This is the third (and apparently last) collection of new pulp hero stories by Tom Johnson. Its a sort of sequel to this previous 2 collections from Altus Press "Pulp Detectives" and "Exciting Pulp Tales". This collection has both stories of original pulp heroes as well as new stories of original pulp heroes.
First up, is a story of Tom Johnson's original character, the Black Ghost. This is apparently the last Black Ghost story, with a return of the villain from "The Spider's Web". For further BG stories, get the "Guns of the Black Ghost". The Black Ghost is a character in the style of The Shadow, and his origin is tied to a classic (tho not well known) pulp character. Over the last few stories he has built up a small organization of agents, and in this story we learn more about one of newer agents. The door is open to further stories, and that would be nice.
Next is a story staring "The Black Cat", a secondary character from a pulp magazine that ran only one issue: The Angel Detective. While the Angel Detective was the main character, the Black Cat appeared there. This story is intended to be a prequel to that appearance and serves as an origin.
The following story stars "The Bat". Not to be confused with other characters, like "The Black Bat", this one was short-lived character that may have been written by Johnston McCulley. Altus Press has reprinted all the original stories, so this is intended as a followup story to that saga. The Bat was a detective wrongfully convicted of murder. His execution is faked and he goes after the criminals responsible. This story does not end the saga, but adds to it.
Then we have a Nibs Halloway/Doctor Death story. This is the original Doctor Death that ran in "All-Detective" magazine. Altus Press has also reprinted all the stories. Nibs Halloway is a troubleshooter for a jewelry merchant who keeps running afoul of a European supercrook known as "Doctor Death" who somehow seems to be killed in every story, only to come back. Is this the final "Doctor Death" story? Who knows.
Another original character, Captain Anthony Adventure is next. Inspired by a couple of Doc clones, Jim Anthony Super-Detective and "The Adventures", a set of Doc/Ham/Monk clones created by Doc ghost writer William Bogart. Its clear to see the Doc elements in Cap Adventure. Cap is added by a group of 7 aides, tho in this story only the Monk and Ham analogues, "Chemical Sam" and "Slim" help out.
A new story with another McCulley creation is next: The Crimson Clown (sadly, no one has yet to reprint the original stories of this character). The Crimson Clown shows the elements of several McCulley heroes: a robin-hood like character who is really an idle playboy, who uses a gas gun to knockout people and who gets rid of his outfits with acid. Another pulp hero makes a cameo appearance as well.
And the last story is yet another new character "Senora Scorpion". Johnson created her when he created a new story with McCulley's Whirlwind (appearing in the Altus Press collection), and we have a new story with her. This is similar to the story she appeared in in the Altus Press collection, but is written from her point of view.
Rounding out the book are a few lists. We have a list of all the original pulp characters, first appearances of new stories of the originals, research books and pulp fanzines, and then a list of the new pulp character.
Overall a great collection of stories.