Sunday, 13 November 2011

Harlequin Authors Part XIII - William G. Bogart

William G. Bogart (1903-1977) was one of hundreds of writers of pulp fiction during the first half of the twentieth century. His claim to fame is ghosting The Shadow novels but I'm more interested in the fact that he was one of the few who wrote about the world of pulp fiction. In his "Johnny Saxon" stories he told of Saxon's careers as a P.I. and pulp fiction writer. The three novels are:

Hell on Friday (New York: Johnathan Swift, 1941) reprinted as Murder Man
Murder is Forgetful (New York: Mystery House, 1944) reprinted as Johnny Saxon
The Queen City Murder Case (New York: Mystery House, 1946).

Only the first book features Saxon's career in the pulp field.

Harlequin Books published their editions in 1950 and 1951 out of sequence and were the last until 2010 when Altus Press published an omnibus edition Hell on Friday. The cover is from the first edition of Hell on Friday.

Harlequin 57 - June 1950

Harlequin 57 back

Harlequin 68 - August 1950

Harlequin 68 back

Harlequin 114 - May 1951

Harlequin 114 back


  1. I think you mean that Bogart ghost wrote some of the Doc. Savage books.

  2. Right - thanks.

    Shows how much I know about the big name pulp stars.