The Thrilling Heroes Return to Print

After many months, The Thrilling Library has returned to print. Covering 14 books (and counting, Thrilling’s line of hero reprint collections have been remastered and are cheaper than ever: up to 33% cheaper than before!

Featuring the adventures of the Black Bat, the Crimson Mask, the Purple Scar, the Masked Detective, The Eagle, George Chance, Diamondstone, and Dr. Zeng, many of these have been out of print for months, going for big bucks on the second-hand market. These uniform editions are the ones to own, however: each has been painstakingly reworked to make them perfect. Each is in stock now at altuspress.com.

Also in stock is Thrilling’s new anthology, The Best of Thrilling Adventures, featuring the best of this venerable pulp’s varied genres by a host of authors, such as Zorro creator Johnston McCulley and Avenger writer Paul Ernst. It’s an impressive, large collection, and it may be the best pulp reprint of the year.

Domestic orders of $35 of softcovers gives you free shipping. So what’s the hold-up? Order now from altuspress.com.


The Black Bat Archives, Volume 1

By Norman A. Daniels, introduction by Tom Johnson

D.A. Tony Quinn, blinded by a criminal’s acid, begins a new career in his quest to fight crime as the Black Bat! This collection contains the first three adventures of the Black Bat: “Brand of the Black Bat,” “Murder Calls the Black Bat,” and “The Black Bat Strikes Again,” uncut and restored. The first volume of the complete reprinting of the series.

The Black Bat Archives, Volume 1

The Black Bat Archives, Volume 2

By Norman A. Daniels

The Black Bat returns! This collection contains the next three adventures of the Black Bat: “The Black Bat’s Challenge,” “The Black Bat’s Spy Trail,” and “The Black Bat’s Crusade,” uncut and restored. It’s the next volume of the complete reprinting of the series.

The Black Bat Archives, Volume 2

The Black Bat Archives, Volume 3

By Whitney Ellsworth and Norman A. Daniels

Pulp hero the Black Bat returns! This collection contains the next three adventures of the Black Bat: “The Black Bat’s Flame Trail,” “The Black Bat’s Triumph,” and “The Black Bat and the Trojan Horse,” uncut and restored with the original illustrations. Featuring a story by long-time Batman & DC Comics editor Whitney Ellsworth, it’s the next volume of the complete reprinting of the series.

The Black Bat Archives, Volume 3

The Black Bat Archives, Volume 4

By Norvell W. Page and Norman A. Daniels

Pulp hero the Black Bat returns! This collection contains the next three adventures of the Black Bat: “The Black Bat’s Dragon Trail,” “The Black Bat’s Justice,” and “The Black Bat and the Red Menace,” uncut and restored with the original illustrations. Featuring a story by long-time Spider author, Norvell W. Page, it’s the next volume of the complete reprinting of the series.

The Black Bat Archives, Volume 4

The Black Bat Archives, Volume 5

By Norvell W. Page and Norman A. Daniels

Pulp hero the Black Bat returns! This collection contains the next three adventures of the Black Bat: “The Black Bat’s Summons,” “The Black Bat’s Invisible Enemy,” and “The Voice of Doom,” uncut and restored with the original illustrations. Featuring a story by long-time Spider author, Norvell W. Page, it’s the next volume of the complete reprinting of the series.

The Black Bat Archives, Volume 5

The Black Bat Archives, Volume 6

By Norman A. Daniels

Pulp hero the Black Bat returns! This collection contains the next three adventures of the Black Bat: “The Eyes of the Blind,” “The Blackout Murders,” and “Shadow of Evil,” uncut and restored with the original illustrations. It’s the next volume of the complete reprinting of the series. By Norman A. Daniels.

The Black Bat Archives, Volume 6

The Crimson Mask Archives, Volume 1

By Norman A. Daniels and Frank Johnson, introduction by Tom Johnson

Part of the early 1940s pulp hero revival, pharmacist Bob Clarke takes on the underworld as The Crimson Mask! The first of three volumes collecting the entire series, this first volume includes an introduction by pulp historian Tom Johnson. Volume contains the following stories: “Enter the Crimson Mask,” “The Crimson Mask’s Murder Trail,” “The Crimson Mask’s Death Gamble,” “Sign of the Crimson Mask,” and “The Crimson Mask’s Scorpion Trail.”

The Crimson Mask Archives, Volume 1

The Crimson Mask Archives, Volume 2

By Norman A. Daniels

Part of the early 1940s pulp hero revival, pharmacist Bob Clarke takes on the underworld as The Crimson Mask! Volume 2 contains the next five adventures: “The Crimson Mask and the Vanishing Men,” “The Crimson Mask’s Ghost Trail,” “The Diamond Death Trail,” “The Money Trail,” and “Murders of the Black Rose,” uncut, with all of the original illustrations.

The Crimson Mask Archives, Volume 2

Diamondstone Archives

By G.T. Fleming-Roberts, introduction by Will Murray

For six spectacular adventures, Diamondstone: Magician-Sleuth delivered justice with sleight of hand in the pages of the pulps from 1937 to 1939. Written by master pulp scribe G.T. Fleming-Roberts. Includes an introduction by pulp historian Will Murray.

Diamondstone Archives

Dr. Zeng Archives

By E. Hoffmann Price, W.T. Ballard, and Robert Leslie Bellem, introduction by Will Murray

An American who posed as a Chinese scholar, join Doctor Zeng Tse-Lin’s battle with crime and the Japanese menace in the mysterious world of San Francisco’s Chinatown. Featuring all seven installments: “Fangs of Doom,” “Blood Cargo,” “Sinister House,” “Camelback Kill,” “Lion’s Loot,” “Blackmail Clinic” and “Corpse Cargo.”

Dr. Zeng Archives

The Purple Scar Archives

By John S. Endicott, introduction by Will Murray

Dr. Miles Murdock dons the face of his murdered brother to become the terrifying avenger known as the Purple Scar! Contains all four adventures of the most offbeat pulp hero. Includes an introduction by Will Murray.

The Purple Scar Archives

The Masked Detective Archives, Volume 1

By Norman A. Daniels, introduction by Tom Johnson

Crime reporter Rex Parker dons a mask to fight crime in his own way! A master of the French art of la savate, Parker is joined on his battle with the underworld by Dan Gleason of Homicide and beauty columnist Winnie Bligh. Containing the first three stories: “Alias the Masked Detective,” “The Masked Detective’s Warning,” and “The Masked Detective’s Manhunt.” By Norman A. Daniels with an introduction by Tom Johnson.

The Masked Detective Archives, Volume 1

George Chance: The Ghost Archives, Volume 1

By G.T. Fleming-Roberts

Magician George Chance, AKA the crime-fighter known as The Ghost, who has done more in the service of the Law than any other man of his generation. Master of the science of criminology, remorseless crime-tracker and criminal catcher! When The Ghost walks, the underworld stirs into deadly life to combat him.

George Chance: The Ghost Archives, Volume 1

The Eagle Archives

By Norman A. Daniels with E. Hoffmann Price, introduction by Tom Johnson

Jeff Shannon, Special Agent for G-2 Secret Service, is better known throughout the world by his other moniker: the Eagle. Featuring all five of the Eagle’s published stories, plus two related stories. By Norman A. Daniels with E. Hoffmann Price; introduction by Tom Johnson.

The Eagle Archives

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.

Altus Press is the largest publisher and distributor of vintage pulp fiction classics. For more information, please visit www.altuspress.com.