Richard Wentworth - who, as the swift-killing Spider, is the scourge of the Underworld - thought the Fly was dead. But once more that most formidable enemy had arisen, pillaging, slaying wantonly, armed with a ghastly new weapon, the Green Globes of Death! Ruthless and astute, heading a gigantic criminal syndicate, the Fly was butchering innocent persons only, it seemed, to see their red blood flow. It was with flagging hope and heavy heart that the Spider took up his newest battle with the preying jackals of crime!
Striking terror on four worlds, a mysterious raider throttles interplanetary commerce - and earth summons Curtis Newton, the wizard of science, and his trio of Futuremen to combat this sinister menace.
Captain Zero premiered in November 1949, and had the dubious distinction of being the last of the single-character hero pulps. Captain Zero was a fabulous character whose strange and deadly career began each midnight at the stroke of twelve - and ended each gray dawn with the first rays of the sun. During those few hours, he became completely invisible! But even that wonderous feat wasn't enough to save the pulp magazine. It ended after only three issues.
Never before had a shrewd criminal leader so successfully defied the Law - and the Spider's sure vengeance! A powerful Eastern murder syndicate, employing two deadly weapons, held America for ransom, spreading pain and terror and red destruction. Never had the Spider's struggle against the underworld seemed so futile, for the name of Richard Wentworth was disgraced, his fortune was forfeit, and his beloved had betrayed him into the hands of the police - and certain death!
In that single, unguarded moment while he played his precious Stradivarius, the combined forces of the Mayor of Hell - the crooked Law and the vengeful Underworld - besieged Richard Wentworth, otherwise known as the Spider, nemesis of criminals! Mourned as dead, the Spider must start life anew, without friends or funds or hidden refuge, so that the Mayor of Hell's bloody-handed henchmen - who judge no deed too base, who respect neither man nor God - may find their just reward - in death!
Detective Dime Novels featured the adventures of Dr. Thaddeus Harker, a sawbones with a penchant for crime. The first issue was dated April 1940. Doc Harker was an old-fashioned Southern gentleman, a retired chemist who now devotes his life to criminology. He travels around in a rundown medicine show with his two aides "Herk" Jones and Brenda Sloan. With this as his cover, he delivers his own brand of justice when crime sprouts.
Never before had a greedy, criminal genius loosed so loathsome and deadly a weapon! The Bat Man - leading a band of savages, releasing clouds of bloodthirsty vampire bats - planned to make himself a greater conqueror than Napoleon or Genghis Khan! One man stood in his way - Richard Wentworth, who when the law fails, sallies forth as the dread Spider to spread red death in the Underworld.
Pitiless, astute, ambitious, yellow-skinned Wang-ba emerged from the mystic Orient to proclaim himself Emperor of America! Sight of his green face caused bloodcurdling terror; his anger could be appeased only by soul-twisting agony and writhing, long-lasting death.... Such was the criminal genius whom Richard Wentworth had to kill. Never before has the Spider been squeezed so tightly between the vise-jaws of the law and the lawless. Nor has he ever struggled so fiercely against the pleading of his own brave heart!
Exactly at 11:30 each Thursday night, the Death Fiddler conducted his unholy orchestra in a symphony of murder that sounded the doom of some marked victim. A master of the grotesque, he held an entire city in the stranglehold of a helpless terror; even the forces of the law stood in shuddery, superstitious fear of this new destroyer. And then the Spider, Master of Men, modern knight-errant of mankind, rose up against him! But the Spider, too, was baffled.
A faceless terrorist calling himself the Green Hand has unleashed a corrosive gas on the lumber town of Elkhorn, Michigan, killing its inhabitants - by stripping the living meat from their bones! His next victim will be another Michigan hamlet. And this unknown monster vows to keep snuffing out entire cities until Washington pays him a $5 billion ransom. But the Green Hand has reckoned without another powerful force: the Spider!
In 1950, NBC began broadcasting Nightbeat, considered one of the finest shows of its time. The show featured Randy Stone, a reporter who covered the night beat for the Chicago Star with a unique blend of wit, compassion, and toughness. From murder to mystery, gunplay to climactic chases, from heartache to hardboiled, every night brought a new story to Randy Stone. Radio Archives invites you to listen to six brand-new Nightbeat stories set on the streets of Randy Stone's Chicago.
Above the panicked cries of terrified humans there rose the eerie howling of dogs gone mad. Scores of them! A hydrophobic army of destruction loosed cold-bloodedly to rend and tear and spread their shrieking madness through town and countryside.... And once more the crisis finds the Spider battling single-handed, fighting alone to save a people who have, in their blindness, put a price upon his head.
When the underworld united in one compact army of crime, the Spider - his prestige gone - faced the most vicious collection of criminals and degenerate killers ever assembled under one dark banner of bloody social war! How can Richard Wentworth, robbed of Kirkpatrick and Nita, renew the Spider-fear, which alone can bring him victory from a menace that is making casualty columns of our daily papers and filling our institutions with driveling victims of the new madness?
As suddenly as Death, the bitter cold came, and with it, the armored tanks, sleek submarines, and mailed warriors of the invading legions! An international syndicate, fearing America's greatness and strength in war, had unleashed savage war-dogs to win the conflict before it fairly began. The greatest military genius of modern times commanded the enemy, and Operator #5 of the United States Secret Service - known to his dearest friends as Jimmy Christopher - was America's choice to oppose him.
The first reports were incredible. Montezuma the Third, Emperor of the new born Aztec Empire, was slaughtering American troops with a deadly, new weapon...sacrificing captives to his ancient gods.... America seemed condemned to degrading slavery. Operator #5, Ace of the Secret Service, fought against overwhelming odds. And while the gods of a long-dead civilization revel in carnage, the very existence of the white race in America is apparently doomed...!
Looting, maiming, slaughtering, El Gaucho launched his colossal plot to unite the Underworld - to make himself King of America! No torture was too cruel for him to employ; no deed too bloody; no life too precious, except his own. Richard Wentworth - the Spider, who exacts justice when the Law fails - realized he alone could save America from wanton butchery, in spite of the grim reward posted for his head - its own weight in the purest gold!
In the gaunt desolation of those dark Kentucky hills, the Dixie Limited, crack flyer, stood gutted of all living passengers...The Spider, the only survivor, stood alone at that bleak scene, vowing silently, solemnly, to destroy the ambition-mad arch-criminal who had plotted this wholesale ruin. For this, and manifold like disasters, were occurring everywhere in the land - at the direction, Richard Wentworth knew, of some diabolical brain, which was unleashing hordes of primitive barbarians to lay waste to civilization.
How do you fight a menace that strikes without warning - that disintegrates flesh and blood and stone to mere chemical atoms? Men flee in blind panic from the merest rumor of a new attack, and even the Spider - dodging the death blasts - can find at first no weapon with which to combat this new and devastating evil that obliterates its victims in the fraction of time between two heartbeats!
From out of the pages of Operator #5 magazine steps a dramatic hero who pits himself against threats to national security from all origins. Whether it's a subversive internal threat, or a full-scale invasion from an enemy land, James Christopher stood ready and resolute to defeat it.
The Man Who Ruled in Hell pits the Master of Men against The Red Hand, a vicious supercriminal who has audaciously unionized New York's Underworld. But how can Richard Wentworth overcome this new threat when he himself has been cast in prison? This thrilling Spider audiobook features acclaimed voice talent Nick Santa Maria, who has made the Spider his own! Also included is Arthur Leo Zagat's "Doc Turner - Slave Buyer," read by Roy Worley.