TDE: Your secret agent character, Christian Gunn, appeared in Mike Shayne (Aug. 1984) and again in Espionage (Feb. 1985). Was he ever used again?
MB: The fall of the Berlin Wall and the demise of both Espionage and Mike Shayne ended Gunn’s career.
Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine Vol. 48 No. 8 Aug. 1984 Contents Brett Halliday “Shadows of the Past” Amy E. Dean: How Crime Plays Peter A. Sellers “Loss of a Faculty” Buzz Dixon “Spiders” Michael Bracken “With Extreme Prejudice” Ray Bradley “The Bus Bandits” Arthur Moore “Bird Bank Bingo” Lane Marsh “First Security” Mel Washburn “To Forgive is Human” Richard E. Givan “The Curious Case of the Dead-Drunk Driver” Ardath Mayhar “Knit Lady” Vicki Shaull Carleton “The Prison Letters” Mike’s Mail Best by Mail (classified ads)
Publishers: Edward & Anita Goldstein Editor: Charles E. Fritch Art Director: Robin Schaffer Founder: Lou Margulies 5.25” x 7.75” 130 pages $1.75
Western Magazine Vol. 1 No. 1 June 1955 Contents Debs Smith “Firebrand” Morgan Lewis “A Hint of Violence” James Charles Lynch “Elkhorn’s Last Deal” Cliff Farrell “Prairie Treasure” William Heuman “Outlaw’s Girl” V.E. Thiessen “Sundown Decision” Philip Ketchum “His Brother’s Gunhand”
Editor: Harry Widmer Business Manager: Monroe Froehlich Art Director: Mel Blum Art Editor: Robert C. O’Neill Cover: Jim Bentley ~5.5” x 7.75” 160 pages 35¢
Detective: Magazine of True Crime Stories Vol. 1 No. 1 Winter 1951 Contents Lawrence E. Spivak’s Introduction Eleazar Lipsky “The Shield of the Innocent” Craig Rice “Murder in Chicago” Jackson Hite “The Orange Daniel Webster” Edmund Pearson “Malloy the Mighty” Laurence Dwight Smith “Incredible Dr. Brandenburg” Lillian de la Torre “The First Locked Room” Lewis E. Lawes “The Rose Man” Edward Hale Bierstadt “Death Draws a Triangle” Edward D. Radin “It Happened in Flushing”
Publisher: Lawrence E. Spivak Editor: Edward D. Radin Managing Editor: Robert P. Mills General Manager: Joseph W. Ferman Art Director: George Salter Cover: Sid Rosenbaum 5.5” x 7.75” 128 pages 35¢
Gamma 1 New Frontiers in Fiction Contents Charles Beaumont “Mourning Song” Fritz Leiber “Crimes Against Passion” Ray Bradbury “Time in Thy Flight” Tennessee Williams “The Vengeance of Nitocris” A.E. van Vogt “Itself!” Charles E. Fritch “Venus Plus Three” Ray Russell “A Message From Morj” William F. Nolan “To Serve the Ship” The Gamma Interview: Rod Serling George Clayton Johnson “The Freeway” Herbert A. Simmons “One Night Stand” Kris Neville “As Holy and Enchanted” John Tomerlin “Shade of Day” Forrest J. Ackerman “The Girl Who Wasn’t There” Ray Bradbury “Death in Mexico” (verse) Richard Matheson “Cresendo”
Gamma No. 1 1963 Editor & Publisher: Charles E. Fritch Executive Editor: Jack Matcha Managing Editor: William F. Nolan Cover: Morris Scott Dollens 5.25” x 7.75” 128 pages 50¢
Excerpt from “The Creative Works of Joe Wehrle, Jr.” from The Digest Enthusiast No. 8, June 2018. (Quotes are from Joe’s correspondence.)
By 1964, already an accomplished illustrator, Joe began work on a comic strip, Fawn the Dark Eyed. In the series’ earliest incantation, Fawn was also dark haired. “Fawn started as a self-published fanzine in ’64. We had a number of pages in color, which was unusual at that time—only one or two other people experimented with color in their fanzines.”
I know of only two issues, but as the ’70s dawned, Ed Aprill, Jr., who published a series of comic strip reprint books of Buck Rogers and The Spirit, showed interest. “At one point Ed was talking about doing a high-quality 9” x 12” book with a new Fawn story, and I had actually started work on it when he was killed in a car crash.” A tragic set-back, but Joe continued drawing and writing, with Fawn always in mind.
Manhunt Detective Story Magazine Vol. 1 No. 9 Sept. 1953 Contents Evan Hunter “The Death of Me” (A Matt Cordell Novelette) Fletcher Flora “Fair Game” William Vance “What Am I Doing?” Richard Marsten “Accident Report” Richard Deming “Bonus Cop” Dan Sontup’s Portrait of a Killer: Chester Jordan Erskine Caldwell “The Motive” Jack M. Bagby “Chase By Night” Ray Bradbury “The Millionth Murder” art by Don Rico Vincent H. Gaddis’ Crime Cavalcade Hunt Collins “The Molested” Craig Rice “Life Can Be Horrible” (John J. Malone) Jonathan Craig “The Scrapbook” Mugged and Printed: Erskine Caldwell, Ray Bradbury, Evan Hunter, Richard Deming, etc.
Flying Eagle Publications, Inc, Editor: John McCloud Managing Editor: E.A. Tulman Assoc. Editor: Hal Walker Art Director: Chas. W. Adams Business Manager: R.E. Decker 144 pages, 35¢
Published in 1945 by William Crawford, and listed in Paperback Prices by Graham Holroyd as a “Crawford Digest,” The Garden of Fear is an anthology titled after Robert E. Howard’s story, but also includes reprints by Lloyd A. Eshbach, H. P. Lovecraft, Miles J. Breuer, and David H. Keller from Crawford’s earlier Marvel Tales pulp magazine.
Steve Carper’s research for One-and-Dones part two (The Digest Enthusiast No. 8), reveals it was neither a singleton, nor a digest, but still a highly collectable volume, readily available in secondary markets.
Contents Ted White: Editorial L. Sprague de Camp & Lin Carter “Shadows in the Skull” (Conan) art by Michael Nally Robert F. Young “Perchance to Dream” art by Stephen Fabian C.L. Grant “To Be a Witch, in Three Quarter Time” art by Jeff Jones Juanita Coulson “The Dragon of Tor-Nali” art by Mike Kaluta Gardner R. Dubious “Dissenting” Ian McEwan “Solid Geometry” art by Richard Olsen Alpajpuri “Asylum in the Concrete” Bruce B. Arthurs “The Return of Captain Nucleus” art by Joe Staton Fritz Leiber: Fantasy Books (Reviews) According to You (Letters) Classified Advertisements
Fantastic Science Fiction & Fantasy Stories Vol. 24 No. 2 Feb. 1975 Publisher: Sol Cohen Editor: Ted White Assoc. Editor: Grant Carrington Assist. Editor: Moshe Feder, Terry Hughes Art Director: J. Edwards Cover: Stephen E. Fabian 5.25” x 7.75” 130 pages 75¢
Contents T.L. Huchu “El Chappie” The World’s Second Greatest Criminal” James Nolan “Stranger in Paradise” David Bart “The Mayfly” Andrew Welsh-Huggins “You Can’t Go Alone” Emily Devenport “Jumpers for Jesus” Bruce W. Most “The Dead Man in the Pearl Gray Hat” Jeff Dosser “Three Hogg’s Tales and One Hairy Ending” Laird Long “Fanfarewell” (A You-Solve-It)