Hardy Boys

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Hide-and-Sneak (The Hardy Boys #174) Published in August 2002

The Hardy Boys are the heroes of a popular series of detective/adventure books for boys.

From The Hardy Boys Unofficial Home Page ( In 1926, Edward Stratemeyer, founder of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, conceived the idea for the Hardy Boys. He created the plot outlines and then advertised for ghostwriters to complete the stories. Most notable among these writers is Leslie McFarlane, who wrote volumes 1-16 and 22-24 and is generally regarded as by far the best ghostwriter of the series. The first three volumes of the series were released in mid-May 1927.

Starting in 1959, the Stratemeyer Syndicate engaged in a 15 year project to revise the first 38 titles in the series. The revisions ranged from slight alteration to completely new stories. All the stories were reduced in length, had obsolete prose updated and had racial stereotypes (which abounded in many of the early volumes) removed.

In 1979, after 52 years and 59 titles (which includes Detective Handbook), Grosset & Dunlap lost the rights to publish any new Hardy Boys tales in a protracted court battle with the Syndicate. They did retain the right to continue publishing these 59 titles (refered to by most Hardy Boys enthusiasts as the canon) and continue to do so to this day, despite several changes in ownership. In the meantime, Simon & Schuster continued the series in the Hardy Boys Digest series of paperback books. In 2005 Grosset & Dunlap got permission to continue publishing more books starting with Digest volumes 59 to 66.

The Hardy Boys also appeared in several spin-off series: The [Casefiles] (127 volumes), the Clues Brothers (17 volumes), with Tom Swift in the 2 volume Ultra-Thriller series and with Nancy Drew in the 36 volume Supermystery series.

In 2005 the venerable Hardy Boys Digest series was ended with volume 190 and a new series, The Hardy Boys: Undercover Brothers, was started.


List of Original Titles (The Canon)

Story Background

The Hardy Boys are brother detectives, Frank being the elder of the two, and Joe his younger brother. The two sleuths live in Bayport with their father Fenton Hardy (himself a private detective), their mother Laura, and their Aunt Gertrude. Frank's longtime girlfriend is Callie Shaw, while Joe is often linked with Iola Morton, the sister of the duo's good friend Chet Morton. Other friends who assist the brothers include Phil Cohen, Biff Hooper, and Tony Prito.

Publishing Information

New volumes continued to be released in a Digest series of paperbacks published by Simon & Schuster. The Digest series was canceled in 2005 with the issue of #190, Motocross Madness, and a new, "revamped" series Undercover Brothers began..

Previous series include the Casefiles, aimed at older readers, and the Clues Brothers, for the younger reader. Nancy Drew also teamed up with the Hardy Boys in the Supermystery series.

Hardy Boys books have been issued in over 25 languages, including Spanish, Dutch, French, German, Sinhala, Japanese, Russian, and Afrikaans.

TV Appearances

The Hardy Boys have appeared five times on television (, including programs on The Mickey Mouse Club in 1956 and 1957 starring Tim Considine and Tommy Kirk, a 1967 pilot called "MYSTERY OF THE CHINESE JUNK" starring Tim Mathison as Frank Hardy aired on NBC, In 1969 ABC ran a Saturday Morning cartoon series (produced by Filmation) and later an ABC prime time series starring Parker Stevenson and Shaun Cassidy from 1977-1979. There was also a syndicated 13 episode Canadian series in 1985 with Paul Popowich.

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