This book, finally reprinted in a better and clearer format with fewer mistakes, is quite possibly the greatest account of pulp magazine/fiction history. Don Hutchinson recounts the stories of some of the greatest pulp fiction heroes and villains, while sharing the history of the publishers, books, authors, and the evolutions of the genre. I learned things about pulp heroes that I never knew, and was re-introduced to things I did.
It's very interesting to read the similarities between the classic pulp heroes and the now-famous comic book heroes. It's great to see how much inspired the creators of and writers for Spiderman, Superman, Batman, and James Bond. Inspiration from these heroes of the pulp magazines, books, radio shows, comic books, and movies can be seen everywhere, it's amazing!
Whether it's an introduction to the pulp genre, or a new book for an old fan, I highly recommend to it anyone interested in the subject. I've already read it twice and now I use it as reference material, or pick it up every so often to re-read the history of The Shadow, Doc Savage, Operator #5, or G-8 and His Battle Aces. It's really a fantastic read!