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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Moonstone (July 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933076682
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933076683
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,493,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Too bad, so sad.
Mark Louis Baumgart
It's dissapointing to find things like this in a published book, especially since I didn't come across anything like it in the other Moonstone collections I've read.
Ian Drury
Pulp style tales of good quality nevertheless.
George R. Johnson

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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Stephen A. Kallis, Jr. on June 24, 2010
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The Captain Midnight character originated on brosdcast rsadio as an adventure serial, and by the early 1940s, had a large listenership. It was so popular that a newspaper comic strip, a movie serial, and a comic book derived from it. The radio show was the "official" version of the character. Eventually, it was made into a much-different children's television show.
The publisher, which advertises itself as "publishers of fine comics, graphic novels, and other fiction,has put out an anthology of "Captain Midnight" short stories that are based on the old comic book, with elements from the television show. Those of us who are old enough to be familiar with the old radio show (which ended in 1949) are likely to find the stories disappointing.
The stories have the pacing of a comic-book feature, with fast-paced, action-oriented plotting, and some of the stories use gadgets found only in the comic books. Some of the dialog has been made more "adult" (meaning using turns of phrase that never could have been broadcast over the radio in the 1940s), which further removes the book from the original radio shows. In one story, Captain Midnight and a companion are wing-walking, but on a monoplane;whoever thought of that doesn't understand aerodynamics any more than those who think the "Gliderchute" could work: the original radio program had pilots as scriptwriters, and the radio show's aeronacutics was scrupously accurate. Versimilitude was ignored for comic-book-like fantasy.
The stories aren't terrible, but they're a long way from the original. (A minor point is that a major character's name is spelled differently in the stories than it was in the original show, too. Admittedly, a small point, but it suggests that the authors of the stories were not that familiar with the characters' origins.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By George R. Johnson VINE VOICE on February 20, 2014
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James "Red" Albright was a flying ace in The Great War(WWI). He earned the nickname Captain Midnight, dubbed by a general, when he returned from a dangerous mission at exactly midnight. After The war, He made it his mission to stamp out Wars all over the world to prevent another world war. He led the Secret Squadron from a base in the American southwest.

Flyers using planes of his and his mentor's designs. Aristotle "Tut" Jones had been Albright's college professor before joining the crusade.

Others in the squadron were Lt. Joyce Ryan, daughter of one of the Captain's comrades in the war. Teenager Chuck Ramsay, the Captain's adopted son(his father had been killed in the war on a mission and the Captain had fallen in love with widow while looking out for her and the boy.

The Captain even has his arch villain, Ivan Shark and his equally evil daughter, Fury.

In this collection of new tales, we get bits and pieces from all the versions that had appeared(radio, comic books, movie serials, and a fifties television series where the Captain became Jet Jackson Flying Commando because of contractual rights).

The Captain even meets Airboy, a comic book flying ace in one tale.

A fine set of stories even though there were some oddities. The Captain's adopted son, in one story, is referred to as his stepson, then a few paragraphs later adopted son. Another story has the Captain himself calls hin his stepson. There's also one where a murder victim is called the granddaughter of a woman being forced to use her psychic
powers, then morphs into her daughter near the end of the story, only to be back to granddaughter at the very end.

Pulp style tales of good quality nevertheless.

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The stories are decent, blending the original style of the character from the radio with the Dell comic version, but none of these stories are as strong as those in the Green Hornet collections. The best one in the book is probably the one by Chuck Dixon, where Captain Midnight meets Skyboy.

The quality of the stories and their entertainment value are entirely subjective, so maybe another reader will find these all to be excellent. What isn't up for debate is the shoddy editing. There are errors galor in this book, be it odd or missued punctuation or just flat out goofs, like strange characters inserted into words. It's dissapointing to find things like this in a published book, especially since I didn't come across anything like it in the other Moonstone collections I've read.
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By Paul K. Findley on November 4, 2013
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The individual stories are mostly very good, but the editing needs some work. There were some obvious spelling and sentence errors that were a bit jarring occasionally. My favorite stories were the outstanding tales told by Chris Mills and Chuck Dixon.
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Captain Midnight started off as a radio adventure serial that ran from 1938-1949 and was also the subject of a tv series, a comic book, and a movie serial. Oh yeah, I've heard of him, but I've never been exposed to any of his materials, so all of the following stories had to rise or fall on their own merit.

These stories seem to be based on an amalgamate of all of the previously mentioned incarnations of Captain Midnight, and while there is no noticeable timeline, the stories seem to range from the mid-thirties through the late forties. The cast of these stories all have Captain Midnight, a. k. a.: James "Red" Albright, ex-WWI air ace, and most have various members of what seems to be Midnight's regular cast members, including Chuck Ramsey, his adopted son; Aristotle "Tut" Jones, confidant and co-creator of Midnight's Secret Squadron; Joyce Ryan, another pilot; and Shark Fury, all around bad-girl, who along with her pa Ivan Shark, wants to take over the world. It should be noted that purists probably won't like anything here, but, I'm not a purist, if I were, I'd probably never read anything.

""The Captain Midnight Chronicles" is certainly an attractive volume, with a solid posteresque cover by Richard Clark and some great interior artwork. But all of that is just icing on the cake. If you have this anthology, you got if for the stories, and this is how they stacked up for me.

********'The Black Dragon' by Mark Justice is a story in which Midnight haves to deal with an ancient fire-breathing dragon on the rampage against the allies, but whose ultimate goal is Midnight and the Secret Squadron's base. Starts off terrifically, but kinda runs out of fuel by the end. Still, good weird war worthy stuff. Four stars.
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