Men's Adventure Paperbacks

Men's Adventure Paperbacks:
From predecessors like Ian Fleming and Mickey Spillane, largely copying the success of Don Pendelton's Executioner series, the books listed below are for series characters in the varying genres of Men's Adventure, excluding Westerns.  This list is intended to be roughly comprehensive, though there are borderline cases (especially with spy and detective series) that could go either way.  Starting in the early 90s the field evolved into doorstop technothrillers by the likes of Tom Clancy, with only a handful of series surviving the decade.

Vigilante:
Takes orders from no one.  Includes adventurers and self-funded, self-directed organizations.

.357 Vigilante aka The Jury(Ian Ludlow) - shop
The Assassin (Peter McCurtin) - shop
The Avenger (Chet Cunningham) - shop
Black (Joseph Nazel) - shop
Book of Justice (Jack Arnett)
Bronson: Street Vigilante (Philip Rawls) - shop
Chameleon (Jerry Laplante) - shop
Chant (David Cross) - shop
Death Squad (Frank Colter)
Death Wish (Brian Wynne Garfield)
Defender (Jerry Ahern) - shop
Doctor Death (Herb Fisher)
Eagle Force (Dan Schmidt)
Executioner (Don Pendleton) - shop
Gannon (John Whitlatch)
Gannon (Dean W. Ballenger)
Hawk (Dan Streib)
Hellrider (Dan Killerman)
Hit Man (Kirby Carr)
Hitman (Norman Winski) - shop
Hunter (Norman Conway)
The Hunter (Ralph Hayes)
Jason Striker (Piers Anthony)
Kenyatta (Al C. Clark / Donald Goines)
K'ing Kung Fu (Marshall Macao)
The Liquidator (R.L. Brent)
Lone Wolf (Mike Barry)
MacMorgan (Randy Striker)
The Marksman (Frank Scarpetta)
Max Donovan (Riall Nolan)
MIA Hunter (Jack Buchanan) - shop
Mission of Alex Kane (John Preston)
Mondo (Anthony de Stefano)
Mystic Rebel (Ryder Syvertsen) - shop
Nazi Hunter (Mark Mandell)
Night Hunter (Robert Faulcon)
Ninja Master (Wade Barker)
Overload (Bob Ham)
Penetrator (Lionel Derrick) - shop
Psycho Squad (Rick Dade)
Revenger (Jon Messmann)
Revenger / Stark (Joseph Hedges)
Shadow Warrior (Joseph Rosenberger) - shop
Sharpshooter (Bruno Rossi)
Soldato (Al Conroy)
Steel Lightning (Kevin Sherrill)
Vigilante (V.J Santiago)

Agents
Spies, special agents, individuals who take orders from someone.  More spies at Spy Guys & Gals.

Agent for Cominsec (Ralph Hayes)
American Avenger (Robert Emmett)
Aquanauts (Ken Stanton)
Baroness (Paul Kenyon)
Big Brain (Gary Brandner)
Black Samurai (Marc Olden)
Black Swan (JJ Montague)
Blood (Allan Morgan)
Body Smasher (Jan Stacy)
The Butcher (Stuart Jason) - shop
Butler (Philip Kirk)
Cabot Cain (Alan Caillou)
Cherry Delight / Sexecutioner (Glen Chase)
C.O.B.R.A. (Joseph Rosenberger) - shop
Coltray (David Alexander)
Coxeman (Troy Conway)
Death Merchant (Joseph Rosenberger) - shop
Decoy (Jim Deane)
Destroyer (Warren Murphy & Richard Sapir)
Double Agent (TSR)
Dracula (Robert Lory)
Enforcer (Andrew Sugar)
The Expeditor John Eagle (Paul Edwards)
The Girl from Pussycat (Ted Mark)
Hawk Macrae (Albert Barker)
Hawker (Carl Ramm) - shop
The Inquisitor (Simon Quinn)
Justin Perry: The Assassin (John Revere)
Lady from LUST (Rod Gray)
Kane's War (Nick Stone)
Kung Fu / Mace (Lee Chang, C.K. Fong) - shop
Malko / SAS (GĂ©rard de Villiers)
The Man from CHARISMA (Ted Marks)
The Man from ORGY (Ted Marks)
Man From Pansy (Don Rico)
Man From Planet X (Hunter Adams)
The Man From TOMCAT (Mallory T. Knight)
Mark Dean Mercenary (Peter Buck)
Mind Master (John Rossman, Ian Ross)
Mr. Dynamite aka Max Galan (C. H. Guenter)
Nick Carter: Killmaster (Nick Carter) - shop
Operation Hang Ten (Patrick Morgan)
The Peacemaker (Adam Hamilton)
Pulsar (Robin Moore)
Raker (Don Scott)
Reefe King (Albert Barker)
Rig Warrior (William Johnstone)
Shield (Preston MacAdam)
Slam (Dan Matthews)
The Smuggler (Paula Petersen)
Su-Lin Kelly (Robert Franklin Murphy)
Terminator (John Quinn)
TNT (Doug Masters)
Track (Jerry Ahern) - shop
Tracker (Ron Stillman) - shop
Veil (George C. Chesbro)

Cop/Fed
There are plenty more detective and procedurals in this era.  These are the ones trashy and violent enough to be Men's Adventure.

Airport Cop (Charles Miron)
Black Cop (Dom Gober / Joseph Nazel) - shop
C.A.T. (Crisis Aversion Team) (Spike Andrews)
Chopper Cop (Paul Ross)
John Crown (Terry Harknett)
Dirty Harry (Dave Hartman)
The Headhunters (John Weisman)
Little Saigon (Nicholas Cain)
Murder Master (Joseph Rosenberger)
Narc (Robert Hawkes)
Razoni & Jackson (William Murphy)
Joe Ryker (Nelson DeMille)
Super Cop Joe Blaze (Robert Novak)
Stakeout Squad (D.A. Hodgman)
Stryker (William Crawford) - shop

Private Eye
includes bounty hunters, insurance investigators, freelance fixers, etc.  These are ones with a Men's Adventure vibe.  Find more at Thrilling Detective.

Arrow (William Deptula)
Bodyguard (Richard Reinsmith)
Lincoln Blackthorne (Geoffrey Marsh)
Bounty Hunter (Hank Nuwer) - shop
Cage (Alan Riefe)
Crockett (Brad Lang)
Dakota (Gilbert Ralston)
Dark Angel (James D. Lawrence)
The DC Man (James P. Cody)
Handyman (Jon Messmann)
Hardball (William Sanders)
Hardman (Ralph Dennis)
Hardy (Martin Meyers)
Heller (Frank Roderus)
The Hook (Brad Latham)
Killinger (P.K. Palmer)
Owl (Robert Forward)
Raven (Donald Mackenzie)
Renegade Roe (L.V. Roper)
Shaft (Ernest Tidyman)
Shannon (Jake Quinn)
Stone (Jack Seward)
Stoner (Ralph Hayes)
Superspade (B.B. Johnson)
Triphammer (Douglas Enefer)

Criminal

Adrano For Hire (Michael Bradley)
Crime Minister (Ian Barclay)
Godmother (R.T. Larkin)
Iceman (Joseph Nazel)
The Illusionist (John P. Radford)
Mafia: Operation... (Don Romano)
Ms. Squad (Mercedes Enfield)
Nolan (Max Allan Collins)
Quarry (Max Allan Collins)
Radcliff (Roosevelt Mallory)

Occult Investigator
There are many, many more occult investigators, but these crossed a bit into Men's Adventure

Chill (Jory Sherman)
Sabat (Guy N. Smith)
Satan Sleuth (Michael Avallone)
Takers (Jerry Ahern)

Paramilitary/Mercenary:

Able Team (Dick Stivers) - shop
Agent 0008 - Clyde Allison
Ape Swain (Daniel Da Cruz)
Black Berets (Mike McCray)
Black Ops (Michael Kasner)
Chopper Ops (Mack Maloney)
Cody's Army (Jim Case) - shop
Confirmed Kill (Mike Morris)
Contract (Colin Lynch)
Counter Force (Dan Streib)
Cross (Andrew Vachss)
Dagger (Carl Stephens)
Dennison's War (Adam Lassiter)
Deadly Force (Mark Dixon)
Dog Teams (William Johnstone)
Donovan's Devils (Lee Parker)
Eagle Attack Team (Larry Hicks)
The Force (Jake Decker)
Hard Corps (Chuck Bainbridge)
Killsquad (Frank Garrett)
INTERSECT (John Cannon)
Israeli Commandos (Andrew Sugar)
Liberty Corps (Mark Kelly Roberts)
The Mercenaries (Jon Hart)
Mercenary (Leon DaSilva)
Omega (Patrick F. Rogers)
Phoenix Force (Gar Wilson) - shop
The Protector (Rich Rainey)
S-Com (Steve White)
SEALS (Steve MacKenzie)
Soldier for Hire (Robert Skimin)
SOBs (Soldiers of Barrabas) (Jack Hild)
Soldier of Fortune (Peter McCurtin)
The Specialist (John Cutter) - shop
The Specialists (Chet Cunningham)
Springblade (Greg Walker)
Stony Man (Don Pendleton)
Sub Wars (James Good)
Surgical Strike (Jerry Ahern)
They Call Me the Mercenary (Alex Kilgore) - shop
Warhawks (James Keith) no Amazon presence
Wild Geese (Daniel Carney)
Z-Comm (Kyle Maning)

War
WWII and Vietnam, mostly

Boxer Unit OSS (Ned Cort)
Glasshouse Gang (Gordon Landsborough)
Gunships (Jack Hamilton Teed)
The Killers (Klaus Nettson / Klauz Netzen)
Mac Wingate (Bryan Smith)
Rat Bastards (John Mackie)
Saigon Commandos (Jonathan Cain)
Scorpion Squad / Vietnam: Ground Zero (Eric Helm)
Sea Wolf (Bruno Krauss)
Sergeant (Gordon Davis)
Strike Force: Falklands (Adam Hardy)
Tunnel Rats (Cliff Banks)

Historical
Captain Shark (Richard Silver)
Casca (Barry Sadler)
Fox (Adam Hardy)
Gladiator / Eagles (Andrew Quiller)
Slaves of the Empire (Dael Forest)
The Vikings (Neil Langholm)
Wolfshead (Arthur Frazier)


Post Apocalyptic

Ashes (William J Johnstone)
Blade (David Robbins)
CADS (John Sievert) - shop
Deathlands (James Axler)
Doomsday Warrior (Ryder Stacy) - shop
Eagleheart (CT Westcott
Earthblood (James Axler)
Endworld (David Robbins)
Freedom's Rangers (Keith W. Andrews) - shop
Freeway Warrior (Joe Dever)
The Guardians (Richard Austin)
Last Ranger (Craig Sargent)
Last Rangers (Jake Davis)
The Marauders (Michael McGann)
Mutants Amok (Mark Grant)
Omega Sub (J.D. Cameron)
Outlanders (James Axler)
Outrider (Richard Harding)
Phoenix (David Alexander)
Roadblaster (Paul Hofrichter)
Seventh Carrier (Peter Albano)
Storm Rider (Robert Baron)
Survival 2000 (James McPhee)
The Survivalist (Jerry Ahern) - shop
Swampmaster (Jake Spencer)
Traveler (DB Drumm)
Warlord (Jason Frost)
Wasteworld (James Barton)
Wingman (Mark Maloney)
The Zone (James Rouch)

Sci Fi

Attar the Merman (Robert Graham)
Balzan of the Cat People (Wallace Moore)
Cade (Mike Linaker)
Cadre One (Robert O'Riordan)
Cybernarc (Robert Cain)
Depth Force (Irving A. Greenfield)
Horn (Ben Sloan)
Jack Strait (Frank Rich)
Mathew Swain (Mike McQuay)
Night Whistlers (Dan Trevor)
NYPD 2025 (Hal Stryker)
Richard Blade (Jeffrey Lord)
Simon Rock (Laurence James)
Steele (J.D. Masters)
Time Raider (John Barnes)
Time Mercenaries (Kevin Randle & Robert Cornett)
Warbots (G. Harry Stine)

This covers the late 1960s to early 1990s.  The links on the title are to Trash Menace reviews.  The shop links are to the Amazon Trash Menace Bookstore and contain affiliate links.  If you're shopping at Amazon anyway, consider doing so after following a link - a portion of the proceeds will help keep the trash flowing.

For descriptions, author bios, and title lists, read Serial Vigilantes of Paperback Fiction: An Encyclopedia from Able Team to Z-Comm.  More reviews at Glorious Trash and The Mighty Blowhole.  Also check out the Facebook group Men's Adventure Paperbacks of the 70s & 80s where some of these authors hang out.

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