Black Book Detective magazine was probably best known for its long-running series of adventure stories featuring the crimefighter known as The Black Bat. But The Black Bat didn't appear until six years into the magazine's run with the July 1939 issue. The magazine first hit the newsstands with the June 1933 issue. For the next six years, it tried different approaches. Issue one began with a featured novel and several backup short stories. The following year it started promoting "three new complete novels" in each magazine, but abandoned that approach after four issues. It then tried shorter novelets, combined with short stories. In 1935 and 1936, it tried the "weird menace" approach, featuring scantily-clad women in peril on the covers, then switched back to hard crime. In 1938 they tried featuring recurring characters in their main novel. Gentleman thief Raffles appeared in two consecutive issues. Jonathan Drake, Ace Manhunter appeared in three issues.
The editors struck gold with The Black Bat, who first appeared in the July 1939 issue. Supposedly blind District Attorney Tony Quinn was secretly the master crime fighter known as The Black Bat. The stories were credited to the house name of G. Wayman Jones, but in actuality were written mainly by Norman A. Daniels. The Black Bat stories ran exclusively in the bi-monthly Black Book Detective magazine until it finally printed its last issue in the Winter of 1953. Black Book Detective returns in these vintage pulp tales, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format.
Table of Contents:
A Black Bat Mystery Novel
Murder Among The Dying
Featuring Tony Quinn, Nemesis Of Crime
by G. Wayman Jones
A body hurtles through the air from a skyscraper window — and before it hits the ground the Black Bat is plunged into a baffling mystery of greed and gore! Follow the trail of Tony Quinn as he speeds into the most perilous criminal chase of his career!
Poisoned Hearts — Gripping Short Story
by Ted Coughlan
Captain Conway tackles the mystery of Rex Harvey’s death!
Protective Armor — Gripping Short Story
by Norman A. Daniels
A loud suit can sometimes make as much noise as a roaring gun!
Welcome Home, Sucker — Gripping Short Story
by Joe Archibald
Jimmy Rohan is caught in a murder snare while seeking bidden loot...
The Big Money Man — Gripping Short Story
by Wayland Rice
The cash comes in — but it’s accompanied by a corpse!
Off The Record
by The Editor
A department where readers and the editor meet