The Hardy Boys "Canon"

Hardy Boys LogoFifty-eight volumes, beginning with The Tower Treasure in 1927 and ending with The Sting of the Scorpion in 1979, are considered by many collectors (including me) as the "canon" or "original" books in the Hardy Boys series. Especially prized are the pre-1960s volumes that appeared originally in hardback with dust covers. These editions were also longer and generally written at a higher grade level than the later stories.
Listed below are the volumes, the year of publication, and the person(s) believed to have done the outline and the manuscript. This data is from James D. Keeline, in an articled entitled, "Who Wrote the Hardy Boys: Secrets from the Syndicate Files Revealed," which appeared in the November, 1994 edition of Yellowback Library. Note: Edna Squier and Harriet Adams were Edward Stratemeyer's daughters, who took over the Syndicate at his death in 1930.

VOLTITLE YEAROUTLINE WRITER
01
The Tower Treasure
1927
Edward Stratemeyer Leslie McFarlane
02
The House on the Cliff
1927
Stratemeyer McFarlane
03
The Secret of the Old Mill
1927
Stratemeyer McFarlane
04
The Missing Chums
1928
Stratemeyer McFarlane
05
Hunting for Hidden Gold
1928
Stratemeyer McFarlane
06
The Shore Road Mystery
1928
Stratemeyer McFarlane
07
The Secret of the Caves
1929
Stratemeyer McFarlane
08
The Mystery of Cabin Island
1929
Stratemeyer McFarlane
09
The Great Airport Mystery
1930
Stratemeyer McFarlane
10
What Happened at Midnight
1931
Edna Squier McFarlane
11
While the Clock Ticked
1932
Edna Squier McFarlane
12
Footprints under the Window
1933
Edna Squier Unknown
13
The Mark on the Door
1934
Harriet Adams Unknown
14
The Hidden Harbor Mystery
1935
Edna Squier Unknown
15
The Sinister Signpost
1936
Harriet Adams McFarlane
16
A Figure in Hiding
1937
Edna Squier McFarlane
17
The Secret Warning
1938
Edna Squier John Button
18
The Twisted Claw
1939
Harriet Adams John Button
19
The Disappearing Floor
1940
Edna Squier John Button
20
The Mystery of the Flying Express
1941
Harriet Adams John Button
21
The Clue of the Broken Blade
1942
Edna Squier John Button
22
The Flickering Torch Mystery
1943
Harriet Adams McFarlane
23
The Melted Coins
1944
Harriet Adams McFarlane
24
The Short-Wave Mystery
1945
Harriet Adams McFarlane
25
The Secret Panel
1946
Harriet Adams Harriet Adams
26
The Phantom Freighter
1947
Harriet Adams "Amy McFarlane"
27
The Secret of Skull Mountain
1948
Harriet Adams Geo. Waller, Jr.
28
The Sign of the Crooked Arrow
1949
Harriet Adams Andrew Svenson
29
The Secret of the Lost Tunnel
1950
Harriet Adams Andrew Svenson
30
The Wailing Siren Mystery
1951
Harriet Adams Andrew Svenson
31
The Secret of Wildcat Swamp
1952
UnknownWilliam Dougherty
32
The Crisscross Shadow
1953
Andrew Svenson Richard Cohen
33
The Yellow Feather Mystery
1954
Andrew Svenson Wm. Dougherty
34
The Hooded Hawk Mystery
1954
Harriet Adams Charles Strong
35
The Clue in the Embers
1955
Harriet Adams John Almquist
36
The Secret of Pirate's Hill
1956
Andrew Svenson John Almquist
37
The Ghost of Skeleton Rock
1957
Andrew Svenson James Duncan Lawrence
38
The Mystery at Devil's Paw
1959
Harriet Adams / Andrew Svenson J. D. Lawrence
39
The Mystery of the Chinese Junk
1960
Andrew Svenson Andrew Svenson
40
The Mystery of the Desert Giant
1961
Harriet Adams / Andrew Svenson James Buechler
41
The Clue of the Screeching Owl
1962
Harriet Adams / Grace Grote James Buechler
42
The Viking Symbol Mystery
1963
Andrew Svenson Alistair Hunter
43
The Mystery of the Aztec Warrior
1964
Harriet Adams Harriet Adams
44
The Haunted Fort
1965
David Grambs David Grambs
45
The Mystery of the Spiral Bridge
1966
Andrew Svenson Andrew Svenson
46
The Secret Agent on Flight 101
1967
Tom Mulvey Harriet Adams
47
The Mystery of the Whale Tattoo
1968
Andrew Svenson Jerrold Mundis
48
The Arctic Patrol Mystery
1969
Andrew Svenson Andrew Svenson
49
The Bombay Boomerang
1970
Andrew Svenson Vincent Buranelli
50
Danger on Vampire Trail
1971
Andrew Svenson Andrew Svenson
51
The Masked Monkey
1972
Andrew Svenson Vincent Buranelli
52
The Shattered Helmet
1973
Andrew Svenson Andrew Svenson
53
The Clue of the Hissing Serpent
1974
Andrew Svenson Andrew Svenson
54
The Mysterious Caravan
1975
Andrew Svenson Andrew Svenson
55
The Witch-Master's Key
1976
Andrew Svenson Vincent Buranelli
56
Jungle Pyramid
1977
Vincent Buranelli Vincent Buranelli
57
Mystery of the Firebird Rocket
1978
Vincent Buranelli Vincent Buranelli
58
Sting of the Scorpion
1979
J. D. Lawrence J. D. Lawrence


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