Monday, October 31, 2016


From Sanctum Books...

Doc Savage #85: The Pharaoh’s Ghost and The Man Who Was Scared [October 2015; $14.95] reprints two Doc thrillers by Lester Dent writing as Kenneth Robeson.

The Pharaoh’s Ghost first appeared in the June 1944 issue of Doc Savage Magazine until the misspelt title “The Pharoah’s Ghost.” For the hilarious story behind that misspelling, read Will Murray’s informative essay in this volume. Here’s what the back cover blurb has to say about this novel:

After Johnny Littlejohn disappears in Cairo, Doc Savage journeys to the Land of the Sphinx to discover the strange secret behind The Pharaoh’s Ghost.

The Man Who Was Scared comes from the July 1944 issue of Doc Savage Magazine. It’s a sequel to the first novel:

The Man of Bronze is accused of murder when The Man Who Was Scared is killed in Doc’s own offices!

This issue’s bonus feature is “Scourge of the Skies,” a Bill Barnes adventure by Charles S. Verral. The Bill Barnes, Air Adventure pulp magazine made its debut in 1934. The first six Barnes stories were written by Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, who was the founder and original owner of what became DC Comics. The magazine was cancelled and plans for a revival never materialized.

In the meantime, Barnes was appearing in Street and Smith’s Shadow Comics. Stories prepared for the unsuccessful revival appeared in Doc Savage Magazine. This story  appeared in Bill Barnes Comics #1. It was a hybrid issue that featured comics stories, model airplane building instructions and this last prose adventure of the famed aviator.

Sanctum Books delivers fine entertainment at a reasonable price. I recommend their books to one and all.

ISBN 978-1-60877-188-2

© 2016 Tony Isabella

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