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Daniels, Norman A

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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The main pseudonym of US Pulp author Norman A Danberg (1905-1995), who was extremely prolific from about 1931 in a wide range of magazines, concentrating on detective thrillers under various names, including John L Benton, the House Name Will Garth, Frank Johnson, the house name Kenneth Robeson and C K M Scanlon. As Wallace Brooker he wrote the Captain John Fury, the Skipper sequence in The Skipper from December 1936 and later in Doc Savage magazine from 1937 to 1943; Fury captains a seemingly derelict ship which, full of Inventions, combats evil everywhere. As Daniels, he published very widely; of some sf interest is his long series of Black Bat adventures from June 1939 in Black Book Detective, the hero of the sequence being a scarred and apparently blind attorney who – after a secret operation – has gained Superman-like powers, including supersight, enabling him to fight criminals and later Nazi spies. Of his dozens of books, almost all detective thrillers, Spy Ghost (1965) and Breathless Island (1977 chap) are of marginal sf interest. The Magnetic Man (1968) and Moon Express (1969) are ties to The Avengers (1961-1969). His wife, Dorothy Daniels (1915-?   ), worked with him for many years; her published novels have some fantasy content; she also wrote as Angela Gray. [JC]

Norman A Danberg

born New York: 3 June 1905

died Ventura, California: 19 July 1995



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