Tuesday, May 29, 2012


ASSEMBLED! and ASSEMBLED 2: Avengers books now on Kindle!

Best-Selling Trade Paperbacks Covering Marvel’s Avengers -- Now on Amazon Kindle

(May 29, 2012)  White Rocket Books proudly announces the release in Kindle e-reader format of ASSEMBLED! and ASSEMBLED 2, the wildly popular guidebooks that cover all five decades of Marvel’s AVENGERS superhero team—the comics, stories, creators and characters.

ASSEMBLED! breaks down the history of the Avengers comics by “era,” with chapters focusing on the greatest and most memorable stints by the top Avengers creators, from the Stan Lee-Jack Kirby run and the Roy Thomas period, through George Perez’s two eras,  all the way to Brian Michael Bendis, and everything else in between.  Each chapter was authored by a different noted Avengers expert, presenting the good and the bad of that creative team’s run, as well as commentary, humor, and analysis of the characters and events involved.  Additional chapters explore the Ultimates, West Coast Avengers, Thunderbolts and more. The book concludes with a massive chronology of Avengers history and a look at the top Avengers highlights of every single year from 1963 up to publication.  The book’s Introduction was provided by Keith R. A. DeCandido, editor of the Marvel Novels line from Byron Preiss Multimedia.

ASSEMBLED 2 presents an in-depth look at the “Big Three” Avengers:  Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America, individually and as the leading forces behind the team itself.  The Introduction to this volume is by none other than Marvel Comics Vice-President and longtime Avengers editor Tom Brevoort.  The volume also includes multiple chapters exploring the histories of the greatest Avengers villains, Ultron and Kang (not to mention Thanos), as well as a look at Young Avengers and the epic Avengers Forever.  The book concludes with an in-depth chronicling of all the Avengers appearances in prose novels through the years.

The two books were created and edited by Van Allen Plexico (Sentinels, Lucian), who originated the very first and longest-running Avengers fan web site,, way back in 1995.  Contributors—collectively known as the “Jarvis Heads”—include such comics-culture luminaries as Sean McQuaid (MarvelHandbooks), David Medinnus (Star-Spangled Site), Joe Crowe (RevolutionSF), Ian Watson, Karen Walker (Back Issue), Mark Bousquet, Sharon Karibian, Rob Clough, Scott Harris, and many more.

Proceeds from the sale of the books go to the HERO Initiative charity for retired comics professionals, as chosen by legendary artist George Perez.

“These two books have become absolute favorites of so many Avengers fans,” notes Plexico, “and we Jarvis Heads are very proud to have brought them to the public. With the astonishing success of the Avengers movie, and with these new electronic editions, we hope to reach a whole new generation of fans and turn them on to the rich and epic history of our favorite group of assemblers!”

White Rocket Books is a leader in both New Pulp adventure and nonfiction pop culture commentary books.   White Rocket books have hit the Top 15-by-Genre and have garnered praise from everyone from Marvel Comics Vice President Tom Brevoort to Kirkus Reviews.

ASSEMBLED! and ASSEMBLED 2 are $2.99 each in the Kindle store at  They are also available as trade paperbacks.

ASSEMBLED!  Five Decades of Earth’s Mightiest

248 pages in print edition


ASSEMBLED 2: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and Villains

186 pages in print edition





After a hiatus the likes which will never be seen again, the Boys of Pulped! Are Back!  This week Tommy Hancock hosts fascinating guest and author Lee Killough, author of Checking On Culture: An Aid to Building Story Background!  Published by Yard Dog Press, this book is  A MUST HAVE for anyone writing today!  Tips on how to build societies, what things to look for in all areas, including agriculture, technology, personal interactions, and more!  Doesn't matter if you're setting your tale in 1930s New York or in a far off future on a distant planet where amoebas are the dominant life form! Culture is everywhere and Lee's book is a GREAT guide on how to build it properly!

Also, Barry Reese begins his REVIEWS FROM THE 87TH FLOOR, taking a look at Classic and New Pulp works and giving you his thoughts and commentary on them, like it or not!   

PULPED! is back and be sure to follow the show in the coming weeks because it's exactly the same, but man, ONLY WAY DIFFERENT!

Listen to PULPED! here -  LEE KILLOUGH GETS PULPED! and download it from iTunes!


New Pulp author Jim Beard shared this press release with All Pulp.

May 29, 2012



The Official Sgt. Janus Spirit Blog is now active!

SGT. JANUS, SPIRIT-BREAKER author Jim Beard announces that the blog will not only reveal behind-the-scenes secrets about the crafting of the book in interviews with its creators, but will also feature both exclusive Sgt. Janus fiction in the form of “newspaper articles” from the Mount Airy Eagle and contests in future postings.

Check out the Official Sgt. Janus Spirit Blog today at and get into the spirit of Sgt. Janus’ world of spectral happenings and supernatural adventures.

For more information on Airship 27 Productions, visit them on-line at and


Hermes Press will collect the short lived Mike Hammer comic strip by creator Mickey Spillane in a hardcover collection, retailing for $49.95. Mickey Spillane’s From the Files of Mike Hammer: The Complete Dailies & Sundays, will collect all installments of the strip, which originally appeared in 1953 and 1954 and was drawn by Ed Rollins. Spillane ended the strip when the syndicate objected to a panel showing torture.

Press Release – For Immediate Release
HAWK: Hand of the Machine-- now in paperback and on Kindle!

(May 29, 2012)  White Rocket Books proudly announces the release both in trade paperback and Kindle formats of HAWK: HAND OF THE MACHINE, a far-future science fiction adventure novel by award-winning author Van Allen Plexico (The Sentinels; Assembled!), set after the invasion and devastation of our galaxy.
Conjuring images of the great adventure-fiction lawmen of literature, from the Lone Ranger to Green Lantern, HAWK: HAND OF THE MACHINE introduces us to Hawk, an officer in service of the great Machine intellect that protects the survivors of our galaxy.  Awakening naked and screaming in a post-apocalyptic future, he discovers our already-shattered worlds being overrun anew by savage alien invaders—and the Machine strangely silent.  Plunging into action, he finds himself armed with only a few high-tech weapons and a sentient spacecraft with its own hidden agenda.  Now he must discover the truth about the attackers, about himself—and about the other Hands of the Machine.  Do any still live? If so, will they help him or hinder him?  And, most critically of all:  Is Hawk himself really who he seems, or is he something far worse: the greatest traitor and criminal in all of history?
“HAWK—the character and his setting—came to my mind in almost complete form a few years ago,” says Plexico.  “But with the success of my Sentinels novels, he sort of got pushed to the back burner for a while.  Now White Rocket Books is rectifying that situation.  Hawk is, I’m confident in asserting, far too good of a character to ignore for long.  His story should grab anyone who enjoys the idea of the lone lawman patrolling the lawless expanses of Earth and the depths of space—from the Lone Ranger to Babylon 5’s Rangers to Raylan Givens of Justified—and dealing with all sorts of unsavory menaces.  And then, as the action escalates to truly epic levels, with futuristic armies clashing across alien landscapes, there are the twists,” Plexico adds.  “A whole battle cruiser full of them, before Hawk is done!”
Plexico has been called “truly gifted” (Pulp Fiction Reviews) and “amazingly talented” (Sean Taylor, author of Show Me a Hero).  “Nobody—not even Abnett and Lanning—is doing cosmic superheroes as well as Van Plexico is doing them, period,” adds Barry Reese, award-winning author of Rabbit Heart and creator of the Rook.
Portions of HAWK appeared serialized in the February and March 2012 issues of Pro Se Presents, to general and widespread acclaim.  “One of the leading New Pulp writers of today, and able to bridge nearly any genre,” said publisher Tommy Hancock, “Van brings a special touch to anything he writes and creates.”
White Rocket Books is a leader in the New Pulp movement, publishing exciting action and adventure novels and anthologies since 2005, in both traditional and electronic formats.  White Rocket books have hit the Top 15-by-Genre, have been nominated for many New Pulp awards, and have garnered praise from everyone from Marvel Comics Editor Tom Brevoort to Kirkus Reviews.
On sale as of May 29, 2012, HAWK: HAND OF THE MACHINE is a $15.95, 6x9 format trade paperback from White Rocket Books, as well as a $2.99 e-book for Amazon Kindle. (Nook format is coming soon.)
356 pages
ISBN-10: 0615641318
ISBN-13: 978-0-615-64131-7

Sunday, May 27, 2012



From Fight Card-

We’re extremely excited about this month’s fight card entry, King Of The Outback from Australian author david foster (writing as Jack Tunney), as it is the first Fight Card novel with an international setting.  Containing the same great characters and fistic pulp action readers have come to expect from the Fight Card series, king of the outback, transports us to a harsh 1950’s Australian landscape – where the fists are as tough as the land and the times, yet humor and compassion can still be found.  If you are new to the Fight Card series, King Of The Outback is a great place to start before going back to catch up on all the other great Fight Card tales . . . In the months to come, look for more hard-punching Fight Card novels, set both back home in the USA and internationally ... Fight Card: King Of The Outback delivers a knockout punch!


Outback Australia 1954

Two rival tent boxing troupes clash over a territorial dispute in the Outback town of Birdsville. In the sweltering heat, tensions simmer, tempers flare, and as things reach boiling point, a boxing tent is burned to the ground.

Fighting men know only one way to solve their disputes, and that’s in the ring. The solution, a show-down, smack-down, winner take all bout between the two rival outfits.

In the blue corner, representing ‘Walter Wheeler’s Boxing Sideshow’ is Tommy King, a young aboriginal boxer with a big heart and iron fists.

In the red corner, representing ‘Arnold Sanderson’s Boxing Show’, is ‘Jumpin’ Jack Douglas, a monstrous wrecking machine from the city – a man who’ll do anything to win.

The fight – brutal. In the world of Tent Boxing, in the harsh Australian Outback, weight divisions and rules don’t count for much. It’s a fight to decide, who is indeed, King of the Outback!

Saturday, May 26, 2012


Reese Unlimited, an Imprint of Pro Se Productions, proudly announces the release of TALES OF THE ROOK!  The Rook, a character created by Barry Reese, now lives on in stories written by Reese as well as five other premiere writers of New Pulp!

"When The Good Is Swallowed By The Dark...There The Rook Shall Plant His Mark!"

For years, New Pulp Author Barry Reese has masterfully written the thrilling adventures of The Rook, a masked Hero of Reese's creation who is compelled through dark dreams to hunt down and destroy evil wherever it might hide! Assisted by loyal friends and a vast array of allies from the annals of Classic and New Pulp as well as Comics of a bygone era, The Rook's escapades have been a hallmark in the world of New Pulp!

Now, for the first time and under the REESE UNLIMITED imprint, Barry Reese has invited some of New Pulp's finest authors into The Rook's world to put their unique spin on the character and tell their own tales...TALES OF THE ROOK! Featuring stories by Ron Fortier, Bobby Nash, Mike Bullock, Percival Constantine, Tommy Hancock, and a brand new ROOK tale by Reese himself! 

Concerning the popularity of The Rook and his cast of characters, Barry Reese commented that the concept was still with him, six years after its debut.  In the book’s introduction, Reese says, “Others have felt the siren's call, as well. The Rook has appealed to them to the point where they agreed to write new stories featuring my hero. I'm flattered and thrilled to present the results to you. Some of the greatest writers in New Pulp have crafted their own takes on The Rook and it's a lot of fun to see where they went when given the chance. “

TALES OF THE ROOK also features an explosive cover by Bob Hall, stunning interior art by George Sellas, and outstanding format and design by Sean Ali! Ready for the best in New Pulp? Get it today in TALES OF THE ROOK! From Reese Unlimited and Pro Se Productions!

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Pro Se Productions- Puttin’ The Monthly Back Into Pulp!

Friday, May 25, 2012


From the mind of New Pulp author James Palmer comes four bizarre tales of fantasy and weird horror.

The House of the Witch-Gideon Cain is a Puritan charged with tracking down the demon Azazel, who was responsible for setting off the Salem witch paranoia. But when another town is believed to be infested by witchcraft, will he be able to tell friend from foe in time to save it?

The Tunnels of Lao Fang-A daring young man goes to Hong Kong to rescue his friend and uncovers an evil older than time.

The Hand of Yogul-Can a former criminal and slave stop his former master from unleashing a terrible evil on the world?

The Meteor Terror-A meteor strikes a small Georgia farm and brings with it a terrible evil from beyond space.

Ripped straight from the classic pulps, and inspired by such visionaries as Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft, these four, previously published tales of weird menace and cosmic horror will leave you gasping for breath and asking for more!
If any of you guys missed these stories the first time around, now's your chance! And it's a steal at 99 cents.
You can check it out here: 



Airship 27 Productions is thrilled to announce the debut of the newest occult investigator in the grand tradition as such notable pulp heroes as William Hodgson Hope’s Carnacki, Seabury Quinn’s Jules de Grandin, Manly Wade Wellman’s John Thunstone and the popular Ravenwood, Stepson of Mystery.

Situated in the rural back country of Edwardian England is an old, mysterious house whose unique owner earns his living as a Spirit-Breaker, a hunter of ghosts.  A former military veteran, Sgt.Roman Janus has devoted his life to aid those haunted, both emotionally and physically by obsessive wraiths whose spirits are still anchored to our world.

Sgt.Janus – Spirit Breaker is the creation of new pulp writer Jim Beard.  Part detective, part occultist, Janus is himself a man of mystery whose own past is shrouded and the motivations behind his calling kept hidden.  Within this volume you will find eight tales as narrated by his clients, each with his or her own perspective on this uncanny hero and his amazing career. Filled with suspense, terror and agonizing pathos, each a solid mesmerizing journey into the unknown world beyond.

Featuring a cover by artist Jeff Herndon and eight stunning illustrations by Eric Johns, with design work by Pulp Factory Award winning Art Director, Rob Davis and edited by Managing Editor Ron Fortier, Sgt.Janus – Spirit Breaker is the first in a new series by one of today’s leading stars in New Pulp Fiction. 

“…Beard’s fiction is anything but pat and routine. While he may deliberately conjure the spirits of authors of Victorian and Edwardian occult fiction before him, Beard’s prose is fresh and entirely modern in his, at times, frank and unsettling tales of the wages of his characters’ past sins. Each story breezes by and like the best tales told round the campfire, it leaves the reader hungry for more.”   William Patrick Maynard (The Terror of Fu Manchu & The Destiny of Fu Manchu.)

Airship 27 Productions – Pulp Fiction For A New Generation!

Available from :

Airship 27 Digital Hangar as a $3 PDF (

And soon for $14.99 from (

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

THE SONS OF THOR Explodes in Pro Se Presents 10!

Pro Se Productions, a leading New Pulp Publisher, announces the latest issue of its award winning magazine! PRO SE PRESENTS 10 is now available and features the fantastic, literally explosive conclusion to Erwin K. Roberts' SONS OF THOR!  

Freedom Fights! The Sons of Thor Move Toward Destiny! As nations focus on the growing conflict with Nazi Germany, a devastating mission begins that threatens to unleash a horror that could lay waste to the world. As the Sons of Thor begin their final gambit, is there anyone who can stand against them in the face of certain doom! Find out in the Thrilling Conclusion to THE SONS OF THOR by Erwin K. Roberts featured in Pro Se Presents 10!

Featuring Public Domain Pulp Heroes Against a Menace Like None Before! The Black Bat! Jim Anthony! And More!

Available now on Amazon for $6.00!  And Coming Soon as An Ebook!  THE SONS OF THOR PART TWO by Erwin K. Roberts, Cover and Design by Sean E. Ali!  Get Your Copy Today!

Pro Se Productions-  Puttin' The Monthly Back Into Pulp!


Monday, May 21, 2012



(A Walt Longmire Mystery)
By Craig Johnson
Penguin Books
309 pages

“Hell Is Empty” is as much about the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming as it is about the people who live within their shadows.  Absaroka County Sheriff Walt Longmire is transporting several prisoners to an out of the way wilderness locale to unearth the remains of a slain Indian boy murdered by one of the convicts; a psychopath named Raynaud Shade.  Upon meeting Longmire for the first time, Shade tells him he hears ghosts and believes the sheriff possesses the same ability.  Longmire, having fulfilled his duty in getting this human monster to the site, packs it in and starts down the mountain.

Within hours of digging up the boy’s bones, the convicts, following a plan devised by Shade, escape; killing several federal agents and marshals in the process.  When the news reaches Longmire, he realizes he’s the only lawman left on the mountain able to give chase and sets out after the killers alone.  Thus begins his incredible journey that will ultimately test both his body and his spirit as a savage winter storm is descending on the mountains and becomes a deadly participant in the drama.

Johnson’s title; “Hell Is Empty,” is an homage to Dante’s classic fantasy, “Inferno,” where the lowest levels of hell are not hot but numbingly frozen over much like the very peaks Longmire must conquer to capture Shade and save the female marshal he holds  hostage.  Now a resident of Colorado, I am daily reminded of the power and majesty of these mountain ranges and threat they pose to any who venture into them naively without the proper outdoor skills.  This book is more an adventure odyssey than a mystery. Longmire must confront his own inner demons while climbing higher to reach the snow blanketed Cloud Peak which is Shade’s final destination where both will confront each other in a primal contest of good versus evil.

The book is multilayered and despite it Heminwayesque narrative style, Johnson adds a new twist by having his protagonist guided by a giant Crow warrior called Virgil White Buffalo; his version Dante’s Roman poet guide. There is a crucial connection between the giant Virgil and the fleeing killer that Longmire slowly uncovers as the pair make their way through the brutal storm.  Soon the physical suffering the sheriff has to endure begins playing tricks on his consciousness until the reader realizes his companion may simply be the hallucination of a fevered mind.

“Hell Is Empty,” is the seventh book in the Walt Longmire series by Johnson and a terrific, gripping read unlike anything else on the market today.  It is fresh with interesting characters and skillful in its economic storytelling.  As the book’s cover announces, the series has been turned into a new A & E television series that will soon premier on Sunday evening June 3rd and features Australian actor Robert Taylor as Walt Longmire with Katee Sachofff of Battlestar Galactica fame as his chief deputy Victoria “Vic” Moretti and Lou Diamond Phillips as best friend, Henry Standing Bear. If the show is as much fun as this book, then we’re all in for a treat.



By Derrick Ferguson
PulpWork Press
142 pages

Over the past few years several new pulp writers have created terrific heroes that easily compare with the classic characters of the 30s magazines. One of these is Dillon by the talented Derrick Ferguson.  Dillon is an African American modern day adventurer who travels the globe aiding people in desperate need of rescue and at the same time taking on insidious villains of every imaginable form.  The thing I absolutely love about Dillon is that even in the midst of the most dire situations, when death practically is assured its ultimate victory, he manages to retain his sense of humor making him the coolest pulp hero of them all.

After offering up a couple of fast paced novels which first introduced us to Dillon and his exploits, Ferguson this time collects four short tales that were published in various projects over the years and this fan is most grateful for this.  These four action packed thrillers display the range of settings and atypical missions our hero takes on, each is a fast, mile-a-second read that will leave blisters on your fingers.

“Dillon and the Bad Ass Belt Buckle,” finds our hero and his mentor, Eli Creed, in the jungles of Cambodia to rescue an American film actress.  Their mission is successful up to the point they lose their transportation and have to seek refuge in a fortified camp called Cheap Prayer. It is by a mercenary outlaw named Kudro Mayoka. I won’t spoil the fun with any more details except to add the plot revolves around Dillon challenging Kudro to a survival race with the winner becoming the enclave’s new leader and claiming a giant belt buckle studded with jewels and emblazoned with the words BAD ASS.  Honestly, I don’t think I stopped laughing once while reading this one.

“Dead Beat in La Esca,” is a real collector’s treasure as it was co-written by Joel Jenkins and has one of Joel’s pulp characters, guitar player Sly Ganlet meeting up with Dillon one night in a fancy nightclub.  Unbeknown to the both, they’ve been set up by a mysterious organization that wants them both out of the way.  The irony is both men may actually do the bad guys a favor by killing each other first.  A different kind of story and though worthwhile, was the weakest in this collection.  Guess I just like my Dillon flying solo.

“Dillon and the Escape From Tosegio,” is another one of those oddities.  It’s a rollicking, non-stop thrill ride which was penned as a prequel to the first Dillon novel.  It reminds one of those opening action prequels in the James Bond movie, done to set the stage and get the audience in the proper mood.  Having read “Dillon and the Voice of Odin,” when I came to the end of this short, I could easily envision the opening credits of the bigger movie.  Really happy to see this one in print for all Dillon fans.

Finally, Ferguson saves the best for last in “Dillon and the Judas Cup.”  Although I likened Dillon to action heroes like Bond, there’s also a great deal of Indiana Jones in his adventures and they revolve around arcane lore long forgotten in time.  Such is the plot of this yarn wherein a chalice made from the thirty pieces of silver paid Judas Iscariot for betraying Jesus, has survived through the ages bringing both power and tragedy to any who possess it.  Dillon is hired by a dying rich industrialist to procure the cup and once and for all hide away so that it can never again curse mankind.  To do so he must recruit two of his associates, a cat-burglar and a computer hacker.  Along with the industrialist beautiful daughter, they fly to the remote island where it is being held and launch their Mission Impossible-like plan to steal it.  Of course, like any other Dillon caper, things never go as smoothly as envisioned and soon all of them are racing for their lives to flee the atoll before its volcano erupts and sinks them all.  It’s a grand finale to a wonderful anthology.

If you’ve yet to meet Dillon, this the book is your invitation to a world of thrills and spills as delivered by a writer at the top of his game.  Ferguson’s love of action adventure explodes from every page and he always leaves his readers both satisfied and begging for more.  “Four Bullets For Dillon,” is a hands down winner and I’d be remiss not to mention it comes wrapped by a gorgeous cover by artist Anthony Castrillo.  What more could any pulp fan want?

Joe Kubert's Tarzan of the Apes: Artist's Edition coming in September from IDW

Cover Art: Joe Kubert
IDW Publishing has shared the following press release with All Pulp.

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic creation.

San Diego, CA (May 18, 2012) – Joe Kubert is one of the most lauded artists in the history of comics, a true living legend. He has been a vital creative force since the 1940s and remains so to this day. He has had defining runs on Hawkman, Enemy Ace, Tor, Sgt. Rock, and many others. Among his career highlights is Tarzan of the Apes, and Kubert's rendition could arguably be called the definitive comic adaptation of the Ape-man.

“To have the Tarzan stories I drew commemorate the 100th anniversary of a strip I fell in love with as a kid is the thrill of a lifetime,” said Joe Kubert, writer and artist of all the stories in this Artist's Edition.

This Artist’s Edition collects six complete Kubert Tarzan adventures, including the classic four-part origin story. Each page is vividly reproduced from the original art and presented as no comics readers have seen before. For fans of Kubert and Tarzan, this new entry in the Eisner-winning Artist’s Edition line must be seen to be believed!

2012 is the centennial year for Tarzan. Created by master storyteller Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan is instantly recognizable to countless fans around the globe. Other notable creations of Burroughs’ include John Carter of Mars, Korak, Carson of Venus, and At the Earth’s Core.

"I first read these comics when I was 10 years old, and they remain some of my favorite stories ever," said Editor Scott Dunbier, "this is Joe Kubert at his absolute best."

What is an Artist’s Edition? Artist’s Editions are printed the same size as the original art. While appearing to be in black & white, each page has been scanned in COLOR to mimic as closely as possible the experience of viewing the actual original art—for example, you are able to clearly see paste-overs, blue pencils in the art, editorial notes, and art corrections. Each page is printed the same size as drawn, and the paper selected is as close as possible to the original art board.

JOE KUBERT’S TARZAN OF THE APE: ARTIST’S EDITION ($100, hardcover, black and white, 156 pages, 12” x 17”) will be available in stores September 2012.

Visit to learn more about the company and its top-selling books. IDW can also be found at!/idwpublishing and and on Twitter at @idwpublishing.

About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coasts Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; and the Eisner-Award winning Locke & Key series, created by best-selling author Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, and Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot, while Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film.

Friday, May 18, 2012

May 18, 2012
“Weird Tales” was a proposed radio series recorded in Hollywood in 1932 and based on stories in the famous horror themed Pulp of the same name, notable for featuring such iconic authors as Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft. The series was produced by Hollywood Radio Attractions, 4376 Sunset Drive, Hollywood. In a promotional flyer for the program, they advertise three episodes that had been produced and the company was planning to record a total of 52 half-hour shows.
Scholars looking at the history of “Weird Tales” magazine have heard about the series for years, but no recordings of the shows themselves or many detail about the series have surfaced until now.
Radio Archives is giving you a chance to hear an episode of Weird Tales for Free! Similar to “The Witch’s Tale”, the show was created in such a way that they could be played as one half-hour program each week or split into two fifteen minute shows, completing one story each week. Click the Weird Tales Banner and listen to the Weird Tales radio show today!
Need proof that Radio Drama is timeless and can capture a modern, more sophisticated audience as well as classic shows did in the early 20th Century? The Mutual Radio Theater, Volume 1 is definitely evidence of that.
The Mutual Radio Theater aired every weeknight on hundreds of Mutual stations March to December 1980, 103 original one-hour shows being produced. This program was no small attempt to recapture the glory days of Old Time Radio by any means. It was reported to have a budget of several million dollars and involved talent that definitely was worth every penny spent.
Each program was written specifically for radio, including scripts penned by such radio legends as Arch Oboler, Norman, Corwin, and Elliot Lewis. And the stories themselves ranged the genre gambit.
As a matter of fact, Mutual Radio Theater’s commitment to variety is clearly evident in how each night’s program was dedicated to a certain genre and hosted by a different notable performer. Lorne Greene hosted Western Night on Monday. Andy Griffith followed on Tuesday with Comedy Night. Wednesday Night was Mystery Night hosted by Vincent Price. Love & Hate took center stage on Thursday, hosted by Cicely Tyson. Friday Night was Adventure Night with Leonard Nimoy as host.
Mutual Radio Theater, Volume 1 is a 20 CD set consisting of programs as they originally aired, complete and uncut, with original commercials, and produced in full stereo-high fidelity. Thrills, chills, laughs, tears, and more. Mutual Radio Theater, Volume 1 has it all with star power! And it can be yours for only $39.98 from Radio Archives in a beautful 20 CD storage case!
All good things must come to an end. At least in this case, Claudia, Volume 14 from Radio Archives finishes out a complete run of a timeless, unique soap opera from the classic era of Radio restored to the most sparkling audio quality possible. Engaging characters, plots that at times incite laughter and tears, and ups and downs that average listeners faced delivered in fifteen-minute punches every day. This was Claudia.
Claudia debuted in 1947 and was far different than its strife-ridden forbears. Claudia didn't offer the anguish and heartbreak that typified most of its peers. But the very elements it was lacking quickly became its strengths. Heard today, Claudia remains wonderful entertainment, notable for both its light-hearted tone and the believable interplay between its characters. As she presents in these last episodes, Claudia has become a unique mixture of enthusiasm, incompetence and over-confidence -- deeply in love with her somewhat older husband David but frequently naive and too likely to trust her insecurities rather than her instincts. Listeners originally got to know Claudia, David, and all the people around them in daily doses of fifteen minutes. Radio Archives has been able to locate and preserve the entire eighteen-month run of Claudia allowing you to enjoy the complete series on a day-by-day basis. With Claudia, Volume 14 Radio Archives gives to you the closing chapters of the complete story beginning to end of two people and the world they made for themselves and their listeners - one day at a time. Seven hours for only $20.98 on Audio CDs.
The Spider Returns on "Wings of the Black Death"
A scourge not seen since the Middle Ages descends on America's largest city, wielded by a criminal mastermind who threatens to wipe out New York ... and reveal The Spider's true identity in the process!
"Wings of the Black Death", Norvell W. Page's inaugural novel as author of The Spider, is now available in a deluxe audiobook from!
Following on the success of first Spider audiobook, "Prince of the Red Looters", this new audio adventure pits Richard Wentworth, alias The Spider, against the first of a long line of evil malefactors devised by Page that would inhabit the webbed crusader's life for the next ten years.
The Spider Battles a Vicious Foe
In "Wings of the Black Death", Manhattan is under siege from a new brand of terrorist – a human monster who calls himself the Black Death. Unless the city fathers pay a monumental ransom, New York will become a city of unspeakable destruction.
As Will Murray says in his introduction, "With his first white-heat story, Norvell W. Page remade Richard Wentworth into a messianic avenger unlike anything pulp readers ever read before. Driven, deadly, The Spider was a daredevil caught between the law that branded him as a criminal and the underworld he terrorized with his metallic laugh and searing lead."
Dynamic Narration and Production
Produced by Roger Rittner, with full period music score and extensive sound effects, "Wings of the Black Death", like its predecessor, is narrated by Nick Santa Maria, with Robin Riker as Nita Van Sloan.
"Listeners who enjoyed 'Prince of the Red Looters' will delight in Nick's dynamic narration," Roger says, "as well as an extended and enhanced role for Robin as Nita battles the malevolent Black Death on her own. Will Wentworth come to the rescue? (Do you have to ask?)"
by Derrick Ferguson
Doctor Death is back and I for one am more than ecstatic to have a new adventure of this prince of Mad Scientists to listen and thrill to, thanks to Radio Archives. I first became acquainted with the character in “Twelve Must Die” in which we are introduced to Doctor Death aka psychology Professor Rance Mandarin, formerly of Yale. Professor Mandarin apparently needed a whole lot of psychological help himself as his train of thought completely goes off the rails. Mandarin renames himself Doctor Death and dedicates himself to forcing mankind to abandon all technology and industry. To accomplish these ends, Mandarin enters into an unholy compact with the very powers of darkness which gives him hideous supernatural abilities. All sorts of hellish creatures are at his beck and call. Who can stop such a monster?
Fortunately for us, Jimmy Holm is on our side. An occult criminologist and detective he battles against the schemes of Doctor Death with the stalwart New York Police Inspector John Ricks right by his side. In addition, Jimmy has the full support and considerable power of The Secret Twelve to back him up. The Secret Twelve are the most influential men in the country: industrialists, scientists, business magnates…even The President of The United States and the country’s Number #1 mobster are members of The Secret Twelve. And Jimmy is going to need all their help if he’s to stop Doctor Death’s latest fiendish scheme.
And Jimmy’s job is made more difficult due to Doctor Death having kidnapped his fiancé Nina. She was once Doctor Death’s assistant before falling into love with Jimmy and renouncing her allegiance to Doctor Death. She’s the one person who knows the most about Doctor Death and having her back in his clutches drives Jimmy to distraction but he’s going to have to keep his head in the game as the grisly blood-soaked trail of the insane Doctor Death takes him and Inspector Ricks to Egypt for a showdown.
I would dearly love more of Doctor Death as The Gray Creatures is excellent at blending spine-tingling supernatural thrills with pulse-pounding action/adventure. Once again Joey D’Auria demonstrates his remarkable vocal talents, giving an energy and vitality to the reading of the story that I couldn’t help but be mesmerized. Once again, a Radio Archives audiobook that I strongly suggest setting aside an afternoon to listen to the entire thing because once you start, I think I can safely guarantee you’ll be hooked. Enjoy.
Thrill and chill to Doctor Death: The Gray Creatures for only $17.98 from Radio Archives today!
1 cent Spider eBook!
For a limited time you can now download an exciting original Spider adventure for just one thin penny! Part of the Will Murray Pulp Classics line, The Spider #11, Prince of the Red Looters first saw print in 1934 and features his momentous battle with The Fly and his armies of crazed criminal killers. Their motto? Why "KILL THE SPIDER!" of course.
For those who have been unsure about digging into the wonderful world of pulps this is a perfect opportunity to give one of these fantastic yarns a real test run. With a full introduction to the Spider written by famed pulp historian and author Will Murray, The Spider #11 was written by one of pulp's most respected authors, Norvell W. Page. Writing as Grant Stockbridge, Page's stories included some of the most bizarre and fun takes on heroes and crime fighting in the history of escapist fiction.
Even today Page's scenarios and his edge-of-the-seat writing style are still thrilling both new and old fans everywhere. For those who have never read one of these rollercoaster adventures, you are in for a thrill. If you already know how much fun a classic pulp is, make sure you download this bargain.
All eBooks produced by Radio Archives are available in ePub, Mobi, and PDF formats for the ultimate in compatibility. When you purchase this eBook from you receive all three formats in one ZIP file. When you upgrade to a new eReader, you can transfer your Spider novels to your new device without the need to purchase anything new. Use the PDF version when reading on your PC or Mac computer. If you have a Kindle, the Mobi version is what you want. If you have an iPad/iPhone, Android, Sony eReader or Nook, then the ePub version is what you want.
The best of timeless Pulp now available as cutting edge Ebooks! Will Murray's Pulp Classics brings the greatest heroes, awesome action, and two fisted thrills to your E-Reader! Presenting Pulp Icons such as the Spider and Operator 5 as well as wonderfully obscure characters like Doctor Death and more, Will Murray's Pulp Classics brings you the best of yesterday's Pulp today!
Five new golden age Pulp tales exquisitely reformatted into visually stunning E-books!
By what strange twist of Fate did the fearful menace which was to shadow every man and woman in New York City first rear its venomous head in the distant Caribbean? When terror suddenly boarded a little tramp steamer and left crimson havoc littering its narrow decks a spluttering wireless flashed the doom of every living thing aboard. Within a week, the same ghastly fate struck a gigantic new ocean liner, its luxurious cabins occupied by the elite and powerful of a dozen different nations! Death — swift and terrible — rode the ocean lanes. And the Spider — taken for once off guard — was supposedly dying in a hospital room on the very day when that terror from the seas first showed itself in all its terror above the city skyline. How can the Spider, fighting death himself, help the nation he loves in her hour of greatest need? Another epic exploit of America's best-loved pulp-fiction character of the 1930s and 1940s: The Spider — Master of Men! As a special Bonus, Will Murray has written an introduction: “Meet the Spider” especially for this series of eBooks.
Thousands of busy persons bent over their desks in the tallest building in the world — conducting the commerce of the nation — when suddenly the steel girders began to creak and twist, and the gigantic edifice swayed giddily in the rising wind. Never before had criminal brains devised a more cunning or a more horrible weapon to garner their ill-gotten treasures. And never before was the Spider so strenuously put to test — for the Master, the man behind the devastation and death, eluded every suspicion, foresaw every contingency, left no tell-tale clues behind him as he ravaged, slayed and pillaged… Richard Wentworth, working for once hand in hand with the organized forces of law and order, fights the grimmest battle of his long career. Can the Spider avenge the countless dead who have already fallen? Can he bring the Murder Master to the justice he so richly deserves? Another epic exploit of America's best-loved pulp-fiction character of the 1930s and 1940s: The Spider — Master of Men! As a special Bonus, Will Murray has written an introduction: “Meet the Spider” especially for this series of eBooks.
A powerful army of invasion — armed with the most ghastly modern weapons: bacteria, plagues, hideous diseases — lay carefully hidden within the borders of the United States, ready to strike at the heart of the nation, to kill, pillage, demolish... A foreign demagogue, mad-drunk with power, greed, and lust, planned the slaughter of a million helpless men and women, to sate his twisted, race-proud ambition. Belligerent nations watched and waited, sighting America helpless before them. One man — Operator 5 — read the crimson writing on the wall — and he alone was left to battle the frightful odds!
Renegades from nine worlds crash out from interplanetary prison in a weird quest for phantom treasure. Follow the Futuremen as the greatest feud of all time catapults them into the fifth dimension. Captain Future… the Ace of Space! Born and raised on the moon, Curt Newton survived the murder of his scientist parents to become the protector of the galaxy known as Captain Future. With his Futuremen, Grag the giant robot, Otho, the shape-shifting android and Simon Wright, the Living Brain, he patrols the solar system in the fastest space ship ever constructed, the Comet, pursuing human monsters and alien threats to Earth and her neighbor planets.
Renegades from nine worlds crash out from interplanetary prison in a weird quest for phantom treasure. Follow the Futuremen as the greatest feud of all time catapults them into the fifth dimension. Captain Future… the Ace of Space! Born and raised on the moon, Curt Newton survived the murder of his scientist parents to become the protector of the galaxy known as Captain Future. With his Futuremen, Grag the giant robot, Otho, the shape-shifting android and Simon Wright, the Living Brain, he patrols the solar system in the fastest space ship ever constructed, the Comet, pursuing human monsters and alien threats to Earth and her neighbor planets.
When you purchase these beautifully reformatted eBooks from you receive all three formats in one ZIP file: PDF for PC or Mac computer; Mobi for Kindle and ePub for iPad/IPhone, Android, Sony eReader, and Nook. When you upgrade to a new eReader, you can transfer your eBook novels to your new device without the need to purchase anything new.
Find these legendary Pulp tales and more in Will Murray's Pulp Classics, now available in the Kindle store and the Barnes and Noble Nook store! The best Pulp eBooks now available for only $2.99 each from Radio Archives!
Altus Press is proud to announce the release of the third volume in its acclaimed Wild Adventures of Doc Savage series, written by Will Murray and Lester Dent, writing as Kenneth Robeson.
Set in the Fall of 1936, The Infernal Buddha tells the epic story of Doc Savage’s desperate quest to control the Buddha of Ice, a relic of unknown origin—and what may become the most dangerous object on Earth!
When a mummy arrives at Doc Savage’s New York headquarters wearing the clothes of his missing assistant, engineer Renny Renwick, Doc, Monk, and Ham rush to Singapore where they get on the trail of a swashbuckling pirate who calls himself the Scourge of the South China Sea, in whose hands a piece of the infernal Buddha has fallen. The trail leads to Pirate Island, the fate of Renny, and a mysterious box containing a terrible, unstoppable power.
But that is only the beginning of the quest into which the Man of Bronze plunges—one that will take him to the upper reaches of the Yellow Sea and a series a wild ocean battles against the vicious factions fighting for control on the infernal Buddha.
Before it is all over, every human life on Earth will tremble on the brink of eternity, and Doc Savage will face his greatest test.
“This may be my wildest Doc novel to date,” says author Will Murray. “The Infernal Buddha is a fantasy epic full of corsairs, criminals and other culprits. The menace is planetary. The threat, extinction. Doc Savage has a reputation for saving the world. This time he does it on the greatest scale possible. I began this book back in 1992, working from an opening situation Lester Dent started in 1935. Together, we have produced a true Doc Savage epic. And it only took about 75 years….”
The Infernal Buddha features a startling cover painted by Joe DeVito, depicting Doc Savage as the Buccaneer of Bronze! This cover was painted from a still taken in 1964 of legendary model Steve Holland, and is a variant pose shot for famed illustrator James Bama’s classic cover to The Man of Bronze. There has never been a Doc cover like it! Buy it today for only $24.95 from Radio Archives.
The pulp era's greatest superman returns in classic pulp thrillers by Lester Dent and William Bogart writing as "Kenneth Robeson." First, the Man of Bronze is summoned to the Oklahoma oil fields to confront the horrific rampage of "The Derrick Devil." Then, Doc and his aides journey to Lake Erie where a mysterious malady is turning steel workers into "The Spotted Men." This double-novel collector's edition features the classic color pulp covers by Robert G. Harris and Emery Clarke, Paul Orban's classic interior illustrations and historical commentary by Will Murray, writer of nine Doc Savage novels. Priced at only $14.95.
Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows! Triple Novel Special! The Knight of Darkness combats supercrime in an extra-length volume showcasing tales by each of the pulp wordsmiths who wrote as "Maxwell Grant." First, in a violent thriller by Theodore Tinsley, The Shadow investigates the murderous machinations of "The Prince of Evil," a sadistic fiend who delights in torture and human misery. Then, The Shadow enters a series of diabolical deathtraps disguised as a "Messenger of Death" to retrieve a secret formula in a classic mystery by Walter Gibson. Finally, Lamont Cranston tracks down a hidden serial killer in Bruce Elliott's "Room 1313." This extra-length collector's special showcases the original color covers by Graves Gladney and Modest Stein and the original interior illustrations by Edd Cartier and Paul Orban, with historical articles by Will Murray and Rick Lai. Buy it today for $14.95.
One of the top crime-fighters from the golden age of pulp fiction, The Spider returns in two thrill-packed adventures written by Norvell Page under the pseudonym of Grant Stockbridge. First, in "The Spider and the Scarlet Surgeon" (1941), With unheard of skill, the Red Surgeon can change a patient into an imbecile… or a genius of crime! Not only can he alter the physical shell, but this mad doctor can even amputate parts of a victim's personality, even their conscience. And his greatest ambition is to operate on none other than Stanley Kirkpatrick, Nita van Sloan… and the Spider! Then, in "The Spider and the Death Piper" (1942), Weird compelling music lures the inhabitants of Martinsville to suicide! By ones and twos at first, then in a stampede of maddened self-destruction. Even Richard Wentworth, with the iron will of the Spider, felt the irresistible calling of that Devil-tune! Can even the Master of Men prevail against an unearthly power that goads the listener to suicide? These two exciting pulp adventures have been beautifully reformatted for easy reading and feature both of the original full color covers as well as interior illustrations that accompany each story. Available now for $14.95!
By Dr Art Sippo
It is 1948 in Shanghai China. A mysterious young woman known only as Canta works a freelance agent making her living on the shady side of post-War China’s economy. Only 25 years old and she is already a legend. One evening she is accosted by four thugs: huge men who know how to inflict pain. Out of the darkness a crippled man comes to her rescue and scatters her attackers. He sees her again several times and then tries to recruit her help in locating a man who recently disappeared while in Shanghai on business. That man was Long Tom Roberts. Roberts had been planning to investigate the activities of a man named Makaroff who moved like a ghost throughout the Far East and took with him a trio of bodyguards who never slept.
It turns out that Canta’s hobbled rescuer was Doc Savage in disguise and that the thugs had been hired by him to fake the attack. But they had gone off script and tried to harm the Bronze Man for real. Who had put them up to this? Canta herself. That is how this convoluted story begins.
The Hot war with Japan and Germany is just cooling down while Cold War is just beginning to heat up. Doc Savage and his men are working with Uncle Sam to thwart a major communist plot against the British Crown Colonies in Asia. Can they succeed? Or will the byzantine plots in the Shanghai underworld outwit even the Man of Bronze? Answer these questions and more, plus get another Doc adventure, by getting your copy of Doc Savage, Volume 15 today from Radio Archives for $12.95!

Comments From Our Customers!
Michael Payton:
Love the Spider eBooks. I sampled the audio books yesterday too. WOW. I’m buying both Spider volumes as soon as I get the extra cash. I posted links to them and the penny Spider ebook deal on my Facebook page, the Comic Book Resources Forum’s Spider thread and on Dynamite Comics’ FB page since they publish the new Spider comics. It’s a great comic and hopefully new fans will sample the original pulps too. Hope you get a few new customers.
Rolf Pickelmann from Germany writes:
Good job on the Adventures of Doc Savage! I love it. The remastery was really successful. I read Doc Savage as a child and love to hear today the old radio shows in new quality. I will be back with the next order soon
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Kristen writes:
The Shadow book arrived safely yesterday. Thanks for the box! My mail is so often bent out of shape, but not this time. Thanks also for the little extra, the radio play disc. I will definitely enjoy that! I’m so glad they are reprinting these stories. Now I can have fun reading them without spending too much money. Most of all, I love the artwork. 
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