Pulp magazines were inexpensive fiction magazines that were published from 1896 to the 1950s. The term pulp derives from the wood pulp paper on which the magazines were printed, in contrast. The typical pulp magazine had 128 pages, it was 7 inches wide by 10 inches high, the pulps gave rise to the term pulp fiction in reference to run-of-the-mill, low-quality literature. Pulps were the successors to the penny dreadfuls, dime novels, although many respected writers wrote for pulps, the magazines were best known for their lurid and sensational subject matter. The first pulp was Frank Munseys revamped Argosy Magazine of 1896, with about 135,000 words per issue, on paper with untrimmed edges. In six years Argosy went from a few thousand copies per month to over half a million, Street & Smith, a dime novel and boys weekly publisher, was next on the market. Seeing Argosys success, they launched The Popular Magazine in 1903, due to differences in page layout however, the magazine had substantially less text than Argosy.
Haggards Lost World genre influenced several key pulp writers, including Edgar Rice Burroughs, Robert E. Howard, Talbot Mundy and Abraham Merritt. Street and Smiths next innovation was the introduction of specialized genre pulps, with each focusing on a particular genre, such as detective stories, romance. At their peak of popularity in the 1920s and 1930s, the most successful pulps could sell up to one million copies per issue, in 1934, Frank Gruber says there were some 150 pulp titles. The most successful pulp magazines were Argosy, Blue Book and Short Stories, although pulp magazines were primarily an American phenomenon, there were a number of British pulp magazines published between the Edwardian era and World War II. Notable UK pulps included Pall Mall Magazine, The Novel Magazine, Cassells Magazine, The Story-Teller, The Sovereign Magazine, Hutchinsons Adventure-Story and Hutchinsons Mystery-Story. The German fantasy magazine Der Orchideengarten had a format to American pulp magazines, in that it was printed on rough pulp paper.
During the Second World War paper shortages had a impact on pulp production, starting a steady rise in costs. Beginning with Ellery Queens Mystery Magazine in 1941, pulp magazines began to switch to digest size, in 1949, Street & Smith closed most of their pulp magazines in order to move upmarket and produce slicks. The pulp format declined from rising expenses, but even more due to the competition from comic books, television. In a more affluent post-war America, the price gap compared to slick magazines was far less significant, in the 1950s, mens adventure magazines began to replace the pulp. The format is still in use for some lengthy serials, like the German science fiction weekly Perry Rhodan, many titles of course survived only briefly
Tabloid (newspaper format)
A tabloid is a newspaper with a compact page size smaller than broadsheet. There is no standard size for this newspaper format, the term tabloid journalism refers to an emphasis on such topics as sensational crime stories, celebrity gossip and television, and is not a reference to newspapers printed in this format. Some small-format papers with a standard of journalism refer to themselves as compact newspapers. Larger newspapers, traditionally associated with higher-quality journalism, are called broadsheets, in common usage and broadsheet are frequently more descriptive of a newspapers market position than physical format. The Berliner format used by many prominent European newspapers is sized between the tabloid and the broadsheet, in a newspaper context, the term Berliner is generally used only to describe size, not to refer to other qualities of the publication. The word tabloid comes from the name given by the London-based pharmaceutical company Burroughs Wellcome & Co. to the compressed tablets they marketed as Tabloid pills in the late 1880s, the connotation of tabloid was soon applied to other small compressed items.
A1902 item in Londons Westminister Gazette noted, The proprietor intends to give in tabloid form all the news printed by other journals, thus tabloid journalism in 1901 originally meant a paper that condensed stories into a simplified, easily absorbed format. The term preceded the 1918 reference to smaller sheet newspapers that contained the condensed stories, a tabloid is defined as roughly 17 by 11 inches and commonly half the size of a broadsheet. Tabloid newspapers, especially in the United Kingdom, boast a very high degree of variation as far as target market, political alignment, editorial style, various terms have been coined to describe the subtypes of this versatile paper format. There are, two types of tabloid newspaper, red top and compact. The distinction is largely of editorial style, both red top and compact tabloids span the width of the spectrum from socialism to capitalist conservatism. The red top tabloid is, for many, the example of the format. Red tops tend to be written with a simplistic, straightforward vocabulary and grammar, their layout, more often than not, in the extreme case, red top tabloids have been accused of lying or misrepresenting the truth to increase circulation.
Poll results are often predicted by red top papers, examples of British red top newspapers include The Sun, the Daily Star, the Daily Mirror and the Daily Sport. In contrast to red top tabloids, compacts use a style more closely associated with broadsheet newspapers. In fact, most compact tabloids formerly used the paper size. The term compact was coined in the 1970s by the Daily Mail, one of the newspapers to make the change. The purpose behind this was to avoid the association of the word tabloid with the flamboyant, the early converts from broadsheet format made the change in the 1970s, two notable British papers that took this step at the time were the Daily Mail and the Daily Express
Color printing or colour printing is the reproduction of an image or text in color. The additive combination of any two colors in roughly equal proportion gives rise to the perception of a secondary color. For example and green yields yellow and blue yields magenta, yellow and magenta are merely the basic secondary colors, unequal mixtures of the primaries give rise to perception of many other colors all of which may be considered tertiary. While there are techniques for reproducing images in color, specific graphic processes. In this type of industrial or commercial printing, the used to print full-color images. Four inks are used, three colors plus black. These ink colors are cyan, magenta and key, cyan can be thought of as minus-red, magenta as minus-green, and yellow as minus-blue. These inks are semi-transparent or translucent, where two such inks overlap on the paper due to sequential printing impressions, a primary color is perceived. For example, yellow overprinted by magenta yields red, the secondary or subtractive colors cyan and yellow may be considered primary by printers and watercolorists.
Two graphic techniques are required to prepare images for four-color printing, in the pre-press stage, original images are translated into forms that can be used on a printing press, through color separation, and screening or halftoning. These steps make possible the creation of printing plates that can transfer color impressions to paper on printing presses based on the principles of lithography. An emerging method of printing is six-color process printing which adds orange and green to the traditional CMYK inks for a larger and more vibrant gamut. However, such alternate color systems still rely on color separation, color printing can involve as few as one color ink, or multiple color inks which are not the primary colors. Using a limited number of inks, or specific color inks in addition to the primary colors, is referred to as spot color printing. Generally, spot-color inks are specific formulations that are designed to print alone, the range of available spot color inks, much like paint, is nearly unlimited, and much more varied than the colors that can be produced by four-color-process printing.
Spot-color inks range from pastels to intense fluorescents to reflective metallics. Color printing involves a series of steps, or transformations, to generate a quality color reproduction, the following sections focus on the steps used when reproducing a color image in CMYK printing, along with some historical perspective. Woodblock printing on textiles preceded printing on paper in both Asia and Europe, and the use of different blocks to produce patterns in color was common
Forty-eight of the fifty states and the federal district are contiguous and located in North America between Canada and Mexico. The state of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east, the state of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean. The U. S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean, the geography and wildlife of the country are extremely diverse. At 3.8 million square miles and with over 324 million people, the United States is the worlds third- or fourth-largest country by area, third-largest by land area. It is one of the worlds most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations, paleo-Indians migrated from Asia to the North American mainland at least 15,000 years ago. European colonization began in the 16th century, the United States emerged from 13 British colonies along the East Coast. Numerous disputes between Great Britain and the following the Seven Years War led to the American Revolution. On July 4,1776, during the course of the American Revolutionary War, the war ended in 1783 with recognition of the independence of the United States by Great Britain, representing the first successful war of independence against a European power.
The current constitution was adopted in 1788, after the Articles of Confederation, the first ten amendments, collectively named the Bill of Rights, were ratified in 1791 and designed to guarantee many fundamental civil liberties. During the second half of the 19th century, the American Civil War led to the end of slavery in the country. By the end of century, the United States extended into the Pacific Ocean. The Spanish–American War and World War I confirmed the status as a global military power. The end of the Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 left the United States as the sole superpower. The U. S. is a member of the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organization of American States. The United States is a developed country, with the worlds largest economy by nominal GDP. It ranks highly in several measures of performance, including average wage, human development, per capita GDP. While the U. S. economy is considered post-industrial, characterized by the dominance of services and knowledge economy, the United States is a prominent political and cultural force internationally, and a leader in scientific research and technological innovations.
In 1507, the German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller produced a map on which he named the lands of the Western Hemisphere America after the Italian explorer and cartographer Amerigo Vespucci
Frank Springer was an American comic book and comic strip artist best known for Marvel Comics Dazzler and Nick Fury, Agent of S. H. I. E. L. D. A multiple winner of the National Cartoonists Societys Reuben Award, Springer was a president of the Society and a founding member of the Berndt Toast Gang, its Long Island chapter. Frank Springer was born in the Jamaica neighborhood of the New York City borough of Queens and he graduated from Malverne High School in Malverne, New York, in 1948. He had one sibling, a sister, who predeceased him, whose art influences included adventure comic strips and magazine-cover illustrations by Norman Rockwell, Dean Cornwell, and J. C. Leyendecker, went on to earn an art degree from Syracuse University in 1952, stationed at Fort Dix, he spent his service, he said, drawing pictures, drawing charts and that kind of thing. I got a lot of training in the army in doing sports cartoons with a deadline, I called him up, was hired and I stayed there for five years doing some backgrounds and foregrounds, answering his mail, coloring the Sunday strips.
That was good training, watching a professional churning this stuff out, day after day, writing the synopsis, writing the strips, I loved the strips when I was growing up. I grew up on Terry and the Pirates, Flash Gordon and Prince Valiant, There were a lot of adventure strips at that time, Buck Rogers, Smilin’ Jack and all of that, so I leaned toward all of that rather than the gag cartoons. Leaving in 1960 to freelance again, Springer entered the comic-book industry two years to draw Dell Comics Brain Boy, starring a telepathic government agent, in Four Color Comics #1330, Springer drew the spin-off series five-issue run of #2-6. He debuted at DC Comics with two comics the same month, penciling Batman #197, and both penciling and inking the lead feature, Dial H for Hero, in House of Mystery #171. After that, he found regular work at rival Marvel Comics. #4, an issue of writer-artist Jim Sterankos signature series. Springer penciled and inked an origin-story retelling sandwiched between Sterankos final two issues, Springer succeeded the departed Steranko, drawing issues #6-11, with Steranko providing the covers of #6-7.
Springer additionally drew Captain Marvel #13-14 and a Hercules back-up story in Ka-Zar #1 before concentrating on his ongoing Dell work until 1973 and he became regular inker of Marvels The Savage She-Hulk over penciler Mike Vosburg on issues #10-22. He penciled a longer run of the superheroine series Dazzler from #4-31 and 35, #34 and Marvel Graphic Novel #12. Springer, wrote Dazzler #27-28 and co-wrote with Jim Shooter #29, springers other 1980s comics include issues of Marvels Conan the Barbarian and the companys toy-license titles based on the properties G. I. Joe and Transformers, for DC, a return to the Secret Six in Action Comics Weekly, after a brief hiatus from comics, he returned to co-ink, with Michael Weaver, Claypool Comics Phantom of Fear City #11-12. This was his last confirmed work in comics except for a profile of the DC character Perry White in Superman Secret Files #1
It was a pioneer in childrens television programming and set the pattern for many similar shows. Bob Smith created Howdy Doody during his days as an announcer on WNBC. At that time, Howdy Doody was only a voice Smith performed on the radio, Frank Paris, a puppeteer whose puppets appeared on the program, was asked to create a Howdy Doody puppet. Bob Smith, the shows host, was dubbed Buffalo Bob early in the shows run, at first the set was supposed to be a circus tent, but soon was changed, during the show, to a western town. Smith wore cowboy garb, and the name of the star was derived from the American expression howdy doody/howdy do. Used in the western United States Smith, who had gotten his start as a radio personality in Buffalo. Cast members Lew Anderson and Robert Nick Nicholson were both experienced jazz musicians, as both the character and television program grew in popularity, demand for Howdy Doody related merchandise began to surface. By 1948, toymakers and department stores had been approached with requests for Howdy Doody dolls, macys department store contacted Frank Paris, the creator of the puppet, to ask about rights for a Howdy Doody doll.
With Paris past disappearances, impromptu excuses regarding the whereabouts of Howdy Doody had been hastily concocted and this time, an elaborate explanation was offered—that Howdy was busy with the elections on the campaign trail. NBC hurriedly constructed a map of the United States, which allowed viewers, with the help of Smith, the explanation continued that while on the campaign trail, Howdy decided to improve his appearance with some plastic surgery. Since Paris did not provide the voice of the character, Howdys voice would stay the same after his appearance changed, the puppet which is remembered as the original Howdy Doody replaced the actual original made by Frank Paris. Howdy Doody himself is a freckle-faced boy marionette with 48 freckles, one for state of the union. The Howdy Doody shows various marionettes were created and built by puppeteers Velma Wayne Dawson, Scott Brinker and Rufus Rose throughout the shows run. The redheaded Howdy marionette on the show was operated with 11 strings.
Three strings were added when the show returned—two elbows and one nose, the original Howdy Doody marionette now resides at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Double Doody, the Howdy stand-in puppet, is now in the collection of the Division of Culture, photo Doody is the near-stringless marionette that was used in personal appearances, photos and the famed NBC test pattern. He was sold by Lelands Sports Auction House in 1997 for more than $113,000 to an art collector. There were two other marionettes, Don José, and Hector Hamhock Bluster, brothers of Phineas T, one of Semoks marionette duplicates appears on a 2005 cover of TV Guide magazine as part of a series recreating classic covers from the magazines history
United States Congress
The United States Congress is the bicameral legislature of the federal government of the United States consisting of two chambers, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The Congress meets in the Capitol in Washington, D. C, both senators and representatives are chosen through direct election, though vacancies in the Senate may be filled by a gubernatorial appointment. Members are usually affiliated to the Republican Party or to the Democratic Party, Congress has 535 voting members,435 Representatives and 100 Senators. The House of Representatives has six non-voting members in addition to its 435 voting members and these members can, sit on congressional committees and introduce legislation. Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, the members of the House of Representatives serve two-year terms representing the people of a single constituency, known as a district. Congressional districts are apportioned to states by using the United States Census results. Each state, regardless of population or size, has two senators, there are 100 senators representing the 50 states.
Each senator is elected at-large in their state for a term, with terms staggered. The House and Senate are equal partners in the legislative process—legislation cannot be enacted without the consent of both chambers, the Constitution grants each chamber some unique powers. The Senate ratifies treaties and approves presidential appointments while the House initiates revenue-raising bills, the House initiates impeachment cases, while the Senate decides impeachment cases. A two-thirds vote of the Senate is required before a person can be forcibly removed from office. The term Congress can refer to a meeting of the legislature. A Congress covers two years, the current one, the 115th Congress, began on January 3,2017, the Congress starts and ends on the third day of January of every odd-numbered year. Members of the Senate are referred to as senators, members of the House of Representatives are referred to as representatives, congressmen, or congresswomen. One analyst argues that it is not a solely reactive institution but has played a role in shaping government policy and is extraordinarily sensitive to public pressure.
Several academics described Congress, Congress reflects us in all our strengths, Congress is the governments most representative body. Congress is essentially charged with reconciling our many points of view on the public policy issues of the day. —Smith and Wielen Congress is constantly changing and is constantly in flux, most incumbents seek re-election, and their historical likelihood of winning subsequent elections exceeds 90 percent
Mark Stephen Evanier is an American comic book and television writer, particularly known for his work on the animated TV series Garfield and Friends and on the comic book Groo the Wanderer. He is known for his columns and blogs, and for his work as a historian and biographer of the industry, in particular his award-winning Jack Kirby biography, Kirby. His father was Jewish and his mother was Catholic and he chose to be a writer after witnessing the misery his father felt from working for the Internal Revenue Service and contrasting that with the portrayal of a writers life on The Dick Van Dyke Show. He graduated from University High School in 1969, Evanier was president of a Los Angeles comic book club from 1966-69. In 1967, he suggested the titles of the officers of the Merry Marvel Marching Society and he made his first professional sale in 1969. The same year, through an association with a Marvel Comics mail-order firm. Coyote stands for Ethelbert, along with comics for the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate, in 1974 he teamed with writer Dennis Palumbo and wrote for a number of television series, including The Nancy Walker Show, The McLean Stevenson Show, and Welcome Back, Kotter.
After the cancellation of Kotter in 1979, on which he was one of the editors, Evanier. But he is most noted in animation for his work on Garfield and Friends, since 2008, Evanier has been the co-writer and voice director of The Garfield Show, which went on to win a Daytime Emmy Award for June Foray. Evanier credits himself with convincing Jack Kirby to stop using Vince Colletta as an inker and he wrote a script and provided technical advice about comic books for Bob, Bob Newharts unsuccessful third sitcom for CBS. He has produced a number of books, including Blackhawk and Hollywood Superstars, Groo the Wanderer. For the Spiegle comics, Evanier contributed lengthy essays on the entertainment industry, in 1985, he launched the DC Challenge limited series with artist Gene Colan. He wrote the New Gods series of 1989-1991, Evanier collaborated with Joe Staton on the Superman & Bugs Bunny mini-series in 2000. For many years, Evanier wrote a column, Point of View. Evaniers illustrated Jack Kirby biography, King of Comics, was published in February 2008 by Abrams Books and it won the 2009 Eisner Award for Best Comics-Related Book.
On May 26,2006, Evanier checked into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, having peaked at around 344 pounds by then, he subsequently lost nearly 99 pounds by June 2007
New York City
The City of New York, often called New York City or simply New York, is the most populous city in the United States. With an estimated 2015 population of 8,550,405 distributed over an area of about 302.6 square miles. Located at the tip of the state of New York. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy and has described as the cultural and financial capital of the world. Situated on one of the worlds largest natural harbors, New York City consists of five boroughs, the five boroughs – Brooklyn, Manhattan, The Bronx, and Staten Island – were consolidated into a single city in 1898. In 2013, the MSA produced a gross metropolitan product of nearly US$1.39 trillion, in 2012, the CSA generated a GMP of over US$1.55 trillion. NYCs MSA and CSA GDP are higher than all but 11 and 12 countries, New York City traces its origin to its 1624 founding in Lower Manhattan as a trading post by colonists of the Dutch Republic and was named New Amsterdam in 1626.
The city and its surroundings came under English control in 1664 and were renamed New York after King Charles II of England granted the lands to his brother, New York served as the capital of the United States from 1785 until 1790. It has been the countrys largest city since 1790, the Statue of Liberty greeted millions of immigrants as they came to the Americas by ship in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and is a symbol of the United States and its democracy. In the 21st century, New York has emerged as a node of creativity and entrepreneurship, social tolerance. Several sources have ranked New York the most photographed city in the world, the names of many of the citys bridges, tapered skyscrapers, and parks are known around the world. Manhattans real estate market is among the most expensive in the world, Manhattans Chinatown incorporates the highest concentration of Chinese people in the Western Hemisphere, with multiple signature Chinatowns developing across the city. Providing continuous 24/7 service, the New York City Subway is one of the most extensive metro systems worldwide, with 472 stations in operation.
Over 120 colleges and universities are located in New York City, including Columbia University, New York University, and Rockefeller University, during the Wisconsinan glaciation, the New York City region was situated at the edge of a large ice sheet over 1,000 feet in depth. The ice sheet scraped away large amounts of soil, leaving the bedrock that serves as the foundation for much of New York City today. Later on, movement of the ice sheet would contribute to the separation of what are now Long Island and Staten Island. The first documented visit by a European was in 1524 by Giovanni da Verrazzano, a Florentine explorer in the service of the French crown and he claimed the area for France and named it Nouvelle Angoulême. Heavy ice kept him from further exploration, and he returned to Spain in August and he proceeded to sail up what the Dutch would name the North River, named first by Hudson as the Mauritius after Maurice, Prince of Orange
Television or TV is a telecommunication medium used for transmitting moving images in monochrome, or in color, and in two or three dimensions and sound. The term can refer to a set, a television program. Television is a medium for entertainment, news, gossip. Television became available in experimental forms in the late 1920s. After World War II, a form of black-and-white TV broadcasting became popular in the United States and Britain, and television sets became commonplace in homes, businesses. During the 1950s, television was the medium for influencing public opinion. In the mid-1960s, color broadcasting was introduced in the US, for many reasons, the storage of television and video programming now occurs on the cloud. At the end of the first decade of the 2000s, digital television transmissions greatly increased in popularity, another development was the move from standard-definition television to high-definition television, which provides a resolution that is substantially higher. HDTV may be transmitted in various formats, 1080p, 1080i, in 2013, 79% of the worlds households owned a television set.
Most TV sets sold in the 2000s were flat-panel, mainly LEDs, major manufacturers announced the discontinuation of CRT, DLP, and even fluorescent-backlit LCDs by the mid-2010s. In the near future, LEDs are gradually expected to be replaced by OLEDs, major manufacturers have announced that they will increasingly produce smart TVs in the mid-2010s. Smart TVs with integrated Internet and Web 2.0 functions became the dominant form of television by the late 2010s, Television signals were initially distributed only as terrestrial television using high-powered radio-frequency transmitters to broadcast the signal to individual television receivers. Alternatively television signals are distributed by cable or optical fiber, satellite systems and. Until the early 2000s, these were transmitted as analog signals, a standard television set is composed of multiple internal electronic circuits, including a tuner for receiving and decoding broadcast signals. A visual display device which lacks a tuner is correctly called a video monitor rather than a television, the word television comes from Ancient Greek τῆλε, meaning far, and Latin visio, meaning sight.
The Anglicised version of the term is first attested in 1907 and it was. formed in English or borrowed from French télévision. In the 19th century and early 20th century, other. proposals for the name of a technology for sending pictures over distance were telephote. The abbreviation TV is from 1948, the use of the term to mean a television set dates from 1941
Mission, Impossible is an American television series that was created and initially produced by Bruce Geller. It chronicles the missions of a team of government agents known as the Impossible Missions Force. In the first season, the team is led by Dan Briggs, played by Steven Hill, Jim Phelps, a hallmark of the series shows Briggs or Phelps receiving his instructions on a recording that self-destructs, followed by the theme music composed by Lalo Schifrin. The series was filmed and financed by Desilu Productions, and aired on the CBS network from September 1966 to March 1973, the series was revived in 1988 for two seasons on ABC, retaining only Graves in the cast. It inspired a series of motion pictures starring Tom Cruise. The series follows the exploits of the Impossible Missions Force, a team of secret agents used for covert missions against dictators, evil organizations. On occasion, the IMF mounts unsanctioned, private missions on behalf of its members, the identities of the higher echelons of the organization that oversees the IMF are never revealed.
In the 1980s revival, it is suggested the IMF is an independent agency of the United States government, the leader of the IMF is initially Dan Briggs, played by Steven Hill. As an Orthodox Jew, Hill had to leave on Fridays at 4 p. m. to be home before sundown and was not available until after dark the next day, Hill had other problems as well. Unable to come to terms with Hill, the producers re-shot the episode without him, as far as Hills religious requirements were concerned, line producer Joseph Gantman simply had not understood what had been agreed to. He told author Patrick J. White, If someone understands your problems and says he understands them, but if he doesnt care about your problems, you begin to really resent him. Steven Hill may have exactly the same way. In theory and Phelps are the only members of the IMF. Still, many feature guest stars playing one-time additional agents who have special skills. His contract gave producers an option to have him render services for additional episodes, to fill the void left by Hills Sabbath absences, producers wound up using Landau for more episodes, always as a guest star.
He eventually struck a deal to appear in all the first seasons remaining episodes, Landau contractually became a series regular in season two. As actors left the series time, others became regulars. Replacements often possessed the skills as their predecessors
Burke's Law (1963 TV series)
Burkes Law is an American detective series that aired on ABC from 1963 to 1965 and was revived on CBS in the 1990s. The show starred Gene Barry as Amos Burke, millionaire captain of Los Angeles police homicide division, though the original series was converted from a detective show to a spy drama in its third and final season, the revived series returned to the original title and cop-show formula. The Rolls-Royce used in the original 1963–1965 series still exists, and is owned by a collector in Palm Beach, the show shares stylistic similarities with Barrys previous series, Bat Masterson, in which he had played the debonair lawman of the Old West. During the opening credits, as the title flashed onscreen, a voice was heard seductively pronouncing the words Its Burkes Law. The title reflected Burkes habit of dispensing wisdom to his underlings in a professorial manner, never ask a question unless you already know the answer. The title of each episode started with the words Who Killed. with the name or description of the victim completing it, five or six special guest stars comprised the list of suspects.
Burke was driven to the scene in his Rolls-Royce by his loyal chauffeur. In the original series, Burke was assisted by Detective Tim Tilson, Detective Les Hart, two recurring characters were coroner George McLeod and lovely desk sergeant Gloria Ames. A guest appearance by Anne Francis as female detective Honey West in the season-two episode Who Killed The Jackpot, led to a short-lived spin-off series. The role of Amos Burke actually antedated Barrys series, having been played by Dick Powell on Who Killed Julie Greer, the initial episode of The Dick Powell Show in September 1961. The first incarnation of the series was produced by Powells company, as in the series, the episode features several well-known TV and movie stars in cameo appearances as suspects – one of whom is the murderer. Leon Lontoc was the only cast member of the episode to reprise his role in the series, in the final season of the original series, the show was given a complete overhaul and retitled Amos Burke, Secret Agent. Burke went to work for a government agency, but still drove around in his Rolls.
The supporting cast of the seasons was dropped, as was the heavy use of celebrity cameos. The change in format was a reaction to the popular spy trend inspired by the James Bond films. The new show was not a success and only 17 episodes were broadcast instead of the 32 of the first two seasons. John, Gale Storm, Susan Strasberg, Gloria Swanson, Terry-Thomas, Mamie van Doren, James Whitmore, Michael Wilding, Chill Wills, Ed Wynn and Keenan Wynn. The musical score for Burkes Law was largely the work of Herschel Burke Gilbert, gilberts theme was rearranged for Amos Burke, Secret Agent