Don Marko

Created by Stewart Sterling (pseud. of Prentice Winchell; 1895-1976)

DON MARKO was an apparent predecessor of Winchell's series character Don Cadee, whom he wrote about under the pen name of Spencer Dean. He appeared in a few short stories near the end of the pulp era.

Like Cadee, Marko worked as Chief of Store Protection at a swank Fifth Avenue department store, but in Marko's case, the store was called Nimblett's, not Amblett's.


  • "... an excellent detective story from the end of the pulp era. A little spicier than most of the stories found in earlier years. Not really a hardboiled story, but this guy has nearly as many dames throwing themselves at him as Mike Hammer."

-- PulpGen on "The Kiss and Kill Murders"


  • "The Frightened Faces" (October 1950, Thrilling Detective)
  • "The Butcher Always Smiles" (February 1951, Thrilling Detective)
  • "The Kiss and Kill Murders" (May 1953, Popular Detective)

Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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