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Candid Camera Kid. The Candid Camera Kid was created by “John Benton,” a Better Publications house name, which in these stories was used by Norman A. Daniels (The Black Bat (II), Scott Cameron, Dan Clark, Crimson Mask, John Doe (II), Dynamite Dolan, Stephen Duane, The Eagle (III), Masked Detective, Guy Peyton, Renouf, Skipper, Val Stewart), and appeared in twenty-three stories in Detective Novels Magazine from 1939 to 1944, beginning with “Murder in Pictures” (Detective Novels Magazine, June, 1939).
Eager young news photographer Jerry Wade arrives in the big city armed only with his camera and the determination to get a job at a local newspaper. He is handed an impossible assignment and solves it with aplomb, earning both the job and the nickname "the Candid Camera Kid." Wade uses his Kodak Bantam Special to take pictures of everything that comes along. When what he sees has to do with crime, as it usually does, he solves it, and when the crooks come at him with fist and knife and gun, he turns into a "wildcat." He is a 26-year-old, short, wiry red-head. The blonde, pretty Christine Stuart is the newspaper's crack reporter, and she teams up with Wade on various cases and becomes his girlfriend. Wade is aided by Sergeant Orr of the local police department, who values Wade's contributions.
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