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Spider #44 May 1937
Grant Stockbridge, RadioArchives.com
Nick Santa Maria
Spieldauer: 3 Std. und 9 Min.
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Deep-hidden in evil, Satan's Suicide Club sat in council - and men died. What dreadful force drove these men, leaders of society with everything to live for, to end their lives at the behest of that sinister being who sardonically called himself Professor Mephisto? And why did men and women suffer the tortures of the damned, rather than defy this mysterious being? Richard Wentworth once more assumes the cloak of the Spider to free these lost ones from a living hell and a disgraceful death - and steps into the jaws of a devil's trap that casts his life among the lives in pawn!
Up from the Devil's Coast swarmed a hooded horde, rioting to lay America under The Cobra's bondage. A frenzied, living Pharaoh raked Manhattan with madness and murder. Against a baffling human wall that dies but never betrays its menacing master, Richard Wentworth - feared Spider of the underworld - faces his fate alone.
War gongs clanged in Chinatown - but it was no tong war that tore the great Societies with fear, and suspicion, and deadly hate. For deeper in evil mystery than their own dark secrets, lay the hidden temple of crime, that loosed the Scourge of the Yellow Fangs - the menace that erupted in the yellow men's haunts, and overflowed into white men's lives, and threatened white men's rule. Victims lived long enough to curse the unknown Man from Singapore - who knew the Spider and planned his quick removal from the finish fight.
Without any forewarning, the madness struck. One moment the busy steel-mill town of Keystone was a peaceful industrial community. The next, it had become a shambles of murder, madness, and ruthless midnight slaughter. Horror walked its streets, and terror lurked in every close-locked home. Could the Spider, hastening to answer the distressed call of the dismayed inhabitants, prevail against the death which struck from darkness? A stranger in a place of madness, unsupported by friends or allies, Richard Wentworth faces his greatest test - alone!
With appalling suddenness, a new hooded monster of crime unleashed swift murder and soul-chilling madness upon Manhattan. His army of assassins struck with wanton savagery to lash terrified millions into a paralysis of fear. The Dictator held sway! And Richard Wentworth, the avenging Spider, driven to the ambuscades of the underworld, faced the vortex of sudden peril alone.
Looting, murdering bands of desperadoes roamed the streets of New York like wanton jackals who destroyed what they could not devour. An underworld Juggernaut had been unleashed upon Manhattan, turning it into a place of desolation and terror. The Thuggees of the East, those masters of murder, the cruel minions of Tang-akhmut, held the city in a state of siege.
The most diabolical criminal ever to menace America, Tang-akhmut, the Egyptian, had descended like a blighting plague on Cincinnati. Tang-akhmut, leading a new and terrible army of dwarfed monsters - scourging helpless women with poisoned and barbed whips; who set about systematically to wreck the water supply of the city and then set uncontrollable conflagrations to cover his looting. Richard Wentworth, the Spider, penniless, a man outside the law, once more faces him in single-handed battle!
It is Wentworth himself - the Spider - who is first to feel the dread hand of that Master of Darkness - The Blind Man - and his satanic weapon. His best friend, Kirkpatrick, Commissioner of Police, is strangely attacked by the forces of evil; his beloved Nita van Sloan is spirited away into a fearsome fate...and the Spider himself is destined to a horrible life of pain and misery. Caught between the forces of evil, the Spider at last seems doomed to die in ignominy!
Richard Wentworth - whose grim, anti-crime crusades as the Spider have made him world-famous - was the first objective in the Poison Master's murder campaign. His best friend, Kirkpatrick, lay in a death-like stupor. His beloved, Nita van Sloan, was stricken with the horrible living death! And at the same time, countless thousands were felled by the same fatal venom.
Never had Richard Wentworth - he who is the scourge of the Underworld in his guise of the Spider - faced such tremendous odds or been so alone in the strife! Nita, his beloved, had tried to kill him, as she was hopelessly insane. His faithful servant had been tortured beyond human endurance. And the Master of Madness, chief of a powerful, fiendish syndicate, was spreading his germs of mania unchecked.
White slavery, the loathsome traffic in women's bodies - and souls - was stripping America of wives, sisters and sweethearts. Richard Wentworth, valiant champion of human rights, knew that an Oriental master criminal was captaining the slavery syndicate, guessed the unspeakable purpose behind those wholesale abductions. But with Nita hopelessly lost, with G-men harrying him relentlessly, can the Spider outwit his most formidable foeman and save America's doomed womanhood?
Death in its ugliest form ravaged America. An ambitious, clever madman, master of a far-flung criminal empire, spread cholera germs through every rank and class of a large and totally unsuspecting populace. Numbed by terror, the citizens fled from certain death, while the police, baffled and powerless, campaigned relentlessly against the Spider, the only man able to save the stricken and bring the Plague Master to justice!
Throughout the dives of the underworld, and in the dens of criminals, the news was spread in eager whispers: The Boss will get the Spider! He'll make himself the biggest shot in the country! But those nearest the criminal genius sat silent, remembering the horrible acid vat reserved for those who talked too much. Richard Weatworth - that grim Spider who strikes when the law fails or dares not - faces the bitterest decision of his life.
Richard Wentworth - who, as the swift-killing Spider, is the scourge of the Underworld - thought the Fly was dead. But once more that most formidable enemy had arisen, pillaging, slaying wantonly, armed with a ghastly new weapon, the Green Globes of Death! Ruthless and astute, heading a gigantic criminal syndicate, the Fly was butchering innocent persons only, it seemed, to see their red blood flow. It was with flagging hope and heavy heart that the Spider took up his newest battle with the preying jackals of crime!
Never before had a shrewd criminal leader so successfully defied the Law - and the Spider's sure vengeance! A powerful Eastern murder syndicate, employing two deadly weapons, held America for ransom, spreading pain and terror and red destruction. Never had the Spider's struggle against the underworld seemed so futile, for the name of Richard Wentworth was disgraced, his fortune was forfeit, and his beloved had betrayed him into the hands of the police - and certain death!
In that single, unguarded moment while he played his precious Stradivarius, the combined forces of the Mayor of Hell - the crooked Law and the vengeful Underworld - besieged Richard Wentworth, otherwise known as the Spider, nemesis of criminals! Mourned as dead, the Spider must start life anew, without friends or funds or hidden refuge, so that the Mayor of Hell's bloody-handed henchmen - who judge no deed too base, who respect neither man nor God - may find their just reward - in death!
Never before had a greedy, criminal genius loosed so loathsome and deadly a weapon! The Bat Man - leading a band of savages, releasing clouds of bloodthirsty vampire bats - planned to make himself a greater conqueror than Napoleon or Genghis Khan! One man stood in his way - Richard Wentworth, who when the law fails, sallies forth as the dread Spider to spread red death in the Underworld.
Looting, maiming, slaughtering, El Gaucho launched his colossal plot to unite the Underworld - to make himself King of America! No torture was too cruel for him to employ; no deed too bloody; no life too precious, except his own. Richard Wentworth - the Spider, who exacts justice when the Law fails - realized he alone could save America from wanton butchery, in spite of the grim reward posted for his head - its own weight in the purest gold!
The madness first struck at sea! As if at a signal, young and old initiated the wild bacchanal of self-destruction! Never before had a criminal of such horrible, death-dealing genius preyed upon the American people. Never before did Richard Wentworth, who was in secret the dread Spider, combat a foeman of more deadly power. And while the Spider lay gravely wounded, his beloved, Nita, went forth alone to battle for her sweetheart, as only a brave woman can do!
G-8 and his Battle Aces rode the nostalgia boom 10 years after World War I ended. These high-flying exploits were tall tales of a World War that might have been, featuring monster bats, German zombies, wolf-men, harpies, Martians, and even tentacled floating monsters. Most of these monstrosities were the work of Germany's seemingly endless supply of mad scientists, chief of whom was G-8's recurring Nemesis, Herr Doktor Krueger.