The Lone Ranger Magazine debuted in April, 1937, only lasting eight issues. There seemed to be more grandiose plans as there was a form to fill out and send in, receiving a club membership card that would enable one to be a part of those plans, with an ad where you could get a twelve issue subscription for one dollar in the back.
All that is in this reproduction of that first issue with the novel THE PHANTOM RIDER!. Not a strict reproduction of that magazine, I think, because in the opening the editors promise short stories as well, like most magazines of the time. This has no short stories, but does have a few other bits(Chuck Wagon Chats with Pop Bonner, a sort of host talking about the plans for the magazine and The Lone Ranger Club, and The Lone Ranger Stamp Page, articles about stamp collecting, and some really strange ads(raise giant frogs)).
The eight issue run is offered up here by PULPVILLE PRESS in four volumes(one in this first one and three in the fourth). From what I’ve learned, the eight were rewritten and expanded on by Striker for hardcover publication, as well as new ones, in the lengthy series. These are the magazine versions.
In this one, the Ranger and Tonto are pursuing leads on an outlaw gang raiding through the territory known as the Night Legion, all hood wearing, who killed someone almost every night. Anyone who saw their faces had to die. Two halves of a map to a goldmine are involved. “Old Joe” Frisby had been murdered for his, but not dying before giving the Ranger a clue, and two young sisters coming west, daughters of the other partner who’d died unexpectedly while trying to arrange financing, had the other half. They were coming to live with their uncle, a strange man whose ranch had earned the sobriquet “Hoodoo Ranch.”
The Ranger and Tonto had to protect the young ladies, recover the lost half of the map, and end the Night Legion’s terrorism.
Pulpville Press offers a number of interesting sets from the pulp era by a wide variety of authors. Worth a look, I think, for lovers of the old pulps.
I’m including the original eight covers of the Lone Ranger Magazine. Click on a cover to enlarge.