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The 62 volumes of the adventures of French Amateur Detective Marc Jordan were one of the earliest French publisher’s series devoted to crime fiction . The publisher was Ferenczi, whose publishing house would soon become a cornerstone of Popular Fiction in France. From September 1907 readers could purchase every Tuesday, at a price of 25 centimes, the last instalment in the Exploits surprenants du plus grand détective Français. The following year (1908) the Éclair company, would release Nick Carter, le roi des detectives, the silent film directed by Victorin Jasset, highlighting the parallels between Marc Jordan and the American detective Nick Carter. Nick Carter Detective Library had started in 1891. Street & Smith would then publish a magazine, Nick Carter Weekly, until 1915. It was in some respects a template for Ferenczi’s Marc Jordan.
Each issue of Marc Jordan’s adventures consisted of 32 pages (22 x 27 cm). The covers were illustrated by painters and cartoonists Edouard Yrondy (1 to 42) Hickx (43 to 46), Michel Ronceray (No. 47 to 52) and Marco (No. 53 in 62). Continue reading