Volume #3: Richard Wentworth, in the guise of his crime-fighting alter-ego, returns in two 1930s tales of The Spider. First, in "Slaves of the Crime Master" (1935), criminal mastermind The Tempter broadcasts his message of evil via the radio, urging the maddened populace to destroy! Lured by his mysterious and persuasive voice, the youth of the nation flock to join his army of vicious criminals. His path blocked by police and criminals alike, The Spider wages a seemingly hopeless crusade to save humanity. Then, in "The Spider and the Fire God" (1939), its pay tribute or die as the Fire God demands his just dues and destroys the unbelieving in a burst of searing flame. Not since ancient times have so many people worshipped a strange and terrible god, abandoning their religion for fear of agonizing death. The Spider alone remains to battle this monstrous cult-leader from Hell! These two exciting pulp adventures have been beautifully reformatted for easy reading and feature both of the original full color covers as well as interior illustrations that accompany each story.
Volume #5: Richard Wentworth, in the guise of his crime-fighting alter-ego, returns in two 1930s tales of The Spider. First, in “Builders of the Black Empire” (1934), swift and terrible death rides the waves as modern day pirates turn the seas into a battlefield, striking down majestic ocean liners and lumbering cargo ships with violent abandon. To defeat these seafaring slaughterers, The Spider must match wits with a criminal genius whose cruelty runs the gamut of terror, mass destruction and torture! Then, in “Satan’s Shackles” (1938), Wentworth hangs up The Spider’s guns and seeks peace and contentment in the rural countryside while his fiancee Nita van Sloan recovers her health. But even here, a gang of vicious criminals is at work, threatening not only the citizens of Harper’s Falls but The Spider’s own hidden identity!
Volume #7: Pulp fiction’s Master of Men returns in two classic stories from 1938 and 1942. First, in “City of Lost Men” (1938), Manhattan’s guardians of the law are turned into drooling lunatics, leaving the city wide open to thieves and criminals. Who is behind this hideous menace? Can the afflicted be cured or are they doomed to insanity forever? Death is the only answer in this epic fight between the Master of the Mad and the Master of Men! Then, strange cat-like men are striking down their victims with a horrifying death-device that causes the doomed to wither away to nothing. A man with no face points a slender cane and a man dies. With his fiance Nita van Sloan enslaved within the Temple of Beauty, The Spider battles to save New York from the “Gentleman From Hell” (1942).
Volume #8: Richard Wentworth, in the guise of his crime-fighting alter-ego, returns in two 1930s tales of The Spider. First, in “Wings of the Black Death” (1933), The Spider wages a desperate struggle against a foe fiendish enough to use bubonic plague as a weapon. While the tainted air swirls among the populace, bringing death to all it touches, a clever scheme is revealed to strip the nation of wealth and life. And the worst part? The Spider may be to blame! Then, in a stunning story from 1936, hundreds of citizens have suddenly been struck blind, including Nita van Sloan and The Spider himself. The mysterious Blind Man wields a terrible weapon that robs his victims of their sight, spreading suffering and terror with every step. Betrayed by his loyal retainer Jenkyns and robbed of his vision, how can Richard Wentworth possibly save New York from “Satan’s Sightless Legion” (1936)?
Volume #10: The legendary Master of Men returns in two classic stories first released in 1934 and 1942. First, in "The Corpse Cargo" (1934), modern day pirates are hijacking passenger trains instead of shipa. Lead by the self-proclaimed Captain Kidd, as heartless a murderess as ever rode the seven seas, Kidd and her ruthless gang engage in robbery, murder, and mass destruction - and only The Spider dares defy them! Then, in "Slaves of the Ring" (1942), freedom teeters on the bring of extinction as a dictatorship threatens America. Richard Wentworth gathers together a ragtag assortment of men and women to wage the ultimate battle for life and liberty. With every hand against them, the tiny army risks life and limb to preserve the idea of justice and freedom - but can they alone triumph over tyranny?
Volume #11: Pulp fiction’s Master of Men returns in two classic stories from one of the pulp era’s best selling magazines. First, in “Scourge of the Yellow Fangs” (1937), a hidden fiend preys on the city’s Chinatown. Soon, a new menace begins to spread, threatening to engulf Asian and Caucasian alike. Only The Spider has guessed the identify of the ruthless criminal behind the atrocities committed on the nation’s newest citizens - but can he survive after being targeted for a ghastly death? Next, in “Death and The Spider” (1942), from Mar-lar-delan, ancient lama of Tibet, came the prophecy that when Death walked the Earth as a man, The Spider would die! Beseiged by terror and murder, the city struggles to survive as criminal forces rally to the man called Death!
Volume #12: Richard Wentworth, in the guise of his crime-fighting alter-ego, returns in two classic tales of The Spider. First, in “Satan’s Death Blast” (1934), normal and healthy men are going about their work one minute but, in the next minute, they literally cease to exist, wiped out by a devilish power beyond human comprehension. Taking credit for these atrocities is a mastermind who calls himself the Devil - and only The Spider dares discover if he can indeed beat the Devil! Next, no one gazed upon the new Czar of Crime and lived to tell about it, as he could inflict instant death upon his victims simply by looking at them! He, too, called himself the Devil, and with The Spider accused of murder and Richard Wentworth under suspicion by the police, he has the Devil’s luck in “Murder’s Legionnaires” (1942).