The Spider: Builders Of The Black Empire.

By: THE SPIDER (pulp reprint),

Price: £8.00

Quantity: 2 available

Grading: Fine (unread) copy.


Facsimile reprint of the lead novel BUILDERS OF THE BLACK EMPIRE by Norvell W. Page (writing under the House Name of ''Grant Stockridge'') from the October 1934 issue of The Spider pulp magazine, plus the short story (in the same issue) ''Doc Turner's Death Rendezvous'' by Arthur Leo Zagat. Note: two other stories in that particular issue are not reprinted.

US Pulp magazine, 118 issues October 1933 to December 1943; monthly until February 1943, bimonthly thereafter. Published by Popular Publications; edited initially by Rogers Terrill until mid-1936 and then by a succession of editors until W Ryerson Johnson closed down the final issue. The Spider, one of the hero/villain pulps, began as a straightforward imitation of the highly successful The Shadow, telling of a mysterious caped avenger. The first two novels were by R T M Scott; the remainder, credited to the House Name Grant Stockbridge, were mainly by Norvell W Page with others by Emile C Tepperman, Wayne Rogers and Prentice Winchell. Under Page's guidance, the Spider became a more ruthless character who stamped a spider sign on the foreheads of the villains he killed, and the menaces he fought became more fantastic, including a metal-eating virus and Neanderthal hordes (the two novels concerned were reprinted under their original titles as The City Destroyer [January 1935; 1975] and Hordes of the Red Butcher [June 1935; 1975]). The Spider also contained short stories, including the non-sf Doc Turner series by Arthur Leo Zagat. The character later featured in a cinema serial, The Spider's Web (1938; 15 episodes, Columbia, starring Robert E Kent). Since 1969 further novels have been reprinted in book form (see Norvell W Page for details). A final Spider manuscript by Donald Cormack, left unpublished when the magazine folded, was reworked with new characters as Blue Steel (1979) as by Spider Page (SF Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition).

Title: The Spider: Builders Of The Black Empire.

Author Name: THE SPIDER (pulp reprint),

Categories: PULPS & PULP-RELATED,

Edition: First edition thus (& 1st printing).

Publisher: Dimedia Inc.: NY/Pulp Press.: 1980.

Binding: Trade paperback original.

Grading: Fine (unread) copy.

Seller ID: 34655