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Trimble, Terry. Terry Trimble was created by Johnston McCulley (The Avenging Twins, Bat (II), Black Star, Jim Bodney, Crimson Clown, Captain Goodwin, Green Ghost, Richard Hughes, Man in Purple, Mongoose, Peter Noggins, Peanut Pete, Spider (I), Thubway Tham, Thunderbolt (I), Whirlwind, Zorro) and appeared in eleven stories in Detective Story Magazine from 1917 to 1919, beginning with “Trimble, Trouble Maker” (Detective Story Magazine, Mar. 5, 1917).
Terry Trimble is a Fop. Trimble is an excessively well-dressed man, full of affectations and petty ego. Trimble’s uncle had bequeathed him a large amount of money and a rambling apartment house, and Trimble uses them to be a society swell. He seems to all to be an empty-headed ninny, P.G. Wodehouse’s Bertie Wooster (see: Reginald Jeeves) without Bertie’s good nature. But in reality he is a professional detective, and on various rare occasions his gray eyes will glint and his previous languid motions will become rapid and his thinking quicker, and he will somehow manage to capture the criminals he’s been hired to find, even if he has to disguise himself to do so. He is aided by Billings, his secretary and personal assistant, and the lovely Ella Norton, his stenographer. Ella saves Trimble’s life several times, with her brains, fists, and her gun. Trimble needs her help, too--in between normal criminals Trimble encounters a lethal, quick-acting gas, a disintegration beam, a paralysis ray, a bug-like “microphone disk,” and a few other scientifically fantastic devices created by Mad Scientists.
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