"Woe be to criminals who fell into the Spider's web. He'd often execute them before they had a chance to draw their guns." -Jim Steranko. Like Jim, I too find The Spider stories some of the best, even stacked up against Doc Savage and The Shadow. The Spider had a level of both daring and violence that is just so much fun, as he had police as willing to gun him down as the criminals were, since he was clearly a vigilante killer. He just killed bad guys, with absolutely no remorse!
Commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Pulps' most bloodthirsty crimebuster, the Spider wages war on evildoers in his FIRST Sanctum edition, backed with the superb historical extras that are the hallmark of Sanctum Books. Hunted by police and marauding arsonists, Richard Wentworth dons his terrifying Spider guise for the first time as he battles to save New York from starvation manipulated by Red Mask and the Food Destroyers in "Citadel of Hell." From 1934, this is Norvell Page's origin novel, which also reveals the origin of the Spider ring!
Then, in "The Spider and the Sons of Satan," from 1941, a Prince of Evil collects tribute from the underworld for organized plundering. The Spider must subject himself to the Feast of the Scorpions, from which no one has ever escaped!
The previous Spider series, known as the Spider Pulp Doubles, has ended. This new series also features the original color covers by John Newton Howitt and Rafael DeSoto, dozens of excellent John Fleming Gould b&w interior illustrations, new commentary by Will Murray, and an illustrated look at foreign editions of The Spider in the 1930s and 40s.