Manhunt Detective Story Monthly Vol. 1 No. 6 June 1953
Henry Kane “Far Cry” (Pete Chambers)
Evan Hunter “Small Homicide” art by J.Q. Farris
Charles Beckman, Jr. “Ybor City” art by R. Cossette
Manhunt’s Movie of the Month: The Hitch-Hiker
Richard Deming “The Loyal One”
Michael Fessier “The Faceless Man”
Vincent H. Gaddis: Crime Cavalcade
Harold Q. Masur “The Double Frame” (Scott Jordan)
Emmanuel Winters “The Caller” art by R. Cossette (flopped)
Richard S. Prather “Hot-Rock Rumble” (Shell Scott)
Hunt Collins “One Down” art by Tom O’Sullivan
Mugged and Printed: Henry Kane, Richard Deming, Evan Hunter, Richard S. Prather, Charles Beckman, Jr., and Michael Fessier
Every story opens with an illustration, mostly in two colors. Unsigned, unless noted.
Flying Eagle Publications, Inc,
Editor: John McCloud
Managing Editor: E.A. Tulman
Art Director: Chas. W. Adams
Business Manager: R.E. Decker
144 pages, 35¢
Richard S. Prather “The Sleeper Caper” (Shell Scott)
Evan Hunter “Dead Men Don’t Dream” (Matt Cordell)
Bruno Fischer “Stop Him!”
Robert Patrick Wilmot “Triple-Cross”
Leslie Charteris “The Loaded Tourist” (The Saint)
Frank Kane “Payoff” (Johnny Liddell)
Craig Rice “The Tears of Evil” (John J. Malone)
Harold Q. Masur “The Mourning After” (Scott Jordan)
Mickey Spillane “Everybody’s Watching Me” (Part 3 of 4)
William Lindsay Gresham “Teaser”
Floyd Mahannah “Prognosis Negative”
Richard Marsten “Against the Middle”
“Everybody’s Watching Me” by Mickey Spillane (Part 1 of 4) art by Joe Kubert
“Die Hard” by Evan Hunter
“I’ll Make the Arrest” by Charles Beckman, Jr.
“The Hunted” by William Irish
“The Best Motive” by Richard S. Prather (Shell Scott)
“Shock Treatment” by Kenneth Millar
“The Frozen Grin” by Frank Kane (Johnny Liddell)
Backfire by Floyd Mahannah
“The Set-Up” by Sam Cobb
“Who is Vetter?” (coming next issue)
The final story from Justice Amazing Detective Mysteries #2, July 1955, is billed as a “complete suspense novel.” It’s a reprint from the Lion Books edition, first published in 1952, one of only three novels Richard S. Prather wrote that does not feature Shell Scott.
“Lie Down, Killer” stars Steve Bennett, who it turns out is the perfect patsy to frame for a series of murders by crime boss Oscar Gross and femme fatale, Margo Whitney. It’s a carefully plotted mystery that unfolds rapidly with plenty of action and romance along the way. The brutal showdown between the villains and hero had me flying through the final pages to reach its satisfying conclusion.
With issues like this one, it’s particularly unfortunate Justice didn’t last longer than four issues.
Lion cover image from Pulp Serenade.