I’ve been a Laurel & Hardy fan about as far back as I
can remember. I didn’t like them as much as the Three Stooges or Abbott &
Costello, but I watched many of their movies on TV and always enjoyed them. So I
was a pretty good target audience for STAN & OLLIE, a biopic from last year
that focuses on the final year of their performing career.
This movie actually combines a couple of
Frontiersman Jared Tucker has brought his family to a ranch
on the Brazos River for a new start in Texas, unaware that roving bands of
Comanche, frustrated by their defeat at the Battle of Adobe Walls, are looking
for just such isolated ranches where they can vent their anger against the
white settlers. An attack on his home leaves a grieving Tucker searching for
his 13-year-old daughter,
I don't know much about Emery Clarke, who did the cover on this issue of TEN DETECTIVE ACES, except that he was pretty active as a pulp cover artist from the mid-Thirties to the mid-Forties, including doing the covers for a number of issues of DOC SAVAGE. The guy on this one looks kind of dumb with his hand spread out like that as he reaches for his gun, but that's a fine-looking blonde beside
And thus another Old West poker game comes to a violent end. Not only that, but look at the bullet hole in the guy's hat brim. Injury to a Hat Alert! I love this cover, which I'm pretty sure is by Robert Stanley. It's the little details that really make it work, like the two matches tucked in the cowboy's hat band and the royal flush laid out on the table. A lesser artist might not have even
A down-on-his-luck ship’s captain winds up taking a job as
first mate on a tramp steamer carrying a valuable cargo, only to find himself
involved in a scheme to wreck the ship for the insurance money . . .
Wait a minute. That’s the sort of nautical adventure yarn H. Bedford-Jones
would have written for ARGOSY or SHORT STORIES. “Wreckers of the Star Patrol”
by Malcolm Jameson, a novelette
First of all, is that a great title or what? LAST STAGE TO
HELL JUNCTION. I can see it on the cover of a Popular Publications Western pulp
or a Gold Medal paperback. In fact . . .
But more on that later. What you need to know is that this is the fourth Caleb
York novel by Max Allan Collins based on the character created by Mickey
Spillane. Former Wells Fargo detective/gunfighter Caleb York
THE CATCHER WAS A SPY is about 90% a very good movie. The
other 10% is just annoying.
Some of you probably know just from the title that this movie is about Moe Berg,
a journeyman major league baseball catcher during the 1920s and ’30s. He was an
interesting character, having attended Princeton, learned numerous languages,
and deliberately cultivated a mysterious air about himself. Not
I met David C. Smith at the very first Howard Days
get-together I attended, back in 1996. Back then it was more like Howard Day, since all the activities—what few
of them there were—took place on Saturday. The big appeal was just being able
to visit the Howard House and talk to fellow fans. I had a great time and have
been back many times since.
Dave and I met again face to face at the
I think if I had been around during the Thirties and Forties, I would have been writing for the Spicy and Speed line of pulps. This issue of SPEED ADVENTURE STORIES features three authors better known for their Westerns: L.P. Holmes, Giff Cheshire, and Frank Bonham. Also on hand are the legendary E. Hoffmann Price and Spicy/Speed stalwarts Victor Rousseau (writing under his own name for a