RARA-AVIS: Re: Burroughs and Black Mask

From: Kevin Burton Smith ( kvnsmith@thrillingdetective.com)
Date: 22 Dec 2004

>Sorry, it was this, the first incarnation of BM, not the New
>Black Mask of the eighties. Per Fictionmags Index:
>BURROUGHS, WILLIAM S(eward) (1914-1997) (chron.)
>* Coldspring News 1899, (ms) Black Mask Aug 1974
>The other contents run:
>Black Mask [v 1 #1, August 1974] ed. Keith Deutsch (Lopez
>Publications, Inc.; New York, $1.00, 96pp, pulp); Information
>from EBAY ToC scan.
>2 . Behind the Mask . Keith Deutsch . ed...

Sorry, that's not the first incarnation of BLACK MASK either, but a facsimile edition that collected bits and pieces that Keith Deutsch could get a hand on, not all of which came from BLACK MASK.

The original BM petered out in the early fifties and was subsequently incorporated into EQMM for a while, although that was mostly in the form of reprints (although I think a few original stories, including a Dan Fortune tale by Michael Collins IIRC, might have appeared under a "Black Mask" subhead).

The 1974 facsimile edition was a real rara-avis. It was going to revive BLACK MASK, but it only lasted one issue, I think. Keith, who put it together and claims to own the rights to everything connected to BLACK MASK that isn't nailed down, used to be on this list and might still be. He can give you the whole scoop.

Or just violate copyrights as far as BLACK MASK goes, and chances are you'll be hearing from him. :-)

Kevin Burton Smith
The Thrilling Detective Web Site

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