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October 19, 2018
 
New products from Radio Archives this week!
All new products created by Radio Archives are discounted 50% the first week.
 
19th Anniversary Celebration!
19th Anniversary Celebration!
Radio Archives is celebrating 19 years of creating great products and we're commemorating this anniversary with a different special each week through the end of the year!
 
This newsletter, the Anniversary Celebration spotlight is on Old Time Radio. We have put 76 Library Versions of our Audio CD sets in the Bargain Basement. Our national distributor offers many of the Radio Archives sets in public libraries, truck stops and many other sales outlets. These boxed sets are packaged in different storage cases and have different labels, but the Audio CDs are identical to our regular sets and uses the same cover artwork. A great way to enjoy our radio sets at a whopping 75% discount. This weekly special is good until Thursday night October 25th. (No limit on how many sets you can order but some of the sets will sell out this weekend.)
 
19 cent Anniversary BONUS!
Brand New - The Spider #1 paperback published by Carroll & Graf in 1991 for only 19 cents!
This weekly BONUS is good until Thursday night October 25th. A new 19 cent bonus every week through the end of the year.
 
The above discounted products are listed on the main page of the Bargain Basement this year for your easy convenience.
 Bargain Basement
 
 
Old Time Radio
Volume 12
 
 
“And now...another tale well-calculated to keep you in...Suspense!”
 
With a history full of twists and turns much like many of its own episodes, Suspense is a program that lives on as one of the best produced radio shows of the classic era as well as a collection of tense, well told stories.
 
Heard today, Suspense remains a true radio classic — and one for which there are very few equals. As with any series, the programs have their ups and downs but, for the most part, it’s impressive just how well these “well calculated tales” still stand up to critical ears. The best shows in the series - the legendary and much-repeated “Sorry, Wrong Number” featuring a bravura performance by Agnes Moorehead, for instance, or “Dime a Dance” starring Lucille Ball as a dance hall girl being stalked by a murderous customer - still retain their power to both shock and engross the listener.
 
Revenge was the motivation behind what many consider Suspense’s greatest episode – “Sorry, Wrong Number. “It first premiered on Suspense back on May 25, 1943. Agnes Moorehead created the role in the first performance and again in several later radio productions. It was broadcast nationwide seven times between 1943 and 1948 with Agnes Moorehead creating and re-creating all the performances. Lucille Fletcher was inspired to write “Sorry, Wrong Number” to avenge herself on a well-dressed woman with an obnoxious manner who refused to allow Fletcher to go ahead of her in the line at a local grocery on Manhattan’s East Side. Fletcher was buying food for her sick child.
 
Suspense, which aired its first episode in 1942, was one of the longest running radio programs during the Golden Age of Radio. It was one of the few radio programs that had a 20-year or more run.
 
Thrills and chills delivered by top actors giving the best performances of their radio careers await you in Suspense Volume 12 from Radio Archives. Enjoy hours of this classic program restored to Sparkling audio quality.
 
6 hours - $8.99 Download / $17.98 Audio CDs
 
Discounted 50% the first week.
MP3 digital download - $4.49
Audio CDs - $8.99
 
 
50% Discount on a previously released Old Time Radio set
Volume 2

 
 

"Let's be happy, gather 'round, 'cause it's time for you and me to sing a song as we jog along to the Chuck-Wagon Jamboree!" 

 

To western fans, he will always be best known as Festus Haggen, the grizzled and cantankerous sidekick of Sheriff Matt Dillon on the CBS television series "Gunsmoke." Complete with a three-day growth of beard and a dry-throated voice, Ken Curtis co-starred on the series for eleven years and became one of the best-loved comedic actors in television history.

 

But even die-hard fans of Dodge City may not realize that, in the years just after World War II, their favorite western deputy was, in fact, a singing cowboy -- the star of his own movie series at Columbia Pictures and a musical radio favorite to boot.

 

Joining Ken Curtis on this new series of shows, titled Chuck-Wagon Jamboree, was a batch of talented studio musicians called The Novelty Aces, who would support Curtis musically in his solo numbers, appear as laughing and joking hillbilly hicks between songs, and also be featured in their own musical numbers. Art West, a talented musician and composer in his own right, was hired as both announcer and performer, and two of the singers would change their voices and appear as "The Goon Holler Twins" for twangy duets. Musically, the tone was decidedly down-home, with selections ranging all the way from Stephen Foster favorites to barbershop ballads, from spirituals to fiddle break-downs, and from popular tunes to a daily close-harmony hymn that would close each program on a peaceful note. Curtis would generally be featured in two songs per program, often choosing his selections from the popular recordings of western performers like Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Bob Wills, and Al Dexter, and emphasizing the ballads that had made him a singing cowboy in the first place.

 

There's no question that "Chuck-Wagon Jamboree" did a lot for Ken Curtis' singing career; by 1949, he had not only returned to filmmaking - appearing in various westerns for independent studios and also for Republic Pictures - but had also been hired as the lead singer for the Sons of the Pioneers, a good fit musically, personally, and financially. He would continue singing lead with the group until 1953.

 

Heard today, "Chuck-Wagon Jamboree" still has much to offer. Reminiscent of "The Grand Old Opry" and, particularly, "The National Barn Dance," the series is a tuneful throwback to a simpler time when cowboys rode the range with their guitar by their side and everyone knew the old songs they had learned on their grandmother's knee. While listening to these shows, don't be surprised if you discover you actually remember all the words to an old hymn you used to sing as a child or find yourself humming along to a time-honored western favorite. Taken from an original set of 16" Teleways transcription recordings and fully restored for beautiful, high-fidelity sound.

 
10 hours - $14.99 Download / $29.98 Audio CDs
 
Discounted 50% this week.
MP3 digital download - $7.49
Audio CDs - $14.99
 
 
Audiobooks
The Spider #79 Audiobook
The Man from Hell
by Emile C. Tepperman writing as Grant Stockbridge
Read by Nick Santa Maria
 
 
So devastating was the ghastly power Professor Secundus wielded over the hapless city — and over his sightless, kill-crazy slaves in particular — that Richard Wentworth asked New York to surrender to the King of Crime!... How could the Spider, himself doomed to blindness, prevent the mass tragedy that was due to follow — and at the same time save his sweetheart from Satan’s Hell on Earth!
 
The Spider was the star of his own pulp magazine for a wild decade bound by 1933 and 1943. Seeing rival pulp house Street & Smith breaking sales records with The Shadow Magazine, Popular Publications president Harry Steeger decided to clone him. Legend has it that he was playing tennis and spotted a spider walking across the court. That gave him a catchy yet creepy title. He hired mystery novelist and occultist R. T. M. Scott to write The Spider Strikes! and a sequel, The Wheel of Death. Mysteriously, Scott bowed out of the picture around the time of the first issue, dated October, 1933.
 
Enter Norvell W. Page, a newspaperman and practitioner of the Edgar Allen Poe tradition in pulps such as Dime Mystery Magazine. Writing under the pseudonym of Grant Stockbridge, he remade the Spider into his own psychic twin, often dressing up as the Master of Men when delivering his monthly manuscripts.
 
In a letter to a Spider fan, Page wrote, “Think of me as Wentworth, if you will. The line between us is not too distinct.”
 
This thrilling Spider audiobook features acclaimed voice talent Nick Santa Maria, who has made the Spider his own! The Man from Hell originally published in The Spider magazine, April, 1940.
 
5 hours - $9.99 Download / $19.98 Audio CDs
 
Discounted 50% the first week.
MP3 digital download - $4.99
Audio CDs - $9.99
 
 
#38 The Siege that Brought the Black Death
by Emile C. Tepperman writing as Curtis Steele
Read by Milton Bagby
 
 
The Purple Invasion story #13 of 13
 
Pitted against the Mongol land forces, and the Purple Fleet, bombarding from the sea — New York’s embattled army had stood off the long, bitter siege. At last, victory was within the grasp of Operator #5 and his little band of American fighters. Then came the Emperor’s final trump card — a foul, slaying miasma which loosed itself over the land, bringing a torturing, horrible death — which all men knew and feared as Europe’s medieval Black Plague!
 
Never before had an action hero failed to resolve the main threat by the end of his own magazine’s lead novel. But with The Purple Invasion in the Operator #5 magazine, Jimmy Christopher was forced to fight on and on, with no clear victory in sight. In fact, the situation simply got worse and worse with each intense installment. Long-time characters perished. New ones were introduced. They fell in battle. It was heroic tragedy on a scale never before seen.
 
Tepperman also threw enough hopeless scenarios into the mix that each and every issue, readers believed Jimmy Christopher just might not make it. Yet he did in true hero fashion, always the worse for wear. Almost as a response, the next fearsome battle would be worse. It appeared Operator #5 might not ever stop the Purple Invasion.
 
Just when all seemed hopeless, Emile C. Tepperman finally brought the Purple Invasion to a conclusion in the March, 1938 issue. The wrap-up was sudden, and almost entirely unexpected. In the novels leading up to this climactic story, it appeared that the Purple Invasion storyline was destined to go on and on and on.
 
New York had fought through a horrific, nightmarish captivity. With an end in sight, Operator #5 and his ragtag army found hope. Then, from out of the Emperor’s devil cauldron, rose a scourge from a dark past!
 
The Siege that Brought the Black Death is read with stirring intensity by Milton Bagby. Originally published in the March-April 1938 issue of Operator #5 magazine.
 
Performed by Audie Awards winner, voice actor Milton Bagby.
 
5 hours - $9.99 Download / $19.98 Audio CDs
 
Discounted 50% the first week.
MP3 digital download - $4.99
Audio CDs - $9.99
 
 
eBooks
 
Radio Archives Pulp Classics
 
Total Pulp Experience. These exciting pulp adventures have been beautifully reformatted for easy reading as an eBook and features every story, every editorial, and every column of the original pulp magazine.
 
During the science-fiction boom of the 1930s, there were over a dozen pulp magazines dedicated to the subject. Analog, Startling Stories, Amazing Stories, Wonder Stories, Captain Future and Super Science Stories were just a few. In 1939, the pulp magazine publisher of Jungle Stories, and many others, added its own entry into the sci-fi field, Planet Stories. Until it folded in 1955, it published ground-breaking science fiction from some of the genre's brightest stars. Planet Stories returns in these vintage pulp tales, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format.
 
Table of Contents:
 
A Novel of Distant Worlds
The Warlock Of Sharrador
by Gardner F. Fox
For unremembered eons the Thing had slept. For a million years it had quested through the star worlds of its dreams, until it lived only as a faint legend in the race memories of mankind. But now the time had come for man to recall its name, and to worship it once again. Noorlythin arose and went out into the world of men and robots.
 
What Inhabits Me? — Star-flung Novelet
by R. M. Williams
What vast secret would it hold? What startling discoveries... what dire news would it bring back from deep space after twenty lost years? Fearfully men of Pluto watched as the Andromeda glided awesomely into the spaceport.
 
The Berserker — Star-flung Novelet
by Charles V. De Vet
There was no reckoning with the Berserker. Twas said that “when an opening comes, he’ll play for it. And he’ll do it with Mars-minded violence!”
 
Chicken Farm — Short Story
by Ross Rocklynne
Harvey was a humorless little man; a man with great singleness of purpose. He could find asteroid-juncture faults with the greatest of ease, and “perp” planets too. But could he find Anna of Oregon who somehow doubted his greatest discovery of all?
 
Ricardo’s Virus — Short Story
by William Tenn
A knife wound can be a serious matter on Earth. On Venus it’s a six-hour flow into vilest eternity.
 
Happy Rain Night — Short Story
by Dean Evans
It was the Big Sleep for those at Residential Number 327 this night... this very dark Martian night... this very good night for the Synthi-Rain.
 
Amour, Amour, Dear Planet! — Short Story
by Mark Clutter
The staid Mohcans sought a new and sinless world, but they made one mistake. They depended on their hostage and pilot, Jan Obrien, to locate it for them. Ah, but that Obrien... he was an amorous imp from way back.
 
Planet’s Star Feature
The Vizigraph
Parade of the wordy legions. $3.99
 
Discounted 50% the first week.
$1.99
 
 

50% Discount on a previously released eBook
Radio Archives Pulp Classics
The Spider #24 eBook
September 1935
by Norvell W. Page writing as Grant Stockbridge
 
Total Pulp Experience. These exciting pulp adventures have been beautifully reformatted for easy reading as an eBook and features every story, every editorial, and every column of the original pulp magazine. As a special bonus, Will Murray has written an introduction especially for this series of eBooks.
 
Another epic exploit of America’s best-loved pulp-fiction character of the 1930s and 1940s: The Spider — Master of Men! Richard Wentworth — the dread Spider, nemesis of the Underworld, lone wolf anti-crime crusader who always fights in that grim no-man’s land between Law and lawless — returns in vintage pulp tales of the Spider, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format.
 
Table of Contents:
 
Meet the Spider!
by Will Murray
 
The Full-Length Feature Novel
King of the Red Killers
by Norvell W. Page writing as Grant Stockbridge
The Spider heard the first dread rumors in the secret councils of the Underworld. A keen-witted, ambitious criminal leader named El Gaucho — backed by a powerful army of brutal killers — was pillaging the West. Looting, ravaging, slaughtering wantonly, the master-mind of crime was ruthlessly following a plan which would make him King of America! Richard Wentworth — the debonair aristocrat who is in truth the deadly Spider, protector of the oppressed — knew that he must strike quickly, or die! For Wentworth, ever running a double risk, forced now to sacrifice a brave, dear friend to ghastly torture, faced a grim, new danger in the bounty-hunters who wanted to collect El Gaucho's reward — its own weight of the purest gold for the Spider's head!
 
Murder Extra — An Allen Foster Story
by Wyatt Blassingame
Allen Foster told the papers he didn't like being shot at, and announced when he'd turn the killer in... But when the story broke, it seemed as if Foster would be found at the wrong end of the gun!
 
The Web — A Department
by Inspector Leslie T. White
How Spiders can train themselves to catch criminals! $3.99
 
Discounted 50% this week.
$1.99
 
 
 
Pulp Book Store
July 1930
 
Saps and Sappers
by Arthur Guy Empey
Three dumb doughs blunder into a German-mined hill!
 
Spy Hunter of the Somme
by Harold F. Cruickshank
 
Bombing the Sea Snakes
by Harold Bradley Say
 
Four Battling Bucks
by E.L. Valence
 
Johnny Get Your Gun
by Major George Eliot
 
The Glory Grabber
by Joseph Ball
 
A Demon of the Dugouts
by Seth Bailey
 
Air Lanes of Intrigue
by Frederick C. Painton
 
Sky Crusaders
by Edwin C. Parsons
 
The Golden Death
by Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
 
Call to Arms
by William A. Shipman
 
7×10
176 pages
Adventure House
Cover Artist: George Rozen
Published: 04/18
Pulp Replica $14.95
 
 
now in the Pulp Book Store
 
Doc Savage became known to more contemporary readers when Bantam Books began reprinting the individual magazine novels in 1964, this time with covers by artist James Bama that featured a bronze-haired, bronze-skinned Doc Savage with an exaggerated widows’ peak, usually wearing a torn khaki shirt and under the by-line “Kenneth Robeson”. The stories were not reprinted in chronological order as originally published, though they did begin with the first adventure, The Man of Bronze. By 1967, Bantam was publishing once a month until 1990, when all 181 original stories plus an unpublished novel, The Red Spider were published. Author Will Murray produced seven more Doc Savage novels for Bantam Books. Bantam also published two books by Philip José Farmer.
 
Used copies of the Bantam Doc Savage paperbacks are now available from Radio Archives Pulp Book Store. We have been building our inventory of Bantam paperbacks for a couple years and have as many as 11 copies of some titles to purchase right now.
 
We will buy your Doc Savage Bantam paperbacks. This is how we will maintain our inventory of Bantam paperbacks. eMail Service@RadioArchives.com for shipping instructions.
 
Doc Savage Bantam paperbacks
 
 

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Joseph Baneth Allen Reviews Doc Savage - The War Makers by Will Murray, based on a concept a concept by Ryerson Johnson.
Like Lester Dent, Ryerson Johnson was a pulp writer who wrote three Doc Savage novels - "Land of Always-Night," "The Fantastic Island," and "The Motion Menace." Johnson’s other novels are highly collectible.
 
Johnson had proposed a sequel to "The Motion Menace," that was not accepted by the editors at Doc Savage Magazine at the time. Fortunately William Patrick Murray adapted Ryerson’s proposal for "The War Makers" as part of his Wild Adventures of Doc Savage series.
 
Odd zones where no motion of any kind can exist are popping up all across the United States, and Doc Savage and his crew, along with Pat Savage, are facing a new foe who is calling himself the Baron In Black who is using stolen technology that Doc had thought was safely locked away by the United States Government. Now with a deadline of five days before the Untied States must surrender, Doc and company must solve the riddle of who is the Baron In Black and why he is intent on killing the Man of Bronze and crew for revenge. And for once, Pat Savage may discover that she is in way over her head with no way out.
 
Michael McConnohie gives a resounding performance of "The War Machine." Highly Recommended. Five Stars!
 
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