Peter Quint

Created by Erle Stanley Gardner (1889-1970) In 1941, Erle Stanley Gardner wrote a little mini-series of three related stories for the Saturday Evening Post featuring PETER QUINT, a fast-talking salesman with "a line of sales talk that would make the Statue of Liberty drop the lamp to grab a fountain pen." The stories, according to Gardner fan … Continue reading Peter Quint

My Bookshelf: The Hard-Boiled Omnibus by Joseph T. “Cap” Shaw

My Scrapshelf The Hard-Boiled Omnibus: Early Stories from Black Mask, edited by Joseph T. "Cap" Shaw   Is there a more pivotal collection of stories from Black Mask than The Hard-Boiled Omnibus? Published by Simon and Schuster in 1946, this almost mythical hardcover featured fifteen stories selected by editor  Joseph T. "Cap" Shaw (1874 - 1952), … Continue reading My Bookshelf: The Hard-Boiled Omnibus by Joseph T. “Cap” Shaw

Terry Clane

Created by Erle Stanley Gardner San Francisco's TERRY CLANE is yet another of Erle Stanley Gardner's pulp characters, a two-fisted lawyer and adventurer with plenty of friends and connections in that city's Chinatown. But unlike most of Gardner's more pulpy characters -- and Terry's plenty pulpy -- he didn't appear in the pulps at all, … Continue reading Terry Clane

Sidney Zoom

Created by Erle Stanley Gardner (1889-1970) "I am my own courts, my own collector, my own judge." -- Sidney lets us know the score Yet another (and certainly one of the toughest) of the many colourful characters Erle Stanley Gardner created for the pulps, master of disguise SIDNEY ZOOM was a wealthy, crime-fighting adventurer whose … Continue reading Sidney Zoom

Jerry Marr

Created by Erle Stanley Gardner (1889-1970) Yet another of Erle Stanley Gardner's countless pulp heroes, private eye JERRY MARR surprisingly only made one appearance, as far as I can tell, in the December 9, 1939 issue of Detective Fiction Weekly. He may be worth checking out, though, because in a Gardner collection in which the story … Continue reading Jerry Marr

Jerry Bane

Created by Erle Stanley Gardner (1889-1970) Yet another of the many characters Erle Stanley Gardner created for the pulps, JERRY BANE was a relatively late arrival, popping up in the late forties. A returned vet and the heir to a vast fortune, his parents soon realized their fun-loving son had no "prediliction for gainful employment" and … Continue reading Jerry Bane

Ed Jenkins (“The Phantom Crook”)

Created by Erle Stanley Gardner (1889-1970) "I'm my own law... my own judge, jury and executioner, and if a fellow starts after my scalp... well, I'm still wearing it." Erle Stanley Gardner, who went on to create the world's most famous lawyer, Perry Mason, actually cut his teeth in the pulps, literally writing millions of … Continue reading Ed Jenkins (“The Phantom Crook”)

Ken Corning

Created by Erle Stanley Gardner (1889-1970) Erle Stanley Gardner, the creator of Perry Mason, was one of the leading writers for Black Mask, the legendary hard-boiled crime fiction magazine. Although Mason never actually made it into its pages, in the early 1930s the pulp published a string of six short stories starring a slick, crusading … Continue reading Ken Corning

Paul Drake

Created by Erle Stanley Gardner (1989-1970) Appearing in books, in movies, and television, he's one of the most enduring hard-boiled private eyes of all time, yet he has never been the lead, always playing second fiddle to his famous client. That detective is, of course, PAUL DRAKE, the preferred investigator for none other than Erle … Continue reading Paul Drake

Perry Mason

Created by Erle Stanley Gardner (1889-1970) PERRY MASON is Raymond Burr as a Defense Attorney, right? Not a P.I., right? Well, sorta. In the first ten or so books by pulpmeister Erle Stanley Gardner, Perry comes off as a particularly hard-boiled lawyer/detective, throwing his weight around, breaking and entering, and other private eye shenanigans, not above … Continue reading Perry Mason