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Perry Mason novels: #49 and #50

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, September 29, 2017 in Old TV Shows, Perry Mason, Pulp
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Perry Mason novels: #49 and #50
Erle Stanley Gardner in one of his several appearances as a judge.

Erle Stanley Gardner in one of his several appearances as a judge.

Erle Stanley Gardner started writing for the pulps in 1923. But it was for Perry Mason, the courtroom attorney, that he became the most well known. The first Perry Mason mystery was published in 1933 and the final one was published in 1973, three years after Gardner’s death.

In today’s blog, I’ll be discussing the 49th and 50th Perry Mason stories. Both were published in 1956, the year before Perry Mason debuted on television with Raymond Burr in the lead role… a part he went on to make his own.

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Perry Mason novels: #47 and #48

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, September 8, 2017 in Old TV Shows, Perry Mason, Pulp
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

Perry Mason novels: #47 and #48
Erle Stanley Gardner - rarely seen without glasses.

Erle Stanley Gardner – rarely seen without glasses.

Perry Mason. Let’s see… he was on TV… he was on the radio… he was in the movies… he was in the comic books… there was a daily newspaper strip… Now what am I forgetting? Oh, yeah, he was also in books. Books! You remember those things. Sometimes hard covered, sometimes soft covered. Words, no pictures. Yeah, that’s right… books!

Erle Stanley Gardner started writing Perry Mason for the book market. After 10 years of honing his writing skills in the pulp magazine market, Gardner wrote the first Perry Mason novel in 1933. The last and 85th of the Perry Mason books was published in 1973 after Gardner’s death. It was the book series that inspired all the other appearances in the media… the TV, radio, movies, etc. It all started with the books.

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Perry Mason novels: #45 and #46

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, August 18, 2017 in Perry Mason, Pulp
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Perry Mason novels: #45 and #46
Erle Stanley Gardner as a teenager.

Erle Stanley Gardner as a teenager.

Erle Stanley Gardner, the creator of Perry Mason was also a pulp writer. He labored in the pulp arena for 10 years before the first Perry Mason book came out. And once he hit the big time, he continued writing for the pulps. Black Mask was probably the best known, among pulp fans, but there was also Top-Notch Magazine, Sunset, Fawcett’s Triple-X, Argosy, Flynn’s Detective Fiction, Clues, Ace High, Dime Detective, Double Detective… and that’s a partial list.

‘The Case of the Restless Redhead’

The Case of the Restless Redhead was the third Perry Mason book to be published in 1954. Yes, Gardner was really churning them out that year. Perry Mason walks into the middle of a trial for theft and helps out the young attorney for the defense. Little does he realize that shortly after the defendant, Evelyn Bagby, is found innocent she will be embroiled in murder. And Perry will have to take the case to defend her in a death case.

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Perry Mason novels: #43 and #44

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, July 28, 2017 in Old TV Shows, Perry Mason, Pulp
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

Perry Mason novels: #43 and #44
A young Erle Stanley Gardner and his first wife, Natalie Talbert.

A young Erle Stanley Gardner and his first wife, Natalie Talbert.

Erle Stanley Gardner was a pulp writer. He started as a lawyer in 1911, but by 1921 the lure of writing won out. And after 12 years of prolific writing for pulps like Black Mask, Argosy, Dime Detective and others — many others — he had his first Perry Mason novel published in 1933. A grand total of 86 Perry Mason mysteries were published on a pretty regular basis right up until his death in 1970 and two of them posthumously. Mystery lovers couldn’t get enough of them.

In 1954 he had three Perry Mason novels published. Now that’s writing! You’d think that if he was writing that fast, that the stories would suffer. Surprisingly, not. In today’s blog entry, I’m going to review the first two of those three stories, and you’ll find they each are inventive and most satisfying for any mystery fan.

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Perry Mason novels: #41 and #42

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, June 30, 2017 in Old TV Shows, Perry Mason, Pulp
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

Perry Mason novels: #41 and #42
Erle Stanley Gardner - I guess he did have a sense of humor.

Erle Stanley Gardner – I guess he did have a sense of humor.

Perry Mason. You remember him from the TV series starrring Raymond Burr and Barbara Hale. Readers will remember that even before that, Perry Mason appeared in a series of mystery novels by Erle Stanley Gardner. A mind-boggling 86 Perry Mason novels, and just about all of them were adapted for the TV series. Before Gardner started writing the Perry Mason series, he wrote for the pulp magazines.

Erle Stanley Gardner wrote for the pulps for a dozen years before he did his first Perry Mason book. He was published in some of pulpdom’s greatest magazines: Black Mask, Top-Notch Magazine, Sunset, Fawcett’s Triple-X, Argosy, Flynn’s Detective Fiction, Clues, Ace High, Dime Detective, Double Detective… and there’s more.

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Perry Mason novels: #39 and #40

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, June 9, 2017 in Perry Mason, Pulp
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

Perry Mason novels: #39 and #40
 Erle Stanley Gardner dictating his latest book.

Erle Stanley Gardner dictating his latest book.

Erle Stanley Gardner cut his teeth on the pulps. The lawyer turned writer did plenty of writing for Black Mask, Argosy, Clues, Dime Detective… and the list goes on. All of that experience was put into his Perry Mason series of novels, of which there were eventually 86 courtroom dramas. Hey, with those kinds of number, you just know that the stories must have been good. And they were.

In this week’s blog entry, we’re going to take a look at the 39th and 40th of his Perry Mason mystery novels. Let’s see what twisted set of clues lead him into two more encounters with mystery and death.

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