The Black Hood first appeared in Black Hood Detective Magazine in
September 1941 before appearing in a radio show. He was one of very
few Comic Book heroes to star in a Pulp Magazine. The Hood was Kip Burland, a young District
Attorney who became frustrated at the
number of criminals who were escaping justice and so decided to become a costumed crimefighter. He put on a
black costume and every night haunted
the city, using his superior athletic ability to fight crime.
From James van
Hise's Pulpmasters, this piece was written by Tom Johnson: The Black Hood had a short pulp life.
Beginning with "Death's Five Faces,"
September 1941, in Black Hood Detective Volume Two, Number Eight,
written by G. T. Fleming-Roberts. The publisher was Columbia Publications,
Inc., 1 Appleton Street, Holyoke, MA with the editorial offices
located at 60 Hudson St., New York N.Y. Black Hood Detective was
probably a continuation of Detective Yarns, which ended in April 1941 (Volume 2, Number 5). This magazine had
been published by Blue Ribbon
Magazines, Inc., same address as above. In April 1941, most of the Blue Ribbon - more likely all - titles
were put under the Columbian
of the Black Hood first appeared in comic book form in Top
Notch #9, October 1940, which was a Columbia Publications, Inc., line of comics. But by September 1941, they
had hired G. T. Fleming-Roberts to
write a series of short novels (approximately 35 pages
each) for their pulp magazine line, beginning with Volume 2, Number
6 of Black Hood Detective. The magazine was re-titled later as Hooded Detective, Volume 3 Number 1 in
November 1941, with a second story,
titled "The Corpse Came C.O.D." A third story, "The
Whispering Eye," was published in
January 1942. And though the character would have
a continued life in the comics, the pulp series would end with the third story."