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Will Murray's Pulp Classics #44
Captain Zero Audiobook
#2 The Mark of Zero!
by G.T. Fleming-Roberts
Read by Michael C. Gwynne. Liner Notes by Will Murray
 
 
Most pulp heroes were born in editorial conferences, with or without the input of the assigned author. This is how great characters like Doc Savage and The Avenger were created.
 
Not so the Master of Midnight, Captain Zero. He was solely the brainchild of pulp veteran G. T. Fleming-Roberts, who had previously worked on Secret Agent X, the Black Hood and the Green Ghost, the latter two under his own name.
 
In 1948, Fleming-Roberts decided to turn the stalwart pulp superhero on its head and came up with mild-mannered newspaperman, Lee Allyn, who stripped down to his skivvies every midnight and sallied forth as the invisible but nervous Captain Zero. Thinking he had a winner, Fleming-Roberts left his Indianapolis home and went knocking on the doors of the major Manhattan pulp houses.
 
Street & Smith’s Daisy Bacon turned him down. They already had the original unseen avenger, The Shadow. Who needed another? But when the writer paid a call on Popular Publications, the former issuers of The Spider and Secret 6 decided to get back into the hero business. They announced the first issue for early 1949, but the pulp industry remained stuck in the post-war doldrums, so Popular held back Captain Zero #1 for a September release. The first issue of the new bi-monthly was cover-dated November.
 
Captain Zero was a breath of fresh air in a field dominated by grim crimebusters. Lee Allyn didn’t really want to fight crime, but what are you going to do with your time after an accident turns you invisible (except for your eyeballs, that is) every midnight? Underfunded, unappreciated, at risk of being overwhelmed by the furious guns of the Underworld, Captain Zero battles small-town crime far from the big cities braver superheroes guarded.
 
For his second caper, Captain Zero challenges a mysterious mastermind who commands his murderous minions via radio, and is known only as the Man in the Black Hat. It appears as if G. T. Fleming-Roberts was having a bit of fun––for the Man in the Black Hat sounds a lot like The Shadow! If that’s not enough, he manages to run afoul of the local law, and becomes a wanted fugitive.
 
The Mark of Zero! is the name of this thrilling tale. It’s narrated with just the right leavening of wry wit by Michael C. Gwynne. Also included in this exciting audiobook are two short stories torn from the pages of the January, 1950 issue of Captain Zero, “Pinned Down!” and “Double-Take on Death,” penned by Alan Ritner Anderson and Walt Sheldon respectively.
 
#2 The Mark of Zero!
by G.T. Fleming-Roberts
Read by Michael C. Gwynne
Chapter 1: V for Violence
Chapter 2: The Man in the Black Hat
Chapter 3: Murder Boulevard
Chapter 4: Barricade
Chapter 5: The Zero Hour
Chapter 6: The Phantom Sign
Chapter 7: Widow of a Dead Wolf
Chapter 8: Too Many Dead Men
Chapter 9: Master Stroke!
Chapter 10: Wolf Trap
Chapter 11: The Green-Eyed Goddess
Chapter 12: Zero-Hunt
Chapter 13: Counterspy
Chapter 14: Alias Number Three
Chapter 15: The Last Communication
Chapter 16: Blood Money
Chapter 17: The Big Crack-Out!
Chapter 18: The House of Dead Faces
Chapter 19: Undercover Agent
Chapter 20: The Finishing Touches
Chapter 21: Like Ducks in a Tub

Pinned Down!
by Alan Ritner Anderson
Read by John Doyle

Double-Take on Death
by Walt Sheldon
Read by Roy Worley
 

“One of my all-time favorite pulp magazines—brought to life!”
 
Will Murray is the Series Producer for Will Murray’s Pulp Classics line of Pulp Audiobooks and Pulp eBooks. Will is the author of over 50 novels in popular series ranging from The Destroyer to Mars Attacks. Collaborating posthumously with the legendary Lester Dent, he has written to date twelve Doc Savage novels, with Skull Island, Death’s Dark Domain, Desert Demons, Horror in Gold, and The Infernal Buddha now available. For National Public Radio, Murray adapted The Thousand-Headed Man for The Adventures of Doc Savage in 1985, and recently edited Doc Savage: The Lost Radio Scripts of Lester Dent for Moonstone Books. He is versed in all things pulp.
 
Michael C. Gwynne’s outstanding achievements have encompassed all areas of entertainment – radio, television and film. Through out the sixties Michael could be heard as a DJ in San Francisco, New York City and Los Angeles. Shortly after breaking the Guinness Book of Records for nonstop drumming, 92 hours at the 1965 “Drum-A-Thon” in Honolulu, Michael was cast in the TV series The Psychiatrist by a young Steven Spielberg.
 
Michael went on to work behind the scenes on Spielberg’s breakthrough film Jaws where he can be heard as the DJ on beach radios. He continued to land roles in popular television shows: Kojak, Dallas, CHiPS, Hill Street Blues, Cagney & Lacey, and Falcon Crest before he crossed paths again with Spielberg when he was cast in an episode of Amazing Stories directed by Martin Scorsese.
 
Although Michael has worked steadily as a character actor in television and film over the last three decades his first love is still radio where he enjoys the challenges of a fast paced production, bringing a character to life with nothing but his deep thrilling voice!

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