BOOKS ABOUT SERIALS
Assume all books are soft cover paperbacks unless otherwise noted in the description. This listing combines the listings from the last dozen years in our club magazines and catalog up-dates. We have confirmed that the items listed here are still available according to the current catalog and/or internet listings of the sources. The descriptions also come from the sources – the publishers and distributors of the items listed. These items can all be ordered through our fan club. We will continue to update our comprehensive listing on our webpage at http://www.normankietzer.com/bserials.html
40.00 – The Ages of Superman: Essays on the Man of Steel in Changing Times - Edited by Joseph J. Darowski - notes, bibliography, index, 246pp. softcover (6 x 9) Published in 2012 by McFarland - Since Superman first appeared on the cover of Action Comics #1 in 1938, the superhero has changed with the times to remain a relevant icon of American popular culture. This collection explores the evolution of the Superman character and demonstrates how his alterations mirror historical changes in American society. Beginning with the original comic book and ending with the 2011 Grounded storyline, these essays examine Superman’s patriotic heroism during World War II, his increase in power in the early years of the Cold War, his death and resurrection at the end of the Cold War, and his recent dramatic reimagining. By looking at the many changes the Man of Steel has undergone to remain pertinent, this volume reveals as much about America as it does about the champion of Truth, Justice, and the American Way. About the Author: Joseph J. Darowski, a professor of English at Brigham Young University-Idaho, has published work on comic book superheroes such as the X-Men, Green Lantern, and Superman and is the author or co-editor of several books.
$40.00 – The Ages of Wonder Woman: Essays on the Amazon Princess in Changing Times - Edited by Joseph J. Darowski - notes, bibliographies, index, 248pp. softcover (6 x 9) – Published in 2014 by McFarland - Created in 1941 by the psychologist William Marston, Wonder Woman would go on to have one of the longest continuous runs of published comic book adventures in the history of the industry. More than 70 years after her debut, Wonder Woman remains a popular culture icon. Throughout the intervening years many comic book creators have had a hand in guiding her story, resulting in different interpretations of the Amazon Princess. In this collection of new essays, each examines a specific period or storyline from Wonder Woman comic books and analyzes that story in regard to contemporary issues in American society. About the Editor: Joseph J. Darowski, a professor of English at Brigham Young University-Idaho, has published work on comic book superheroes such as the X-Men, Green Lantern, and Superman and is the author or coeditor of several books.
$24.95 (USED) Another Side of Hollywood: An Autobiography by Actor House Peters, Jr. - the remanicents of an actor who appeard in serials Flash Gordon and Batman & Robin and westerns with Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, and The Lone Ranger -- Published by Empire, 2000
$29.95 -- The Batman Filmography - Live-Action Features, 1943-1997 – by Mark S. Reinhart - ISBN 978-0-7864-6117-2 - notes, bibliography, index 240pp. softcover edition published in 2010 of earlier 2005 hardcover. Cowled and scowling, with a winged cape inspired by da Vinci and a thirst for justice born of his parents’ murder, he debuted as a comic book character in 1939. Even his earliest incarnation is instantly recognizable: Batman-the Caped Crusader. A few short years later Bob Kane’s creation leapt from the printed page to the silver screen, a brooding presence framed against the darkened Gotham skyline, ever vigilant to the misdeeds of a host of maniacal and devious enemies. Since his film debut in the 1940s, Batman and his alter ego Bruce Wayne have been a regular presence in movies. In various incarnations, with or without his cheerful sidekick Robin, Batman has remained an American icon, capturing the imagination of each successive generation of moviegoers. This detailed examination of live-action Batman features follows his motion picture adventures, from his first appearances on the screen in 1940’s film serials, through the camp craze surrounding the 1966 television series, up to the Warner Bros. series of summer blockbusters that began with 1989’s Batman starring Michael Keaton. Chapters on each of the seven feature-length Batman movies include extensive film and production credits, a production history, and a critical analysis of the movie relative to other Batman films and the original comic book character. Notes accompany each chapter, and an index and bibliography are included About the Author: Mark S. Reinhart works both as a Media Services Consultant and a musician in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio. He has written for The Lincoln Herald and presented a number of lectures on the subject of Lincoln-related film and television.
$35.00 -- Caped Crusaders 101 - Composition Through Comic Books, 2d ed. byJeffrey Kahan and Stanley Stewart -20 photos, notes, index - 249pp. Softcover – Published in 2010 by McFarland - This updated and expanded textbook inspires a greater appreciation for literature by studying important literary themes found in comics. By deconstructing comics, it raises critical thinking about literature, a crucial skill for understanding language and composition. Chapters discuss DC, Marvel and other comics’ varied attempts at portraying race, politics, economics, business ethics and democracy; responses to the Cold War and the events of September 11; and portrayals of prisons and capital punishment. New to this edition, an additional chapter explores how the deaths of Captain America, Superman and Batman offer insightful commentary on the nature of heroism. Each chapter offers a series of questions that stimulate further reading, writing and discussion. About the Authors: Jeffrey Kahan is a professor in the English department at the University of La Verne in La Verne, California. Stanley Stewart is a distinguished professor in the English Department of the University of California at Riverside.
$45.00 -- Chester Gould - A Daughter’s Biography of the Creator of Dick Tracy - by Jean Gould O’Connell - Foreword by Dick Locher - ISBN 978-0-7864-2825-0 -173 photos, appendices, index - 231pp. hardcover (7 x 10) Published in 2007 by McFarland - In 1931, the Chicago Tribune introduced the public to an exciting new comic strip destined to become a classic: Dick Tracy. Tracy’s creator, Chester Gould, would spend the next 46 years of his life developing the dynamic, crime-fighting character, and his work on the strip won him the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year in both 1959 and 1977. A revolutionary in the comics industry, Gould invented both a genre and an icon. The personal story of this pioneer cartoonist is now presented in a biography written by Gould’s only child. Beginning with his young life in a three-room house in Pawnee, Oklahoma, this book traces all the steps Gould took to eventually achieve remarkable distinction at the top of his field. The early pages relate his ancestors’ part in the Oklahoma land rush, drawing on the unpublished memoir of his father, Gilbert Gould. Chester Gould’s story is then augmented by his own personal commentary, taken directly from recorded conversations with his daughter. Throughout these conversations, Gould recollects the evolution of his career, from painting advertisements on barn roofs at age 17 to documenting the violent crime life of Chicago, from which he drew inspiration for his Dick Tracy strip. Discussion of his ambitions, disappointments, popular accomplishments, and family moments comprise a thorough account of Chester Gould’s fascinating life. Appendices include commentary from his two grandchildren and a comprehensive list of his awards and distinctions, which included formal recognition from three
$25.00 – Classic Cliffhangers: Volume 1, 1914-1940 -May 31, 2007 - by Hank Davis - Entertaining and informative look at movie serials of this time period. Ace Drummond, Dick Tracy, Tarzan the Tiger, Flash Gordon, Drums of Fu Manchu and The Green Hornet to name of few them. It is very enjoyable reading not only for serial fans, but for all those who enjoys classic movies. Paperback: 256 pages - Publisher: Midnight Marquee Press, Inc.; Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches – Source: ZAOL
$25.00 – Classic Cliffhangers: Volume 2 1941-1955 June 30, 2008 - by Hank Davis - Serials can be both entertaining and informative. It is exactly those same two goals we hope to achieve with this second volume of Classic Cliffhangers. The goal of the book is to entertain as well as encourage audiences to be entertained by movie serials. Lord knows, that s what they were made for. But this book will also inform about the people on both sides of the camera, as well as the producers who hired them and the world in which all this happened. These are movie serials. It s OK to appreciate their art and laugh at their lunacy. Not all the laughs were intended, but that shouldn t stop us. This isn t grimly serious business. Most of the serials were made for a young Saturday matinee audience, who were much less sophisticated than the savvy film fan of today. There is something wrong if we can t laugh, as well as nod our heads in appreciation, at what these skilled professionals have accomplished, often under very trying conditions and with ridiculously low budgets. Book Details: 279 Pages – Softcover - Publisher: Midnight Marquee Press – Source: ZAOL
About the Author: Hank Davis is a professor of psychology at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, with an interest in evolutionary psychology and popular culture. He became hooked on movie serials when he was a kid growing up in New York. Hank has also written extensively about music and produced more than 100 boxed-sets and reissue albums of 1950s music, from Hank Williams to Sun Records stars like Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Charlie Rich. A lifetime baseball fan, Hank is also the author of Small-Town Heroes, a critically acclaimed behind-the-scenes look at minor league baseball, published by Bison Books. These two Volumes of Classic Cliffhangers are his first books about film.
$10.00 (used) Cliffhanger: A Pictorial History of the Motion Picture Serial by Alan G. Barbour (1977) Republic Pictures Corporation (66), Columbia Pictures Corporation (57), Universal Pictures (69), Mascot Pictures (24) and various independent companies (15) produced 207 serials between 1929 and 1956 and Alan G. Barbour in this engrossing, all-embracing and profusely illustrated history of the genre covers almost all of them.Barbour's book is an outstanding reference compendium and source guide for cinema's golden age. It clearly outlines an entire host of serials that appeared on the silver screen during the motion picture business's infancy, and the author even goes to great length (where the information is available) to credit the serials various inspirations throughout the ensuing years. 248 pages, 11 x 8.7 x 0.9 inches, 2.4 pounds – Publishers: Citadel Press, A & W Publishers, Lyle Stuart
$49.95 -- The Columbia Checklist - The Feature Films, Serials, Cartoons and Short Subjects of Columbia Pictures Corporation, 1922–1988 by Len D. Martin - appendices, bibliography, index, 647 pages, (6 x 9 in 2 vols.) 2007 [McFarland] From its beginnings in the 1920s, Columbia Pictures Corporation has churned out an enormous variety of material, wide ranging in quality, subject matter and length. It has also served as a major distributor for foreign and domestically produced independent works. This thorough reference documents the studio’s 2,371 feature length films, 57 serials, 596 cartoons and 76 miscellaneous short subjects. Release date, running time, major technical personnel, cast, and brief synopsis, when available, are given for each. Appendices list Columbia’s movie series, Western series and stars, Academy Awards, and the studio’s comedy shorts and their main stars. Complete name index.
$23.90 – Cowboy Cliffhangers: A Listing Of All Sound B-Western Chapter Plays from A to Z - by Donn J. Moyer - Highlights the plot, players, studio, etc. on all sound cliffhangers which have a western / outdoor theme. Includes mini biographies on over 175 of the stars, stunt men, leading ladies, character actors, directors, etc. Originally published in 1999; 3rd updated edition published in 2006 is now available. Softbound, measures 8 x 11 and contains 160 pages and 61 photos.
$75.00 – Encyclopedia of American Film Serials by Geoff Mayer - From their heyday in the 1910s to their lingering demise in the 1950s, American film serials delivered excitement in weekly installments for millions of moviegoers, despite minuscule budgets, nearly impossible shooting schedules and the disdain of critics. Early heroines like Pearl White, Helen Holmes and Ruth Roland broke gender barriers and ruled the screen. Through both world wars, such serials as Spy Smasher and Batman were vehicles for propaganda. Smash hits like Flash Gordon and The Lone Ranger demonstrated the enduring mass appeal of the genre. Providing insight into early 20th century American culture, this book analyzes four decades of productions from Pathé, Universal, Mascot and Columbia, and all 66 Republic serials. Supplier: McFarland Publishing (02/28/2017) Physical Description: 308 p. : 11.00 H x 1.00 D x 8.75 W inches 1.66
$22.50 – Fifty Years of Serial Thrills – by Roy Kinnard is a 215 page clothbound hardcover book that contains the history of the motion picture serial. Fiver hundred American movie serials dating from the silent era to the late 1950s are comprehensively indexed, with each film's original year of release, number of individual weekly episodes, director, cast and alternative reissue and feature versions titles, Fully illustrated with fifty photographs, the book covers the serial's continuing influence on modern blockbusters like “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and the “Star Wars” epics. The author discusses several famous movie serials in critical detail, including Flash Gordon, Captain Marvel, Superman, and Batman. Published in 1983 by The Scarecrow Press
$55.00 – THE FLASH GORDON SERIALS, 1936–1940 - A Heavily Illustrated Guide – by Roy Kinnard , Tony Crnkovich and R.J. Vitone - ISBN 978-0-7864-3470-1 - 159 photos, appendices, index - 214pp. hardcover (7 x 10) 2008 - Description: Flash Gordon, Flash Gordon’s Trip to Mars and Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe, the most expensive and popular movie serials ever made, have been favorites of movie and comic fans for decades. The first serial was even designated a cultural treasure after being selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 1996. This is the first book-length guide to the serials. Arranged in a chapter-by-chapter format conforming to the structure of the three original films, the work provides full cast and crew information, plot synopses, and production notes for each film. The work also includes a wealth of background information on the films and more than 150 photographs, along with interview quotations from cast members Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, and Caroll Borland. Three appendices provide an overview of the serial film Buck Rogers (1939), select filmographies for 50 of the most prominent Flash Gordon cast and crew members, a complete list of the serials’ film and television remakes.
About the Author: Roy Kinnard is the author of numerous books on such topics Flash Gordon, science fiction serials, Fay Wray, horror, silent films and Willis O’Brien. He lives in Chicago. Commercial artist Tony Crnkovich lives in Chicago. R.J. Vitone owns and operates a variety store that deals in comic books and comics-related memorabilia. He lives in Chicago.
$170.00 -- The Great Movie Serials: Their Sound and Fury by Jim Harmon and Donald Glut - This book is a great source for information on the chapterplays of the silent era onward. There are some interesting factoids, such as how Kirk Alyn(Superman) and Lyle Talbot(Lex Luthor) would trade recipes on the set. Alyn later became a food writer for a local paper. I wanted more of this behind the scenes information and less rehashing of the serial plots. Nevertheless, the author's love of his subject is clear and he pays great respect to the comic books from which many of these serials were born. Batman in particular sounds like a racist travesty, with the actor playing Robin sporting a visible tattoo and Batman's gut hanging over his belt. Captain America also got the sore treatment, Cap was given a gun instead of shield. Interesting book on a long lost subject. Published in 1973 by Routledge
$44.95 -- THE GREEN HORNET: A History of Radio, Motion Pictures, Comics and Television by Martin Grams and Terry Salomonson -- A complete history of the radioseries from the creation to conception sketches, reprints from production files to the untold adventures, biographic details of the cast and the characters they played (including Mike Axford, Kato, Gunnigan, Lenore Case, Linda Travis, Ed Lowry, Clicker Binney, Commissioner Higgins, etc. This 816 page book is a definitive history of the long running radio program (1936-1952), the cliffhanger serials (1940-1941), unaired 1952 television pilot, the long running series of comic books, and the William Dozier televisions series (1966-67) starring Van Williams and Bruce Lee. Published in 2010 by OTR Publishing and distributed by Amazon.
$36.95 -- Gripping Chapters: The Sound Movie Serial by Ron Backer – This book is much more than a history of the sound motion picture serial. Here you'll find all of the sources for sound movie serials, including comic strips, comic books, the pulps, novels and radio shows. There are chapters analyzing the cliffhanger endings of serial episodes, with information focusing on cheat cliffhanger endings, such as time expansion cheats, "survived through it cheats," and re-shot footage cheats, as well as a study of some of the cleverest and most exciting cliffhanger endings of all time. Other topics include serial sequels and series, the stars who appeared in serials, prolific contributors to serials, and stock footage and bloopers. Plus an appreciation of three very special serials: The Phantom Empire, Flash Gordon and Zorro's Black Whip. Published in 2010 by BearManor Media
$49.95 -- The Hardy Boys Mysteries, 1927-1979 - A Cultural and Literary History by Mark Connelly - 262pp. hardcover (6 x 9) 2008 – published by McFarland - In its 80+ years, the Hardy Boys series has sold more than 50 million books in 25 or more languages, and has inspired five television series and many stage plays, websites, comic books, graphic novels, and computer games. The series has shaped the way millions of American children see themselves and society, and has shaped the perceptions of America held by young people around the world. This book follows the creation and development of the series through 1979. Topics include the writing of Stratemeyer and McFarlane; the so-called "weird period"; the Cold War and the disco age; race, class and gender; family values; and law and order. Illustrations, bibliography, appendices and index.- About the Author: Mark Connelly is an English instructor at Milwaukee Area Technical College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
$14.95 – Heroes & Villians – Movie Serial Classics by Michael Bifulcois an 80 page 8� x 11 paperback book that contains the cast and credits, story analysis and detailed chapter reviewsof four serial classics – Batman, Superman, Batman and Robin,and Atom Man vs. Superman. It includes more than 100 photos and illustrations. Publishe3d in 1989 by Bilfulco Books
$35.00 -- In a Door, into a Fight, Out a Door, into a Chase - Moviemaking Remembered by the Guy at the Door by William Witney - Foreword by Francis M. Nevins, Jr. - photos, filmography, index, 256 pages, (6 x 9) 2005  McFarland Publishing also has a Large Print 360 page edition of this book aavailable for $39.95. Both can be ordered
Early in 1937, a young film editor went on-location to St. George, Utah, for the filming of Republic’s The Painted Stallion. Rain and cast problems put the production hopelessly behind schedule. The studio summarily fired the director and replaced him with the film editor. Thus was born the career of one of Hollywood’s most famous serial directors, Bill Witney. Witney went on to direct or codirect 23 Republic serials, working with such stars as William Benedict, Hoot Gibson, Bela Lugosi, and Noah Beery, Sr. Witney’s output included some of the most famous cliffhangers of the era, such as Adventures of Red Ryder, Spy Smasher, Drums of Fu Manchu, The Lone Ranger, and The Lone Ranger Rides Again. Though he enjoyed a long career as a feature film and television director, it is the Republic serials for which he is best remembered. This engaging story is a behind-the-scenes look at the heyday of the Hollywood cliffhanger, the making of the movies, and the people involved in them. About the Author: The late William Witney lived in Pioneer, California.
$35.00 – In the Nick of Time - Motion Picture Sound Serials by William C. Cline - 64 photos, appendix, index, 293pp. softcover (6 x 9) 1997  By the famous Big Reel columnist: the story of serials from Universal’s 1930 The Indians Are Coming to Columbia’s 1956 Blazing the Overland Trail. Fifteen fascinating chapters explain the importance of “cliffhangers” to the industry as audience builders and “product leaders.” The serials provided training for actors and served as a “technical university” for people who later made the television industry work. An appendix lists in order of release all of the sound serials from 1930 through 1956, showing titles, releasing companies, chapter titles, directors and several cast members. Superb photographs.- About the Author: The late William C. Cline was a widely known movie serials specialist who wrote a popular column for Big Reel; he lived in Concord, North Carolina.
The Jack Mathis Books: We no longer have any of the books in stock that were written and published by the late Jack Mathis but I thought that I should mention them here because they were some of the finest books ever in this field. The original Valley of the Cliffhangers was the largest book I have ever seen and the best ever, in my opiniion, on the Republic serials. From time to time copies of these books are available on Amazon and other internet sources. The books are: Valley Of The Cliffhangers(published 1975), Valley Of The Cliffhangers Supplement (published 1995), Republic Confidential - Volume 1 - The Studio (published 1999), Republic Confidential - Volume 2 - The Players (published 1992) I can try to obtain copies for anyone who doesn't want to deal with the internet directly, but write me first and I will do a search and tell you the price.
$29.95 -- Jules Verne on Film: A Filmography of the Cinematic Adaptations of His Works, 1902 through 1997 by Thomas C. Renzi - photos, appendix, bibliography, index, 244 pages, (7 x 10) 2004 [McFarland] Jules Verne—Voila!—a name that resonates with visions of fantastic adventures and images of exotic exploits. In his voyages extraordinaires, the noted French author fuses his encyclopedic knowledge of science and geography with his ability to tell fascinating tales, taking his readers on unprecedented journeys across the globe, into the earth, and out into space. This revered writer, who with his boundless imagination had hoped to contribute substantially to the world of letters, has surpassed that expectation to become coincidentally a significant influence on film. Jules Verne on Film is both a penetrating analytical overview of Verne’s epic novels and a comprehensive filmography of the numerous films inspired by his stories and characters. There are the obvious adaptations that come directly from the pages of Verne’s writings, films such as In Search of the Castaways and Mysterious Island. However, looking closely at the plots, characters, and themes of many other films—science fiction and otherwise—one discovers that the incomparable Verne has had a far wider influence on filmmakers than one might have thought. For instance, most of us are familiar with Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) and some of us may have even seen the two 1997 television productions. But Verne’s classic undersea adventure also provides the underpinnings for such entertaining movies as Fantastic Voyage (1966) and Innerspace (1987). Structurally, Jules Verne on Film begins with a biographical sketch and contains 23 chapters arranged alphabetically according to book title, starting with The Adventures of Captain Hatteras and ending with Voyage Across the Impossible. Each chapter includes a summary and analysis of Verne’s story, followed by a chronological treatment of the cinematic adaptations compared to their respective written work. Production credits appear in the film entries, along with plot synopses and thorough critical commentaries. About the Author:Thomas C. Renzi is an administrator and instructor at Buffalo State College in Buffalo, New York.
$95.00 – The Motion Picture Serial: An Annotated Bibliography by Wayne Schutz - Publish Date: 1992/08/01 - Pages: 397 - Size: 6 x 8 � - Citations presented in this first book-length bibliography ever compiled on the motion picture serial span serial film history, beginning with Edison's serial What Happened to Mary (1912) and concluding with Hollywood's final episode saga, Blazing the Overland Trail (1956). Among the many other serials covered: King of the Kongo, Perils of Pauline, Exploits of Elaine, Dick Tracy, Captain Marvel, Flash Gordon, The Lone Ranger, Green Hornet, and Tailspin Tommy. Since the serial has proved inspirational to present-day film-makers, as shown by Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark and the Indiana Jones sequels, Schutz covers this topic as well. The book is designed as a master index with many cross references. Publisher: Scarecrow Press
$50.00 -- Perils of Kay Aldridge: Life of the Serial Queen by Merrill T McCord (1979) This 64 page book is a biography covering Miss Aldridge's entire life, including her film career, all based on extensive interviews with her. Filography with cast, credits, and descriptions of each of of her film roles. Fifty photographs, including many from her personal collection.Publisher: Alhambra Publishers. Used, very limited quantity.
$50.00 (USED) Please Don't Call Me Tarzan: The Life Story of Herman Brix / Bruce Bennett by Mike Chapman, Publisher: Culture House - Publish Date: 10/01/2001 - Physical Description: 141 pages, 10.00 H x 0.75 D x 7.00 W inches 1.25 lbs.- A biography of movie actor Herman Brix (aka Bruce Bennett). Brix made two Tarzan movies in the 1930s and appeared in over 120 films during career. He was an Olympic silver medalist in 1928 in the shot put, won six national titles, and appeared in the 1927 Rose Bowl for the University of Washington. He appeard in serials Shadow Over Chinatown, Blake of Scotland Yard, The Lone Ranger, Fighting Devil Dogs, Hawk of the Wilderness, and Daredevils of the Red Circle. There are 92 photos in this book.
$39.95 -- Radio Mystery and Adventure and Its Appearances in Film, Television and Other Media by Jim Harmon - Forewords by Carleton E. Morse, Les Tremayne and Jack Lester - 302pp. softcover (6 x 9) 2003  McFarland. From the 1920s to the 1950s, radio was the entertainment source for millions. Two of the primary themes of radio serials were mysteries and adventure. This is a detailed analysis of the important programs in these genres--Jack Armstrong, The Green Hornet, Sergeant Preston, Tom Mix, and more. Each entry includes type of series, broadcast days, air dates, sponsors, network, cast and production credits, and a comprehensive essay. When, as often happened, the series landed in other media, that is examined as well.About the Author: Writer and radio producer Jim Harmon of Burbank, California, has written several books on radio. He wrote, produced, and appeared in a revival of "Tom Mix" in the early 1980s.
$29.95 -- Radio’s Captain Midnight - The Wartime Biography by Stephen A. Kallis, Jr. - 270pp. softcover (6 x 9) 2004  During the horror and conflict of World War II, a fictional radio character named Captain Midnight stormed his way into the consciousness of American radio listeners. Captain Midnight (a.k.a. Charles J. Albright) was a vigorous, mature figure whom listeners could easily perceive defending their United States. The scripts, well written and expertly plotted, had a wide appeal--from excited children and their Secret Squadron Code-O-Graphs to U.S. Army Air Corps flight crews. But to fans (then and now) of the original 15-minute serial adventures, the "real" Captain Midnight retired when the show went to 30 minutes, replaced actor Ed Prentiss, and simplified the writing and plotting. Using facts, details and events from those original early radio scripts of Captain Midnight, the author has constructed a "biography" of the great wartime aviation hero, covering his origins and adventures. Concluding the work are thorough appendices that discuss Secret Squadron equipment, aircraft and rocketry; cryptology and code-cracking in the series; and Captain Midnight’s portrayal in various media (books, radio, television, serials, comics and newspaper strips). About the Author: Licensed pilot Stephen A. Kallis, Jr., has written for such publications as General Aviation News, Cryptologia, and Popular Mechanics. An active member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, he lives in Tampa, Florida.
$39.95 – The Republic Chapterplays - A Complete Filmography of the Serials Released by Republic Pictures Corporation, 1934–1955 by R.M. Hayes - 76 photos, index, 176pp. softcover (5.5 x 8.5) 2000  Known as Hollywood’s “Thrill Factory,” Republic Pictures produced some of the most exciting serials to hit the big screen. The studio’s chapterplays were one of the most popular Saturday matinee genres. Covering nearly 70 serials, the filmographies include full production credits; release dates; chapter titles; running times; sound systems (when applicable); a note on reissues, condensations and sequels; and an extensive cast list showing roles played. Included are an essay on the general development of the American serial and a history of Republic studio to the present. - About the Author: The late R.M. Hayes was a commercial ads producer in Atlanta, Georgia.
$39.95 – The Republic Pictures Checklist by Len D. Martin gives full cast and credits, plot synopses, release dates, alternate titles, chapter titles and awards for all Features, Serials, Cartoons, Short Subjects and Training Films of Republic Pictures Corporation, 1935–1959 - 36 photos, bibliography, appendices, name index, chapter title index, 391 pages, (6 x 9) 2006 Republic Pictures Corporation, began as a motion picture laboratory in 1915. By 1935, Republic had become a studio and released its first movie, Westward Ho! starring a young John Wayne, who would stay with Republic for the next 17 years. Republic would go on to produce highly successful Westerns starring singing cowboys Gene Autry and Roy Rogers as well as serial adventure series. The studio cranked out so many exciting (not to mention money-making) serials that it became known as “The Thrill Factory.” Occasionally, Republic would produce and distribute “A” features, such as Macbeth and The Quiet Man, but it was the “B” Westerns and adventure serials that they knew best how to produce and market. Until its demise in 1959, Republic fed hungry moviegoers with a steady diet of “B” Westerns, serials, dramas, series pictures and musicals. About the Author: The late Len D. Martin lived in Houston, Texas. Other Books by Len D. Martin published by McFarland and available through our fan club are: The Allied Artists Checklist ($39.95) and The Columbia Checklist ($49.95)
$26.99 -- Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean -- He believed the dog was immortal. So begins Susan Orlean’s sweeping, powerfully moving story of Rin Tin Tin’s journey from orphaned puppy to movie star and international icon. From the moment in 1918 when Corporal Lee Duncan discovers Rin Tin Tin on a World War I battlefield, he recognizes something in the pup that he needs to share with the world. Rin Tin Tin’s improbable introduction to Hollywood leads to the dog’s first blockbuster film and over time, the many radio programs, movies, and television shows that follow. The canine hero’s legacy is cemented by Duncan and a small group of others who devote their lives to keeping him and his descendants alive. Hardcover published in 2011 by Simon & Schuster.
$39.95 – Science Fiction Serials: A Critical Filmography of the 31 Hard SF Cliffhangers; With an Appendix of the 37 Serials with Slight SF Content by Roy Kinnard - 89 photos, appendix, bibliography, index, 223pp. softcover (6 x 9) 2008  Destination Moon; George Pal’s 1950 Technicolor epic, is generally cited as the first noteworthy science fiction film. Usually ignored or casually dismissed in genre histories are the serials, the low-budget chapterplays exhibited as Saturday matinee fare and targeted almost exclusively at children. Lacking stars and top-notch writers or directors, the serials went largely unnoticed and unacknowledged by either critics or by the film industry. Yet serials were financially important to the Hollywood studios, and were often free to exploit risky or outlandish subjects that producers of “distinguished” movies would not touch. Influential serials such as The Phantom Empire (1935) and Flash Gordon (1936) finally brought science fiction themes to the big screen. Those serials and 29 others are exhaustively covered in this work, which provides complete cast and credit information along with plot descriptions and historical commentary for each serial. Video distributors (if available) are also listed. About the Author: Roy Kinnard is the author of numerous books on such topics Flash Gordon, science fiction serials, Fay Wray, horror, silent films and Willis O’Brien. He lives in Chicago.
$19.95 – Serial Aces of the Silver Screen – by Mario DeMarco is n illustrated photo history of great serial stars. 100 pages packed with photos and information including 35 pages of great Drawings by Mario. Self published by DeMarco in 1984 (Limited Quantity)
$45.00 – Serial Film Stars: A Biographical Dictionary, 1912-1956 by Buck Rainey - 305 photos, filmographies, bibliography, index 863pp. softcover (7 x 10 in 2 vols.) This softcover edition was published in 2013 – McFarland also published an earlier hardcover edition now out-of-print in 2005 - Pearl White, William Duncan, William Desmond, Ben Wilson, Walter Miller, Francis Ford, Charles Hutchinson, Jack Dougherty, and Eddie Polo are just a few of the stars to start up a whirlwind of enthusiasm among serial devotees. They offered a thrill-a-minute world of ridiculous plots, weird disguises, hair-raising escapes, hidden treasures, diabolic scientific devices, wild animals, depraved men, runaway trains, and an endless procession of knock-down, drag-out fights. Who could resist? This reference work highlights 446 serial performers who thrilled generations. Each entry includes the performer’s birth and death dates, serial credits, major films and details of life before and after the movies. About the Author: The late Buck Rainey wrote scores of articles for Westerns and Serials and other fanzines and several books. He lived in Tishomingo, Oklahoma.
$39.95 -- Serials and Series - A World Filmography, 1912-1956 – by Buck Rainey -- ISBN 978-0-7864-4702-2 - 366 photos, bibliography, index 331pp. softcover (7 x 9.25) Softcover edition published in 2010 of 1999 out-of-print hardcover - While many fans remember The Lone Ranger, Ace Drummond and others, fewer focus on the facts that serials had their roots in silent film and that many foreign studios also produced serials, though few made it to the United States. The 471 serials and 100 series (continuing productions without the cliffhanger endings) from the United States and 136 serials and 37 series from other countries are included in this comprehensive reference work. Each entry includes title, country of origin, year, studio, number of episodes, running time or number of reels, episode titles, cast, production credits, and a plot synopsis. About the Author: The late Buck Rainey wrote articles for Westerns and Serials fanzine and several other books available from our fan club. He lived in Tishomingo, Oklahoma.
$35.00 – Serials-ly Speaking - Essays on Cliffhangers - 112 photos, index - 271pp. softcover (6 x 9) 2000  This collection of essays (first published in Big Reel) lovingly recalls the glory days of the movie serial. The primary focus is on the fans of the serials—what they thought of them in their heyday, what they think of them now, and why these episodic tales are still so popular. Preceding each article is a brief commentary about the essay explaining why the topic was chosen and the reader response it evoked when first published.- About the Author: The late William C. Cline was a widely known movie serials specialist who wrote a popular column for Big Reel; he lived in Concord, North Carolina.
$25.00 -- Sinister Serials of Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney, Jr. by Leonard J. Kohl, George E. Turner, Michael H. Price - An in-depth look at the film serials of the kings of horror: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney, Jr. Includes information on The Hope Diamond Mystery, King of the Kongo, The Phantom Creeps, Undersea Kingdom and much more. Contains many rare photos. Publisher:Midnight Marquee Press, Inc.Publication date:03/28/2000 - Product dimensions: 6.08(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.58(d)
$49.95 -- Superman on Film, Television, Radio and Broadway by Bruce Scivally - 12 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index, 248pp. hardcover (7 x 10) 2008 -
First introduced in a 1938 comic book, Superman has since become an iconic character in American entertainment. This complete history covers Superman’s appearances in film and television, from the 1941 introduction of the first Superman cartoon to the 2006 live-action film Superman Returns. The book includes several rarely seen photographs of the actors who have brought Superman to life for over seven decades, including Clayton “Bud” Collyer, Kirk Alyn, George Reeves and Christopher Reeve. Multiple appendices provide a complete listing of Superman-related books and websites, along with a comprehensive list of the cast and characters featured in Superman films, television shows, and radio programs since 1941. About the Author: Film historian, documentary writer and producer Bruce Scivally lives in Wilmette, Illinois. Published in 2007 by McFarland
$24.95 -- Tarzan, My Father – by Johnny Weissmuller (Author), Danton Burroughs (Foreword), William Reed (Contributor), W Craig Reed (Contributor) A portrait of the most beloved Tarzan and a tale of Hollywood at its legendary peak. An authoritative insight into the life of the man most film fans consider the "one and only" Tarzan — Olympic swimming champion Johnny Weissmuller — this book offers an intimate look at Weissmuller's early life, middle years, and later decline, through swimming training, Olympic triumphs, failed marriages, a Hollywood life as Tarzan of the Apes, and subsequent career as Jungle Jim. Written by his only son, this biography is a sensitive yet unsentimental portrayal of the man who was Tarzan to movie fans around the world. Johnny Junior's inside perspective on his father's life and career includes interviews with his father's celebrity friends and former wives, recollections of conversations with his father over the years, and family stories involving international icons such as Humphrey Bogart, Errol Flynn, Robert Mitchum, Joe Louis, and many others. There are "surprises" in the text and many photos from private collections that have never before been printed or seen by the general public. Publisher: ECW Press (February 1, 2008) Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches - Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
$29.95 -- They Still Call Me Junior - Autobiography of a Child Star; With a Filmography byFrank “Junior” Coghlan - Foreword by William C. Cline - 39 photos, filmography, index, 383 pages (6 x 9) [1992 McFarland] Once called the “perfect example of a homeless waif” by director Cecil B. DeMille, Junior Coghlan acted in movies for over 70 years. Perhaps best remembered for his role as Billy Batson in the Republic serial The Adventures of Captain Marvel, he has worked with many of the legends of Hollywood, such as Charlie Chaplin, Mickey Rooney, Jackie Cooper, and Shirley Temple. Included here are the stories of Coghlan’s 23-year naval service (he enlisted as an aviator during World War II and rose to the rank of lieutenant commander) and his eight years as the naval liaison and technical advisor on such films as The Caine Mutiny and Mr. Roberts. A filmography traces his career. About the Author: The late Frank (Junior) Coghlan, Jr., (March 15, 1916-September 7, 2009) made 129 film and television appearances between 1920 and 1974. His joke when he visited McFarland in the early nineties was to say with a twinkle in his eye just "They still call me," referring to his Hollywood and naval friends.
$59.50 – Those Fabulous Serial Heroines by Buck Rainey with introductions by Jean Rogers and Carol Forman is a 537 page 8� by 11 book published in 1991 by The World of Yesterday. This reference book is a goldmine of information for fans and researchers of the motion picture serials, which in their heyday – 1912 to 1956 – featured weekly installments of damsels in distress. Rainey includes 45 of the more important serial heroines whom three generations of fans loved, supported, and fantasized about: Pearl White, Mary Fuller, Allene Ray, Ruth Roland, Jean Rogers, Frances Gifford, Linda Stirling, Peggy Stewart, Marie Walcamp, Eileen Sedgwich, Kay Aldridge, Carol Forman, and 34 others from both the silent and sound eras. With an extensive bibliography and two indexes. About the Author: The late Buck Rainey wrote articles for Westerns and Serials fanzine and several other books available from our fan club. He lived in Tishomingo, Oklahoma.
$25.00 (USED) Those Saturday Serials – 1991 -- by Pierce Lyden - 100 page book with 95 photos and many great stories on the serials in which he appeared. Published by Mario DeMarco
$10.00 -- Those Wonderful Movie Serial Heroes – 1989 - written and published by Mario DeMarco - This 68 page book has the profiles thirty great heroes of the movie serrials
$10.00 -- Those Wonderful Movie Villians of the "B" Westerns and Serials – 1989 - written and published by Mario DeMarco - This 68 page book contains a short biography and photo of each of thirty-one of the men we all used to love to hate.
$25.00 -- The Thrills Gone By - The Kay Aldridge Story by Jim Mango (2016) 'And they are reading sociological significance into my performances . . . I was a brave, independent woman in the forest, frisking around . . . Of course, I was blithely unaware that I was a social statement. I was just a hungry actress." - Kay Aldridge on her Nyoka role, New York Times ." . . six beauties, but the only one who stood out was Kay Aldridge, who had a funny little way of winking her eyes and crinking her nose. They liked Kay for that." - On the Navy Blues Sextette, Los Angeles Times The Thrills Gone By: The Kay Aldridge Story presents the life of the photogenic and most-photographed cover girl, model, Hollywood starlet and Serial Queen who has been forgotten today, except for her iconic role in the Republic serial, Perils of Nyoka. Her story is one of unrealized potential. No, she did not become a major star in Hollywood, and sadly so, perhaps simply because she never overcame the limits of being so photogenic and so heart-stoppingly beautiful in person. Kay Aldridge is portrayed here experiencing nine years of thrills gone by. Her ultimate failure to make superstar status puts the familiar and oft-told Hollywood success stories in perspective. This biography is based on material from Aldridge's original scrapbooks as reassembled and annotated by her daughter as well as inclusion of every major newspaper article written about her. It offers a respectful portrait and appreciation of Aldridge's personal life and includes a brief examination of the thrilling moments from her three serials. Jim Manago has authored the first biography of Huntz Hall and two biographies on Shirley Booth. He holds a Master's degree in Cinema Studies from the College of Staten Island/City University of New York. 230 pages - Publisher:BearManor Media
$25.00 (USED) -- To Be Continued... A Complete Guide to Motion Picture Serials 1929 - 1956 by Ken Weiss and Ed Goodgold - A complete sourcebook ofthe over 225 motion-picture serials with sound tracks, the book is the definitive guide to the days when cinema villains stalked the screen, to be vanquished in the end by Our Hero, but only after a breathless week of waiting for the chapter, The book is an entrance into the magic world of such characters as Flash Gordon, Captain Marvel, Dr. Manyus, Spy Smasher and more. From the first sound serial, The Ace of Scotland Yard (1929), to the last, Blazing the Overland Trail (1956), the era of movie serials is brilliantly documented, with dates, cast lists, directors, producers, and plots. Covered by the authors are such popular and well-remembered serials as Batman, Dick Tracy, Lost City, The Green Archer, Zorro Rides Again, Buck Rogers, The Lone Ranger and over 200 more.Publishers: Star Tree Press, Bonanza Books - This is the one volume 1972 original edition - NOT the much later two volume larger edition,
$35.00 -- The Vanishing Legion - A History of Mascot Pictures, 1927–1935 by Jon Tuska - 224pp. (6 x 9)  McFarland - This beautifully written book is a definitive record of the players and productions of a film company that specialized in chapter plays and “B” movies and that became highly influential inP winning an ever-widening public for the kind of films it innovated such as the musical Western. Cinema history at its best—written with careful attention to detail, and based on thorough research and exhaustive personal interviews—The Vanishing Legion offers critical treatment of every serial and feature produced by Mascot during its nine years of operation. Tom Mix, Gene Autry, John Wayne, Rin-Tin-Tin and other Western heroes ride and bark again through the pages of this fascinating book. Appendices list cast and technical credits (plus chapter titles) for all Mascot serials and features. Comprehensive index. Several dozen seldom- or never-seen ads and stills are reproduced. About the Author: Jon Tuska is the author of numerous books on film history and American culture. In 1969-1971 he produced "They Went Thataway," a series of ten half-hour programs on the American Western cinema. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
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