From the creators of Doc Savage, the final volume in this series. The pulps' legendary "Man of Steel" returns in three action-packed pulp thrillers by Paul Ernst and Emile Tepperman. First, Justice, Inc. must unmask a serial murderer before "The Wilder Curse" claims further innocent victims. Then, a deadly plane crash sets Dick Benson on the trail of the incredible new invention behind "Midnight Murder." Plus, "To Kill a Dead Man," the final Avenger thriller from the back pages of The Shadow Magazine by Spider-scribe Emile Tepperman!
Describing the stories as "well-plotted" with good characterization and "an unusual amount of attention paid to detail," pulp expert Don Hutchison notes that as a derivative character, the Avenger was not destined to be as popular as his original rivals, whom Hutchison identifies as Doc Savage, the Spider, G-8, the Shadow, Operator #5 and the Phantom, while still arguing that the character "can perhaps be considered the last of the great pulp heroes."
Benson, The Avenger, was "the master of the last-minute escape," cool and intellectual, mentally "the equal of Doc Savage" but otherwise "an average-sized man." The plastic, malleable state of his otherwise unexpressive features allowed the character to reshape his facial features into a likeness of any person, his features remaining in sculpted form "until they were carefully put back into place." This ability, coupled with hair dyes and colored contact lenses, earned him the sobriquet "The Man of a Thousand Faces."
Cover art by A. Leslie Ross and H.W. Scott, interior art by Paul Orban and Newt Alfred. Essays by Will Murray, including an epilog that highlights author Paul Ernst.