Created by Michael Avallone (1925-1999)
Welcome to the Nooniverse! ED NOON, film-obsessed New York P. I. and later investigator for the President, is one helluva creation. His series mirrors the post-WWII hard-boiled period, then the sixties spy era. Goofy. He's the creation of Michael Avallone, the self-proclaimed "fastest typewriter in the East." Ed started out as a more or less typical New York gumshoe, but soon evolved into a sort of high-tech super spy/eye on special assignment to the President of the United States of America himself. The books are crammed with outlandish plots, bad puns, right-wing rants, soft-core porn and off the wall baseball and film trivia that make them truly unique. An acquired taste, one I'm not sure I've acquired.
Just to give you an idea how whacky this series could get, the final books, High Noon at Midnight (1988), Since Noon Yesterday (1989) and The Ninth of Never (unpublished) take place with Ed (now an old man) facing an alien invasion, which may be only a figment of his tired and shell-shocked imagination. Avallone's son, David, a film maker, who adapted the books into a web serial, describes the conclusion of the series as "A mystery science fiction adventure serial about fathers and sons, the past and the future, sanity and flying saucers. And cockroach headed guys from outer space with ray guns."
As well as writing the Noon novels and over ninety Noon short stories, Avallone has written hundreds of books, mostly paperbacks, everything from gothic romances to the very successful Man from U.N.C.L.E. series, under numerous pseudonyms as well as his own name. He also wrote for radio, most notably episodes for The Wind-Up, which featured Chester Morris as Ed Noon.
According to his son, David, "From the flyer that I've seen, I always thought THE WINDUP was a one-shot thirteen episode Ed Noon radio series. I've never heard of the show outside of the context of Ed Noon. The ad had a publicity picture of Morris with the line "hear Chester Morris as Private Eye Ed Noon in THE WINDUP!" Avallone later adapted his scripts for his 1978 kid's book, Ed Noon's 5-Minute Mysteries.
At the time I wasn't even sure how to list this: as a film or video or television or web site or what? Anyway, this seven-part serial ran on the indie film webcaster, Bijou Café, and was written and directed by Mike Avallone's son, David, based on the last Ed Noon book. The story begins when Ed Noon vanishes from a mental hospital in upstate New York, and Eddie Carstairs -- his estranged son -- sets out to find the aged detective. David's last picture at the time was an ultra-low budget kick boxing movie called "Kick Of Death"... available at Amazon.com and the like. A five minute teaser is up now. The show ran concurrently with a web-comic adaptation of the previous Ed Noon novel High Noon At Midnight.
The Official Michael Avallone Web Page. The "Mouse Auditorium" was Ed Noon's nickname for his New York office.
This is where all the links to Ed Noon stuff are located currently, including the Ed Noon twitter feed (maintained by the author's son, David).
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith. A very special thanks to David Avallone for all his help.
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