Norvell W. Page: The Spider vs The Empire State



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The Spider is my favorite pulp character even ahead of Doc Savage and the ShadowRichard Wentworth is a wealthy playboy Bruce Wayne anyone probably like Jay Gatsby though He has a butler hmmm a girlfriend Nita A servant who is a Sikh esplendent with turban and knife and a former wrestler as his chauffeur This book is a trilogy of three stories published consecutively in 1938 based upon what was going on in Nazi Germany at the time Police dressed in black like Mussolini s Italy concentration camps executions without trial etc in New York State It is extremely fast paced and over the top which most pulp characters were They were the inspiration and progenitors behind much fiction written in the 50s and 60s as well as the Superhero comics we are all enad with today It helps to keep in mind when this was written and for whom The writing is lurid and overwrought the logic and characterizations not even up to comic book level But this was a Nazi allegory aimed at frightened Americans in the late 1930s putting forth the caped hero as the agent of death to a fascist police state not unlike Nazi Germany at the time It s pure pulp and clearly targeted toward an adolescent audience The conclusion is foregone even at the beginning of these three mini novels and the action staggers along in charge after predictable charge It s all very tiresome but fascinating when you allow yourself to detach yourself from the cliche action and ponder on the climate of the world at that time The Spider Vs The Empire StateThe Spider Vs The Empire state is a true pulp novel set in 1938 in fact it was actually written then as part of the Spider pulp series of books that appeared every month Thi. THEY SAID IT COULDN'T HAPPEN HERE THEN THEY SAID ONE MAN COULDN'T STOP IT Richard Wentworth spent his vigilante career as The Spider always in the shadows Now evil acted in broad daylight The Party of Justice swept into office ewriting the laws of New York state overnight to benefit their criminal backers and make slaves of its people This American Reichstag.

S is actually a compilation novella s it contains all three original monthly novels in one volume The Spider That City That Paid to die The Spider The Spider at Bay and The Spider Scourge of the Black Legions All written by Norvell PageThis novel is an allegory concerning the Nazi movement of the 30 s that was sweeping Germany It also touches on socialism as well mentioning the horrors of Soviet Russia several times This is a hard core novel with the Spider going through hell and back to save New York State which had fallen under a puppet governor whose strings were being pulled from the shadows by a man only known as The Master A new state wide police force was instituted called the Black Police who collected tax upon tax and find upon fine on the backs of the citizenry There are hangings whippings bombings and various other methods of death being instituted upon the populace by the ogue government This is an exciting and thrilling novel written in a different era but in a writing style we should all be envious of Colorful and exciting the story keeps you mesmerized wanting not to put the four hundred eighteen page novel down for the most part The middle book at times became overly long it seemed and in spots the story dragged somewhat There was a portion of the book that became very Graeco-Egyptian Magick repetitious withepeated captures and escapes as well as many flights in stolen planes between Albany and Manhattan That was the only portion of the book I can be critical of as I felt even if it did further the story it was too much of the same again and again All in all this was an excellent book which was like looking through a time machine at a simpler era though not so far Slave Again (Whispers of Refuge remov. Gave itself sweeping powers andaised a private army to exert its malevolent will How could The Spider hope to stop a criminal conspiracy as big as the state itself This time The Master of Men would go beyond taking the lives of evildoers by bringing Hope to the tyrannized citizens of the Empire State The Black Police Trilogy is author Norvell Page's classi.

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Ed that it was unidentifiable You could feel the fear of the populace as the Master forced his machinations upon the people through his stooges If I could ate a book 4 stars I would for this one For fans of the pulp era this is a Must Read with its grim and taught storytelling For most of the volume anyway While some of the evils done here would be considered exaggerated and done in the need of fantastic storytelling this piece can be considered a nervous warning for the times A little wordy in spots and perhaps a bit too long but a very good ead that held my attention throughout It was like peering into a very frightening world which was just outside the window but slightly off kilter Three novels about a criminal named the Master backing a complete win in state elections and forcing through laws that pardoned prison Autumn Days with the Moodys (Moody Family residents to form a new state police to enforce heavy new taxes and set up concentration camps for these scofflaws that couldn t payRichard Wentworth and his friend Commissioner Stanley Kirkpatrick become leaders of theesistance and get 10000 bounties on their heads dead or alive preferably deadOriginally published in three issues of the Spider magazine in the latter part of 1938 it was an obvious metaphor for Nazism Gotta love The Spider I ve always considered him the link in the evolution between pulp hero and superheroThe Black Police Trilogy is as good a Spider novel as you Reindeer and Caribou: Health and Disease re gonna get Filled with pulsing dread it once again features Richard Wentworth aka The Spider beset on all sides by his enemies barely escaping with his life and saving those who can t save themselvesIf youe into pulp novels this is a good one to add to your collection. C pulp fiction Nazi allegory from 1938 Originally published in three consecutive months of The Spider Magazine the novels The City That Paid To Die The Spider at Bay and Scourge of the Black Legions are collected in book form for the first time If you are interested in finding out about this book and seeing lots of extras check out the Age of Aces web site at.

Norvell Wordsworth Page 1904–1961 was an American pulp fiction writer journalist and editor who later became a government intelligence workerHe was born in Virginia the son of Charles Wordsworth Page 1880 – 1947 and Estlie Isabelle Bethel Page 1880 – 1946 The name Norvell came from his maternal grandmother Elvira Russell Norvell Page He is best known as the author of the majority of the