Bones of Pizarro

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This entire issue can be downloaded here

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The Road to Kandahar

November 15 1927

I hate not knowing what story this cover is illustrating. If you know, please tell me.

[UPDATE] Jim writes to inform us:

It illustrates part of the Harold Lamb novelette “The Road to Kandahar.” I just read it a few days ago. It takes place in 1619 in the middle east. The story follows a warrior turned physician who travels to Kandahar. He joins with Moguls who become allies with a Pathan tribe who attack a Persian camp outside Kandahar. A princess he encounters in Kandahar turns out to be a Persian spy. The leader of Kandahar disguises himself and poses as a prophet to extract gold from the Pathans. The cover appears to depict the surprise attack on the Persians by the Mogol and Pathan forces that averts the takeover of Kandahar. I was struck by the similarity of the places and tribes to the continuing strife in the middle east today.

The “Road to Kandahar” is included in a collection of Harold Lamb stories called Swords from the Desert published in 2009. He infuses the story with cultural, geographic, and tribal details. I read that Harold Lamb served in the OSS during WW II and later was an advisor to the State Department suggesting that he had extensive knowledge of the area. I wonder how the U.S. policy toward the middle east might be different if it were informed by such history of tribes that have been at war for 400 years.

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The Sign Of The Serpent

All Detective Magazine - January 1935

This was the final issue of the title, but it featured Doctor Death, which continued as its own title.

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Drums Of Destruction

Operator #5 - July-August 1937

Civilization, already weakened by months of bloody conflict, begins to crumble — as Operator #5’s growing army of volunteer patriot at last starts to drive the Purple Invader back toward the Mississippi!

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Trapped by Santo Domingo’s Kill-and-Loot Rebels

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Also, Night Flight With a Sure-Thing Redhead, LBJ’s No. 1 Trouble Shooter, and Nude of the China Sea

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The Private Torture Slaves Of Reinhard Heydrich

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Also includes,

The Blood-Soaked Queen Of Buchenwald, Hitler’s Human Guinea Pigs, Horror Was My Business, Joseph Goebbels: Ink-stained killer of the Third Reich

The Man Who Taught The Nazis How To Torture!, How You Can Have All The Sex You Can Handle!, Vice Is My Business,

Husband Swapping is Fun, The Strange World of The Pain Lovers, Spies — Sex — Sadism: The Death-Caves of Malta, and $9,000,000 Treasure of the Nude of Casablanca

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