Hank Janson was basically an umbrella name under which
several authors operated using the same series character. Stephen D.
Francis was the originator, born England 1917, the subsequent huge sales
brought him success and fame. The was trouble with the Obscene
Publications Act in the 1950s which saw people actually jailed over the
content of some of the Hank Janson stories. Francis was resident in
Spain at the time so avoided initial prosecution, though he did later
return to England and was subsequently charged though acquitted.
note that some books are dated and others are not, some relatively
common whilst others unaccountably scarce, the presumption must be print
runs. Condition is everything in collecting and whilst superb copies are
always to be desired they are very scarce and command a premium. They
were cheap throwaway publications and consequently do not age well.
When you see more than one book published in the same year we cannot
currently guarantee the precise order of publication.