Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Pulp Favorites: The Spider

Created as a direct competitor to the ever-popular The Shadow, the Spider stories were published under the pseudonym Grant Stockridge. Although most of The Spider novels would then be written by Norvell Page, other authors working on the series included Emile C. Tepperman, Wayne Rogers, Prentice Winchell, and Donald C. Cormack. The Norvell Page stories are my favorites and are amongst the best adventure stories published during the golden age of pulp fiction. The Spider was in actuality millionaire playboy Richard Wentworth living in New York and unaffected by the Great Depression. Wentworth fought crime by donning a black cape, slouch hat, and face mask to terrorize the criminal underworld with extreme prejudice and his own brand of vigilante justice.
Multiple reprints are available, notably from Baen Books and Altus. Google The Spider on Amazon and you’ll find plenty to choose from.

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