Serial Vigilantes of Paperback Fiction
An Encyclopedia from Able Team to Z-Comm
About the Book
Rough justice has often been served in the pages of serial novels, notably beginning with Don Pendleton’s The Executioner in 1969. This is the first overview of the serial vigilante genre, which featured such hard-boiled protagonists as Nick Carter, Mark Stone, Jake Brand and Able Team among the 130 series that followed Pendleton’s novel.
Serial vigilantes repeatedly take the law into their own hands, establishing and imposing their own moral standards, usually by force. The book examines the connections between the serial vigilante and the pulp hero that preceded him and how the serial vigilante has influenced a variety of tough guys, private eyes, spies and cops in different media. A complete bibliography for each series is featured.
About the Author(s)
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009
Table of Contents
THE VIGILANTES 11
1. Crossovers, References and Parodies 187
2. Precursors to the Serial Vigilante 193
3. Modern Pulp 200
4. Missing the Mark: Singletons, Police, Private Eyes, Criminals, and Other Oddities 202
5. The Female of the Species 208
6. The Future of the Serial Vigilante 213
Book Reviews & Awards
“this book is going to be my go-to reference guide for years to come…make the investment. You won’t regret it.”—www.bookgasm.com; “this thorough, easy-to-use study should be a welcome addition to libraries with interests in the ever-growing field of popular culture.”—ARBA; “this book is clearly a labor of love, but it leans more towards scholarly analysis than fannish drool. It’s a great book for fans of pulps, rich with details and background information…many of these books, and their authors, would have been forgotten if not for this one-of-a-kind reference work”—A Book Made For Me–A Writer’s Life.