Rod Case
Created by John K. Butler (1908-64)

Hoo-boy! They sure had some peculiar occupations, those hardboiled dicks of the pulps. ROD CASE was a hard-nosed investigator for the General Pacific Telephone Company in a short series of short stories that ran in Black Mask in the early 40's.

He was somewhat of a slacker, and cast a rather cynical eye upon the world, but he was also a stand-up guy, frequently getting into scuffles above and beyond the call of duty, often at the urging of switchboard operator and girlfriend Blondie Malloy.

Author Butler is best-known, in our little neck of the woods, for another quasi-PI, cabbie/gumshoe Steve Midnight. But Butler also pounded out numerous stories for such pulps as Black Mask, Detective Fiction Weekly, Double Detective and especially, Dime Detective.

He was also one of the most prolific writers of B-pictures, eventually cranking out scripts for over 50 B-flicks, more than half of them westerns, many of them featuring Roy Rogers. among his screen credits are such classic -- and occasionally alternative classics -- as Drums Along the River, My Pal Trigger and -- get this -- Post Office Investigator.

In the fifties, Butler moved on to television, again favouring westerns, although he also wrote for shows like The New Adventures of Charlie Chan, The Adventures of Dr. Fu Manchu and 77 Sunset Strip.

SHORT STORIES

Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.


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