Monday, February 1, 2016


An unusual hard sell for a 1930 Adventure, only you might not realize from the cover that "Cry Havoc!" is one of this issue's stories, since the otherwise startling image by Colcord Heurlin neglects to identify an author. The author is billed inside only as "Redvers," but he was W. Redvers Dent, a Canadian war veteran about whom you can learn more here. The link will also hook you up with a short story Redvers published in Adventure later in 1930. The February 1 issue was Redvers's Adventure debut, but there are some more familiar names as well. Heavy hitters Talbot Mundy and L. Patrick Greene have stories this issue, while W. C. Tuttle wraps up a Hashknife Hartley comedy-western-mystery serial. Possibly the most famous name on the contents page, however, is that of Val Lewton. The famed RKO Pictures horror producer placed two non-fiction pieces in Adventure in as many years, this issue's "Kavkaz, Granddaddy of Polo" being the first. There's a lot more besides in this typically dense-packed 192 page publication. It was hard to go wrong with Adventure in this period, even if it was past its thrice-monthly peak.

Come back later today for the next installment of 75 Years Ago in the Argosy.

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