Posted on 2010-08-20, updated at 2010-10-23. By anonymous.
Created in 1926 by Edward Stratemeyer, who also created Nancy Drew, Tom Swift, the Rover Boys and dozens of other memorable characters, the Hardy Boys? remain popular today with close to 400 titles published in several different series. Their adventures continue in a series of paperback books (The Hardy Boys: Undercover Brothers) as well as the revised hardcover books published by Grosset & Dunlap and the original unrevised stories reprinted by Applewood Books.
In addition to their solo adventures in the original stories and the Digests, they have joined forces with Nancy Drew in the Supermystery series, the two volume Super Sleuths series and the Be A Detective series and with Tom Swift in the short-lived Ultra Thriller series. They also spawned two spin-off series (Casefiles and The Clues Brothers), in addition to many other books such as The Detective Handbook, Ghost Stories, etc. In 2005 the Digest series was discontinued and replaced by a new series The Hardy Boys: Undercover Brothers.
The Hardy Boys have become pop culture icons and have spawned 4 TV series (including an animated cartoon series) in addition to many other media appearances including comic, coloring, activity & puzzle books; stage plays; games; toys; records and many other collectible items.
Starting in 1959, the first 38 stories were revised and somewhat abridged, much to the dismay of long-time Hardy Boys fans. The books were shortened, obsolete prose was updated and racial stereotypes were eliminated. Although the stories were given the same titles and some of the plots remained basically the same, many books were given new plots and are unrecogizable from the originals. Unfortunately, the quality of the writing was nowhere near as high as in the unrevised versions and the resulting stories lost much of their original charm.
The Hardy Boys is the all-time best selling and longest running series of books for boys and has been published the world over in many languages.
The pseudonym Franklin W. Dixon was also used on the Ted Scott Flying Stories series.
Frank Hardy The older and more serious of the brothers, he was 16 when the series started and aged to 18 in the later stories. He is tall, dark with straight black hair and brown eyes. He is a star athlete and honor student (although he did have to repeat a grade due to illness).
Joe Hardy The more impulsive of the brothers, he was 15 when the series started and stopped aging at 17. He is fair with curly hair and blue eyes. He is also a star athlete.
Fenton Hardy Father of Frank and Joe. Former ace NYPD detective, he moved into private practice in Bayport. He is in his mid-40's, tall, dark, handsome, athletic and has small feet. He appears or is mentioned in every Hardy Boys story. Many, if not most, of the Boys cases have a direct connection to Fenton's current case.
"Aunt" Gertrude Hardy Late-middle-aged (given as 65 in volume 10) spinster sister of Fenton Hardy. Tall, angular, sharp tongued and peppery, she is constantly visiting the Hardy household unannounced and taking over, while criticising everything in sight. Eventually she moved into the Hardy home, apparently without any objection from perennial doormat Laura Hardy. Although described as "secretly adoring" the Hardy Boys, she is practically a raving psychotic in her non-stop denunciations of them (and the world in general). I find it hard to believe that any family would let this tyranical, paranoid harpie into their home more than once. She first appeared in volume 4, The Missing Chums, and was in every story thereafter.
Laura Hardy Mother of Hardy Boys. Small, slim with blond hair and blue eyes, she is a virtual non-entity in the series, relegated to providing sandwiches to the Boys and their pals. She appears, albeit briefly at times, in all stories. So unimportant is she that she was called "Mildred" in one of the stories (The Mystery Of The Flying Express)!
Chet Morton The Boys' best friend and brother of Iola, he appears in every story. Plump, good-natured, constantly eating and playing tricks, he resides with his family on a farm on the outskirts of Bayport. In the later stories Chet has a new hobby (which invariably ties into the current case) in almost every book. Chet's mother and father also appear in several stories.
Iola Morton Sister of Chet and subject of Joe's fitful romantic interest. At first described as plump and dark, she evolves into a slender beauty with twinkling eyes, long hair and tilted nose. She appears in almost all stories. Iola was blown to smithereens in the first Casefiles story, although she remained alive in the Digest series.
Callie Shaw Frank's romantic interest. She is a small, pretty and vivacious with brown hair and eyes. She appears in almost all stories. It should be noted that both Frank and Joe's "romantic" interests never pass the chaste, mutual admiration stage.
Allen "Biff" Hooper Tall, muscular pal of the Boys and one of the "gang". He excels at boxing, wrestling and football. Owner of the motor boat "Envoy". He appears in most stories.
Tony Prito Pal of the Boys and one of the "gang". Amiable, fearless, dark-haired son of Italian immigrants, he is the skipper of the motor boat "Napoli" (owned by his father). He spoke with an accent in the early stories but this vanished after a while. He appears in most stories.
Phil Cohen Pal of the Boys and one of the "gang". A diminutive, black-haired Jewish boy, he appears in many stories.
Jerry Gilroy Tall, athletic, baseball-loving pal of the Boys and one of the "gang". He appears in some stories.
Chief Ezra Collig Chief of the Bayport PD. The early stories describe him as a somewhat slow-witted, pompous martinet, who was jealous of the Boys success. In the later stories he evolved into "canny police officer" and friend of the boys. He appears in many stories.
Detective Oscar Smuff Thick-headed stooge of Chief Collig. He was demoted to patrolman (and even civilian!) as the series went on. He appears in some stories.
Officer Con Riley Slow-witted and self-important, he is often the target of pranks played by the Boys and their pals. He appears in quite a few stories.
Tom Casey Mounted Bayport policeman. He appears in a few stories, starting with #22.
Perry "Slim" Robinson The Boys cleared his father in the Tower Treasure case. He appears in 4 stories, ending in volume 10.
Jack Dodd Cleared by the Boys in the Shore Road car theft case. He appears in volumes 6 & 7.
Dick Ames Friend of Boys. Appears in volumes 22 & 27.
Hurd Applegate Wealthy, eccentric stamp collector and owner of the Tower Mansion. He appears in volumes 1, 6, 9 & 11. His sister, Adelia, appears in volumes 1 & 6.
Dr. Bates Hardy family physician. He appears in volumes 12 & 18.
Warden Duckworth Of Delmore prison, friend of Mr. Hardy. He appears in volumes 31 & 36.
Amos Grice Elderly storekeeper. He appears in volumes 8 & 9.
Elroy Jefferson Stamp collector and owner of Cabin Island. He appears in volumes 8 & 9.
Sam Radley Mr. Hardy's top investigator. He appears in several stories.
Jack Wayne Mr. Hardy's charter plane pilot. He appears in several of the later stories.
Jadbury Wilson Former gold miner and geezer. He appears in volumes 5, 6 & 28.
The Sleuth The Boys' prized motor boat, purchased with the rewards earned in the first 2 volumes. It is described as a sleek, speedy craft with smooth lines and a powerful, if at times faulty, engine. The Sleuth appears in many stories and appears to be jinxed, causing terrible storms to suddenly blow up nearly every time the Boys take her out.
Bayport The Boy's home town and the most crime-infested city on the northeastern seaboard. A thriving town of 50,000 residents located on Barmet Bay, it is home to the most changable and inhospitable weather known to man. It is surrounded by farms, rivers, cliffs and even has it's own airport & seaport. The large, comfortable Hardy home is located at the intersection of High & Elm Streets.
Original Series Check List
___ 01: The Tower Treasure
___ 02: The House On The Cliff
___ 03: The Secret Of The Old Mill
___ 04: The Missing Chums
___ 05: Hunting For Hidden Gold
___ 06: The Shore Road Mystery
___ 07: The Secret Of The Caves
___ 08: The Mystery Of Cabin Island
___ 09: The Great Airport Mystery
___ 10: What Happened At Midnight
___ 11: While The Clock Ticked
___ 12: Footprints Under The Window
___ 13: The Mark On The Door
___ 14: The Hidden Harbor Mystery
___ 15: The Sinister Sign Post
___ 16: A Figure In Hiding
___ 17: The Secret Warning
___ 18: The Twisted Claw
___ 19: The Disappearing Floor
___ 20: The Mystery Of The Flying Express
___ 21: The Clue Of The Broken Blade
___ 22: The Flickering Torch Mystery
___ 23: The Melted Coins
___ 24: The Short-Wave Mystery
___ 25: The Secret Panel
___ 26: The Phantom Freighter
___ 27: The Secret Of Skull Mountain
___ 28: The Sign Of The Crooked Arrow
___ 29: The Secret Of The Lost Tunnel
___ 30: The Wailing Siren Mystery
___ 31: The Secret Of Wildcat Swamp
___ 32: The Crisscross Shadow
___ 33: The Yellow Feather Mystery
___ 34: The Hooded Hawk Mystery
___ 35: The Clue In The Embers
___ 36: The Secret Of Pirate's Hill
___ 37: The Ghost At Skeleton Rock
___ 38: The Mystery At Devil's Paw
___ 39: The Mystery Of The Chinese Junk
___ 40: Mystery Of The Desert Giant
___ 41: The Clue Of The Screeching Owl
___ 42: The Viking Symbol Mystery
___ 43: The Mystery Of The Aztec Warrior
___ 44: The Haunted Fort
___ 45: The Mystery Of The Spiral Bridge
___ 46: The Secret Agent On Flight 101
___ 47: Mystery Of The Whale Tattoo
___ 48: The Arctic Patrol Mystery
___ 49: The Bombay Boomerang
___ 50: Danger On Vampire Trail
___ 51: The Masked Monkey
___ 52: The Shattered Helmet
___ 53: The Clue Of The Hissing Serpent
___ 54: The Mysterious Caravan
___ 55: The Witchmaster's Key
___ 56: The Jungle Pyramid
___ 57: The Firebird Rocket
___ 58: The Sting Of The Scorpion
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