Announcing the new Altus Press releases premiering at the Windy City Pulp and Paper Show

Altus Press has been hard at work on these oversized collections, and you can get them at or via Mike Chomko’s table at the Windy City Pulp and Paper Show in Lombard, IL, on April 12:


Operator 5: The Complete Purple Wars (2 Volume Deluxe Edition) Volume 1Operator 5: The Complete Purple Wars (2 Volume Deluxe Edition)

by Emile C. Tepperman, illustrated by John Fleming Gould and John Newton Howitt

introduction by Will Murray and an afterword by Tom Johnson

Dustjacketed two-volume hardcover edition.

The “War and Peace of the Pulps” is finally collected in a two-volume deluxe, hardcover edition. Running in the pages of Operator #5 magazine from 1936–38, this 14-part epic chronicled the invasion and conquering of America by a mysterious foe from Europe: The Purple Empire. As Will Murray describes in this edition’s Introduction: “Battles rage from coast to coast. The exploits of Operator 5 shift from espionage and counterespionage to straight military adventure. Through it all, Jimmy Christopher rises to become the de facto leader of the resistance.”

Operator 5: The Complete Purple Wars (2 Volume Deluxe Edition) Volume 2Written by Emile C. Tepperman (author of The Spider and The Masked Marksman) and containing nearly 300 illustrations by John Fleming Gould, this half-million-word saga remains the greatest epic to see print in Golden Age of the pulps and is still considered most risky and ambitious experiment ever undertaken in the single-character magazines.

This two-volume deluxe, hardcover edition includes an all-new Introduction by pulp historian Will Murray, as well as Tom Johnson’s retrospective on the series, The History of the Purple Wars. It also collects the rarely-reprinted Epilogue to the Purple War, “Revolt of the Devil Men.” Also restored are all of author Tepperman’s rarely-reprinted footnotes which graced the original pulp editions of the stories. Never-before collected, this remastered, comprehensive collection of Operator 5: The Complete Purple Wars has been one of the most eagerly-anticipated pulp publications of all time.

788 pages / 8.5″x11″ / $150

Ships and Men: The Complete Epic (Deluxe Edition) Ships and Men: The Complete Epic (Deluxe Edition)

by H. Bedford-Jones

illustrated by Frederic Anderson, George Avison, John Richard Flanagan, Leyland R. Gustavson, Robert L. Lambdin, Arthur Lytell, Alex Raymond, Alfred Simpkin, Yngve E. Soderberg, and Harve Stein

Dustjacketed hardcover edition.

Running for three years in the pages of the prestigious Blue Book Magazine, author H. Bedford-Jones crafted the most ambitious work of his career: a massive, 34-part saga of seafaring adventure, told chronologically throughout the annals of naval warfare, involving a number of significant figures in world history. Never before collected, this 200,000-word epic includes nearly 200 interior illustrations by artists such as Alex Raymond, John Richard Flanagan, and Leyland R. Gustavson.

350 pages / 8.5″x11″ / $85

Black Mask (2019 Yearbook)Black Mask (2019 Yearbook)

by Brian Townsley, Jane Jakeman, Brian Stanley, Hannah Honeybun, Katrina Younes, William Burton McCormick, Frank Megna, Michael Bracken, Jonathan Sheppard, Jim Doherty, Isaac Babel, Boris Dralyuk, D.L. Champion, Dashiell Hammett, Carroll John Daly, Frederick Nebel, T.T. Flynn, and Frederick C. Davis

Black Mask, the greatest American detective magazine of all time, is back with another issue. This time around, it includes nine new stories in the Black Mask vein by Brian Townsley, Jane Jakeman, Brian Stanley, Hannah Honeybun, William Burton McCormick, Frank Megna, Jonathan Sheppard, Michael Bracken, Jim Doherty, as well as a new article on Raymond Chandler’s The Little Sister by Katrina Younes. In addition, Boris Dralyuk has kindly supplied his translation of Isaac Babel’s “Lyubka the Cossack” and arranged for its reprinting here.

And, as with previous issues, Black Mask collects some of the best hard-boiled detective fiction from the Popular Publications vaults, as written by some of the genre’s best: Dashiell Hammett, D.L. Champion, Carroll John Daly, Frederick Nebel, T.T. Flynn, and Frederick C. Davis.

142 pages / 8.5″x11″ / $19.95

More Pulp Releases: The Spider #3 and Operator 5 #2

Time for another pair of Popular Publications Hero Pulp title new releases: don’t forget we’re releasing two titles every other week, and that’s on top of our other forthcoming pulp titles! This time out we’ve got The Spider and Operator 5:

The Spider #3: Wings of the Black Death

The Spider #3: Wings of the Black Death

By Norvell W. Page, writing as Grant Stockbridge

Like the consuming flames of a prairie fire the dread news spread: “The Spider has gone mad! He will massacre us all!” But Richard Wentworth, never more sane, was even then gambling life itself in one desperate effort to save the city which cursed his name—from the awful ravages of man-spread plague!

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Operator 5 #2: The Invisible Empire

Operator 5 #2: The Invisible Empire

By Frederick C. Davis, writing as Curtis Steele

Unseen, impregnable, the strange war engine of a foreign power hovered over America, awaiting the fatal moment to hurl death upon a thousand cities and towns. Foredoomed to destruction and desolation before the ravaging hordes of the Yellow Empire, bleak despair gripped the nation’s millions. And then men held their breath in agonizing hope—as Operator 5, single-handed, seized the last grim chance to save the United States!

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The Altus Press 30% Off Weekend Sale Continues With The Spider, Operator 5, G-8, and Dusty Ayres

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Each day, we’re unveiling several new books. Today we’re unveiling the next four books in our Popular Publications Pulp Heroes line, collecting the complete series of all of Popular Publications’ hero characters in digest-sized reprints. Including all of the original illustrations, these editions have been remastered and are the best presentations available of each series. In addition to including another installment in the Dusty Ayres series, we are premiering matching reprint editions for The Spider, Operator 5 and G-8 and His Battle Aces. And be on the lookout for ebook versions soon.

We’ll have more new releases tomorrow, so be sure to visit often.

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The Spider #1: The Spider StrikesThe Spider #1: The Spider Strikes

by R.T.M. Scott

Meet the Spider—master of men! More just than the Law… more dangerous than the Underworld. Hated, wanted, feared by both! Alone and desperate, he wages deadly, one-man war against the super-criminal whose long-planned crime-coup will snuff a thousand lives! Can the Spider prevent this slaughter of innocents?

$13.95 softcover

Operator 5 #1: The Masked InvasionOperator 5 #1: The Masked Invasion

by Frederick C. Davis, writing as Curtis Steele

Invisible, secret, deadly, the masked empire wielded its dread power of darkness throughout the nation. Havoc and ruin followed the terror-torn thousands who fled the country to escape the Thirteenth Darkness. America, faced with certain disaster, placed her chance of survival in one man’s capable hands—and prayed that the warrior gods might smile once more upon the miracle man of her Secret Service—Jimmy Christopher!

$13.95 softcover

G-8 and His Battle Aces #1: The Bat StaffelG-8 and His Battle Aces #1: The Bat Staffel

by Robert J. Hogan

They sped through the night—a patrol of batlike monsters, their eyes fire, their breath a poison vapor that wiped out every living thing it touched. What were these flying beasts? What was the strange doom they carried? Grimly G-8 and his hellion buddies follow the wings of this horror staffel straight into terror skies!

$13.95 softcover

Dusty Ayres and his Battle Birds #9: The Silver TyphoonDusty Ayres and His Battle Birds #9: The Silver Typhoon

by Robert Sidney Bowen

“Captain Dusty Ayres must be killed at all costs… Kill him on sight… All Black agents report immediately to headquarters…” Agent 10 stared as he listened to this enemy radio message. The first part was not surprising, but the second could only mean that the Blacks were preparing to launch a new offensive—the move which America had been expecting for a long while. But where? How? When would it strike? It was imperative to answer these questions before it was too late—and grimly Dusty and his battle eagles take up the trail, follow it across the Atlantic into enemy skies! An Amazing account of the next great war!

$13.95 softcover

Altus Press to Reprint The Spider and Operator #5

January 10, 2018—Altus Press announced today it has obtained the licenses to two classic pulp characters—The Spider and Operator #5—and shall be offering their adventures in several formats in authorized editions.

Both part of Popular Publications’ line of hero titles introduced in the mid-1930s as conceived by Popular president Harry Steeger, their original adventures were written primarily by Norvell W. Page, Frederick C. Davis, and Emile C. Tepperman for a combined total of over 160 novel-length adventures.

The Spider in actionWhile portions of each series has been reprinted in retypeset format, never before has either series been completely republished with the original text and vintage black & white illustrations. These Altus Press editions will do just that.

The first collection from these two properties shall be a comprehensive oversized hardcover edition of The Complete Purple Wars, comprising all 13 parts of the Purple Invasion saga from the pages of Operator #5  magazine. Considered the War and Peace of the pulps, it’s a half-million-word saga which has never before been collected in a comprehensive edition.

Altus Press shall also be publishing the all-new adventures of The Spider and Operator #5, written by Will Murray.

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