIPLE DETECTIVE #4 The largest issue from the relaunched Triple Detective! This time enjoy these stories: THE GIBBERING GAS OF MADNESS by Capt. Kerry McRoberts. When Scientist working on military weapons mysteriously go mad, The U.S. Government fears a foreign power at the source of the evil and G-2 calls in their top secret agent, The Eagle. But this time his foe may be the greatest spy in the world - And the most beautiful. Will Jeff Shannon also fall victim to her womanly charms? CITY OF PHANTOMS by Robert Wallace. When an old case resurfaces, The World's Greatest Detective is pulled back into a new battle with a deadly enemy, while ex-Fighting District Attorney Tony Quinn's lovely secretary, Carol Baldwin is kidnapped by a vicious mob, hoping to force the prosecution to drop it's case against their Boss. Two champions of Justice meet in a race against time! PLAGUE OF DEATH by Tom Johnson. A German scientist has brought a virus to America to aid in the Brown Shirts taking control of the United States for Hitler. To test the virus, the scientist releases it on a Chicago orphanage, killing all but one child. The Masked Avenger puts the child, a young Korean boy, under his protection, while a Chicago policeman and young Korean woman also watch over him. But when the boy is kidnapped, the trail leads the Masked Avenger to New York, where he must uncover the German scientist and stop the virus from killing everyone in the great city. A wild ride, as the German mob and Brown Shirts combine to bring America to its knees while Hitler concentrates his army on Europe! Can one man, even such as the Masked Avenger, succeed when America looks to be doomed? An additional surprise is in store for the readers with THE LEGEND by Tom Johnson. In this short story, The Legend returns to bring justice to an old hoodlum! This giant issue also contains a Phantom Detective comic not reprinted in THE PHANTOM DETECTIVE COMPANION.

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