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Casey Crime Photographer # 1-4 (Aug. 1949 – Feb. 1950).
Casey, Crime Photographer (aka Crime photographer; Flashgun Casey; Casey, Press Photographer; Stephen Bristol, Crime Photographer) was a media franchise, in the 1930s through the 1960s. Created by George Harmon Coxe, the photographer Casey was featured in radio, film, theater, novels, magazines and comic books.
Launched in a 1934 issue of the pulp magazine Black Mask, the character Jack "Flashgun" Casey, was a crime photographer for the newspaper The Morning Express. With the help of reporter Ann Williams (portrayed on radio and TV by Jan Miner), he solved crimes and recounted his stories to friends at The Blue Note, their favorite tavern.
Casey's creator, George Harmon Coxe, was the 1964 recipient of the Mystery Writers of America's prestigious Grand Master Award representing the pinnacle of achievement in the mystery field. This award represents significant output of quality in mystery writing.
"Flashgun" Casey began in the March, 1934 issue of Black Mask, in the story Return Engagement. This story was later used in the film "Here's Flash Casey". Twenty more stories appeared in the magazine over the next decades, and collections of these stories were published in anthology form as well. Two of the subsequent novels were serialized in the magazine, in addition to the 21 short stories.
In 1941, three parts of the early novels; Silent are the Dead were published in Black Mask in September, October and November as Killers Are Camera Shy; and in 1943, Murder for Two was serialized in January, February and March as Blood on the Lens.
Coxe wrote five novels featuring Casey. Two films were produced in the 1930s, Women Are Trouble (1936) and Here's Flash Casey (1938).
Begun as over 20 popular short stories in Black Mask, there were films and novels before the stories were brought to radio under various names. The series aired on CBS. The radio show was sustained by the network when a sponsor could not be found. Sponsors of the show include Anchor Hocking, Toni home permanents, Toni Shampoo and Philip Morris. This series went on the air on July 7, 1943 and lasted until April 22, 1955. A total of 431 episodes were broadcast.
Casey, Crime Photographer had more history than substance. It was a B-grade radio detective on a par perhaps with The Falcon, better than Mr Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons, but lacking the style and polish of The Adventures of Sam Spade.
In 1951 the popular series moved to television (April 19, 1951 to June 5, 1952). Darrin McGavin commented, "The cast of Crime Photographer didn’t go down fighting. They took off for the hills. It was so bad that it was never re-run, and that’s saying something when you recall the caliber of television programs in those days."
A four-part Marvel Comics tie-in to the radio show was published in the 1940s.
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Vernon Henkel (Lancaster, Pennsylvania Nov. 27, 1917- Oct. 21, 2009). Attended the Washington School of Art and the Art Students League. He was active in the comic book field from the late 1930s. He created, wrote and drew features like 'Abdul the Arab', 'Captain Fortune', 'Comet Kelly', 'Chic Carter', 'Gallant Knight' and 'Wings Wendell' for Quality Comics. He also did art on National/DC's 'Crusades', 'Keen Teens' for Magazine Enterprises and various features for Harvey Comics.
As told by Henkel in an interview in the fanzine Alter Ego #48, May 2005, he grew up interested in art and cartooning, and sent Quality Comics publisher, Everett "Busy" Arnold, an original comic book story. He was rewarded with a check and a steady art gig for quite a while. Like most journeymen comic book men of the era Henkel worked for various publishers over the years.
From the second half of the 1940s throughout the first half of the 1950s, he did crime features for Lev Gleason (Crime Does Not Pay), but mainly crime, war and sports titles for Timely, working on staff.
Henkel said in Alter Ego #48: "I started working for Stan around 1946 and stayed there until around 1954. I did a lot of work. Casey, Crime Photographer was one of the books I did, but it killed me to draw that camera press all the time. I had it memorized or I'd never have got it drawn in time.
I was familiar with the radio show before I did the book. It was a CBS show that Timely got the rights to. I was happy to get the job, but Stan wanted me to draw three stories at one time. They were in a big hurry to get this book on the stands. Then I got sick and passed out in a restaurant. A waitress had to revive me with cold ice pressed to the back of my neck. I had strep throat. I was going at it too hard, trying to be a Superman at the drawing board.
I didn't have any reference for the actors. I used a stock character face for Casey, one that I could repeatedly use throughout the stories."
When the staff was let go, Henkel continued to freelance for Stan Lee on nearly every crime and war title Timely published under its "Atlas" logo.
He did gag cartoons for magazines and headed his own studio for educational film strips and industrial slides with his partner Hal Lockwood in the mid-1950s. He left comics by 1954. Since the 1960s, he has been mainly active in advertising.
From Alter Ego #48 & 106.