Ron Goulart Books In Order

Barnum System Books In Publication Order

  1. The Fire Eater (1970)
  2. Clockwork’s Pirates (1971)
  3. Shaggy Planet (1973)
  4. Space Hawk, Inc. (1974)
  5. The Wicked Cyborg (1978)
  6. Dr. Scofflaw (1979)

Barnum System: Ben Jolsen Books In Publication Order

  1. The Sword Swallower (1968)
  2. Flux (1974)

Barnum System: Jack Summer Books In Publication Order

  1. Death Cell (1971)
  2. Plunder (1972)
  3. A Whiff of Madness (1976)
  4. Galaxy Jane (1986)

Barnum System: Star Hawks Books In Publication Order

  1. Empire Ninety Nine (1980)
  2. The Cyborg King (1981)

Ben Spanner & H. J. Mavity Mysteries Seroes Books In Publication Order

  1. Even the Butler Was Poor (1990)
  2. Now He Thinks He’s Dead (1992)

Chameleon Corps Books In Publication Order

  1. The Chameleon Corps and Other Shape Changers (1974)

Comic Book Books In Publication Order

  1. The Great Comic Book Artists (1986)
  2. The Definitive Illustrated History from the 1890s to the 1980s (1986)
  3. Over Fifty Years of American Comic Books (1990)
  4. Great American Comic Books (2001)
  5. Comic Book Encyclopedia (2004)
  6. Alex Raymond (2015)

Ex-Chameleon Corps Books In Publication Order

  1. Daredevils, Ltd (1987)
  2. Starpirate’s Brain (1987)
  3. Everybody Comes to Cosmo’s (1988)

Alex Raymond’s Flash Gordon Books In Publication Order

  1. The Lion Men of Mongo (1974)
  2. The Plague of Sound (1974)
  3. The Space Circus (1974)
  4. The Time Trap of Ming XIII (1974)
  5. The Witch Queen of Mongo (1974)
  6. The War of the Cybernauts (1975)

Fragmented America Books In Publication Order

  1. After Things Fell Apart (1970)
  2. Gadget Man (1971)
  3. Hawkshaw (1973)
  4. Crackpot (1977)
  5. Brinkman (1981)

Groucho Marx Books In Publication Order

  1. Groucho Marx, Master Detective (1998)
  2. Groucho Marx, Private Eye (1999)
  3. Elementary, My Dear Groucho (1999)
  4. Groucho Marx and the Broadway Murders (2001)
  5. Groucho Marx, Secret Agent (2002)
  6. Groucho Marx, King of the Jungle (2005)

Harry Challenge Books In Publication Order

  1. The Prisoner of Blackwood Castle (1984)
  2. The Curse of the Obelisk (1987)

Jack Conger Books In Publication Order

  1. A Talent for the Invisible (1973)
  2. The Panchronicon Plot (1977)
  3. Hello, Lemuria Hello (1979)

John Easy Books In Publication Order

  1. If Dying Was All (1971)
  2. Too Sweet to Die (1972)
  3. The Same Lie Twice (1973)
  4. One Grave Too Many (1974)

Laverne And Shirley Books In Publication Order

  1. Teamwork (1976)
  2. Easy Money (1976)
  3. Gold Rush (1976)

Marvel Novel Books In Publication Order

  1. Iron Man (By:William Rotsler) (1979)
  2. Doctor Strange (By:William Rotsler) (1979)
  3. The Amazing Spider-Man (By:Paul Kupperberg) (1979)
  4. The Marvel Superheroes (By:Len Wein) (1979)
  5. The Hulk/Spider-Man (By:Paul Kupperberg) (1979)

Navarro and Briggs Books In Publication Order

  1. The Wisemann Originals (1989)

Odd Jobs, Inc Books In Publication Order

  1. Calling Dr. Patchwork (1978)
  2. Hail Hibbler (1980)
  3. Big Bang (1982)
  4. Brainz, Inc (1985)

The Story of the Phantom Books In Publication Order

  1. The Story of the Phantom: The Ghost Who Walks (By:Lee Falk) (1972)
  2. The Slave Market of Mucar (By:Lee Falk) (1972)
  3. The Scorpia Menace! (By:Lee Falk) (1972)
  4. The Veiled Lady (1973)
  5. The Golden Circle (With: Lee Falk) (1973)
  6. The Mysterious Ambassador (By:Lee Falk) (1973)
  7. The Mystery of the Sea Horse (With: Lee Falk) (1973)
  8. The Hydra Monster (With: Lee Falk) (1973)
  9. Killer’s Town (By:Lee Falk) (1973)
  10. Google-Eyed Pirates (With: Lee Falk) (1974)
  11. The Swamp Rats (With: Lee Falk) (1974)
  12. The Vampires and the Witch (By:Lee Falk) (1974)
  13. The Island of Dogs (By:Lee Falk,Warren Shanahan) (1975)
  14. The Assassins (By:Carson Bingham,Lee Falk) (1975)
  15. The Curse of the Two-Headed Bull (By:Lee Falk) (1975)
  16. The Phantom (By:Rob MacGregor) (1996)

TekWar Books In Publication Order

  1. TekWar (1989)
  2. TekLords (1991)
  3. TekLab (1991)
  4. Tek Vengeance (1993)
  5. TekSecret (1993)
  6. TekPower (1994)
  7. TekMoney (1995)
  8. Tek Kill (1996)
  9. TekNet (1997)

Urania Books In Publication Order

  1. Broke Down Engine (1971)

Vampirella Books In Publication Order

  1. Bloodstalk (1975)
  2. On Alien Wings (1975)
  3. Deadwalk (1976)
  4. Blood Wedding (1976)
  5. Deathgame (1976)
  6. Snake God (1976)

Weird Heroes Books In Publication Order

  1. Weird Heroes Volume 1 (By:Philip José Farmer) (1975)
  2. Weird Heroes, A New American Pulp (By:Fritz Leiber) (1975)
  3. Weird Heroes Volume 2 (By:Steve Englehart) (1975)
  4. Weird Heroes: Nightshade (By:Byron Preiss) (1976)
  5. Quest of the Gypsy (1976)
  6. Weird Heroes Volume 6 (By:Robert Bloch) (1977)
  7. Weird Heroes, Volume 5 (By:Ted White) (1977)
  8. Eye of the Vulture (1977)
  9. Weird Heroes Volume 8 (By:Byron Preiss) (1977)

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. The Tin Angel (1973)
  2. Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold (1973)
  3. The Hellhound Project (1975)
  4. When the Waker Sleeps (1975)
  5. The Enormous Hourglass (1976)
  6. Nemo (1977)
  7. Challengers of the Unknown (1977)
  8. Emperor Of The Last Days (1977)
  9. The Island Of Dr. Moreau (1977)
  10. Capricorn One (1978)
  11. Cowboy Heaven (1979)
  12. Ghosting (1980)
  13. Skyrocket Steele (1980)
  14. Robot in the Closet (1981)
  15. Upside Downside (1982)
  16. The Great British Detective (1982)
  17. Hellquad (1984)
  18. Graveyard of My Own (1985)
  19. Suicide, Inc. (1985)
  20. The Tijuana Bible (1989)

Graphic Novels In Publication Order

  1. William Shatner’s Tek World (1994)
  2. The Phantom (2018)

Collections In Publication Order

  1. What’s Become of Screwloose? and Other Inquiries (1971)
  2. Odd Job #101, and Other Future Crimes and Intrigues (1974)
  3. Nutzenbolts and More Troubles with Machines (1975)
  4. Adam and Eve on a Raft (2001)
  5. Subject to Change (2016)

Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order

  1. Cheap Thrills (1972)
  2. An American Family (1973)
  3. The Adventurous Decade (1975)
  4. The Dime Detectives (1988)
  5. The Encyclopedia of American Comics (1990)
  6. The Comic Book Reader’s Companion (1993)
  7. The Funnies (1995)
  8. Comic Book Culture (2000)
  9. Joe Chiodo’s How to Draw and Paint Pin-Ups (2006)
  10. Good Girl Art (2007)

The Avenger Books In Publication Order

  1. Justice, Inc. (By:Kenneth Robeson) (1939)
  2. The Yellow Ho*ard (By:Kenneth Robeson) (1939)
  3. The Sky Walker (By:Kenneth Robeson) (1939)
  4. The Devil’s Horns (By:Kenneth Robeson) (1939)
  5. The Frosted Death (By:Kenneth Robeson) (1940)
  6. The Blood Ring (By:Kenneth Robeson) (1940)
  7. Stockholders in Death (By:Kenneth Robeson) (1940)
  8. The Glass Mountain (By:Kenneth Robeson) (1940)
  9. Tuned for Murder (By:Kenneth Robeson) (1940)
  10. The Smiling Dogs (By:Kenneth Robeson) (1940)
  11. River of Ice (By:Kenneth Robeson) (1940)
  12. The Flame Breathers (By:Kenneth Robeson) (1940)
  13. Murder on Wheels (By:Kenneth Robeson) (1940)
  14. Three Gold Crowns (By:Kenneth Robeson) (1941)
  15. House of Death (By:Kenneth Robeson) (1941)
  16. The Hate Master (By:Kenneth Robeson) (1941)
  17. Nevlo (By:Kenneth Robeson) (1941)
  18. Death in Slow Motion (By:Kenneth Robeson) (1941)
  19. Pictures of Death (By:Kenneth Robeson) (1941)
  20. The Green Killer (By:Kenneth Robeson) (1942)
  21. The Happy Killers (By:Kenneth Robeson) (1942)
  22. The Black Death (By:Kenneth Robeson) (1942)
  23. The Wilder Curse (By:Kenneth Robeson) (1942)
  24. Midnight Murder (By:Kenneth Robeson) (1942)
  25. The Man From Atlantis (1974)
  26. Red Moon (1974)
  27. The Purple Zombie (1974)
  28. Dr. Time (1974)
  29. The Nightwitch Devil (1974)
  30. Black Chariots (1974)
  31. The Cartoon Crimes (1974)
  32. The Blood Countess (1975)
  33. The Death Machine (1975)
  34. The Glass Man (1975)
  35. The Iron Skull (1975)
  36. Demon Island (1975)

Isaac Asimov’s Anthology Books In Publication Order

  1. Isaac Asimov’s Space of Her Own (By:Connie Willis,Ursula K. Le Guin,Pat Cadigan,Joan D. Vinge,Tanith Lee,Pamela Sargent,,Mary Gentle) (1983)
  2. Isaac Asimov’s Aliens & Outworlders (By:Isaac Asimov,,Larry Niven,Lisa Tuttle,Garry Douglas Kilworth,Jack C. Haldeman II,Barry N. Malzberg,William F. Wu,Steve Perry,Bob Shaw,Kate Wilhelm,,,,Madeleine E. Robins) (1983)
  3. Isaac Asimov’s Fantasy! (By:) (1985)
  4. Isaac Asimov’s Fantasy! (With: Connie Willis,George R.R. Martin,John Kessel,George Alec Effinger,Robert Thurston,Tanith Lee,Lucius Shepard) (1989)
  5. Isaac Asimov’s Aliens (By:Isaac Asimov) (1991)
  6. Isaac Asimov’s Robots (By:Isaac Asimov) (1991)
  7. Isaac Asimov’s SF-Lite (By:Isaac Asimov) (1993)
  8. Isaac Asimov’s War (By:Isaac Asimov) (1993)
  9. Isaac Asimov’s Cyberdreams (By:Isaac Asimov) (1994)
  10. Isaac Asimov’s Skin Deep (By:Isaac Asimov) (1995)
  11. Isaac Asimov’s Ghosts (By:Isaac Asimov) (1995)
  12. Isaac Asimov’s Christmas (By:Isaac Asimov) (1997)
  13. Isaac Asimov’s Camelot (By:Isaac Asimov) (1998)
  14. Isaac Asimov’s Detectives (By:Isaac Asimov) (1998)
  15. Isaac Asimov’s Valentines (By:Isaac Asimov) (1999)
  16. Isaac Asimov’s Werewolves (By:Isaac Asimov) (1999)
  17. Isaac Asimov’s Solar System (By:Gardner R. Dozois) (1999)
  18. Isaac Asimov’s Utopias (By:Isaac Asimov) (2000)
  19. Isaac Asimov’s Father Day (By:Isaac Asimov) (2001)
  20. Isaac Asimov’s Halloween (By:Isaac Asimov) (2001)

Classic Battlestar Galactica Books In Publication Order

  1. Battlestar Galactica (By:Robert Thurston) (1978)
  2. The Cylon Death Machine (By:Robert Thurston) (1979)
  3. The Tombs of Kobol (By:Robert Thurston) (1979)
  4. The Young Warriors (By:Robert Thurston) (1980)
  5. Galactica Discovers Earth (By:Mike Resnick) (1980)
  6. The Living Legend (By:) (1982)
  7. War of the Gods (By:) (1982)
  8. Greetings From Earth (With: ) (1983)
  9. Experiment in Terra (With: ) (1984)
  10. The Long Patrol (With: ) (1984)
  11. The Nightmare Machine (By:Robert Thurston) (1985)
  12. Die, Chameleon! (By:Robert Thurston) (1986)
  13. Apollo’s War (By:Robert Thurston) (1987)
  14. Surrender the Galactica! (By:Robert Thurston) (1988)

Anthologies In Publication Order

  1. The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction Nineteenth Series (1971)
  2. Best From Fantasy And Science Fiction: 18th Series (1973)
  3. Science Fiction Gems, Vol. One (2011)

Barnum System Book Covers

Barnum System: Ben Jolsen Book Covers

Barnum System: Jack Summer Book Covers

Barnum System: Star Hawks Book Covers

Ben Spanner & H. J. Mavity Mysteries Seroes Book Covers

Chameleon Corps Book Covers

Comic Book Book Covers

Ex-Chameleon Corps Book Covers

Alex Raymond’s Flash Gordon Book Covers

Fragmented America Book Covers

Groucho Marx Book Covers

Harry Challenge Book Covers

Jack Conger Book Covers

John Easy Book Covers

Laverne And Shirley Book Covers

Marvel Novel Book Covers

Navarro and Briggs Book Covers

Odd Jobs, Inc Book Covers

The Story of the Phantom Book Covers

TekWar Book Covers

Urania Book Covers

Vampirella Book Covers

Weird Heroes Book Covers

Standalone Novels Book Covers

Graphic Novels Book Covers

Collections Book Covers

Non-Fiction Book Covers

The Avenger Book Covers

Isaac Asimov’s Anthology Book Covers

Classic Battlestar Galactica Book Covers

Anthologies Book Covers

Ron Goulart Books Overview

The Great Comic Book Artists

Oversized Papercover Book with 113 Pages of Text and B/W Illustrations

Comic Book Encyclopedia

A 4 colour, illustrated best of the best of the comic book world with writers/creators who launched an industry Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, amazing graphic novels Preacher, The Watcher, legendary artists Jim Lee and characters as wide ranging as Archie, The Gay Ghost, Batman, Blue Devil and the Fantastic Four. Never before has there been a single volume of superheroes, graphic novels, strange comic icons, legendary writers and artists of the comic world. Comic Book Encyclopedia is the multiverse of comic legend and lore for every comic book fan, and for everyone who wants to understand the characters, history, and universal appeal of this world. Collected into a single volume, this is the best of the best of comics. From the 1930s to today, it includes everything a young, budding comic reader or an experienced pro needs to know and/or read.

Gadget Man

The Republic of Southern California was in serious trouble. The casually repressive rule of the junta was threatened, not only by the growing band of guerrillas in the south, but also by the sudden, inexplicable outbreak of riots in the Republic’s wealthiest suburbs. Then word reached the Social Wing of the Police Corps that the daughter of the guerrillas’ leader had information about the cause of the riots, and Sergeant James Xavier Hecker was sent to investigate. Hecker was an unlikely policeman: not only did he lack any overwhelming personal ambition, but he also retained a vestigial faith in the good will of the men and women around him. And his odyssey through the rubble of our consumption oriented, gadget filled, anything for kicks society by turns surprising, appalling, and devilishly funny makes an unusually entertaining and perceptive novel.


Brinkman is street wise, moving with assurance down the mean streets of the future, through an America where life in the slums is an unrelenting grind of parsimonious welfare and petty thievery. He is determined to make a better life for himself; Brinkman is a young man who will go far…
Too far, in fact. Fleeing the police, he sneaks into an off limits complex seeking refuge and finds a secret enclave of wealth and privilege hidden carefully from the world of poverty outside. And he finds Beth, a girl he once loved in the slums…
and who died there long before. Possessed of this puzzling ‘and dangerous ‘bit of information, Brinkman sets out to discover more, and gradually a life begins to piece itself together…
Brinkman‘s own. Ron Goulart’s latest vision of America lives up to the reputation for zany, unforgettable novels that has won him the title of ‘the Woody Allen of Science Fiction.’

Elementary, My Dear Groucho

When a body is found in Holmes’s 221B Baker Street lodgings on the set at Mammoth Studios during the shooting of The Valley of Fear, Groucho and his sidekick Frank Denby begin investigating. The victim is the German emigre director of the movie who was found in the great detective’s favorite armchair, stabbed in the chest with Holmes’s pearl handled letter opener. There is another murder but it takes more than murder to stifle Groucho’s quips or to quiet the laughter this surprising reincarnation inspires.

Groucho Marx and the Broadway Murders

In Ron Goulart’s well received series featuring comedian amateur sleuth Groucho Marx, Groucho and his writer Frank Denby have made a name for themselves as detectives. In fact, in their last case, they were able to outsmart Sherlock Holmes, or at least the actor playing him. However, both men play down their sleuthing abilities and to escape their new reputation, Groucho agrees to perform in a Broadway play and Frank accompanies his wife on a business trip. When Groucho learns that Frank and Jane are going to New York via train he decides to join them, figuring it will be a nice relaxing journey. However, murder and mayhem somehow follow them across the country. First, before even leaving for New York they are approached by a local mobster who firmly believes that the recent murder of his associate was not a mob hit. He asks them to look into the matter and Groucho suggests that he try ‘Philip Marlowe, Dan Turner or some other Hollywood shamus’ even though ‘they don’t have our track record…
or a strawberry birthmark right here.’ From there, things only get more interesting. On the train they meet Dian Bowers, the newest star of Daniel Manheim, a domineering Hollywood producer. A series of bizarre events unfolds on the train, including an attempt on Manheim’s life. When they arrive in New York, Groucho agrees to escort Dian to the premiere of her estranged husband’s play, but the play never makes it into the second act because a body is discovered on stage. When Dian’s husband becomes the prime suspect, Groucho and Frank once again find themselves playing detective. Searching for clues in the Big Apple and trying to see if the second murder is at all connected to the death of the mobster, Groucho and Frank have their hands full. However, the pressure doesn’t get to Groucho and as he hunts for clues he still has time for all of his silly gags and terrible puns. Whether or not you are a Groucho fan, ‘this enjoyable little tale will charm the baggy pants off you.’AUTHORBIO: Ron Goulart, twice nominated for an Edgar Award, has published a number of mysteries and several nonfiction books dealing with the world of the comic strip. He lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut and is currently at work on the fifth book in the series.

Groucho Marx, Secret Agent

It could be said that in this episode Groucho Marx operates as a Hollywood style Scarlet Pimpernel, with a repertoire of outrageous puns covering the steely, daring life of a counterspy. But, as Groucho might retort, his cover is at the dry cleaner, and, besides, Groucho is not one to hide his light under any bushel even one of stuffed clams. So he and Frank Denby, his sidekick, scriptwriter and close friend, set out to uphold their reputation as amateur sleuths by looking into the death of British director Eric Olmstead. First Olmstead fainted at a star studded Halloween party after a man dressed as the Grim Reaper had whispered to him and then disappeared. But it is not until the next day that he is found dead presumably by his own hand. It is 1939; everyone expects the U.S. to join the war raging in Europe. And everyone is looking under the bed for spies. Soon the questions surrounding the death of Eric Olmstead takes on an odor of espionage. The police call Olmstead’s death a suicide. After all, he did leave a typed note. His widow refuses to believe that her husband shot himself, and persuades Groucho and Frank to look further. Soon the pair is enmeshed in FBI agents and Los Angeles police, while the grieving widow clamors for revenge. Here is where Groucho proves his genius as a detective he seizes on the clue that reveals the death to be murder. This, however, is only the beginning. There is another murder. Groucho and Frank are attacked; Frank is shot at but not hit; Groucho is hit but not shot at; just knocked to the floor by the fleeing assailant. They not only survive, but they pinpoint the Na*zi spy and the Hollywood figures working with them. In a romp made delightful in spite of spies, murders, and occasional dire peril, Goulart uncannily resurrects the most garrulous Marx brother and his unique brand of patter. The Groucho Marx of these stories is the next best thing to the capering of the late comedian himself, and a happy gift to everyone who remembers him fondly as well as those meeting him for the first time. AUTHORBIO: Ron Goulart has been a professional author for several decades and has over 180 books to his credit, including more than 50 science fiction novels and 20 some mystery novels. He’s twice been nominated for an Edgar Award and is considered one of the country’s leading authorities on comic books and comic strips. His latest book on comics, Comic Book Culture, was published in May 2000. Ron lives with his wife Frances, also a writer, in Ridgefield, Connecticut.


After spending four years in cryogenic stasis for crimes he is certain he did not commit, Jake Cardigan is mysteriously released. Finding himself lost in a world that has changed since his incarceration, Jake tries to put his life back together. His family gone, Jake fights the urge to self medicate using a digital drug called Tek. Offered a job to locate a missing enigmatic scientist, Jake can already feel the puppet strings manipulating him to return to the life that got him jailed in the first place. This first volume, Plague of Ghosts, revisits and revitalizes the Tek universe created in William Shatner’s bestselling novel series.


Known to millions as Star Trek’s Captain Kirk, actor director and bestselling author Shatner returns to the stunning future world he created in TekWar. Ex cop Jake Cardigan discovers that the TekLords are behind a synthetic plague that’s sweeping San Francisco. ‘The pace is unrelenting…
.’ Publishers Weekly. HC: Putnam.


An assassin is striking the capital cities of the world, eliminating a seemingly unrelated list of victims, when investigator Jake Cardigan’s son is kidnapped by a violent gang in the ruins of twenty second century London.

Tek Vengeance

En route to Berlin to protect his girlfriend, who is testifying at the World Drug Court Trial, from vengeful Teklords, Investigator Jake Cardigan finds his plans changed when his aircraft explodes and he is stranded in the Brazilian jungle.


When Alicia Bower, the beautiful daughter of the world’s wealthiest robotics industrialist, disappears, her boyfriend hires Investigator Jake Cardigan, who recently lost his own love, to find her.


The bad guys hope no one will notice how realistic androids have become when the President of the United States returns from vacation looking fit and promoting a whole new set of policies, and Jake Cardigan works to uncover the deception.


In the sixth novel of the popular Tek series, Jake Cardigan is falsely accused of murder and finds himself embroiled with the victim’s sister and ex wife as he races against time to find the real killer.

Tek Kill

When his boss is wrongly accused of murder, detective Jake Cardigan finds himself trying to convince police to believe in a known drug user’s telepathic visions rather than the videotape evidence they already have.


Captain Kirk is back with another fast paced Tek adventure featuring detective Jake Cardigan. When the second wife of Cardigan’s partner Sid Gomez disappears, a highly placed government source offers top dollar to find her alive.

Weird Heroes Volume 1 (By:Philip José Farmer)

An illustrated blend of fantasy and science fiction.

Weird Heroes Volume 6 (By:Robert Bloch)

An illustrated blend of fantasy and science fiction.

Weird Heroes Volume 8 (By:Byron Preiss)

An illustrated blend of fantasy and science fiction.

The Island Of Dr. Moreau

On a lonely island in the Pacific, the victims of a shipwreck wash ashore. They find a land like no other, a private empire, populated by grotesque human like creatures, and ruled by a sinister scientist.

Skyrocket Steele

Is Peter Tinsley imagining things? Or did that frail, beautiful doll, Tracy Flynn, flip the gangster Dime Gallardo to the ceiling just as Dime was about to make macaroni out of Pete’s skull? Pete can’t get an explanation out of Tracy, and he’s got his hands full trying to grope his way into a cozier position with her. All of which make it tough to concentrate on the Martian extravaganza he’s supposed to be writing for Star Spangled Studios…
But things get tougher still when Pete gets zonked for real by a prop stunray and he and Tracy get kidnapped by an alien who’s supposed to be an actor or an actor who’s supposed to be an alien? Suddenly Pete’s the hero of a real life Star Spangled story, fighting to save Tracy, the world, and his own hide from cosmic danger!

Adam and Eve on a Raft

WRY AND WICKEDLY MURDEROUS Ron Goulart’s first collection of mystery short stories features two of his most famous characters. Five of the stories are about Scrib Merlin, a would be comedian and disgruntled advertising copywriter, who seems always to be present whenever someone expires with a cryptic dying message on his lips. When a murder victims gasps ‘ninety nine clop clop’ or ‘six tablespoons molas*ses’ or ‘Adam and Eve on a Raft,’ Scrib becomes a sleuth hoping not only to solve the murder but also often in vain to feather his own nest. The Scrib Merlin tales are genuine challenge to the reader mysteries. The unnamed California Adman, who narrates seven wry and, some might say, wicked stories, has an impressively large number of homicidal acquaintances, most of whom find that the table can easily be turned on them. The Adman listens, tries to dissuade them, and then records their often inanely murderous plans for our entertainment.

Cheap Thrills

Hermes Press is proud to announce the release of Ron Goulart’s classic history of the pulps: Cheap Thrills. This book is more than just a reprint of Goulart’s ground breaking 1972 history of the pulps though. Hermes Press’ complete redesigned version of this classic contains mountains of material not used in the original Amazing! Thrilling! Astonishing tome about the great pulps and pulp writers. Extra: the new edition of Cheap Thrills presents many remembrances by pulp fiction greats never before seen and not included in the original version of the book. Hermes Press is pulling out all of the stops with Cheap Thrills. The book is being printed in an all color 12′ square fromat filled with pulp cover art that inspired readers, artists, and everyone who ever read the pulps.

The Adventurous Decade

Long out of print, The Adventurous Decade is now available again, covering the background and art of such strips as Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, Tarzan, Scorchy Smith, Dick Tracy, Terry and the Pirates, Prince Valiant, The Phantom, Brick Bradford, The Spirit, and Don Winslow together with many seldom discussed strips such as Bronc Peeler, Tex Throne, Roy Powers, Dan Dunn and Tailspin Tommy. While the text of the book, based on interviews with such comic strip luminaries as Noel Sickles, Milton Caniff, Roy Crane, Alfred Andriola, Dick Moore, Mel Graff, Leslie Turner and other improtant strip artists, remains unchanged why change a classic?, the book has been totally redesigned in a 9 inch by 12 inch landscape format to showcase the fabulous artwork from these strips. The reprint is printed on deluxe heavy paper stock with all new illustrations, many taken from rarely seen original artwork.

Comic Book Culture

During the Golden Age of comic books, from the middle 1930s to the late 1940s, readers could choose from hundreds of titles colorfully displayed on America’s newsstands from Action Comics to Zip Comics. Selecting from thousands of cover illustrations of the period, comics authority Ron Goulart has assembled more than 400 of the most entertaining and provocative for this book. All of which are comprehensively indexed for the first time. You’ll see images of various characters, including Superman, Batman, Plastic Man, Captain Marvel, The Flame, Cat Man, the Black Terror, the Blue Beetle and Sheena Queen of the Jungle. You’ll encounter the most effective output of admired artists such as Will Eisner, Jack Kirby, Lou Fine, Jack Cole, Alex Schomburg and Bill Everett, plus lesser know cartoonists such as Paul Gustavson, Matt Baker, Gus Ricca, L.B. Cole and Ramona Patenaude. Several covers in this collection have not been reprinted since their original publication. The text provides a concise history of the comic book business, from its shaky beginnings in the early 1930s to its multi million dollar successes during the WWII years. Through informed copy and profuse images, Goulart offers an intimate look at one of the most popular forms of American popular art.

Joe Chiodo’s How to Draw and Paint Pin-Ups

World renowned pin up artist Joe Chiodo has spent the last five years teaching painting and drawing. Now, with the release of his new book, Chiodo brings his techniques for drawing and painting to a wider audience. Joe Chiodo Drawing and Painting presents a step by step guide for drawing and painting good girl pin ups.

Good Girl Art

Noted comics historian Ron Goulart has produced the final word on good girls in the comic books with Good Girl Art. Chronicling the history of the good girl in comics from the beginning, in the comic book sweatshops of the late 1930s, through the war years, the 1950s, to the present. Good Girl Art also covers the many outstanding European comic artists to embrace the use of the good girl in their comics. Good Girl Art covers the publishers, comic books and artists. With insights that only Goulart can provide, readers are given an in depth and behind the scenes history of Good Girl Art in the comics. Good Girl Art also uses rarely seen original artwork by such legendary comic artists as Matt Baker, Lee Elias, Frank Cho, Adam Hughes, Joe Chiodo and Dave Stevens. Not only is Good Girl Art informative and fun to read, it is truly a pleasure to look at with over 200 illustrations.

Isaac Asimov’s Detectives (By:Isaac Asimov)

Uncover a unique collection of mysterious science fiction that goes beyond the mean streets and hard boiled hideouts of traditional tales of dead eye dicks that are out of this world! From the files of Isaac Asimov’s Science FIction Magazine stories from Gregg Egan, Lisa Goldstein, Isaac Asimov, John Varley, Kate Wilhelm, and Nancy Kress.

Isaac Asimov’s Utopias (By:Isaac Asimov)

Acclaimed science fiction writers present their own provocative visions of what an ideal world is really like…

Isaac Asimov’s Father Day (By:Isaac Asimov)

From the award winning pages of Asimov’s Science Fiction today’s most creative minds explore the fierce, fragile bond between fathers and their children.

Battlestar Galactica (By:Robert Thurston)

At the end of a bloody thousand year war against an invincible enemy, an uneasy peace has finally been achieved between humans and the dreaded cyborg warriors of the Cylon Empire. But peace soon turns to bloodshed when the Cylons launch an unexpected attack against humanity’s twelve Colonial worlds, wiping out most of the inhabitants. Written by series creator Glen A. Larson and author Robert Thurston, this volume collects for the first time the novelizations of two classic Battlestar Galactica television episodes: the pilot ‘Saga of a Star World’ and ‘The Gun on Ice Planet Zero.’

The Tombs of Kobol (By:Robert Thurston)

Long out of print, this is a novelisation of one of the most popular of the original ‘Battlestar Galactica’ episodes, co written by the show’s creator, Glen A. Larson. Features a new introduction by series star Richard Hatch, who portrayed Captain Apollo. In The Tombs Of Kobol, female pilots must step into the breach when an unknown virus strikes down the Viper Corps, leaving only Apollo and Starbuck untouched. The ‘Galactica’ reaches the planet Kobol in search of a clue to the location of Earth but attaining such knowledge will come with a heavy price…

The Young Warriors (By:Robert Thurston)

On a routine reconnaissance mission, Starbuck crashlands on a world where the Cylons have wiped out most of the adult population, leaving tribes of children in charge. It’s Lord of the Flies meets The Guns of Navarone as Starbuck leads the children in a daring raid to free their father from the Cylons.

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