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The first new Spider novel in 65 years picks up where the last left off, packed to the gills with the greatest slam-bang action ever penned by master pulpster CJ Henderson! Richard Wentworth, the Spider, wonders if his long struggle against the forces of evil has been worth it? Should he continue, or grab for personal happiness before his time runs out? Then, at the moment The first new Spider novel in 65 years picks up where the last left off, packed to the gills with the greatest slam-bang action ever penned by master pulpster CJ Henderson! Richard Wentworth, the Spider, wonders if his long struggle against the forces of evil has been worth it? Should he continue, or grab for personal happiness before his time runs out? Then, at the moment he makes his decision, fate unleashes the most hellish horrors of all time against New York City! This limited edition hardcover features an exclusive, brand-new, hard-boiled Ed Race ("the Masked Marksman") story by Rich Harvey!


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The first new Spider novel in 65 years picks up where the last left off, packed to the gills with the greatest slam-bang action ever penned by master pulpster CJ Henderson! Richard Wentworth, the Spider, wonders if his long struggle against the forces of evil has been worth it? Should he continue, or grab for personal happiness before his time runs out? Then, at the moment The first new Spider novel in 65 years picks up where the last left off, packed to the gills with the greatest slam-bang action ever penned by master pulpster CJ Henderson! Richard Wentworth, the Spider, wonders if his long struggle against the forces of evil has been worth it? Should he continue, or grab for personal happiness before his time runs out? Then, at the moment he makes his decision, fate unleashes the most hellish horrors of all time against New York City! This limited edition hardcover features an exclusive, brand-new, hard-boiled Ed Race ("the Masked Marksman") story by Rich Harvey!

33 review for The Spider: Shadow of Evil Limited Edition Hardcover

  1. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    The cover announces this as the first new Spider novel in 65 years, and while it's nice that he made a comeback, it's a shame that it couldn't have been a better one. Most all of the characters from the original series appear, and many of the sets and gadgets. The cover isn't very good at all, showing a deranged looking dark character rather than an action scene as all of the pulps did. It's set in the 1940's, just after the last Spider was published in pulp, but I didn't think it accurately cap The cover announces this as the first new Spider novel in 65 years, and while it's nice that he made a comeback, it's a shame that it couldn't have been a better one. Most all of the characters from the original series appear, and many of the sets and gadgets. The cover isn't very good at all, showing a deranged looking dark character rather than an action scene as all of the pulps did. It's set in the 1940's, just after the last Spider was published in pulp, but I didn't think it accurately captured the feel of the originals. There was too much casual murder and maiming on Wentworth's part, and the inclusion of words and phrases liked "pissed-off" and "asshole" that never would have appeared then. Too, Nita spends much of the book in a coma, with no resolution of her condition at the end, lending a rather misogynistic feel to what could have been a progressive portrayal. She was a much bigger part of the plots in many of the originals, but here, as just one example of the tone, it's stated that Ram Singh believes women don't have souls. I don't think Norvell Page's Ram Singh ever thought such a thing! Finally, there's too much repetition and rumination; it could have been cut by fifteen percent or so for a better-paced adventure. Actually, to be fair, it's not a bad noir-ish adventure novel, I just didn't think it was a very good Spider.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Randy

    SHADOW OF EVIL is the first new Spider novel in sixty-five years. It follows along a few months in time after the last Spider magazine story. Richard Wentworth had retired the Spider, a spur of the moment decision when he killed a fake Spider in a climactic battle and decide to let it stand. For over ten years, he battled all sorts of criminals and monsters, dispensing justice as only the Spider could, denying himself a private life. Now he simply wanted to marry his love, Nita Van Sloan, and beg SHADOW OF EVIL is the first new Spider novel in sixty-five years. It follows along a few months in time after the last Spider magazine story. Richard Wentworth had retired the Spider, a spur of the moment decision when he killed a fake Spider in a climactic battle and decide to let it stand. For over ten years, he battled all sorts of criminals and monsters, dispensing justice as only the Spider could, denying himself a private life. Now he simply wanted to marry his love, Nita Van Sloan, and begin to start a family. It wasn't to be. Someone is dragging old weapons of evil from New York's past and killing people. The first day the Green Fire kills a trainload of people, the bodies robbed of every piece of jewelry and cash on them. The second day people begin falling after breathing colored smoke from performing planes, poisoned by a combination of altered products of all sorts put out for sale reacting with chemicals in the smoke. Richard Wentworth is acting in his capacity as a criminologist with Police Commissioner Kirkpatrick, trying to make sense of it, refusing to bring the Spider back. A batch of pictures had been sent to a local newspaper showcasing the burned bodies of a group of orphans and their nun chaperoning them from the train. No other contact had been made. No demands. Nothing. It was the third day that changed his mind. A bomb below the Grand auditorium killed thousands and severely injured many more. Wentworth himself had many injuries. Kirkpatrick was in bad shape. And Nita, his Nita, clung to life, so badly injured they were afraid to operate until she stabilized. It was time for the Spider to come out of "death!" As our hero begins to dig in and ferret out some of the villains, questioning them in his own inimitable style, he learns the leader is known only as the "Boss" and no one knows his identity, his aims. But the Spider will find out and stop him. He has to. Past the deaths of thousands of innocent people and the untold damage, there was Nita. That couldn't be allowed to stand. I quite enjoyed this one. I'm a sucker for that old pulp stuff. In the back of the book, there's a short story featuring Ed Race, a pulp character, the sharp shooting Masked Marksman, created by Emile C. Tepperman, that appeared in the pages of the Spider Magazine. Rich Harvey wrote this one.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jeff J.

    It takes a certain degree of courage to revive a beloved pulp hero after 65 years, but C. J. Henderson does a great job of capturing the tone and pacing of the original series. The gripping story picks up a few months after the final Spider novel, and manages to serve both as a tribute to the original series as well as a great adventure in itself. I'm glad the writer resisted the temptation to create a contemporary Spider hero, efforts to do so with other pulp mainstays never seem to be successf It takes a certain degree of courage to revive a beloved pulp hero after 65 years, but C. J. Henderson does a great job of capturing the tone and pacing of the original series. The gripping story picks up a few months after the final Spider novel, and manages to serve both as a tribute to the original series as well as a great adventure in itself. I'm glad the writer resisted the temptation to create a contemporary Spider hero, efforts to do so with other pulp mainstays never seem to be successful.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michael

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dale

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    Michael

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    Sean

  8. 4 out of 5

    James Crabtree

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    Ron Black

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    David Thomas

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    Matt Cooper

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    David Makin

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    Shawn

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    Cheyenne

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    George Kraft

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    Walt O'Hara

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    John

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    Maximiliano Heredia

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    Rory

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    Fred Milano

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    Michael Joseph Schumann

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    Percy Bell

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    Scott

  30. 5 out of 5

    Seven Negen

  31. 4 out of 5

    derek mackley

  32. 5 out of 5

    DZMM

  33. 4 out of 5

    Roy Monfort

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