The below is part of the reason I don't seem to get anything done. This is the top of my desk, I'm sure one or two of you have about the same kind of room that I have there. Geeze, all's I want to do when I get to it is look at all this cool stuff, like the stack on the left which is pretty much Doc Savage for 1934 and up to 1938 or so, on the right a bunch of Adventure for the 20's and 30's, Some Spicys, Short Story and Thrilling Wonders among others. Of course in the back, some Street and Smith Thick Books, vintage paperbacks and what have you! OK, I do get to some reading, like these below.
The 2 consecutive issues of the Shadow, I've read recently and a while ago, with some excellent covers, like the Chest cover for Sept. 1944 by Modest Stein is excellent, I like the Shadow shadow. I love oriental stories of mystery. The second story in the issue is by Ralph Andrews a tale of oriental Double-cross, which I like also. The third tale is by Talmage Powell about a killer retuning home, it sucks you right in, good yarn. Several more tales by John Roebert about 2 guys looking to get out of crime, James Bent a story of black market meat (its the war years after all) and Death lays and Egg By Ted Stratton about a perfect crime but the husband fails to remember one thing!
The other issue of the Mask for Oct. 1944 is great, don't know the artist for the issue, but could be Stein, very nice. The story I found to be excellent with a nice twist ending. Also a very good Nick Carter Story by Bruce Elliott.