Top Western Fiction Annual Volume 1 Number 3 from 1952. Howard’s TEXAS JOHN ALDEN was printed. It was reprinted from Hopalong Cassidy’s Western Magazine published in 1950 which again was a reprint from The Masked Rider Western magazine from May 1944. Originally a Buckner J. Grimes story titled RING-TAILED TORNADO. Published under the name of Patrick Ervin.
This is a massive hardcover facsimile volume of Howards works from Oriental Stories, Magic Carpet, Thrilling Adventures, Golden Fleece, Strange Tales, Marvel Tales, Argosy, Strange Detective Stories, Super Detective Stories, Thrilling Mystery and Spicy Adventures. Includes all interior illustrations.
This volume is printed in hardback with dust jacket, in a limited first edition with quantity of only 75 copies, each individually numbered. Cover art by Dough Klauba; Book design by Neil and Leigh Mechem; title page illustration by Neil Mechem (only on the limited edition). The reprint edition is not numbered and without the illustration.
Scanned right from the original pulp pages. No editing. No reset text.
This book is sold out and out of stock. It was published by Girasol Collectables.
This issue actually contains two Howard stories. ‘Alleys of Darkness’ where he used the pseudonym Patrick Ervin and ‘The Shadow of the Vulture’.
“The Shadow of the Vulture” is a short story, first published in The Magic Carpet Magazine, January 1934. The story introduces the character of Red Sonya of Rogatino, who later became the inspiration for the popular character Red Sonja, archetype of the chainmail-bikini clad female warrior. The latter has little in common other than the name and that she is a warrior.