RARA-AVIS: Re: Masked Detectives?

From: Chuck G. ( chgenoe2@prodigy.net)
Date: 19 Jun 2008

Thanks Jim. These sound interesting, and I'll definately try to check them out. I guess its not so much the 'masked detective' stories that I like as the hero pulps and weird menace pulps. The Spider combines both of those genres pretty well. Robert E. Howard's detective fiction is also good as weird menace, sort of along the lines of Rohmer's Fu Manchu but with a more action oriented hero.

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "jimdohertyjr"
<jimdohertyjr@...> wrote:
> Chuck,
> Re your question below:
> > This probably not hardboiled, but Baen is reprinting The Spider
> > stories by Gerald W. Page from the 1930s. I just finished the
> > paperback 'Robat Titans of Gotham', and really enjoyed it.
> > Ventrues is also reprinting The Shadow. Are there any other
> > of this type of story that people might recommend?
> I can't personally recommend them, since I have no personal
> but two you might want to try to track down:
> The second "masked avenger" sleuth, following in the wake of the
> success of Street & Smith's The Shadow by just a few months, and
> predating both The Spider and Doc Savage (Savage, of course,
> masked, but he is generally classed with the other "hero pulps"),
> The Phantom Detective, who starred in his own magazine. Another
> those "wealthy young men about town," who scratched an itch by
> crime, his costume was a domino mask and a top hat. His
> were by-lined "G. Waymon Jones," but, in contrast to characters
> The Shadow, The Spider, and Doc Savage, who were primarily
> with a single creator, many different writers contributed Phantom
> Detective stories under the "Jones" house name, including pulp
> stalwarts like D.L. Champion, Norman Daniels, and Norvell Page
> himself. One P/D writer who might be of particular interest was
> Schwartz, who also did a lot of work in the comics field,
including a
> number of adventures about the mast famous masked detectve of them
> the Batman, particularly for the syndicated Batman newspaper strip
> the '40's.
> Erle Stanley Gardner's contribution to the "masked avenger" school
> pulp detective fiction was a character called "The Patent Leather
> who wore a mask made of (wait for it) patent leather. I think his
> stories appeared in DETECTIVE FICTION WEEKLY, but I could be wrong
> about that.

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