Saturday, October 18, 2008

Waterfront Fists and Others - Robert E. Howard

As the title suggests, a collection of boxing stories. Most of them about Able Bodied Seaman Steve Costigan, the heavyweight champ of his own ship, and looking to fight plenty of others.

The best stories are usually when his bulldog, Mike, also plays a part, as the big dumb palooka gets into trouble with his loyal powerhouse furry friend.

Waterfront Fists : THE APPARITION IN THE PRIZE RING - Robert E. Howard
Waterfront Fists : THE PIT OF THE SERPENT - Robert E. Howard
Waterfront Fists : THE BULL DOG BREED - Robert E. Howard
Waterfront Fists : SAILORS' GRUDGE - Robert E. Howard
Waterfront Fists : FIST AND FANG - Robert E. Howard
Waterfront Fists : THE IRON MAN - Robert E. Howard
Waterfront Fists : WINNER TAKE ALL - Robert E. Howard
Waterfront Fists : WATERFRONT FISTS - Robert E. Howard
Waterfront Fists : CHAMP OF THE FORECASTLE - Robert E. Howard
Waterfront Fists : ALLEYS OF PERIL - Robert E. Howard
Waterfront Fists : TEXAS FISTS - Robert E. Howard
Waterfront Fists : CIRCUS FISTS - Robert E. Howard
Waterfront Fists : VIKINGS OF THE GLOVES - Robert E. Howard
Waterfront Fists : NIGHT OF BATTLE - Robert E. Howard
Waterfront Fists : THE SLUGGER'S GAME - Robert E. Howard
Waterfront Fists : GENERAL IRONFIST - Robert E. Howard
Waterfront Fists : SLUGGERS ON THE BEACH - Robert E. Howard
Waterfront Fists : ALLEYS OF DARKNESS - Robert E. Howard



Battered boxer's ghostly aid.

2.5 out of 5


Rival ship crewmen clash over Spanish chiquita.

3 out of 5


Costigan shows the guts his dog does when he fights a French champion without knowing who he is.

4 out of 5


Costigan has a shot at the movie business.

3 out of 5


Fighting to get shot.

3 out of 5


An old fighter learns some new tricks may not be enough, in the ring, anyway.

3 out of 5


Costigan fights for a stock scam.

3.5 out of 5


Costigans shows he still has no brains where dodgy dames are concerned.

3.5 out of 5


Costigan helps train a fellow sailor so he can fight over his Swedish girlfriend.

3.5 out of 5


“You hate Ridley, eh? What would you do to him if you could?" “Anything,” I said bitterly. “Hangin's too good for a rat like him." She rested her elbows on the table and her chin in her hands, and, looking into my eyes, she said, “Do you know who I am?" “Yeah,” I answered. “I ain't never seen you before, but you couldn't be nobody else but the girl the Chinese call the ‘White Tigress.’” Her narrow eyes glittered a little and she nodded. “Yes. And would you like to know what drove a decent white girl into the shadows of the Orient—made an innocent, trusting child into one of a band of international criminals, and the leader of desperate tongmen? Well, I'll tell you in a few words. It was the heartlessness of a man—"

However, The White Tigress and Steve Costigan have serious differences on what they mean by 'killing' the dodgy ref.

4 out of 5


Costigan is shanghaied to fight a miner, who turns out to be his old mate Biff. No one told him about the bullets flying though.

3.5 out of 5


Costigan's dog also a draw at the carny fights.

3.5 out of 5


Costigan has to pretend to be a Swede to get a fight.

3.5 out of 5


Costigan finds out that the Black Mandarin isn't.

3.5 out of 5


Too many limeys for Steve, particularly when his dog is stolen to take part in some illegal animal fights.

4 out of 5


Costigan is shanghaied by a Chinese general to fight an opposition number who happens to be good with the gloves.

A big surprise when he finds out who it is :-
“Joel Ballerin!” I said, staring at him. I might of knowed. Wherever they was war, you'd usually find Joel Ballerin right in the middle of it. He was from South Australia, and had a natural instinct for carnage. He was famed as a fighting man all over South Africa, Australia and the South Seas. Gunrunner, blackbirder, smuggler, pirate, pearler, or what have you, but always a scrapper from the word go, with a constant hankering to bounce his enormous fists offa somebody's conk. I'd never fit him, but I'd saw some of his handiwork. The ruin he could make of a human carcass was plumb appalling."

Steve's in a spot, off with his head if he loses, probably shot if he wins.

3.5 out of 5


Costigan takes a disliking to a referee, but ends up involved with a dodgy dame, a treasure map, and fighting the same guy.

3.5 out of 5


Dorgan and bulldog have some out of the ring fighting to do thanks to a woman and mad scientist.

3 out of 5




3.5 out of 5

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