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!
Barrtown looked like a model community of good repute — but underneath the righteous, innocent expressions of its leading citizens, Tony Quinn saw the ugliness of crime! Follow The Black Bat as he battles a mysterious — and unseen — menace!
Although considered by many to be a part of the third round of Pulp heroes during the Magazines’ heyday, The Black Bat numbered among the second wave of heroic lead characters produced by The Thrilling Publishing Group, also known at various times as Standard or Nedor Publishing. Norman A. Daniels not only created The Black Bat but was also responsible for other characters included in this new push into Pulp hero territory by Thrilling.
History of more than a few characters may have been drastically different if The Black Bat had appeared as Daniels originally conceived him. A different animal inspired Tony Quinn in the original concept when he was stricken blind and left with scars around his eyes. Daniels’ plan was for Quinn to call himself The Tiger, but the powers at be at Standard had a different idea. Not only had there been precedent in the company’s past offerings for there being a Bat or even a Black Bat, but they’d also recently acquired *Black Book Detective* and felt that Quinn’s alter ego should somehow associate with that more than a killer feline. So, Daniels acquiesced, and The Tiger became a dark costumed death dealing avenger known as The Black Bat, complete with bat like costume, ribbed winglike cape and all. This would not last however, as The Black Bat stopped wearing the cape in late 1944, content to only wear black to hide in the darkness the city provided.
Thrill to City of Hidden Death, originally published in Black Book Detective #77 December 1947 and read with two fisted excitement by award winning voice actor Milton Bagby.
Table of Contents:
Chapter 1: The Bargain
Chapter 2: The Spy
Chapter 3: City Without Crime
Chapter 4: Reception Committee
Chapter 5: Telephone Number
Chapter 6: Corpse Bait
Chapter 7: Man Who Lied
Chapter 8: The Black Bat’s First Move
Chapter 9: Fixed Fight
Chapter 10: Ride to Death
Chapter 11: Tottering Empire
Chapter 12: The Final Meeting
Chapter 13: The Story of Murder