Out of the night comes a menacing winged figure! Blind district attorney Tony Quinn takes his battle for justice from the courtrooms to the streets, battling evil as The Black Bat!
To fight an unknown criminal is one thing — but matching wits with a salt-declared crook and killer is a new experience for The Black Bat! Tony Quinn accepts the challenge of a bold hijack chief whose loot runs into millions!
Many Pulp magazines came and went only after a few issues. The same could easily be said for characters in series within the magazines. Many only appeared twice, some even only making one appearance before plans for more stories were cancelled. First appearing in 1939, Tony Quinn wore his mask and fought for justice until 1953, putting him on the short list of long running Pulp heroes with the likes of Doc Savage, The Shadow, and The Phantom Detective. The majority of these stories were written by Norman A. Daniels, the author who essentially created The Black Bat as fans came to know him.
Although other writers would contribute to the series here and there, Daniels was overall the driving force behind The Black Bat. This is why fans see this series as one of the most consistent Pulp canons today, most of them being penned by the same writer. With that in mind, it was likely an editorial change that brought about the end of The Black Bat in 1953. Thrilling replaced the series long time editor, Leo Marguiles, with a new editor. According to information attributed to Daniels’ himself, the new editor was a woman and wanted to change the format, updating it for an adult audience and possibly even introducing romance and innuendo into the series. Daniels didn’t agree with this direction and this is believed by many to be why The Black Bat took his last flight into his fight against evil when he did.
Thrill to The Murder Genius, originally published in Black Book Detective #90 Summer 1950 and read with two fisted excitement by award winning voice actor Milton Bagby.
Table of Contents:
Chapter 1: Crime by Experts
Chapter 2: Murder
Chapter 3: Self-Confessed Killer
Chapter 4: Tony Quinn
Chapter 5: The Law Visits Price
Chapter 6: Flushing a Suspect
Chapter 7: A Little Talk
Chapter 8: Hornets’ Nest
Chapter 9: Rescue
Chapter 10: Ralph Gaylord, M.D.
Chapter 11: Death at the Gatehouse
Chapter 12: Alibi Matter
Chapter 13: The Surfside
Chapter 14: Butch Gets News
Chapter 15: Laboratory Test
Chapter 16: Death Near Quinn’s Home
Chapter 17: Chase
Chapter 18: Explanations