the avenger
by kenneth robeson

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The adventures of the mysterious crimefighter known as The Avenger were originally published in The Avenger magazine from September 1939 until September 1942. The Avenger also appeared in a series short stories in Clues Detective magazine from September 1942 until May 1943 and also appeared once in The Shadow magazine in August 1944. From June 1974 until May 1975 The Avenger appeared in a new set of adventures published by the Warner Paperback Library who also reprinted the adventures from the original Avenger Magazine.
The Avenger appeared in a couple of short-lived comic book series by DC Comics in the 1970's and 1980's.
Known authors of the Avenger: Paul Ernst (Avenger magazine titles); Emile Tepperman (Clues Detective & Shadow magazine titles); Ron Goulart (Warner Paperback Library titles from #25 on)
The Avenger radio show aired on New York City's WHN (and also was syndicated) from July 18, 1941 until November 3, 1942, first on Friday from 9-9:30PM then on Tuesday at various times.

In The Avenger magazine

Justice, Inc.
Published 9/39
Paperback Library #1 6/72
The Yellow Hoard
Published 10/39
Paperback Library #2 7/72
The Sky Walker
Published 11/39
Paperback Library #3 8/72
The Devil's Horns
Published 12/39
Paperback Library #4 9/72
The Frosted Death
Published 1/40
Paperback Library #5 10/72
The Glass Mountain
Published 2/40
Paperback Library #8 1/73
The Blood Ring
Published 3/40
Paperback Library #6 11/72
Stockholders In Death
Published 4/40
Paperback Library #7 12/72
Tuned For Murder
Published 5/40
Paperback Library #9 2/73
The Smiling Dogs
Published 6/40
Paperback Library #10 3/73
River Of Ice
Published 7/40
Paperback Library #11 4/73
The Flame Breather
Published 9/40
Paperback Library #12 5/73
Murder On Wheels
Published 11/40
Paperback Library #13 6/73
The Three Gold Crowns
Published 1/41
Paperback Library #14 7/73
The House Of Death
Published 3/41
Paperback Library #15 8/73
The Hate Master
Published 5/41
Paperback Library #16 9/73
Nevlo
Published 7/41
Paperback Library #17 10/73
Death In Slow Motion
Published 9/41
Paperback Library #18 11/73
Pictures Of Death
Published 11/41
Paperback Library #19 12/73
The Green Killer
Published 1/42
Paperback Library #20 1/74
The Happy Killers
Published 3/42
Paperback Library #21 2/74
The Black Death
Published 5/42
Paperback Library #22 3/74
The Wilder Curse
Published 7/42
Paperback Library #23 4/74
Midnight Murder
Published 9/42
Paperback Library #24 5/74

In Clues Detective magazine

Death To The Avenger
Published 9/42
A Coffin For The Avenger
Published 11/42
Vengeance On The Avenger
Published 1/43
Calling Justice Inc.!
Published 3/43
Cargo Of Doom
Published 5/43

Avenger Cover Art

In The Shadow magazine

To Find A Dead Man
Published 8/44

Avenger Cover Art

In Warner Paperback Library

The Man From Atlantis
Paperback Library #25 6/74
Red Moon
Paperback Library #26 7/74
The Purple Zombie
Paperback Library #27 8/74
Dr. Time
Paperback Library #28 9/74
The Nightwitch Devil
Paperback Library #29 10/74
Black Chariots
Paperback Library #30 11/74
The Cartoon Crimes
Paperback Library #31 12/74
The Death Machine
Paperback Library #32 1/75
The Blood Countess
Paperback Library #33 2/75
The Glass Man
Paperback Library #34 3/75
The Iron Skull
Paperback Library #35 4/75
Demon Island
Paperback Library #36 5/75

Avenger Cover Art
Diehard Avenger fans should
consult Howard Hopkins',
"The Gray Nemesis"
the definitive book on the Avenger.

The Avenger On Radio


# 1-26: Jim Brandon, a famous biochemist is Avenger, using thetelepathic indicator and diffusion capsule.

Episode Title
# 1 "High-Tide Murders"
# 2 "Mystery of the Giant Brain"
# 3 "Rendezvous with Murder"
# 4 "Eyes of Shiva"
# 5 "Coins of Death"
# 6 "Mystery of Dead Man's Rock"
# 7 "Tunnel of Disaster"
# 8 "Crypt of Thoth"
# 9 "Melody of Murder"
# 10 "Fiery Deaths"
# 11 "Ghost Murder"
# 12 "Blue Pearls"
# 13 "Wingate Heirs"
# 14 "Thoroughbred Murder"
# 15 "Department of Death"
# 16 "Keys to the City"
# 17 "Death in Mid-Air"
# 18 "Hooded Circle"
# 19 "Death Rings the Bell"
# 20 "Subway Ghost"
# 21 "Cradle of Doom"
# 22 "Death Meets the Boat"
# 23 "Murder Hits the Jackpot"
# 24 "Diploma of Death"
# 25 "Shot in the Dark"
# 26 "Death Counts Ten"

Un-numbered Scripts
Date Title
July 25, 1941 "Hate Master" (Field Operators and Inner Circle of Justice, Inc., Avenger not named.)
August 1, 1941 "Tear Drop Tank" (Inner Circle of Justice, Inc., Avenger not named.)
August 15, 1941 "River of Ice" (Justice, Inc., Avenger not named.)
August 22, 1941 "Three Gold Crowns" (Benson named as The Avenger)
August 29, 1941 "Blood Ring"
September 2, 1941 "Devil's Horns"
September 9, 1941 "Avenger"