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Author Information: Nick Carter

 
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Clean-cut detective Nick Carter first appeared in Street and Smith's New York Weekly dime novel, on September 18, 1886, only a few months after the debut of Sherlock Holmes. He was the creation of John R. Coryell (1848-1924) but most of his pulp adventures (literally thousands of stories) were written by Frederic van Rensselaer Day (1862-1922). In his dime novel days, the hero was so popular that, as James Thurber relates, an American tourist was able to scatter a group of Paris toughs by exclaiming "Je suis Nick Carter!" ("I am Nick Carter!") He was the star of an immensely popular American radio show of the 1930's that ran to 722 episodes, of which ninety-odd are available today. (One of the show's regular writers was Alfred Bester.) In the late 1960's, Nick Carter was resurrected to compete with James Bond, in a series of novels under the title Nick Carter: Killmaster, written by a number of authors, many now well-known, using the "Nick Carter" byline; the series continued at least into the late 1980's, comprising more than 200 novels.

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