Return of Black Star
By Johnston McCulley
Pulp fiction’s first super-villain is back after nearly 100 years in obscurity—and his criminous exploits are just as thrilling now as they were a century ago!
An early 20th-century metropolis trembles in fear at the mention of his name. His meticulously-planned depredations leave victims quaking in their shoes and baffle the police, who seem helpless to stem the rising tide of panic that threatens to engulf the city. Amateur criminologist and millionaire clubman Roger Verbeck, aided by his loyal valet Muggs, sets out to apprehend Black Star and finally does. But the master criminal makes good his escape and, once again in command of his army of robed and hooded henchmen, plots a campaign of revenge that will find the mayor, police commissioner, and prominent citizens under his control and at his mercy—with even the brilliant Roger Verbeck powerless to stop it!
This is the first volume in Murania’s Johnston McCulley Collection, which will bring back into print the author’s long-forgotten characters created for Street & Smith’s Detective Story Magazine.
Johnston McCulley (1883-1958) is best known as the creator of Zorro, but this astoundingly prolific ex-journalist also chronicled the exploits of more than 20 recurring characters who populated the pages of such legendary pulps as Argosy, All-Story Weekly, Detective Story Magazine, and Western Story Magazine.
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The Johnston McCulley Collection
Cover Art by John A. Coughlin
Introduction by Ed Hulse
180 pp., trade paperback, 6X9