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THE HARDY BOYS ONLINE: An unofficial online resource for fans of the Hardy Boys books

Welcome to The Hardy Boys Online.

For 22 years, this website has been a resource for fans of the Hardy Boys books. The site is divided into two major sections:

  • Series info, where you can find booklists for each series, as well as technical information about cover art, revisions, endsheets, ghostwriters, etc.
  • Literary info, where you can delve into the world of the Hardy Boys and read about characters, settings, cases, sleuthing techniques, themes, continuity, style, and other related topics.

Featured book:

Danger on Vampire Trail (Volume #50 in the Canon, published 1971)

The boys and their friends go camping in the Rockies and track down a credit-card forgery ring.


3/July/2019If Simon & Schuster had won the rights to publish volumes 1-58 back in 1979, what would the books have looked like? Here's a gallery of hypothetical covers for Canon volumes 1-58 using the arch layout that appeared on the early Digests.
1/July/2019Just for fun, check out a gallery of modified Tower Treasure covers illustrating all of the different cover formats that were used between 1946 and 1979.
2016Check out Vince Hase's fantastic Hardy Boys/Star Trek mashup:
22/Feb/2011Added plot summaries for the original and revised editions of the Canon and added cover images for the Digests, Casefiles, Clues Brothers, Undercover Brothers, Graphic novels, and Secret Files.
10/Jan/2011The Front cover design (Canon) page has been updated, with new information about the typefaces used on the covers, as well as more examples.
9/Jan/2011The Spine design (Canon) page now describes the evolution of the formatting of PC spines in excruciating detail, with many images.