G-8 and His Battle Aces #107 Audiobook
The Wings of the Iron Claw
by Robert J. Hogan
Read by Nick Santa Maria
They called G-8 the Flying Spy. History never recorded his exploits—and for good reason! No one would ever believe World War I was that wild!
Out of the caverns of the lost came the deathless beast-men of Herr Goulon, Hunland’s Master-mind of Murder. To save the world he was fighting for, G-8, the Ace American Flying Spy had to undertake a solo flight beyond the grave!
Amidst a flurry of flight themed magazines in the late 1920s into the early 1930s, Popular Publications’ President Harry Steeger looked to throw his company into the mix of high-flying heroes, hero being the key word. Thanks to the popularity of such characters as Doc Savage and The Shadow, Steeger wanted to create a pilot character that stood out from the other flyboys in Pulp, one that was as much over the top hero as he was a flyer. From that desire and discussions primarily with author Robert J. Hogan, G-8 and His Battle Aces was born.
While Steeger and editor Roger Terrill had a hand in the character’s beginnings, G-8’s true creator was author Robert J. Hogan. Writing all 110 adventures of America’s Master Spy under his actual name, something fairly rare in the Pulps, Hogan created a fully realized world where monstrous bats took on Spads as a matter of course.
Each one of Robert J. Hogan’s 110 G-8 stories was set squarely in World War One, but it wasn’t the war that Hogan’s readers remembered or had heard about. The horrors of combat that G-8 faced were much more monstrous than bullets and mustard gas, outlandishly so. From gigantic bats breathing poison to zombie pilots to green faced Martians attacking planes in midair, the foes G-8 and the Battle Aces took on were stranger than anything seen in a real war.
Nick Santa Maria brings G-8, Nippy and Bull to thrilling life in their desperate struggle to defeat a monstrous nemesis unlike anything they have ever before encountered in The Wings of the Iron Claw. Originally published in the December 1943 issue of G-8 and His Battle Aces magazine.
Nick DeGregorio composed the music for the G-8 and His Battle Aces series of audiobooks.
Table of Contents:
Chapter 1: Herr Goulon’s Hate
Chapter 2: Death at Dawn
Chapter 3: Beast-Man
Chapter 4: G-8 Is Dead!
Chapter 5: Claws in the Night
Chapter 6: Beast-Maker
Chapter 7: Trap-Door to Hell
Chapter 8: Bull Takes Over
Chapter 9: Den of the Death-Dealers
Chapter 10: Trapped
Chapter 11: Curtain of Fire
Chapter 12: Master-Web
Chapter 13: Battle
Chapter 14: Going Through
Chapter 15: One-Way Message
Chapter 16: Grossvalla
Chapter 17: Condemned
Chapter 18: Traps for Two
Chapter 19: Death-Flight
Chapter 20: Murder Lab
Chapter 21: Midnight Rendezvous
Chapter 22: Escape
Nick Santa Maria Nick was born early in life in Brooklyn, NY. His theatrical background is based in Comedy Improv. He was a long standing member of the late lamented Miami based, Mental Floss, where he served as head writer/composer. From there he began his career in commercials, voice-overs, TV, Film, and theatre. He has performed in many roles on the stage including his award winning turn as Nick in Over The River And Through The Woods, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, as Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, in The 25th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee as Mr. Panch (3-D Theatricals), Mr. Bromhead in No Sex Please, We’re British at The Norris, and as Pseudolus in, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at the Norris Theatre. Television: The Buffalo Bill Show, B.J. Stryker, and two Disney Christmas Specials. Off Broadway: Writer/Composer/Performer on Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know, Soundtrack on RCA Victor. Broadway: Vince Fontaine in Tommy Tune’s production of Grease. He also appeared in every domestic company of Mel Brooks’ The Producers, understudying everyone from Nathan Lane and Jason Alexander, to Tony Danza and David Hassellhoff. He was the original Genie in Disney’s Aladdin, a Musical Spectacular, soundtrack on Disney Records. Nick is a resident of Los Angeles and is currently writing a book about classic film comedians, Nick’s been a long time film historian, and has written several articles on the topic.
Nick DeGregorio is a composer and conductor with over 100 theatrical musical direction credits including a Helen Hayes Awards, Best Musical Direction nomination for his work on DeafWest’s Big River at the Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC. Nick’s conducted and/or played for Randy Newman, Bernadette Peters, Marvin Hamlisch, Lorna Luft, Juliet Prowse, Morey Amsterdam, John Denver, Carol Channing and Glen Campbell and was MD for Hal Linden, Dorothy Lamour (5 years) and the LA Friar’s Club roast of Carl Reiner. He’s provided musical direction at many regional theatres around the country and was associate conductor for the Broadway tours of 42nd Street and Big River and the PCLO/Nederlander tour of Doctor Dolittle.
Nick’s conducted the Phoenix Symphony, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra and Les Brown’s Band of Renown and has played piano with the St. Louis, San Jose, Utah, Ottawa, Rochester, Baltimore, Winnipeg, Florida and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras. On Broadway, Nick played piano for 42nd Street. Off-Broadway, Nick wrote the orchestrations for Fanny Hill and orchestrated for Lorna Luft’s show and Barry Manilow produced recording, Songs My Mother Taught Me. He’s done orchestrations for the Key West Pops and also for Mitzi Gaynor’s new show, Razzle Dazzle. As a composer, Nick has worked on projects for BBC-TV, Random House Entertainment, Mike Young Productions, Scholastic Entertainment, Coyne Communications and Paramount Pictures. He has also written seven musical comedies, the latest, High School Reunion, was recently listed in the Samuel French catalog.