Oct. 9, 2017

Moon Man Volume 5!

The Complete Adventures of the Moon Man Volume 5 by Fredrick Davis

The pulp magazines’ weirdest hero!

As this is volume five of the adventures of the Moon Man, I have to point out that there are a few things that get old about these stories. McEwen’s rants in every story, Sue McEwen’s emotional pleas with Steve Thatcher, and Angel’s attempts to dissuade the Moon Man from action begin to harm rather than help the story.

By the time the first story in this volume was originally published, twenty-four previously stories had already set forth the fact that McEwen was unrelenting, Sue was emotional, and Angel was loyal to a fault. There is no reason to continue to point this out every story. Because of this, all books forward will lose one star from me.

***Possible Spoilers Ahead***

And now, on to the stories!

  • “The Dial of Doom” McEwen sets a trap for the Moon Man with marked money and intercepts a note left for Angel…
  • “The Bleeding Skeleton” A crook rises to beat the Moon Man at his own game as the masked Skeleton…
  • “The Masked Scourge” Chasing money for the poor, the Moon Man enters a house just as the occupant is shot, framing Steve Thatcher once more for murder!
  • “The Master of Murder River” Detective Lieutenant McEwen has cause to suspect Steve as the Moon Man and his daughter Sue as a confederate…
  • “Counterfeit Corpse” Once more Detective Lieutenant McEwen is in trouble with the Police Board! The person he suspects in a fake drug ring has friends in high places, and the Moon Man must bail McEwen out…

The stories are great, and I give the book four stars!

Quoth the Raven…

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