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TABLE OF CONTENTS

FEATURE ARTICLES

The Amazing Talented Herb Jeffries.....by John DiMezzes

A look at the many faceted career of the Bronze Buckaroo

And A Little Child Shall Lead Them.....by Raymond William Stedman

An overview of Little Orphan Annie on radio.

Battlestar Galactica Memories.....by Tom Mason

Once again, Tom gives us a unique view of a fondly remembered television show.

Backstage Memories Of ABC-TV
Part One:  The Page Staff and Guest Relations.....by Tom Mason

Tom shares memories and anecdotes of his early days working at ABC.

Bela Lugosi's Last Serial.....by Raymond William Stedman

A look at Lugosi's work in The Phantom Creeps

The Clayton Moore Memorial Service.....by Tom and Chris Mason

A report, with pictures, on the Memorial Service held for Clayton Moore on Sunday, January 16, 2000 at the Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage in Los Angeles.

The Comic Book: As Seen in the Silver Age.....by Raymond William Stedman

What was the state of the comic book in 1968? And which of its heroes might still be entertaining readers a generation later? These were the questions examined by Raymond William Stedman in this article written four decades ago.

The DC Archives Series.....by Tom Mason

An overview of the DC Archives reprint books, including a list of titles and contents. Updated through December, 2004.

NEW!The Early Warner Bros. Television Westerns....by Dave Miller with Dan Neyer

A look back to the days when Warner Bros. brought Western action to prime time on the small screen.

The Green Hornet Strikes Again.....by Raymond William Stedman

An overview of the serial of the same name.

Johnston McCulley: Man of Mystery.....by Dan Neyer, Mary Neyer and Bob Gay

A collection of facts and speculations about the life of the creator of Zorro.

The Nickelodeons.....by Joseph Medill Patterson

An article about that new entertainment craze that is sweeping the nation....the Nickelodeon. Taken from the November 23, 1907 issue of The Saturday Evening Post.

Space Patrol Memories-Pt. 1.....by Tom Mason

Tom takes you on a guided tour of the ins and outs of the television show Space Patrol, both as a fan and an insider. Part 1 of 2.

Space Patrol Memories- Pt. 2.....by Tom Mason

Tom continues his guided tour of the ins and outs of the television show Space Patrol, both as a fan and an insider. Part 2 of 2.

Tom Mix: The Curley Bradley Years.....by Tom Mason

A remembrance of the radio show and its premiums. Were you a Straight Shooter?

Weird Wonder Tales.....by Bob Gay

An overview of the 70s Marvel reprint title, with emphasis on the art that made the title one of the best of its type.

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

The Diogenes Club

Featuring the adventures of Sherlock Holmes—originals by Doyle and spoofs by certain other distinguished authors, along with dossiers on the men behind each pastiche.

The Edmond Hamilton Hall of Wonders

Tales from the farthest futures to the deepest horrors by one of the Grand Masters of Science Fiction, along with biographical and reference material.

The Rudyard Kipling Bungalow

Tales of adventure and imagination, including the Mowgli stories from The Jungle Book, by the unofficial poet laureate of the British Empire, with additional biographical and background information.

The Baroness Orczy Solarium

The story of the creator of the Scarlet Pimpernel, with several of the Pimpernel's adventures, not to mention feats of deduction by the Baroness's sly sleuth, the Old Man in the Corner.

SHORT FICTION

An Ancient Ghost Story.....by Pliny the Younger

Athenodorus looked round and saw the apparition exactly as it had been described...

Author's Adventure.....by Upton Sinclair

Mark was an interesting talker, and one forgave him his usual song of praise when his monologue was spiced with interesting anecdotes...

A Chapparal Christmas Gift.....by O. Henry

The original cause of the trouble was about twenty years in growing...

Climax For A Ghost Story.....by I. A. Ireland

A short short story with a long afterword.

The Curse of Yig.....by Zealia Brown Bishop and H. P. Lovecraft

In 1925 I went into Oklahoma looking for snake lore, and I came out with a fear of snakes that will last me the rest of my life. I admit it is foolish, since there are natural explanations for everything I saw and heard, but ...

Death Plays Santa Claus.....by Johnston McCulley

Deep disgust formed a picture in the face of Detective-Lieutenant Mike O'Hara as he sat before his desk in the Homicide Squad's room at Police Headquarters. It was nine by the clock on ...

The Death's Head Meteor.....by Neil R. Jones

High up, on the top floor of a hundred-story building sat a man at a desk. Before him was an array of dials, a system of switches and intricate electrical...

The False Burton Combs.....by Carroll John Daly

I had an outside stateroom on the upper deck of the Fall River boat and ten minutes after I parked my bag there I knew that I was being watched. The boat had already cleared and was slowly...

The Frontier Guards.....by H. Russell Wakefield

"What a charming little house!" said Brinton, as he was walking in from a round of golf at Ellesborough...

NEW!The Ghost Patrol.....by Sinclair Lewis

Donald Patrick Dorgan had served forty-four years on the police force of Northernapolis, and during all but five of that time...

He With the Glass Heart.....by George Allan England

We had just lost our routine bridge game in the smoking room of the Ferrania—my travelling companion, Maynard, and I—and had set up the nightly beers for Harrison and Dr Carmichael...

How Santa Claus Came to Simpson's Bar.....by Bret Harte

Simpson's Bar, on the eve of Christmas Day, 1862, clung like a swallow's nest to the rocky entablature and splintered capitals of Table Mountain...

In Amundsen's Tent.....by John Martin Leahy

Yes, it was we who entered the tent, found there the head of Robert Drumgold and the pages whereon he had scrawled his story...

The Jameson Satellite.....by Neil R.Jones

In the depths of space, some twenty thousand miles from the earth, the body of Professor Jameson within its rocket container cruised upon an endless journey...

John Ovington Returns.....by Max Brand (Frederick Shiller Faust)

Ovington tried to rally his reason. He tried to convince himself that this was all a weird dream, but the two letters lay convincingly side by side. Had the spirit of the old John Ovington truly come back...

The Molemen Want Your Eyes.....by Frederick C. Davis

Out of the bowels of the earth they came, old and lank and blind. And their cold, dead hands sought warm, fresh youth...

Murders in the Rue Morgue.....by Edgar Allan Poe

Residing in Paris during the spring and part of the summer of 18--, I there became acquainted with a Monsieur C. Auguste Dupin. This young gentleman was of an excellent—indeed of an illustrious family, but...

Murder On The Limited.....by Howard Finney

The section of his white pajamas from just below the shoulder blades to the small of the back was a dark, moist red that glistened like jelly...

The Mystery of the Raymond Mortgage (Fitzgerald's first published story)...by F. Scott Fitzgerald

When I first saw John Syrel of the New York Daily News, he was standing before an open window of my house...

The Night Before Christmas.....by Clement C. Moore

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse...

The Night Wire...by H. F. Arnold

There is something ungodly about these night wire jobs. You sit up here on the top floor of a skyscraper and listen in to the whispers of a civilization. New York, London, Calcutta, Bombay...

Professor Jonkin's Cannibal Plant...by Howard R. Garis

After Professor Jeptha Jonkin had, by skillful grafting and care, succeeded in raising a single tree that produced, at different seasons, apples, oranges, pineapples...

The Sardonic Star Of Tom Doody...by Dashiell Hammett

I came in here, Miss Envers, a safe-burglar that had been caught for the first and only time in fifteen years of crime. I am going out of here completely reformed, and with only one aim in my life...

The Scarlet Plague (Novelette)..... by Jack London

The way led along upon what had once been the embankment of a railroad. But no train had run upon it for many years. The forest on either side swelled up the slopes...

The Signalman.....by Charles Dickens

To change that signal, to trim those lights, and to turn this iron handle now and then, was all he had to do...

The Thing in the Cellar.....by David H. Keller

It was a large cellar, entirely out of proportion to the house above it...

Thubway Tham's Thanksgiving Dinner ..... by Johnston McCulley

On this, the day before the annual Thanksgiving feast, Thubway Tham leaned against the wall of a building and almost snarled as he...

Thubway Tham Tunes In.....by Johnston McCulley

Some men are born radio fans, some achieve radio fandom, and others...

Thubway Tham's Inthane Moment.....by Johnston McCulley

Detective Craddock stepped nearer the front of the little cigar store on the corner, and almost pressed his nose against the window...

Timberline.....by Owen Wister

I sat in the wagon waiting for Scipio Le Moyne to come out of the house; there in my nostrils was the smell of the wet sage brush and of the wet straw and manure, and there, against the gray sky, was an afterimage...

The Trailor Murder Mystery.....by Abraham Lincoln

In the year 1841, there resided, at different points in the State of Illinois, three brothers...

The True History of The Hare and The Tortoise.....by Lord Dunsany

...and it was decided that the Hare and the Tortoise should run a race...

Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen.....by O. Henry

Stuffy Pete took his seat on the third bench to the right as you enter Union Square from the east, at the walk opposite the fountain. Every Thanksgiving Day for nine years he had taken his seat there promptly at...

The Upper Berth.....by F. Marion Crawford

... the conversation was beginning to languish; the tobacco smoke had got into the heavy curtains, the wine had got into those brains which were liable to become heavy, and it was already perfectly evident that, unless somebody did something to rouse our oppressed spirits...

The Watcher by the Threshold.....by John Buchan

I have told this story to many audiences with diverse results, and once again I take my reputation in my hands...

Whistling Dick's Christmas Stocking.....by O. Henry

It was with much caution that Whistling Dick slid back the door of the box-car, for Article 5716, City Ordinances, authorized (perhaps unconstitutionally) arrest on suspicion...

The Zayat Kiss.....by Sax Rohmer

Sir Crichton died, with nothing to show the cause of death but a little mark upon the neck, face, or limb...the 'Zayat Kiss.'

SHORT FICTION THAT BECAME MOVIES

Boile de Suif (Ball of Fat).....by Guy de Maupassant

First filmed as The Woman Disputed in 1928. Directors: Henry King & Sam Taylor
For several days in succession fragments of a defeated army had passed through the town. They were mere disorganized bands...

The Beast With Five Fingers.....by W. F. Harvey

Filmed as The Beast with Five Fingers in 1946. Director: Robert Florey.
The story, I suppose, begins with Adrian Borlsover, whom I met when I was a little boy...

The Caballero's Way.....by O. Henry

First filmed as The Caballero's Way in 1914. Director: Webster Cullison
The Kid was twenty-five, looked twenty; and a careful insurance company would have estimated the probable time of his demise at, say, twentysix.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.....by F. Scott Fitzgerald

First filmed as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in 2008. Director: David Fincher
As long ago as 1860 it was the proper thing to be born at home. At present, so I am told, the high gods of medicine have decreed that the first cries of the young shall be uttered...

Farewell to the Master Part 1.....by Harry Bates   ( Part 2  |  Part 3)

Filmed as The Day the Earth Stood Still in 1951. Director: Robert Wise.
From his perch high on the ladder above the museum floor, Cliff Sutherland studied carefully each line and shadow of the great robot...

Gay Falcon.....by Michael Arlen

First filmed as Gay Falcon in 1941. Director: Irving Reis
Now of this man who called himself Gay Falcon many tales are told, and this is one of them. It is told how, late one night not long ago...

Leiningen Versus The Ants....by Carl Stephenson

First filmes as The Naked Jungle in 1954. Director: Byron Haskin
"Unless they alter their course and there's no reason why they should, they'll reach your plantation in two days at the latest." Leiningen sucked placidly at a cigar about the size of a corncob and for a few seconds gazed without answering...

The Man Who Would Be King.....by Rudyard Kipling

First filmed as The Man Who Would Be King in 1975. Director: John Huston.
The Law, as quoted, lays down a fair conduct of life, and one not easy to follow. I have been fellow to a beggar again and again...

The Most Dangerous Game.....by Richard Connell

First filmed as The Most Dangerous Game in 1932. Director: Irving Pichel and Ernest B. Schoedsack.
"Off there to the right--somewhere--is a large island," said Whitney." It's rather a mystery--"...

Stage To Lordsburg.....by Ernest Haycox

First filmed as Stagecoach in 1939. Director: John Ford
This was one of those years in the Territory when Apache smoke signals spiraled up from the stony mountain summits...

COMPLETE NOVELS

Bar-20.....by Clarence E. Mulford

The first novel to feature Hopalong Cassidy. With an introduction by Raymond William Stedman.

Gulliver of Mars.....by Edwin L. Arnold

The full text of the 1905 novel that preceded the creation of John Carter. Was this Burrough's inspiration? Introduction by G. Edward Kymala.

The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu.....by Sax Rohmer

The novel that introduced Fu Manchu to the world. Introduction by Bob Gay.

A Princess of Mars.....by Edgar Rice Burroughs

The first novel in the John Carter series, written by the creator of Tarzan. Introduction by G. Edward Kymala.

SERIALIZED NOVELS

NEW!The Curse of Capistrano.....by Johnston McCulley

The first appearance of Zorro from 1919. Introduction by Dan Neyer and Bob Gay

PICTURE GALLERIES

The Gallery

Items from all eras and interests.

Clark's Closet

Items from the collection of Clark Savage, Jr. TGA
The Closet Rides Again

Fantasy & Adventure

The history of popular fiction told through covers and commentary.
The Complete Avon Fantasy Reader

The Whistle Stop Gallery

Images devoted to the world of railroading.
UP #3985

DEPARTMENTS

Book Notes

In a Door, Into a Fight, Out a Door, Into a Chase
The autobiographical memoir by William Witney. Reviewed by Raymond William Stedman.
Bar-20: The Life of Clarence E. Mulford, Creator of Hopalong Cassidy
A look at Hopalong Cassidy and his creator by Francis M. Nevins. Reviewed by Raymond William Stedman.

The Cracker Barrel

Tom Mason comments on the state of the comic book industry in 2003.

Film Foot Notes

#1  Nellie and Bert Grace

Reference

Serial Features.....by Rich Wannen
An overview of the odd hybrid known as the serial feature. Rich has also included an extensive list of known titles.

Reviews

The Unabashed Plug Dept......by Clark Savage, Jr. TGA
Reviews of comics and graphic novels that originally appeared on The News Stand.