Nick (or Nicholas) Carter began his long career in 1886 with The Detective's Pupil; or, The Mysterious Crime of Madison Square, a thirteen-part serial in New York Weekly. The character was created by Ormond Smith the son of a founder of Street and Smith, and was brought to life by writer John R. Coryell. The popularity of the character soon led Street and Smith to publish Nick Carter Weekly, chronicling the character's adventures via numerous writers and which continued until 1915 and introduced the character of young Chick Carter. Nick Carter was revived as a (sort of) hard-boiled detective in 1933, with new adventures through the 1950's. Both Nick and Chick Carter also appeared in comic books published by Street and Smith.
The first film about the character was in 1908, a six-part serial produced in France. Other films followed in 1909 and 1912. In the mid-sixties, two further Nick carter films came from France. Columbia and Czechoslovia also put Nick Carter on the screen. In Hollywood, Walter Pigeon played the detective in three movies in 1939-40. Robert Conrad took on the role in a television movie-of-the-week in 1972.
Nick Carter, Master Detective was a popular radio show on Mutual for twelve years, beginning in 1943, with Lon Clark taking the title role.From 1943 to 1945 Mutual also produced the weekday program Chick Carter, Boy Detective about the adopted son of Nick Carter.
All that remained of the character was his name in the men's action adventure series Nick Carter: Killmaster, which stretched to more than 250 paperback novels, beginning in 1964.
"The Body on the Slab" aired on November 3, 1943. It was written and direct by Jock MacGregor.