NICK CARTER

This section details another group of ACE singles, aimed at exploiting the popularity of books, movies, and TV shows related to spies and secret agents and the mystique of the Cold War and the intelligence wars in the latter part of the 1970's (to early 1980's). The ACE Nick Carter action-adventure stories represent a variety of tales written by numerous authors all under the house pseudonym. The ACE series code for these volumes is the five digit numerical series that started around 1978 under the ACE Charter label. I am also putting these in the ACE POTPOURRI section until I have sufficient control on the complete series. So, if there are any "Nick Carter" fans among the AIL users, please drop me an e-mail.

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All of the Nick Carter volumes were published as Ace Charter edition. Note that the titles of the stories are reminiscent of the Man From U.N.C.L.E. story titles.

01276-0 NICK CARTER The Algarve Affair: Killmaster #185 (February 1984; 1st ACE printing - Charter imprint)

02592-7 NICK CARTER (house pseudonym for DAVID HAGBERG) Appointment in Haiphong (cover by Gross; 1982; 1st ACE printing - Charter imprint)

03180-3 NICK CARTER The Asian Mantrap (Charter imprint)

03800-X NICK CARTER The Azetec Avenger (Charter imprint)

06861-8 NICK CARTER The Blue Ice Affair: Killmaster #197 (February 1985; 1st ACE printing - Charter imprint)

06861-8 (back cover)

09274-8 NICK CARTER (house pseudonym for MIKE JAHN aka MICHAEL JAHN) Cauldron of Hell (cover by George Gross; 1981; 1st ACE printing - Charter imprint)

Original cover art by George Gross for Cauldron of Hell.  Mixed media on board, 19.5" x 13.25." Title labeled on bottom of board and signature (G. Gross) in lower right of artwork.

Michael Jahn appears to be a very prolific author. His pseudonyms include Mike Jahn under which he wrote a lot of TV or movie tie-in books. For instance "The Six Million Dollar Man" series for Berkley, "Switch" for Star and Berkley, "The Invisible Man" for Gold Medal, and "Rockford Files" for Popular Library. His other pseudonym includes Nick Carter - which is the house pseudonym used by author for the ACE series "Nick Carter."

10505-X NICK CARTER The Christmas Kill (Charter imprint)

11851-8 NICK CARTER The Coyote Connection (February 1981; 1st ACE printing - Charter imprint)

13935-3 NICK CARTER Day of the Dingo (Charter imprint)

14172-2 NICK CARTER (house pseudonym for JACK CANON) The Death Star Affair (October 1982; 1st ACE printing - Charter imprint)

15244-9 NICK CARTER The Dominican Affair (March 1982; 1st ACE printing - Charter imprint)

29736-6 NICK CARTER The Golden Serpent (nd; 1st ACE printing - Charter imprint)

51921-0 NICK CARTER The Man Who Sold Death (cover by Charles Copeland; c.1974; nd)

The Man Who Sold Death was originally published by Award Books as AO1297 (1974). The Charter edition is reprinted with the same Charles Copeland cover art. The smaller "Nick Carter" cartouche portrait in the upper right is by a different artist.

52276-9 NICK CARTER The Mayan Connection: Killmaster #194 (1984; 1st ACE printing - Charter imprint)

The Killmaster series appears to be another Nick Carter spy thriller variant.

58866-2 NICK CARTER (house pseudonym for ROBERT E. VARDEMAN) Norwegian Typhoon (1982; 1st ACE printing - Charter imprint)

Robert E. Vardeman also writes in the fantasy and science fiction genres.

64426-0 NICK CARTER The Ouster Conspiracy (cover by G. Gross; nd; 1st ACE printing -Charter imprint)

65085-6 NICK CARTER (house pseudonym used jointly by ANSEL CHAPIN and DEE STUART) The Pamplona Affair (1978; 1st ACE Charter printing)

65176-3 NICK CARTER (house pseudonym for H. EDWARD HUNSBURGER) The Parisian Affair (1981; 1st ACE Charter printing)

67081-4 NICK CARTER Pleasure Island (cover by G. Gross; 1981; 1st ACE printing - Charter imprint)

67081-4 (back cover)

69128-3 NICK CARTER The Puppet Master (1982; 1st ACE printing - Charter imprint)

70270-8 NICK CARTER (house pseudonym for DAVID HAGBERG) Race of Death (1978; 1st ACE printing - Charter imprint)

71133-2 NICK CARTER The Redolmo Affair (April 1979; listed as "First Time In Paperback;" ACE Charter imprint)

71133-2 (back cover)

71228-2 NICK CARTER Reich Four (Charter imprint)

76838 NICK CARTER (house pseudonym for DeWITT COPP) Six Bloody Summer Days (1975; 1st Charter printing and PBO; "Killmaster series")

77233-1 NICK CARTER The Society of Nine (Charter imprint)

77413-X NICK CARTER (house pseudonym for ROBERT E. VARDEMAN) The Solar Menace (1981; 1st ACE printing - Charter imprint)

79073-9 NICK CARTER The Strontium Code (cover by G. Gross; 1981; 1st ACE printing - Charter imprint)

79077-1 NICK CARTER Suicide Seat (Charter imprint)

80062-2 NICK CARTER Ten Times Dynamite (Charter imprint)

82407-2 NICK CARTER Triple Cross (1980; 1st ACE printing - Charter imprint)

82417 NICK CARTER (house pseudonym for BOB STOKESBERRY) Tropical Deathpack (cover by G. Gross; 1979; 1st Charter printing and PBO; "Killmaster series")

82460-9 NICK CARTER Trouble in Paradise (Charter imprint)

84309-3 NICK CARTER The Ultimate Code (Charter imprint)


Another venue NICK CARTER took was the silver screen - in Italy. There were (at least) two (2) movies based (very loosely) on these books (there appears to be more, but I am having a bit of difficulty determining if they are the same film, with different titles).

Nick Carter Non Perdona (released in the U.S. as "License to Kill")

Italian Locandina movie poster (13" x 27") from the 1964 Henri Decoin French crime action adventure thriller starring Eddie Constantine (in the title role as Nick Carter), Daphne Dayle, Barbara Somers, Yvonne Monlaur, Margo Lion, Charles Belmont, and Paul Frankeur. Features Renato Casaro artwork.

Nick Carter et Le Trefle Rouge (released in English and U.S. as "Nick Carter and Red Club")

Italian Locandina movie poster (13" x 27") from the 1965 Jean-Paul Savignac French/Italian detective mystery crime action thriller starring Eddie Constantine (in the title role as Nick Carter), Jeanne Valerie, Nicole Courcel, Graziella Galvani, Graziella Galvani, Marcello Pagliero, and Jacques Harden.


The "Nick Carter" franchise appears to have extended farther into the past than I imagined. Here is the one-sheet (27" x 41") movie poster for the 1939 Jacques Tourner aviation airplane crime mystery (Metro Goldwyn Mayer Picture)

Nick Carter - Master Detective

This movie is based on the popular series of pulp magazine stories from the 1930's. Film stars Walter Pidgeon (in the title role of Nick Carter), Rita Johnson, Henry Hull, Stanley C. Ridges, Donal Meek, and Addison Richards. Image courtesy of emovieposters.com.


The more I look, the more I find (the tale of a research geek). Here is an example of the 1930's era pulp magazine stories. 

NICK CARTER MAGAZINE (Street Smith Publication; July 1935; vol. 5, no. 4).

Last Update 25 September 2014

 

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