A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Friday, September 18, 2015
9/18/1886 Nick Carter breaks in
September 18, 1886. Today's issue of New York Weekly featured the first of a 13-week serial called "The Old Detective's Pupil, or the Mysterious Crime of Madison Square," by Ormond G. Smith. Catchy title, huh? The story introduced detective Nick Carter whose popularity led to Nick Carter Weekly, which ran through 1915. Carter returned as the star of a pulp magazine and a radio show, which went off the air in 1955.
But you can't keep a good character down, apparently. In 1964 he changed his profession and became Nick Carter, Killmaster, in a series of almost 300 paperback thrillers. Not bad for a septuagenarian.