The Spider vs. The Empire State: The Complete Black Police

The Spider vs. The Empire State: The Complete Black Police Trilogy 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, rewriting the laws of New York state overnight to benefit their criminal backers and make slaves of its people This American Reichstag gave itself sweeping powers and raised 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 classic pulp fiction Nazi allegory fromOriginally 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 [PDF / Epub] ☉ Book Lover Author Jennifer Kaufman – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk rewriting the laws of New York state overnight to benefit their criminal backers and make slaves of its people This American Reichstag gave itself sweeping powers and raised 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 classic pulp fiction Nazi allegory fromOriginally published in three consecutive months of The Spider Magazine ★ Secret Delivery / Her 24-Hour Protector PDF / Epub ✪ Author Delores Fossen – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk the novels The City That Paid To Die ➥ [Epub] ➟ Kholodovs Last Mistress By Kate Hewitt ➯ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk The Spider at Bay ❮Télécharger❯ ➺ Wicked Sinner (Regency Sinners 7) ✤ Auteur Carole Mortimer – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk 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 [KINDLE] ❃ If the Stiletto Fits... ❧ Wendy Etherington – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and seeing lots of extras check out the Age of Aces web site at TheI read, the less I liked it The casual racism and all got to me I m not going to fault the book because it s clearly a product of its time, but I can t recommend it to a modern reader. The Spider is my favorite pulp character even ahead of Doc Savage and the Shadow.Richard Wentworth is a wealthy playboy Bruce Wayne anyone probablylike Jay Gatsby though He has a butler hmmm , a girlfriend, Nita A servant who is a Sikh resplendent 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 blacklike Mussolin The Spider is my favorite pulp character even ahead of Doc Savage and the Shadow.Richard Wentworth is a wealthy playboy Bruce Wayne anyone probablylike Jay Gatsby though He has a butler hmmm , a girlfriend, Nita A servant who is a Sikh resplendent 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 blacklike 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 THE CLASSIC PULP FICTION NAZI ALLEGORY FROM 1938 Well, that s what the cover blurb says, but for inspiration Norvell Page did not have to look to Berlin, or any of the other foreign lands where despots were on the rise He needed look only as far as the political machines of Chicago or Trenton, to the State Houses at Albany or St Louisor, for that matter, to Washington DC.The Spider was one of many two gunned crime fighters during the Great Depression who appeared in a self titled monthly pu THE CLASSIC PULP FICTION NAZI ALLEGORY FROM 1938 Well, that s what the cover blurb says, but for inspiration Norvell Page did not have to look to Berlin, or any of the other foreign lands where despots were on the rise He needed look only as far as the political machines of Chicago or Trenton, to the State Houses at Albany or St Louisor, for that matter, to Washington DC.The Spider was one of many two gunned crime fighters during the Great Depression who appeared in a self titled monthly pulp magazine, his lasting from 1933 to 1943, for 118 issues In 1938, the magazine featured three consecutive novels, The City That Paid to Die Sept , The Spider at Bay Oct , and The Scourge of the Black Legions Nov , comprising the so called Black Police Trilogy, and are collected in this omnibus from Age of Aces Books, The Spider vs The Empire State.Normally, The Spider found himself pitted against either a crime lord on a rampage or a madman instituting a reign of terror In these three cautionary novels, however, he finds himself set against politics gone wild and cast in the role of revolutionary, freedom fighter and military commander After a legal election it was rigged , the Governor of New York and the State Legislature enact a series of laws that bring about ruthless taxation and confiscation of private property By Executive Order, the Governor empties the prisons, garbs the convicts in black the Black Police of the sub title , and gives them absolute power to collect taxes, seize property and summarily execute resistors Because it s all being done by the State s legal government, The Spider and his allies are cast as outlaws, and Federal intervention is all but impossible.As with most of The Spider novels, the true power behind the throne is hidden Striking against the Governor and other State officials is not only seen as treasonous, but accomplishes little because they are but minions Normally, the revelation of the true villain is the denouement of the novel, but here Page had to keep The Master in the forefront of the action while at the same time keeping his identity hidden over the course of three books, a clever trick of plotting and pacing.The America in which these three novels first appeared was very much different from our own time, and yet there are eerie similarities Morale was low, the economy was depressed, lawlessness was rampant, society was divided, strange sects and cults were on the rise, extremists were trying to transform America, the country was beset by enemies foreign and domestic, and a Democratic President was in power who not only wanted to make sweeping taxation changes by legislation and executive order, but who was being advised on all sides to nationalize industry and assume dictatorial powers, something portrayed in the FDR idolizing film Gabriel Over the White House 1933.Looking back with the 20 20 vision of hindsight, it s a bit easier to see that Page, even though he was taking cues from foreign events and symbolism, he was probably writing about his own America, that he was issuing a warning that it can t happen here really could At the time, however, many readers probably just saw it as another adventure of The Spider, only this time the villains had been elected If the readers were at all confused by this new path for their hero, they only had to wait for the end of the third novel, when, with the crooked politicians replaced by honest ones as if that would ever happen , all the freedom fighting heroics of The Spider were forgotten and he was oncea hunted vigilante, the status quo restored.In addition to being a paean against totalitarianism, the Black Police Trilogy is an adventure story The action is non stop, and the plot does not stand still for any length of time Action Action Action Even the writing is action oriented, with adjectives few and verbs aplenty And don t forget the ubiquitous exclamation marks It s common now to look down on pulp writing, just as it s common to dismiss current popular fiction if for no other reasons that it actually tells a story and is popular , this is great storytelling The reader can t help but be pulled along Novell Page was one of perhaps a half dozen Depression Era writers who wrote very well, even when writing very fast, and at times transcended the medium in which they practiced their craft and the readers for whom they wrote 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, 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

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