In the years between the Great Depression and World War II, the all-fiction pulp magazines were flourishing on newsstands across the United States. Within their pages had been born many of the icons of popular culture that shaped the entertainment pleasures for generations to come, with names like as Tarzan, Zorro, and The Shadow.
One of the most prominent and popular was Doc Savage, the Man of Bronze, a physical superman with the mind of a genius. When sequestered in his hidden laboratory Doc Savage invented devices, potions and serums to cure needs around the globe. But with his crew of assistants, utilizing an array of gadgets of his own invention, he was a world adventurer battling an assortment of super villains.
Doc Savage, following The Shadow, were the earliest one-character magazines, shaping and defining a genre that came to be known as “the hero pulps.” Each had a host of imitators with names like The Black Bat, The Green Ghost, The Crimson Clown, or Don Diavolo.
This collection assembled four such pulp heroes that made an attempt to rival Doc Savage: Secret Agent X, Captain Hazzard, Super Jim Anthony, and Rush Randall of “Adventurers, Inc.”
Edited by Tom Roberts
- Introduction by Will Murray
Secret Agent X
- Kingdom of Blue Corpses by Brant House (Paul Chadwick)
- Python Men of he Lost City by Chester Hawks
Super Jim Anthony
- Dealer in Death by John Grange (Victor Rousseau)
- The Crazy Indian by Willam G. Bogart
First book publication
Trade paperback / 264 pages
Cover art by Tom Roberts
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