Created by Theodore A. Tinsley (1894-79; also wrote as Reid Sleyton)
Attractive as sin, hard-boiled as hell. One of the very first of the hardboiled lady dicks of the pulps, and certainly the most popular was Manhattan eye CARRIE CASHIN, who appeared in over three dozen action-packed, fast-paced stories, starting in the November 1937 issue of Crime Busters, and continuing in that magazine through a name change (to Mystery Magazine in 1939) right up to her final appearance in November 1942.
In all, there were fifty issues of Crime Busters/Mystery Magazine, and Carrie appeared in all but twelve of them.
A former department store detective, Carrie now runs the Cash and Carry Detective Agency, whose standard fee is a whopping $1000. Mind you, she gets the job done, never letting little things like the law get in the way. Breaking and entering, lieing to the police, even a little armed robbery or kidnapping, if that's what it took. Posing as her boss, and fronting the agency was Carrie's partner: hunky, muscular Aleck Burton, a tough, but easy-going guy (fans of Remington Steele take note!).
Still, it was Carrie's show all the way. She was the real brains behind it all, and the reader was never allowed to forget it. Nor were they likely to forget that she was a woman -- frequent mentions are made of her "softly rounded beauty", and more than one cover featured an enticing glimpse of a shapely leg and a thigh holster.
The Carry Cashin tales are solid pulp fare, breathlessly-plotted, as Carrie and Aleck rush here and rush there, shooting, fighting, stumbling over bodies at a furious pace, and adding more than a few to the pile themselves. Carrie proved to be a true fan favorite; arguably ther most popular female hero in all the pulps, consistently placing first in reader polls, and her stories were almost always prominently featured on the covers.
A prolific pulpster, Theodore A. Tinsley wrote for most of the big ones. His best-known creation was Carrie, but he also wrote Jerry Tracy, hard-boiled Broadway gossip columnist and Amusement, Inc., a gang of crimebusting vigilantes lead by Major John Tattersall Lacy (aka "The Scarlet Ace"). He also penned over two dozen stories featuring The Shadow (the first ones not to be written by Walter B. Gibson).
A timeline of some of the significant female eyes, and the date of their first appearance.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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