The Spider #24 Audiobook
King of the Red Killers
by Norvell W. Page writing as Grant Stockbridge
Read by Nick Santa Maria
Looting, maiming, slaughtering, El Gaucho launched his colossal plot to unite the Underworld — to make himself King of America! No torture was too cruel for him to employ; no deed too bloody; no life too precious, except his own. Richard Wentworth — the Spider, who exacts justice when the Law fails — realized he alone could save America from wanton butchery, in spite of the grim reward posted for his head — its own weight in the purest gold!
Wentworth's best friend, Commissioner Stanley Kirkpatrick, pointedly informed him on one blunt occasion that he would send Richard Wentworth to the death house if positive proof that the wealthy criminologist was really the Spider ever came into his hands. Here lies the genius of Norvell Page’s Spider. Wentworth had a secret identity, but hardly anyone was fooled by it! The white-hot relationships between the cast of characters were mature, even modern by our standards. This while he battled supercriminals such as the Fly, Iron Man and the Bat-Man.
Once, during a respite in a typical blood-and-screaming-bullets carnage of urban combat, Police Commissioner Kirkpatrick ticked off a long list of suspects. Wentworth blurted out this self-revealing truth. “I’m suspicious of everyone,” he admitted, “even of myself sometimes.” And well he should be. For Richard Wentworth was an undiagnosed manic-depressive—if not paranoid schizophrenic—subject to violent mood swings, climbing to unutterable heights of exultation in one scene, then crashing into the blackest depths of despair the next. When the Spider-madness came over him, he might pick up his treasured Stradivarius violin and launch into a night-long serenade to soul-searching. Or, he might putty up his face, don black hat and cape, go out Spidering.…
This thrilling Spider audiobook features acclaimed voice talent Nick Santa Maria, who has made the Spider his own! King of the Red Killers originally published in The Spider magazine, September, 1935.
Chapter 1: The Spider’s Warning
Chapter 2: Disaster Threatens
Chapter 3: Death at the Wheel
Chapter 4: Battle in the Sky
Chapter 5: Rendezvous of Death
Chapter 6: To the Rescue!
Chapter 7: The Traitor
Chapter 8: Audience With El Gaucho!
Chapter 9: Gaucho Justice
Chapter 10: Promise of Death
Chapter 11: When Foes Meet
Chapter 12: El Gaucho Strikes
Chapter 13: Threat of Disaster
Chapter 14: Citadel of Crime
Chapter 15: Battle Lines
Chapter 16: A Grim Task
Chapter 17: Cell for the Spider
Chapter 18: The Spider’s Head
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. |