The Spider : Reign of the Snake men is a pulp vigilante story written by Emile C. Tepperman ( as Grant Stockbridge ) and published in the 1930’s .
New York is in a bad way . The former police chief is locked up , store owners are being bullied by a group of people wearing the symbol of a cobra into buying protection , and the overall morale of everyone is down. The Spider is on the case ! Turns out this group of men might be connected to The Living Pharaoh and his sister , two of The Spider’s most fearsome foes . On top of that , the hood wearing cobra branded thugs are lepers . They terrorize a store that refused to yield and it leads to an epic shoot out .
This is the first ” The Spider ” pulp story I’ve ever read and I have to say that I’m definitely going to buy some more . It is pure pulp excitement and mayhem from start to finish . The story has a combo of great fight scenes , mystery , and a cool looking protagonist . What more could you want ?