May. 4, 2020

The Coming of the Terror by Norvell Page 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…

Sensing trouble brewing, Wentworth send Ram Singh to the bank to withdraw funds for the coming battle. Ram Singh returns beaten and robbed. Worse, he has been tricked into withdrawing all of Wentworth’s money.

Turning to other sources, Wentworth discovers betrayal. His money is either gone or tied up in a way that he cannot access for some time. Without funds, Wentworth still intends to fight. Then he and Kirkpatrick are expertly framed for murder!

Thus comes the Man from the East, Tang-Akhmut the Living Pharaoh. While he sets up the rule in Manhattan, The Boss takes over crime charging everyone 50% of their take if they sign up—80% if they will not.

The beginning book of this quartet is the best. I give it five out of five stars!

Quoth the Raven…