G-8 and his Battle Aces rode the nostalgia boom 10 years after World War I ended. These high-flying exploits were tall tales of a World War that might have been, featuring monster bats, German zombies, wolf-men, harpies, Martians, and even tentacled floating monsters. Most of these monstrosities were the work of Germany's seemingly endless supply of mad scientists, chief of whom was G-8's recurring Nemesis, Herr Doktor Krueger.
The premise of The Secret 6 was deceptively simple, yet pure pulp. An enigmatic adventurer known only as King busts out of Death Row to form an anti-crime group called The Secret 6. The others include The Key, The Doctor, Shakespeare, The Bishop, and Luga, as well as numerous underworld stool pigeons and hangers-on. All are wanted. So they operate outside the law.
One man is buried alive. Another is slain by inexplicable means. That is only the start of the mayhem that leads from the Everglades to Florida's Ten Thousand Islands and a grisly finale. In their weirdest case to date, The Secret 6 confront the puzzle of The Golden Alligator - a 20-foot long creature under the control of a secret organization whose goal is wealth beyond imagining. Fighting alone, King, leader of the 6, battles peril after peril until he faces the jaws of the hideous monster gator whose bulletproof hide makes it invincible!
They called G-8 the Flying Spy. History never recorded his exploits - and for good reason! No one would ever believe World War I was that wild! "Be warned! Each night with the setting of the sun the giant Tarantula Spider will spin his web across the Front. If you send your ships out tonight - he will eat them!" HQ scoffed at this warning. But G-8 saw it carried out, saw four Yank planes devoured by the most ghastly creature that ever stalked the skies. What was this new horror? How could Yank bombers hope to get past its net of death?
Rasp-rasp-rasp! It was a queer sound, ghostly, hearing it in the open country after midnight. Chills gripped King as he set out to investigate, but he forgot about them when he found a man buried alive! And when he heard the man's strange story, he knew that the Secret Six was going to tackle its most exciting and dangerous case, gambling for fabulous stakes in a game of golden death.
Criminals quaked at the name The Secret 6. And for four glorious issues, this team of six crimefighters took on some of the weirdest and most fantastic antogonists that ever reared their heads in the pulp magazines. It was where weird menace met six normal men with no strange gadgets or outlandish skills. But after four issues, the over-the-top action came to an end and Popular Publications pulled the plug on the series. These vintage pulp tales are now reissued for today's listeners as audiobooks.
G-8, the high-flying ace pilot of World War I, was born in the front seat of a car barreling through the Holland Tunnel. His father was Robert Jasper Hogan, who had made quite a name for himself as a prolific pulp writer specializing in aviation fiction during the glamorous era now styled Between the Wars. Among practitioners of that now-lost art, this school of writing was styled Yammering Guns, after the sound of contending synchronized machine guns in furious action.
The premise was simple. Framed for the crimes of the diabolical Red Shadow, a mystery man with a haunted past calling himself King breaks out of the Death House. Scouring the Underworld, King assembles a team of shadowy specialists who dedicate themselves to hunting down The Red Shadow. Once he was disposed of, the super-sleuth sextet went on the tackle malevolent menaces in the I Love a Mystery vein.
It all began with a message dropped from a raiding German plane on G-8's headquarters, a warning that promised a new kind of war and demanded unconditional surrender. Tomorrow at dawn, von Griel will fly again. He has been brought back to life. All other German aces who have been killed will be brought back to live again in the air, by the aid of a new white magic. The next day, G-8 and his Battle Aces encountered Oberleutnant von Griel in the sky, cold-eyed and stiff, yet flying his checkered Fokker.
The Secret 6 face their greatest challenge yet when a vicious horde of giant dogs invade Manhattan, ripping apart innocent citizens at random! No sooner are these creatures vanquished than the rampage continues - this time conducted by marauding men as gigantic as Paul Bunyan! What is the evil purpose of this plague of man-monsters? Who commands them? Why are they slaying people with impunity? Can they be stopped before they crush everything in their path?
Escaping certain death in the electric chair, the enigmatic adventurer known only as King welds a disparate group of trained professionals into the crime-fighting force called the Secret 6! Their sacred mission: to destroy supercriminals whenever they surface! For their first assignment, these fighting fugitives from justice track down the sinister strangler known only as the Red Shadow. Who is he? How does he commit his scarlet slayings?
G-8 and his Battle Aces rode the nostalgia boom ten years after World War I ended. These high-flying exploits were tall tales of a World War that might have been, featuring monster bats, German zombies, wolf-men, harpies, Martians, and even tentacled floating monsters. Most of these monstrosities were the work of Germany’s seemingly endless supply of mad scientists, chief of whom was G-8’s recurring Nemesis, Herr Doktor Krueger.
G-8 and his Battle Aces rode the nostalgia boom ten years after World War I ended. These high-flying exploits were tall tales of a World War that might have been, featuring monster bats, German zombies, wolf-men, harpies, Martians, and even tentacled floating monsters. Most of these monstrosities were the work of Germany’s seemingly endless supply of mad scientists, chief of whom was G-8’s recurring Nemesis, Herr Doktor Krueger. G-8 battled Germany’s Halloween shock troops for over a decade, not ceasing until the magazine folded in the middle of World War II.
Bizarre tentacle things are prowling the front. Animal, vegetable, nor insect, they somehow combine elements of all three! Yet these marauding giants also possess near-humanlike intelligence - for their unstoppable tentacles seek to snare and crush only allied warplanes.
They looked like ordinary clouds, the kind that parade across the sky every day. Yet their fleecy whiteness concealed a terrible threat to the Allied war effort. As American planes flew past, monster arms thrust out, titan fingers clutched at flashing winds. One by one, the dawn patrol was ground to a sickening, useless pulp.
One by one, the great Allied generals died or disappeared mysteriously. On the eve of the biggest drive of the war, the High Command was being decimated, their military secrets falling into the hands of the German enemy. Only G-8 saw the connection between these dastardly attacks and the strange war cripple who haunted the streets of Paris, creeping on his belly like a snake.
No one knew the identity of the mystery pilot called G-8. Not even his gallant wingmen, Bull Martin and Nippy Weston. But to the legions of the cruel German war machine, he was the scourge of World War I! Flying a Spad warplane marked only with his cryptic code name, the invincible ace ranged the blood-soaked skies over No Man's Land, hunting the worst war criminals the Kaiser had to offer. His orders: Shoot them down in flames!
Out of the war-ravaged skies of France careens an uncanny new threat. German aces, shot down in flames only months before, are back with a vengeance - back from the dead! What can G-8 and his fighting wingmen, Bull Martin and Nippy Weston, do against this sinister Squadron of Corpses reanimated by Black Magic?
The Secret 6 are back! Fresh from demolishing The Red Shadow in their first exploit, the mysterious adventurer known only as King, backed by an army of underworld informants, leads the Secret 6 into new catacombs of horror and peril. When wealthy James Waldroff rises from his own tomb to walk the earth again, King and his team are propelled along a trail of terror that leads to a haunted Mayan ruin ruled by the weird Bat-Man and his army of the undead.