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"It's That Time Again" Vol. 3 proves that many people like this sort of new fiction about old favorites who appeared on radio, but are also known from the world of books and movies. They liked the first two volumes, and they will like the third. One difference here is that the heroes of different shows can guest star in each other's adventures, without worrying about network and sponsor conflicts.
* Leading off the book is a long story, called a "novelette" after the style of old pulp fiction magazines, "Jack Armstrong and the Horde of Montezuma". It not only features the All-American Boy, Jack, but his companion from the afternoon hour of juvenile thrillers, Tom Mix "America's Favorite Cowboy".
Along the way, Jack also has the help of the legendary private detective, Nick Carter, and there are a couple of cryptic references to Sherlock Holmes. Do these heroes find the lost treasure of the great Aztec chief? It would be a shorter story if they did not, one can assume. Jim Harmon has been writing about these radio characters for forty years, since his first book "The Great Radio Heroes" (also available on Amazon). He is also the editor for the whole book, and his touch is apparent in many of the other stories, including one full collaboration with Jon Swartz where another cowboy (turned aviator) Gene Autry meets the young flier, Jimmie Allen, in World War II skies. * Award winning science fiction and mystery writer, Richard A. Lupoff, contributes a story about two of the most mysterious figures from radio, the Mysterious Traveler and the Whistler. Dawn Kovner deals with another pair concerned with mystery, Casey, Crime Photographer and the Man in Black from Suspense. The foremost name in detection, Sherlock Holmes, is paired off against Raffles in a story by Gareth Tiley.Read more ›
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There was a long period of time when broadcast radio was the primary entertainment medium in the United States. Many of the programs were dramas, and most had continuing stories about various heroes. Many of these shows had devoted followers. Occasionally, listeners might speculate what might happen if two or more of their favorite heroes might meet and interact (what the comic books call a "crossover"). This third book in the "It's That Time Again" series takes this crossover approach, causwith stories ofsituations involving more than one of the fabulous characters. Indeed, in Jim Harmon's story about Tom Mix and Jack Armstrong, all kinds of central characters from various programs interact. Where most stories have only a couple of characters interact, the Tom Mix/Jack Armstrong tale has several.
Although the times of Old-Time Radio sre long gone, a reasonable number of such shows have been collected, and are in circulation, so younger listeners can appreciate the nuances of some of these stories. For those who listened to the shows in their youth, the book is an especial treat.
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