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1 Chadwick, Paul (writing as "Brant House") SECRET AGENT XSecret Agent X: all seven 1966 Corinth paperbacks. 37105
Corinth Publications: San Diego, CA. 1966.
First editions (& 1st printings).
Paperback originals.
A complete set of the seven Corinth paperbacks published in 1966, reprinting stories from the 1930s pulp magazine SECRET AGENT X. The seven titles are The Torture Trust (no 1 in the series), Servants Of The Skull, Curse Of The Mandarin's Fan, City Of The Living Dead, The Death-Torch Terror, Octopus Of Crime and The Sinister Scourge (no 7 in the series).

''US pulp magazine, also known as Secret Agent X: Detective Mysteries. 41 issues from February 1934 to March 1941. Published by Periodical House Inc, an imprint of Ace Magazines. Editors were Rose Wyn for the first few years, then Harry Widmer for the remainder of the run. Publication varied from monthly to an erratic bimonthly schedule. The titular Secret Agent ''X'' - created by pulp author Paul Chadwick under the House Name Brant House - was never identified by name. He had an X-shaped scar above his heart from a shrapnel wound in World War One, leading to his alias; apparently some of the metal remained and occasionally caused him great pain. Billed as ''The Man of a Thousand Faces'', X could quickly change his appearance, using make-up and props rather than any Superpower. Originally he fought crime on behalf of an unknown group of very wealthy sponsors, but then became a US Government agent for the ''K-R'' group, presumably led by Harvey Bates. Colleagues included reporter Betty Dale and the more conventional private investigator Jim Hobart. Though himself an only mildly offbeat detective/counter-espionage agent, X often faced Mad Scientists and other villains who used futuristic Weapons, were capable of reanimating the dead, and so on. X, somewhat unusually for the time, preferred non-lethal weapons such as a gas pistol which temporarily knocked out opponents. In the 1960s, Corinth Books attempted to revive the character in paperback following Bantam Books' success with Doc Savage, but this venture ended after only seven volumes. Other small presses began reprinting the title in recent years, together with new novels by such authors as Sean Elliis'' (Encyclopedia of SF, 3rd Edition).


NF/Fine (unread) set, edges of inner covers browning on several.

Price: 125.00 GBP
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2 House, Brant (SECRET AGENT X)Secret Agent X; City Of The Living Dead (Secret Agent X no. 4). 37106
Corinth Publications: San Diego, CA. 1966.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Paperback original.
Corinth CR134. Number four in the seven volume series of Corinth paperbacks published in 1966, reprinting stories from the 1930s pulp magazine SECRET AGENT X.

''US pulp magazine, also known as Secret Agent X: Detective Mysteries. 41 issues from February 1934 to March 1941. Published by Periodical House Inc, an imprint of Ace Magazines. Editors were Rose Wyn for the first few years, then Harry Widmer for the remainder of the run. Publication varied from monthly to an erratic bimonthly schedule. The titular Secret Agent ''X'' - created by pulp author Paul Chadwick under the House Name Brant House - was never identified by name. He had an X-shaped scar above his heart from a shrapnel wound in World War One, leading to his alias; apparently some of the metal remained and occasionally caused him great pain. Billed as ''The Man of a Thousand Faces'', X could quickly change his appearance, using make-up and props rather than any Superpower. Originally he fought crime on behalf of an unknown group of very wealthy sponsors, but then became a US Government agent for the ''K-R'' group, presumably led by Harvey Bates. Colleagues included reporter Betty Dale and the more conventional private investigator Jim Hobart. Though himself an only mildly offbeat detective/counter-espionage agent, X often faced Mad Scientists and other villains who used futuristic Weapons, were capable of reanimating the dead, and so on. X, somewhat unusually for the time, preferred non-lethal weapons such as a gas pistol which temporarily knocked out opponents. In the 1960s, Corinth Books attempted to revive the character in paperback following Bantam Books' success with Doc Savage, but this venture ended after only seven volumes. Other small presses began reprinting the title in recent years, together with new novels by such authors as Sean Elliis'' (Encyclopedia of SF, 3rd Edition).


A little spine lean, page edges browning, a G/VG copy.

Price: 10.00 GBP
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