Sunday, September 23, 2012
Sunday Morning Bonus Pulp: Nick Carter Detective Magazine, April 1936
My introduction to the Nick Carter character was the Killmaster secret agent series that debuted in the Sixties (the first of those novels I ever read was HANOI, for what it's worth), but somewhere along the same time I became aware that the character originated as a detective in dime novels in the 1880s. I read reprints of some of those stories later on and thought they were okay, although I preferred the Killmaster version.
What I didn't realize until years later was that there was also a Nick Carter pulp during the Thirties, with the character functioning as a hardboiled detective. It ran for about three years, with each issue featuring a lead novel published under the by-line Nick Carter, an oddity shared by all three versions of the character. Richard Wormser is generally acknowledged as the author of the Nick Carter pulp stories, although I don't know if that's ever been confirmed. Other authors may have contributed to the series, too.
I've never read any of the Nick Carter pulp stories. This one, "The War-Makers", sounds more like a G-Man yarn to me. One of the back-up short stories in this issue is by Theodore Tinsley, who wrote some excellent Shadow novels in relief of Walter B. Gibson. Maybe I'll hunt up a Nick Carter pulp one of these days. I'd be curious to read one.