Leo Margulies, editor in chief at the Thrilling Group pulp house, asked prolific writer Norman A. Daniels to create a new hero for Black Book Detective magazine. Daniels came up with a character he called the Tiger. Margulies liked his idea, but decided the new hero should be more mysterioso, like The Shadow, and renamed him the Black Bat. And so he became, wearing a black cowl and matching batwing cape. The new nemesis of criminals was first published in the July, 1939 Black Book Detective.
The Black Bat was a district attorney named Anthony Quinn. Blinded by a cowardly criminal, Quinn lost his sight, his face acid-scarred around the eyes. No longer able to practice law, Quinn retired. But a miracle eye transplant restored his sight, and more. Quinn discovered that he could see in the dark. This gave him inspiration.
“I’ve been blind—as blind as a bat. I still am so far as anyone knows. I shall prowl during the night. Bats are blind and fly by night also. I'll be the Bat. The Black Bat!"
Gathering together a small band of assistants—reformed conman "Silk" Kirby and muscleman "Butch" O'Leary—Quinn decided to wage an unrelenting secret war on the criminal element. Joining him is lovely Carol Baldwin. It was the corneas of her dying policeman father which were grafted into Tony's own eyes, restoring his sight.
The first Black Bat adventure, Brand of the Black Bat is a stirring story of crime and corruption, and of a courageous avenger determined to track down the vicious gangster who robbed him of his brilliant career, all the while thwarting Captain MacGrath of the N.Y.P.D., who suspects Quinn and the Black Bat are one and the same.
The Black Bat proved so successful he ran for more than a dozen years, expiring only when the pulp magazine fell out of favor in the early 1950s.
Brand of the Black Bat, the first Black Bat adventure, is read with impeccable skill and fidelity by the accomplished Michael McConnohie.
Chapter 1: Visit By Night
Chapter 2: Searing Acid
Chapter 3: Girl Of Mystery
Chapter 4: The Light Again
Chapter 5: Voice On The Wire
Chapter 6: Brand of The Black Bat
Chapter 7: The Test
Chapter 8: Bank Robbery
Chapter 9: The Trap
Chapter 10: New Recruits
Chapter 11: The Commissioner's Visitor
Chapter 12: Night Battle
Chapter 13: The Disappearing Truck
Chapter 14: Butch Finds Trouble
Chapter 15: The Bat's Dilemma
Chapter 16: Three Prisoners
Chapter 17: The Truck Double
Chapter 18: The Bat Takes A Ride
Chapter 19: Master Of Crime
Chapter 20: The Bat Explains
Michael McConnohie began reading at a very early age and developed a lifelong relationship with the written and spoken word. As an actor, he has appeared in soap operas, cartoons, prime-time TV, and on the stage. His audiobook narrations range from true crime to history, biography, science, self-help and poetry. He is an Earphones award winner for fiction.