The Hardy Boys
Created by Franklin W. Dixon
(pseud. of Edward Stratemeyer, 1862-1930, and others)

World-renowned private detective, and former ace NYPD sleuth FENTON HARDY seemed to always be off somewhere working on some important case, so that left his two teenage sons, FRANK and JOE, to watch over things in Bayport, a thriving town on the north-eastern seaboard. Fortunately, for generations of adolescents, they share their dad's zeal for bringing criminals to justice. You can sneer all you want. This was pulp for kids, and I'll bet a lot of us were prepped for Marlowe, Spade et al, by this stuff.

And it looks like they're still being prepped. Originally created in 1927 by Edward Stratemeyer, (whose New Jersey-based Stratemeyer Syndicate, founded way back in 1906, was also responsible for The Bobbsey Twins, and nouveau-feminist icon Nancy Drew, as well as Tom Swift, the Rover Boys and dozens of others, the Hardy Boys remain the all-time best-selling series of books for boys, with well over 300 titles published, including three series of paperback books. They've also begat television series, games, toys, comics, records, coloring and puzzle books and more merchandise than you can shake a stick at. 

Of course, there was no Franklin W. Dixon. He was merely a house name for a long, long string of rotating authors working for the syndicate, a kind of literary sweatshop, working from supplied plot outlines, and following some strict guidelines: -- low death rates, as many action verbs as possible and a ban on kissing. Supposedly, Edward Stratemeyer discreetly scheduled his appointments so writers would not bump into or recognize one other.

In fact, although the syndicate took credit for the house name of Franklin W. Dixon, the actual writer of the first sixteen novels (for a flat rate of a eighty-five -- and later a hundred -- bucks apiece) was Canadian novelist Leslie McFarlane, who named Dixon after two of his brothers, Frank and Wilmot, who was also known as Dick (hence, both the W. and the Dixon). McFarlane has also claimed to have had a hand in writing a few of the first Nancy Drews as well.

Not that the books were high literature to begin with, but starting in 1959, the first thirty-eight stories were revised and somewhat abridged (gutted, bowlderized, bleached of colour) and white-washed are other terms that come to mind) much to the dismay of long-time Hardy fans. Revisions ranged from slight tinkering to, in some cases, completely new stories. The stories were also reduced in length, had out-of-date prose updated ("roadsters" became "cars," stuff like that) and had racial stereotypes (okay, maybe those should go) removed. But the slam-bang action and danger-packed, thrill-a-minute atmosphere of the original stories was also too often replaced by sometimes-annoyingly cautious, polite, non-offensive prose. Hey, these were supposed to be pulp!

But, whether you read the originals, or the new, good-for-you revisions, or ended up like me reading a mixture of the two, you probably can look back with fond memories to the crotchety rantings of mother-figure spinster Aunt Gertrude; Chet Morton, the boy's plump, good-natured, constantly-eating best friend, his sister Iola, Joe's occasional romantic interest (who unexpectedly and rather inexplicably gets blown to smithereens in The Hardy Boys Casefiles #1: Dead On Target in 1987!); Callie Shaw, Frank's girlfriend, Chief Ezra Collig, Chief of the Bayport PD, and other favorites.

And on it goes. In 2005 the boys were re-imagined and re-introduced to yet another generation of young readers as "Undercover Brothers," special undercover operatives for a clandestine American government agency called ATAC (American Tenns Against Crime) in a new series of books and manga-style graphic novels.

Stratemeyer began his career writing dime novels, and actually wrote several of them under the name of Jim Bowie (well, Jim wasn't using it, having been killed at the Alamo and all...). Upon his death, his daughter took over his company.

UNDER OATH

  • "Critics of contemporary children's literature would never describe Frank and Joe Hardy as quirky characters, but compared with their peers in the series fiction of the time, they were exactly that."
    -- Booklist

NOVELS

  • The Originals
    All credited to Franklin W. Dixon, although the actual authors, when known are listed below. In 1959, Grosset & Dunlap began re-writing the books, "updating" them.
  • Hardy Boys #1: The Tower Treasure (1927; by Leslie McFarlane) ..Buy this book
    Rewritten in 1959 by Harriet S. Adams
  • Hardy Boys #2: The House On The Cliff (1927; by Leslie McFarlane) .Buy this book
    Rewritten in 1959 by Harriet S. Adams
  • Hardy Boys #3: The Secret Of The Old Mill (1927; by Leslie McFarlane) .Buy this book
    Rewritten in 1962 Alistair Hunter
  • Hardy Boys #4: The Missing Chums (1928; by Leslie McFarlane) ..Buy this book
    Rewritten in 1962 James Buechler
  • Hardy Boys #5: Hunting For Hidden Gold (1928; by Leslie McFarlane) ..Buy this book
    Rewritten in 1963 Alistair Hunter
  • Hardy Boys #6: The Shore Road Mystery (1928; by Leslie McFarlane) ..Buy this book
    Rewritten in 1964 David Grambs
  • Hardy Boys #7: The Secret Of The Caves (1929; by Leslie McFarlane) ..Buy this book
    Rewritten in 1965 Andrew E. Svenson
  • Hardy Boys #8: The Mystery Of Cabin Island (1929; by Leslie McFarlane) .Buy this book
    Rewritten in 1966 Anne Shultes
  • Hardy Boys #9: The Great Airport Mystery (1930; by Leslie McFarlane) ...Buy this book
    Rewritten in 1965 by James D. Lawrence
  • Hardy Boys #10: What Happened At Midnight (1931; by Leslie McFarlane) ..Buy this book
    Rewritten in 1967 by Tom Mulvey
  • Hardy Boys #11: While The Clock Ticked (1932; by Leslie McFarlane) ...Buy this book
    Rewritten in 1962 by James Buechler
  • Hardy Boys #12: Footprints Under The Window (1933; by Leslie McFarlane) ..Buy this book
    Rewritten in 1965 David Grambs
  • Hardy Boys #13: The Mark On The Door (1934; by Leslie McFarlane) ...Buy this book
    Rewritten in 1967 by Tom Mulvey
  • Hardy Boys #14: The Hidden Harbor Mystery (1935; by Leslie McFarlane) ...Buy this book
    Rewritten in 1961 by James Buechler
  • Hardy Boys #15: The Sinister Sign Post (1936; by Leslie McFarlane) ...Buy this book
    Rewritten in 1967 by Tom Mulvey
  • Hardy Boys #16: A Figure In Hiding (1937; by Leslie McFarlane) ...Buy this book
    Rewritten in 1964 by James D. Lawrence
  • Hardy Boys #17: The Secret Warning (1938; by John Button) ...Buy this book
    Rewritten in 1964 by James D. Lawrence
  • Hardy Boys #18: The Twisted Claw (1939; by John Button) ...Buy this book
    Rewritten in 1967 by Tom Mulvey
  • Hardy Boys #19: The Disappearing Floor (1940; by John Button) ...Buy this book
    Rewritten in 1964 by James D. Lawrence
  • Hardy Boys #20: The Mystery Of The Flying Express (1941; by John Button) ...Buy this book
    Rewritten in 1970 by Vincent Buranelli
  • Hardy Boys #21: The Clue Of The Broken Blade (1942; by John Button) ...Buy this book
    Rewritten in 1970 by Richard Deming
  • Hardy Boys #22 The Flickering Torch Mystery (1943; by Leslie McFarlane) ...Buy this book
    Rewritten in 1971 by Vincent Buranelli
  • Hardy Boys #23: The Melted Coins (1944; by Leslie McFarlane) ...Buy this book
    Rewritten in 1970 by Andrew E. Svenson
  • Hardy Boys #24: The Short-Wave Mystery (1945; by Leslie McFarlane) ...Buy this book
    Rewritten in 1968 by Patricia Doll (story) and David Grambs (manuscript)
  • Hardy Boys #25: The Secret Panel (1946; by Harriet S. Adams) ...Buy this book
    Rewritten in 1971 by Priscilla Baker-Carr
  • Hardy Boys #26 The Phantom Freighter (1947; by Amy McFarlane) ...Buy this book
    Rewritten in 1971 by Priscilla Baker-Carr
  • Hardy Boys #27: The Secret Of Skull Mountain (1948; by George Waller Jr.) ...Buy this moon
    Rewritten in 1966 by David Grambs
  • Hardy Boys #28: The Sign Of The Crooked Arrow (1949; by Andrew E. Svenson) ...Buy this book
    Rewritten in 1971 by Priscilla Baker-Carr
  • Hardy Boys #29: The Secret Of The Lost Tunnel (1950; by Andrew E. Svenson) ...Buy this book
    Rewritten in 1968 by David Grambs, June Dunn and Priscilla Baker-Carr
  • Hardy Boys #30: The Wailing Siren Mystery (1951; by Andrew E. Svenson) ...Buy this book
    Rewritten in 1971 by Priscilla Baker-Carr
  • Hardy Boys #31: The Secret Of Wildcat Swamp (1952; by William Dougherty) ...Buy this book
    Rewritten in 1971 by Priscilla Baker-Carr
  • Hardy Boys #32: The Crisscross Shadow (1953; by Richard Cohen) ...Buy this book
    Rewritten in 1971 by Priscilla Baker-Carr
  • Hardy Boys #33: The Yellow Feather Mystery (1954; by William Dougherty) ...Buy this book
    Rewritten in 1971 by Priscilla Baker-Carr
  • Hardy Boys #34: The Hooded Hawk Mystery (1954; by Charles S. Strong) ...Buy this book
    Rewritten in 1971 by Priscilla Baker-Carr
  • Hardy Boys #35: The Clue In The Embers (1955; by John Almquist) ...Buy this books
    Rewritten in 1971 by Priscilla Baker-Carr
  • Hardy Boys #36: The Secret Of Pirate's Hill (1956; by John Almquist) ...Buy this book
    Rewritten in 1971 by Priscilla Baker-Carr
  • Hardy Boys #37: The Ghost At Skeleton Rock (1957; by James Duncan Lawrence) ...Buy this book
    Rewritten in 1971 by Priscilla Baker-Carr
  • Hardy Boys #38: The Mystery At Devil's Paw (1959; by James Duncan Lawrence) ...Buy this book
    Rewritten in 1971 by Priscilla Baker-Carr
  • Hardy Boys #39: The Mystery Of The Chinese Junk (1960; by James Duncan Lawrence) ...Buy this book
  • Hardy Boys #40: Mystery Of The Desert Giant (1961; by James Buechler) ...Buy this book
  • Hardy Boys #41: The Clue Of The Screeching Owl (1962: by James Buechler) ...Buy this book
  • Hardy Boys #42: The Viking Symbol Mystery (1963; by Alistair M. Hunter) ...Buy this book
  • Hardy Boys #43: The Mystery Of The Aztec Warrior (1964; by Harriet S. Adams) ...Buy this book
  • Hardy Boys #44: The Haunted Fort (1965; by David Grambs) ...Buy this book
  • Hardy Boys #45: The Mystery Of The Spiral Bridge (1966; by Andrew E. Svenson) ...Buy this book
  • Hardy Boys #46: The Secret Agent On Flight 101 (1967; by Tom Mulvey) ...Buy this book
  • Hardy Boys #47: Mystery Of The Whale Tattoo (1968; by Jerrold Mundis) ...Buy this book
  • Hardy Boys #48: The Arctic Patrol Mystery (1969; by Andrew Svenson) ...Buy this book
  • Hardy Boys #49: The Bombay Boomerang (1970; Vincent Buranelli) ...Buy this book
  • Hardy Boys #50: Danger On Vampire Trail (1971; by Andrew Svenson) ...Buy this book
  • Hardy Boys #51: The Masked Monkey (1972; by Vincent Buranelli) ...Buy this book
  • Hardy Boys #52: The Shattered Helmet (1973; by Andrew Svenson) ...Buy this book
  • Hardy Boys #53: The Clue Of The Hissing Serpent (1974; by Andrew Svenson) ...Buy this book
  • Hardy Boys #54: The Mysterious Caravan (1975; by Andrew Svenson) ...Buy this book
  • Hardy Boys #55: The Witchmaster's Key (1976; by Vincent Buranelli) ...Buy this book
  • Hardy Boys #56: The Jungle Pyramid (1977; by Vincent Buranelli) ...Buy this book
  • Hardy Boys #57: The Firebird Rocket (1978; by Vincent Buranelli) ...Buy this book
  • Hardy Boys #58: The Sting Of The Scorpion (1979; by James Lawrence) ...Buy this book
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  • The Paperbacks
    The Stratemeyer Syndicate switched publishers in 1979, moving to Simon & Schuster, who picked up where Grosset & Dunlap left off, but for the first time releasing the books in paperback.

  • Hardy Boys #59: Night Of the Werewolf (1979; by Jim Lawrence; first paperback edition)
  • Hardy Boys #60: Mystery Of The Samurai Sword (1979; by Jim Lawrence)
  • Hardy Boys #61: The Pentagon Spy (1980; by Vincent Buranelli)
  • Hardy Boys #62: The Apeman's Secret (1980; by Jim Lawrence)
  • Hardy Boys #63: The Mummy Case (1980; by Vincent Buranelli)
  • Hardy Boys #64: Mystery Of Smugglers Cove (1980; by Vincent Buranelli)
  • Hardy Boys #65: The Stone Idol (1981; by Vincent Buranelli)
  • Hardy Boys #66: The Vanishing Thieves (1981; by Richard Deming)
  • Hardy Boys #67: The Outlaw's Silver (1981; by Jim Lawrence)
  • Hardy Boys #68: The Submarine Caper (1981; by Conrad Fuchs)
  • Hardy Boys #Retitled as: "Deadly Chase" 1986 )
  • Hardy Boys #69: The Four-Headed Dragon (1981)
  • Hardy Boys #70: The Infinity Clue (1981; by Karl Herr III, )
    Kerr was Stratemeyer's great-grandson.
  • Hardy Boys #71: Track Of The Zombie (1982; by Vincent Buranelli)
  • Hardy Boys #72: The Voodoo Plot (1982; by Karl Herr III)
  • Hardy Boys #73: The Billion Dollar Ransom (1982; by Laurence Swinburne)
  • Hardy Boys #74: Tic-Tac-Terror (1982; by Jim Lawrence)
  • Hardy Boys #75: Trapped At Sea (1982; by Vincent Buranelli)
  • Hardy Boys #76: Game Plan For Disaster (1982; by Laurence Swinburne)
  • Hardy Boys #77: The Crimson Flame (1983; by Vincent Buranelli)
  • Hardy Boys #78: Cave-In (1983; AKA Cave-In!; by Karl Herr III)
  • Hardy Boys #79: Sky Sabotage (1983)
  • Hardy Boys #80: The Roaring River Mystery (1984; by Karl Herr III)
  • Hardy Boys #81: The Demon's Den (1984)
  • Hardy Boys #82: The Blackwing Puzzle (1984)
  • Hardy Boys #83: The Swamp Monster (1985; by Neal Barrett)
  • Hardy Boys #84: Revenge Of The Desert Phantom (1985)
  • Hardy Boys #85: The Skyfire Puzzle (1985)
  • Hardy Boys #86: The Mystery Of The Silver Star (1987)
  • Hardy Boys #87: Program For Destruction (1987)
  • Hardy Boys #88: Tricky Business (1988)
  • Hardy Boys #89: The Sky Blue Frame (1988)
  • Hardy Boys #90: Danger On The Diamond (1988)
  • Hardy Boys #91: Shield Of Fear (1988)
  • Hardy Boys #92: The Shadow Killers (1988)
  • Hardy Boys #93: The Serpent's Tooth Mystery (1988)
  • Hardy Boys #94: Breakdown In Axeblade (1989)
  • Hardy Boys #95: Danger On The Air (1989)
  • Hardy Boys #96: Wipeout (1989)
  • Hardy Boys #97: Cast Of Criminals (1989)
  • Hardy Boys #98: Spark Of Suspicion (1989)
  • Hardy Boys #99: Dungeon Of Doom (1989)
  • Hardy Boys #100: The Secret Of The Island Treasure (1990)
  • Hardy Boys #101: The Money Hunt (1990)
  • Hardy Boys #102: Terminal Shock (1990
  • Hardy Boys #103: The Million-Dollar Nightmare (1990)
  • Hardy Boys #104: Tricks Of The Trade (1990)
  • Hardy Boys #105: The Smoke Screen Mystery (1990)
  • Hardy Boys #106: Attack Of The Video Villains (1991)
  • Hardy Boys #107: Panic On Gull Island (1991)
  • Hardy Boys #108: Fear On Wheels (1991)
  • Hardy Boys #109: The Prime-Time Crime (1991)
  • Hardy Boys #110: The Secret Of Sigma Seven (1991)
  • Hardy Boys #111: Three-Ring Terror (1991)
  • Hardy Boys #112: The Demolition Mission (1992)
  • Hardy Boys #113: Radical Moves (1992)
  • Hardy Boys #114: The Case Of The Counterfeit Criminals (1992)
  • Hardy Boys #115: Sabotage At Sports City (1992)
  • Hardy Boys #116: Rock 'n Roll Renegades (1992)
  • Hardy Boys #117: The Baseball Conspiracy (1992)
  • Hardy Boys #118: Danger In The Fourth Dimension (1993)
  • Hardy Boys #119: Trouble At Coyote Canyon (1993)
  • Hardy Boys #120: The Case Of The Cosmic Kidnapping (1993)
  • Hardy Boys #121: The Mystery In The Old Mine (1993)
  • Hardy Boys #122: Carnival Of Crime (1993)
  • Hardy Boys #123: The Robot's Revenge (1993)
  • Hardy Boys #124: Mystery With A Dangerous Beat (1994)
  • Hardy Boys #125: Mystery On Makatunk Island (1994)
  • Hardy Boys #126: Racing To Disaster (1994)
  • Hardy Boys #127: Reel Thrills (1994)
  • Hardy Boys #128: Day Of The Dinosaur (1994)
  • Hardy Boys #129: The Treasure At Dolphin Bay (1994)
  • Hardy Boys #130: Sidetracked To Danger (1995)
  • Hardy Boys #131: Crusade Of The Flaming Sword (1995)
  • Hardy Boys #132: Maximum Challenge (1995)
  • Hardy Boys #133: Crime In The Kennel (1995)
  • Hardy Boys #134: Cross-Country Crime (1995)
  • Hardy Boys #135: The Hypersonic Secret (1995)
  • Hardy Boys #136: The Cold Cash Caper (1996)
  • Hardy Boys #137: High-Speed Showdown (1996)
  • Hardy Boys #138: The Alaskan Adventure (1996)
  • Hardy Boys #139: The Search For The Snow Leopard (1996)
  • Hardy Boys #140: Slam Dunk Sabotage (1996)
  • Hardy Boys #141: The Desert Thieves (1996)
  • Hardy Boys #142: Lost In Gator Swamp (1997)
  • Hardy Boys #143: The Giant Rat of Sumatra (1997)
  • Hardy Boys #144: The Secret of Skeleton Reef (1997)
  • Hardy Boys #145: Terror at High Tide (1997)
  • Hardy Boys #146: The Mark of the Blue Tattoo (1997)
  • Hardy Boys #147: Trial And Terror (1997)
  • Hardy Boys #148. The Ice-Cold Case
  • Hardy Boys #149. The Chase for the Mystery Twister
  • Hardy Boys #150. The Crisscross Crime
  • Hardy Boys #151. The Rocky Road to Revenge
  • Hardy Boys #152: Danger in the Extreme
  • Hardy Boys #153: Eye on Crime
  • Hardy Boys #154: The Caribbean Cruise Caper
  • Hardy Boys #155: The Hunt for the Four Brothers
  • Hardy Boys #156: A Will to Survive
  • Hardy Boys #157: The Lure of the Italian Treasure
  • Hardy Boys #158: The London Deception
  • Hardy Boys #159: Daredevils
  • Hardy Boys #160: A Game Called Chaos
  • Hardy Boys #161: Training for Trouble
  • Hardy Boys #162: The End of the Trail
  • Hardy Boys #163: The Spy That Never Lies (2000) ...Buy this book
  • Hardy Boys #164: Skin and Bones
  • Hardy Boys #165: Crime in the Cards
  • Hardy Boys #166: Past and Present Danger
  • Hardy Boys #167: Trouble Times Two
  • Hardy Boys #168: The Castle Conundrum
  • Hardy Boys #169: Ghost of a Chance
  • Hardy Boys #170: Kickoff to Danger
  • Hardy Boys #171: The Test Case
  • Hardy Boys #172: Trouble in Warp Space
  • Hardy Boys #173: Speed Times Five
  • Hardy Boys #174: Hide and Sneak
  • Hardy Boys #175: Trick or Trouble
  • Hardy Boys #176: In Plane Sight
  • Hardy Boys #177: The Case of the Physic's Vision
  • Hardy Boys #178: The Mystery of the Black Rhino
  • Hardy Boys #179: Passport To Danger
  • Hardy Boys #180: Typhoon Island
  • Hardy Boys #181: Double Jeopardy
  • Hardy Boys #182: The Secret of The Soldier's Gold
  • Hardy Boys #183: Warehouse Rumble
  • Hardy Boys #184: The Dangerous Transmission
  • Hardy Boys #185: Wreck and Roll (2004) ...Buy this book
  • Hardy Boys #186: Hidden Mountain (2004) ...Buy this book
  • Hardy Boys #187: No Way Out (2004) ...Buy this book
  • Hardy Boys #188: Farming Fear (2004) ...Buy this book
  • Hardy Boys #189: One False Step (2004) ...Buy this book
  • Hardy Boys #190: Motocross Madness (2005) ...Buy this book

  • Be A Detective Mystery Stories
  • Be A Detective Mystery Stories #1: The Secret Of The Knight's Sword (1984)
  • Be A Detective Mystery Stories #2: Danger On Ice (1984)
  • Be A Detective Mystery Stories #3: The Feathered Serpent (1984)
  • Be A Detective Mystery Stories #4: Secret Cargo (1984)
  • Be A Detective Mystery Stories #5: The Alaskan Mystery (1985)
  • Be A Detective Mystery Stories #6: The Missing Money Mystery (1985 )
  • Be A Detective Mystery Stories #7: Jungle Of Evil (Never published)
  • Be A Detective Mystery Stories #8: Ticket To Intrigue (Never published)
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  • The Hardy Boys Casefiles
    In April 1987, Simon & Schuster released the first two Casefiles in April 1987 and they continue to release a new title regularly every other month. .
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #1: Dead On Target (1987)
    Iola gets blown to smithereens in this story. Huh?
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #2: Evil, Inc. (1987)
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #3: Cult Of Crime
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #4: The Lazarus Plot
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #5: Edge Of Destruction
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #6: The Crowning Of Terror
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #7: Deathgame
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #8: See No Evil
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #9: The Genius Thieves
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #10: Hostages Of Hate
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #11: Brother Against Brother
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #12: Perfect Getaway
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #13: The Borgia Dagger
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #14: Too Many Traitors
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #15: Blood Relations
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #16: Line Of Fire
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #17: The Number File
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #18: A Killing In The Market
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #19: Nightmare In Angle City
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #20: Witness To Murder
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #21: Street Spies
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #22: Double Exposure
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #23: Disaster For Hire
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #24: Scene Of The Crime
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #25: The Borderline Case
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #26: Trouble In The Pipeline
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #27: Nowhere To Run
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #28: Countdown To Terror
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #29: Thick As Thieves
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #30: The Deadliest Dare
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #31: Without A Trace
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #32: Blood Money
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #33: Collision Course
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #34: Final Cut
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #35: The Dead Season
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #36: Running On Empty
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #37: Danger Zone
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #38: Diplomatic Deceit
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #39: Flesh And Blood
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #40: Fright Wave
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #41: Highway Robbery
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #42: The Last Laugh
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #43: Strategic Moves
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #44: Castle Fear
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #45: In Self-Defense
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #46: Foul Play
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #47: Flight Into Danger
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #48: Rock 'N' Revenge
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #49: Dirty Deeds
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #50: Power Play
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #51: Choke Hold
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #52: Uncivil War
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #53: Web Of Horror
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #54: Deep Trouble
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #55: Beyond The Law
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #56: Height Of Danger
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #57: Terror On Track
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #58: Spiked!
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #59: Open Season
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #60: Deadfall
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #61: Grave Danger
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #62: Final Gambit
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #63: Cold Sweat
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #64: Endangered Species
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #65: No Mercy
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #66: The Phoenix Equation
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #67: Lethal Cargo
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #68: Rough Riding
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #69: Mayhem In Motion
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #70: Rigged For Revenge
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #71: Real Horror
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #72: Screamers
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #73: Bad Rap
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #74: Road Pirates
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #75: No Way Out
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #76: Tagged For Terror
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #77: Survival Run
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #78: The Pacific Conspiracy
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #79: Danger Unlimted
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #80: Dead Of Night
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #81: Sheer Terror
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #82: Poisoned Paradise
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #83: Toxic Revenge
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #84: False Alarm
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #85: Winner Take All
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #86: Virtual Villainy
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #87: Dead Man In Deadwood
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #88: Inferno Of Fear
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #89: Darkness Falls
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #90: Deadly Engagement
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #91: Hot Wheels
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #92: Sabotage At Sea
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #93: Mission: Mayhem
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #94: A Taste For Terror
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #95: Illegal Procedure
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #96: Against All Odds
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #97: Pure Evil
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #98: Murder By Magic
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #99: Frame-Up
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #100: True Thriller
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #101: Peak Of Danger
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #102: Wrong Side Of The Law
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #103: Campaign Of Crime
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #104: Wild Wheels
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #105: Law Of The Jungle
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #106: Shock Jock
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #107: Fast Break
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #108: Blown Away
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #109: Moment Of Truth
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #110: Bad Chemistry
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #111: Competitive Edge
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #112: Cliff-Hanger
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #113: Sky High
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #114: Clean Sweep
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #115: Cave Trap
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #116: Acting Up
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #117: Blood Sport
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #118: The Last Leap
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #119: The Emperor's Shield
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #120: Survival of the Fittest
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #121: Absolute Zero
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #122: River Rats
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #123: High Wire Act
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #124: The Viking's Revenge
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #125: Stress Point
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #126: Fire In The Sky
  • Hardy Boys Casefile #127: Dead In The Water (1998)
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  • The Nancy Drew-Hardy Boys Super Mysteries (1988-98)
  • The Nancy Drew-Hardy Boys Super Mysteries #1: Double Crossing (1988) .Buy this book
  • The Nancy Drew-Hardy Boys Super Mysteries #2: A Crime For Christmas (1988)
  • The Nancy Drew-Hardy Boys Super Mysteries #3: Shock Waves (1988)
  • The Nancy Drew-Hardy Boys Super Mysteries #4: Dangerous Games (1989)
  • The Nancy Drew-Hardy Boys Super Mysteries #5: The Last Resort (1989)
  • The Nancy Drew-Hardy Boys Super Mysteries #6: The Paris Connection (1990)
  • The Nancy Drew-Hardy Boys Super Mysteries #7: Buried In Time (1990)
  • The Nancy Drew-Hardy Boys Super Mysteries #8: Mystery Train (1990)
  • The Nancy Drew-Hardy Boys Super Mysteries #9: Best Of Enemies (1991)
  • The Nancy Drew-Hardy Boys Super Mysteries #10: High Survival (1991)
  • The Nancy Drew-Hardy Boys Super Mysteries #11: New Year's Evil (1991)
  • The Nancy Drew-Hardy Boys Super Mysteries #12: Tour Of Danger (1992)
  • The Nancy Drew-Hardy Boys Super Mysteries #13: Spies And Lies (1992)
  • The Nancy Drew-Hardy Boys Super Mysteries #14: Tropic Of Fear (1992)
  • The Nancy Drew-Hardy Boys Super Mysteries #15: Courting Disaster (1993)
  • The Nancy Drew-Hardy Boys Super Mysteries #16: Hits And Misses (1993)
  • The Nancy Drew-Hardy Boys Super Mysteries #17: Evil In Amsterdam (1993)
  • The Nancy Drew-Hardy Boys Super Mysteries #18: Desperate Measures (1994)
  • The Nancy Drew-Hardy Boys Super Mysteries #19: Passport To Danger (1994)
  • The Nancy Drew-Hardy Boys Super Mysteries #20: Hollywood Horror (1994)
  • The Nancy Drew-Hardy Boys Super Mysteries #21: Copper Canyon Conspiracy (1994)
  • The Nancy Drew-Hardy Boys Super Mysteries #22: Danger Down Under (1995)
  • The Nancy Drew-Hardy Boys Super Mysteries #23: Dead On Arrival (1995)
  • The Nancy Drew-Hardy Boys Super Mysteries #24: Target For Terror (1995)
  • The Nancy Drew-Hardy Boys Super Mysteries #25: Secrets Of The Nile (1995)
  • The Nancy Drew-Hardy Boys Super Mysteries #26: A Question Of Guilt (1996)
  • The Nancy Drew-Hardy Boys Super Mysteries #27: Islands Of Guilt (1996)
  • The Nancy Drew-Hardy Boys Super Mysteries #28: Murder On The Fourth Of July (1996)
  • The Nancy Drew-Hardy Boys Super Mysteries #29: High Stakes (1996)
  • The Nancy Drew-Hardy Boys Super Mysteries #30: Nightmare In New Orleans (1997)
  • The Nancy Drew-Hardy Boys Super Mysteries #31: Out Of Control (1997)
  • The Nancy Drew-Hardy Boys Super Mysteries #32: Exhibition Of Evil (1997)
  • The Nancy Drew-Hardy Boys Super Mysteries #33: At All Costs (1997)
  • The Nancy Drew-Hardy Boys Super Mysteries #34: Royal Revenge (1997)
    32: Exhibition of Evil - 1997
    33: At All Costs - 1997
    34: Royal Revenge - 1997
  • The Nancy Drew-Hardy Boys Super Mysteries #35: Operation Titanic (1998)
  • The Nancy Drew-Hardy Boys Super Mysteries #36: Process of Elimination (1998)
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  • Hardy Boys and Tom Swift Ultra Thrillers
  • Hardy Boys and Tom Swift Ultra Thrillers #1: Time Bomb (1992)
  • Hardy Boys and Tom Swift Ultra Thrillers #2: The Alien Factor (1993)
    .
  • Frank & Joe Hardy: The Clues Brothers
    A new series aimed at younger readers. The publisher, Minstrel Books, promised a new book every other month, but the series was cancelled in 2000 due to poor sales.
  • Frank & Joe Hardy: The Clues Brothers #1: The Gross Ghost Mystery (1997 )
  • Frank & Joe Hardy: The Clues Brothers #2: The Karate Clue (1997)
  • Frank & Joe Hardy: The Clues Brothers #3: First Day Worst Day (1997)
  • Frank & Joe Hardy: The Clues Brothers #4: Jump Shot Detectives (1998)
  • Frank & Joe Hardy: The Clues Brothers #5: Dinosaur Disaster
  • Frank & Joe Hardy: The Clues Brothers #6: Who Took the Book?
  • Frank & Joe Hardy: The Clues Brothers #7: The Abracadabra Case
  • Frank & Joe Hardy: The Clues Brothers #8: The Doggone Detectives
  • Frank & Joe Hardy: The Clues Brothers #9: The Pumped-Up Pizza Problem
  • Frank & Joe Hardy: The Clues Brothers #10: The Walking Snowman
  • Frank & Joe Hardy: The Clues Brothers #11: The Monster in the Lake
  • Frank & Joe Hardy: The Clues Brothers #12: King for a Da
  • Frank & Joe Hardy: The Clues Brothers #13: Pirates Ahoy!
  • Frank & Joe Hardy: The Clues Brothers #14: All Eyes on First Prize
  • Frank & Joe Hardy: The Clues Brothers #15: Slip, Slide, and Slap Shot
  • Frank & Joe Hardy: The Clues Brothers #16: The Fish-Faced Mask of Mystery
  • Frank & Joe Hardy: The Clues Brothers #17 The Bike Race Ruckus (2000).

  • Undercover Brothers
  • Undercover Brothers #1: Extreme Danger (2005)....Buy this book
  • Undercover Brothers #2: Running on Fumes (2005)....Buy this book
  • Undercover Brothers #3: Boardwalk Bust (2005)....Buy this book
  • Undercover Brothers #4: Thrill Ride (2005)....Buy this book
  • Undercover Brothers #5: Rocky Road (2005)....Buy this book
  • Undercover Brothers #6: Burned (2005)....Buy this book
  • Undercover Brothers #7: Operation: Survival (2005)
  • Undercover Brothers #8: Top Ten Ways to Die (2006)
  • Undercover Brothers #9: Martial Law (2006)
  • Undercover Brothers #10: Blown Away (2006)
  • Undercover Brothers #11. Hurricane Joe (2006)....Buy this book
  • Undercover Brothers #12. Trouble in Paradise (2006)
  • Undercover Brothers #13. The Mummy's Curse (2006)
  • Undercover Brothers #14. Hazed (2007)
  • Undercover Brothers #15. Death And Diamonds (2007)
  • Undercover Brothers #16. Bayport Buccaneers (2007)
  • Undercover Brothers #17. Murder At The Mall (2007)
  • Undercover Brothers #18. Pushed (2007)
  • Undercover Brothers #19. Foul Play (2007)
  • Undercover Brothers #20. Feeding Frenzy (2008)
  • Undercover Brothers #21. Comic Con Artist (2008)
  • Undercover Brothers #22. Deprivation House (2008)....Buy this book
  • Undercover Brothers #23. House Arrest (2008)....Buy this book
  • Undercover Brothers #24. Murder House (2008)
  • Undercover Brothers #25. Double Trouble (2008)
  • Undercover Brothers #26. Missing Double (2009)
  • Undercover Brothers #27. Double Deception (2009)

  • Undercover Brothers Super Mysteries
    (2006-Present)
  • Super Mystery #1: Wanted (2006)
  • Super Mystery #2. Kidnapped At The Casino (2007)
  • Super Mystery #3. Haunted (2008)

SPECIAL EDITIONS

COLLECTIONS

  • A Hardy Boys Handbook: Seven Stories Of Survival (1980; by Franklin W. Dixon, with Sheila Link)...Buy this book
  • The Hardy Boys Ghost Stories (1984)...Buy this book
  • Nancy Drew And The Hardy Boys Campfire Stories (1984; by Franklin W. Dixon and Carolyn Keene) ....Buy this book
  • Nancy Drew And The Hardy Boys Super Sleuths (1981; by Franklin W. Dixon and Carolyn Keene)
  • Nancy Drew And The Hardy Boys Super Sleuths #2 (1985; by Franklin W. Dixon and Carolyn Keene)

SHORT STORIES

  • All written by Franklin W. Dixon and Carolyn Keene
  • "Mistaken Identity
  • "The Pirate Cove Treasure" (1981, Nancy Drew And The Hardy Boys Super Sleuths)
  • "The Armored Lady" (1981, Nancy Drew And The Hardy Boys Super Sleuths)
  • "The Interlocking Maze" (1981, Nancy Drew And The Hardy Boys Super Sleuths)
  • "The Bank Robbery Puzzle" (1981, Nancy Drew And The Hardy Boys Super Sleuths)
  • "Clue in the Chimes" (1981, Nancy Drew And The Hardy Boys Super Sleuths)
  • "The Secret of Mountaintop Inn" (1981, Nancy Drew And The Hardy Boys Super Sleuths)
  • "Old Masters" (1985, Nancy Drew And The Hardy Boys Super Sleuths #2)
  • "Phantom Thieves" (1985, Nancy Drew And The Hardy Boys Super Sleuths #2)
  • "A Good Knight's Work" (1985, Nancy Drew And The Hardy Boys Super Sleuths #2)
  • "Purge" (1985, Nancy Drew And The Hardy Boys Super Sleuths #2)
  • "HB" (1985, Nancy Drew And The Hardy Boys Super Sleuths #2)
  • "A Trail of Diamond" (1985, Nancy Drew And The Hardy Boys Super Sleuths #2)
  • "Danger in the Sky" (1985, Nancy Drew And The Hardy Boys Super Sleuths #2)

GRAPHIC NOVELS

  • THE HARDY BOYS: UNDERCOVER BROTHERS
    (2005-06, Papercutz)
    Written by
    Scott Lobdell
    Art by Lea Hernandez, Daniel Rendon
  • Un"The Ocean of Osyria" (2005)....Buy this book
  • "Identity Theft" (July 2005)....Buy this book
  • "Mad House" (November 2005)...Buy this book
  • "Malled" (February 2006)....Buy this book
  • "Sea You, Sea Me" (2006)
  • "Hyde & Shriek" (2006)
  • "The Opposite Numbers" (2006)
  • "Board To Death" (2007)
  • "To Die Or Not To Die" (2007)
  • "A Hardy Day's Night" (2007)
  • "Abracadeath" (2008)
  • "Dude Ranch O' Death!" (2008)
  • "The Deadliest Stunt" (2008)
  • "Haley Danelle's Top Eight" (2008)
  • "Live Free, Die Hardy!" (2008)

ALSO OF INTEREST

  • The House on the Point (2002; by Benjamin Hoff)....Buy this book
    Hoff, a lifetime fan of Franklin W. Dixon and the Hardy Boys, was apparently appalled by the way this series has been turned into bland, vanilla pap and decided to write a "real" Hardy Boys novel, capturing the flavour of the "original 58." I'm not sure how he got away with it, legally, but old-time fans of the 'Boys won't be disappointed.

TELEVISION

  • THE HARDY BOYS
    (1950; ABC)
    Two serials originally aired as part of The Mickey Mouse Club
    Based on characters created by Franklin W. Dixon
    Teleplays by Jackson Gillis
    Directors: Charles Haas, Robert Springsteen
    Produced by Bill Walsh
    Executive Producer: Walt Disney
    Starring Tim Considine as FRANK HARDY
    and Tommy Kirk as JOE HARDY
    With Russ Conway as Fenton Hardy
    Sarah Selby as Aunt Gertrude
    Carole Ann Campbell as Iola Morton
    Also starring Donald MacDonald, Florenz Ames, Bob Foulk, Arthur Shields, Charles Cane, Frances Morris, Dan Sturkie, Bill Henry, John Baer, Hugh Sander, Bob Amsberry, Andy Clyde, Yvonne Lime
  • "The Mystery Of The Applegate Treasure"
    (September 21, 1956 -February 1, 1957)
    20-part serial
    Based on "The Tower Treasure" by Franklin W. Dixon

  • "The Mystery Of Ghost Farm"
    (September 13, 1957-December 20, 1957)
    15-part serial
  • THE HARDY BOYS
    (1969-71)
    Animated
    34 30-minute episodes
    Directed by Hal Sutherland
    Produced by Lou Scheimer & Norm Prescott
    Starring Byron Kane as the voices of Frank Hardy/Fenton Hardy/Peter Jones
    and Dal McKennon as the voices of Joe Hardy/Chubby Morton
    Also starring
    Jane Webb as the voices of Wanda Kay Breckenridge/Aunt Gertrude
    In this one the Boys use their way-groovy rock band (think the Archies or the Monkees) as a front to investigate mysteries. About as bad as it sounds, although the music is --surprise, surprise -- pretty good, in a bubblegummy pop sorta way.

  • THE HARDY BOYS/NANCY DREW MYSTERIES
    (1977-79; ABC)
    60 minute episodes
    Based on characters created by Franklin W. Dixon and Carolyn Keene
    Developed for television by Glen A. Larson
    Executive Producer: Glen A. Larson
    Starring Parker Stevenson as FRANK HARDY
    and Shaun Cassidy as JOE HARDY
    Also starring Edith Atwater as Gertrude Hardy
    Lisa Eilbacher as Callie Shaw
    Ed Gilbert as Fenton Hardy
    and Jack Kelly as Harry Hammond
    Guest stars: Mark Harmon, Bob Crane, Rick Nelson, Jamie Lee Curtis
  • "The Mystery of the Haunted House"
  • "The Mystery of Witches' Hollow"
  • "The Disappearing Floor"
  • "The Flickering Torch Mystery"
  • "The Mystery of the Flying Courier"
  • "The Mystery of the African Safari"
  • Wipe Out"
  • "The Creatures Who Came On Sunday"
  • "The Secret of the Jade Kwan Yin"

  • Season 2
  • "Acapulco Spies"
  • "The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Meet Dracula"
  • "The Mystery of the Silent Scream"
  • "The Mystery of King Tut's Tomb"
  • "Oh Say Can You Sing"
  • "The Mystery of the Hollywood Phantom"
  • "The House on Possessed Hill"
  • "Sole Survivor"
  • "Voodoo Doll"
  • "Mystery on the Avalanche Express"
  • "The Strange Fate of Flight 608"
  • "Death Surf"
  • "Campus Terror"

  • Season 3
  • "Assault on the Tower"
  • "Search for Atlantis"
  • "Dangerous Waters"
  • "Life on the Line"
  • "Scorpion's Sting"
  • "Defection to Paradise"
  • "Gameplan"
  • "Arson and Old Lace"
  • "The Last Kiss of Summer"
  • THE HARDY BOYS
    (1995; syndicated)
    13 30 minute episodes
    Based on characters created by Franklin W. Dixon
    Starring Colin Gray as FRANK HARDY
    and Paul Popowich as JOE HARDY
    Also starring Fiona Highet
  • "All That Glitters" (September 23, 1995)
  • "Jazzman" (September 30, 1995)
  • "A Perfect Stranger" (October 7, 1995)
  • "Say Cheese" (October 14, 1995)
  • "Smart Drugs" (October 21, 1995)
  • "Telling Lies" (October 28, 1995)
  • "The Debt Collectors" (November 4, 1995)
  • "The Curse" (November 11, 1995)
  • "R.I.P." (November 18, 1995)
  • "Play Ball" (November 25, 1995)
  • "Lovebirds" (December 2, 1995)
  • "The Last Laugh" (December 2, 1995)
  • "No Dice" (December 2, 1995)

REFERENCE

  • Billman, Carol,
    The Secret of the Stratemeyer Syndicate: Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys and the Million Dollar Fiction Factory
    ....Buy this book
    New York, New York: Ungar Publishing Company, 1986.
    Ambitious first stab at the Stratemeyer story, though at times infuriating, as it cleaves far too closely to the corporate line. There are gaps in the story you could drive a speedster through. For instance, Raymond Chandler is cited several times in the book, but Leslie McFarlane and Mildred A. Wirt, the people who actually wrote the first Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books, and indeed most of the actual authors of the books, are conspicuously absent.

  • Greenwald, Marilyn S.,
    The Secret of the Hardy Boys: Leslie McFarlane and the Stratemeyer Syndicate
    ....Buy this book
    Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2004
    The biography of Leslie McFarlane, originally a journalist from northern Ontario, who penned the first 16 books of the famous Hardy Boys series under the pseudonym Franklin W. Dixon, while dreaming of writing the Great Canadian novel.

RELATED LINKS

  • The Unofficial Hardy Boys Home Page
    Bob Finnan's tribute to everyone's favourite Bayporters. Make no mistake -- Bob's a true believer.
    .
  • The Unofficial Stratemeyer Syndicate Web Page
    Ilana Nash's site contains complete bibliographies, lists of ghostwriters, etc. for the notorious publishing group responsible for The Bobbsey Twins, the Hardy Boys, Tom Swift, and Nancy Drew.
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  • The Stratemeyer Syndicate on Keeline.com
    James Keeline's informative site details the history of the syndicate, and also lists (in convenient pdf format) the many ghostwriters of the various series. As its author himself freely admits, it "is not the only one to (offer this information)...and you can see others on the Links page, but it will contain some information which is not available elsewhere"
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  • The Hardy Detective Agency
    This site features fan fiction based on the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew and other teen detective series. They also have some stories featuring original characters based on the Hardy Boys genre, and an active moderated message board where they discuss the Hardy Boys, fan fiction and just about anything else they can think of at http://b16.ezboard.com/bhardyboyschatzone.

  • The Hardy Boys: The Final Chapter
    Excellent and frank 1998 assessment from The Washington Post of The Hardy Boys and Leslie McFarlane by staff writer Gene Weingarten.

  • Kiddie Pulp
    Get 'em while they're young. A suggested reading list.

Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith. Portions of this were adapted from material from R.W.'s Finnan's Unofficial Hardy Boys Home Page, with much gratitude. And thanks to Steve Bridge for the hot lead on a great site.


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