RARA-AVIS: Re: Tie-ins and such

From: jimdohertyjr ( jimdohertyjr@yahoo.com)
Date: 06 Nov 2007


Re Richard's comments below:

> Actually, this is not correct in several ways. Whitman Publishing
> Company was doing TV series based novels before any of Deming or
> Prather Dragnet books. For example, there was ANNIE OAKLEY IN
> DANGER AT DIABLO published in 1955 featuring a photo of the series
> star (Gail Davis) on the cover. I would expect there were others
> even earlier.

Another example, from the same year, was a novel based on the TV sitcom, MR. PEEPERS, credited to the show's star, Wally Cox. It was published in both harback and trade paper editions by Simon and Schuster. Unlike the Whitman books, this one was pitched at adults.

Tie-ins and novelizations weren't as ubiquitous as now, perhaps, but they were part of the publishing scene almost as soon as television was. And, as I said, if you count other kinds of dramatic mediums, even before television.


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