May. 4, 2020

City of Dreadful Night by Emile C Tepperman as Grant Stockbridge

The Spider is Richard Wentworth, a wealthy criminologist. Backed up by his manservant Ram Singh, his old war pal Jackson, and his fiancé Nita van Slone, Wentworth takes on crime at the street level.

The Spider has no scruples about killing. The criminals who cross the Spider die and their foreheads are marked with a scarlet spider.

The Spider is wanted by the police, and his friend Commissioner Kirkpatrick suspects Wentworth. Hardly surprising, as everyone seems to know the Spider’s secret. In fact, the Spider’s secret identity is pulpdom’s worst kept secret. Almost every issue has the bad guys using Nita against the Spider, well aware that Wentworth and the Spider are the same person.

Proving it is another thing altogether…

Once more The Man from the East has survived an encounter with the Spider. Now as he sets up his temples as the Ibis-headed God Thoth, proclaiming that he can return people from the dead! Now his followers do not mind dying, sure that he will resurrect them. He also has imported worshipers of Khali the Thugees of India, the stranglers!

Not as good as the first two, it does have its moments.

I give this one three stars out of five…

Quoth the Raven…