ACTION STORIES, Spring 1944, 1st app. Senorita Scorpion

Action Stories was the premier pulp of Fiction House, debuting in 1921 and lasting three full decades. While its editorial mix skewed heavily Western, the magazine ran adventure stories of various types, even dabbling in science fiction and prehistoric yarns. This particular issue is the most desirable of Action‘s third decade, with copies in grade especially hard to come by and very pricey when they turn up (increasingly unfrequently, we might add).

The main attraction, illustrated in the George Gross cover, is the first appearance of Les Savage Jr.’s popular series character, Senorita Scorpion, in an eponymous novelette. By the way, the cover was reused on a later issue, but it was painted for this 1944 number.

Condition: Very Good, some might say Very Good Plus. The main flaw is a creased, crinkled front cover (bottom edge and right side) reinforced on the inside with Scotch tape that has yellowed. Otherwise the book is pretty nice: complete and unfaded spine, clean back cover with one or two small closed tears, and yellowed text block with a lightly tanned bottom edge. An acceptable starter copy, especially given this book’s desirability and relative scarcity.

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Price: $150.00