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Recommended. By H. Bedford-Jones. Art by Frederic Anderson, George Avison et al. Running for three years in the pages of the prestigious Blue Book Magazine, author H. Bedford-Jones crafted the most ambitious work of his career: a massive, 34-part saga of seafaring adventure, told chronologically throughout the annals of naval warfare, involving a number of significant figures in world history. Never before collected, this 200,000-word epic includes nearly 200 interior illustrations by artists such as Alex Raymond, John Richard Flanagan, and Leyland R. Gustavson. Altus Press, 2019.

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Running for three years in the pages of the prestigious Blue Book Magazine, author H. Bedford-Jones crafted the most ambitious work of his career: a massive, 34-part saga of seafaring adventure, told chronologically throughout the annals of naval warfare, involving a number of significant figures in world history. Never before collected, this 200,000-word epic includes nearly 200 interior illustrations by artists such as Alex Raymond, John Richard Flanagan, and Leyland R. Gustavson.

Blue Book was considered the top of the top during the pulp era. Includes the covers in color for every issue and all the original illustrations. Not only do we have Alex Raymond doing unique fine-line work, we also find work here by George Avison, another veteran comic book artist, Harvey Stein, Frederic Anderson, Robert Lamdin and others. The great artist John R. Flanagan is here, whose work on Sax Rohmer’s Fu Manchu is still some of the best-ever. Ask Jim Steranko, a big fan of Flanagan.

And the stories…you can read each one independently, but they carefully craft a history of sailing ships and piracy, naval heroics and key battles in history, by one of the top writers of adventure fiction in the early 20th century.

Bedford-Jones was an enormously prolific writer; the pulp editor Harold Hersey once recalled meeting Bedford-Jones in Paris, where he was working on two novels simultaneously, each story on its own separate typewriter. Bedford-Jones cited Alexandre Dumas as his main influence, and wrote a sequel to Dumas’ The Three Musketeers —D’Artagnan (1928). He wrote over 100 novels, earning the nickname “King of the Pulps”. His main publisher was Blue Book magazine; he also appeared in Adventure, All-Story Weekly, Argosy, Short Stories, Top-Notch Magazine, The Magic Carpet/Oriental Stories, Golden Fleece, Ace-High Magazine, People’s Story Magazine, Hutchinson’s Adventure-Story Magazine, Detective Fiction Weekly, Western Story Magazine, and Weird Tales.

In addition to writing fiction, Bedford-Jones also worked as a journalist for the Boston Globe, and wrote poetry. Bedford-Jones was a friend of Erle Stanley Gardner and Vincent Starrett.

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