Brains Benton

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Written in the late 1950s and early '60s, the Brains Benton Mysteries chronicle the adventures of young teenagers Barclay "Brains" Benton (X) and his friend James "Jimmy" Carson (Operative Three); they together form the "Benton and Carson International Detective Agency." The Brains Benton books are similar in tone to The Mad Scientists' Club books.

The series was originally published by the Golden Press, with reprints being done in the same format by Whitman Books, both imprints of Western Publishing. All six titles appeared in hardback with only two volumes being reprinted in paperback.


  1. The Case of the Missing Message (1959)
  2. The Case of the Counterfeit Coin (1960)
  3. The Case of the Stolen Dummy (1961)
  4. The Case of the Roving Rolls (1961)
  5. The Case of the Waltzing Mouse (1961)
  6. The Case of the Painted Dragon (1961)

The books were written by Charles Spain Verral. However, after book #1, all of the remaining books had the pen name of George Wyatt as author. Verral had turned over the writing to another author but was not pleased with the results; he then took the outlines of each book and rewrote them.

Fan fiction[edit]

In 2007, a Brains Benton fan fiction short story, "Christmas Eve in Crestwood", by Charles E. Morgan, III, was published, using the same typeface as the original series. 130 copies were made, and distributed to members of the Brains Benton Yahoo! Group.

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