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  1.  Terror Castle
  2.  Stuttering Parrot
  3.  Whispering Mummy
  4.  Green Ghost
  5.  Vanishing Treasure
  6.  Skeleton Island
  7.  Fiery Eye
  8.  Silver Spider
  9.  Screaming Clock
10.  Moaning Cave
11.  Talking Skull
12.  Laughing Shadow
13.  Crooked Cat
14.  Coughing Dragon
15.  Flaming Footprints
16.  Nervous Lion
17.  Singing Serpent
18.  Shrinking House
19.  Phantom Lake
20.  Monster Mountain
21.  Haunted Mirror
22.  Dead Man's Riddle
23.  Invisible Dog
24.  Death Trap Mine
25.  Dancing Devil
26.  Headless Horse
27.  Magic Circle
28.  Deadly Double
29.  Sinister Scarecrow
30.  Shark Reef
31.  Scar-Faced Beggar
32.  Blazing Cliffs
33.  Purple Pirate
34.  Wandering Cave Man
35.  Kidnapped Whale
36.  Missing Mermaid
37.  Two-Toed Pigeon
38.  Smashing Glass
39.  Trail of Terror
40.  Rogues' Reunion
41.  Creep-Show Crooks
42.  Wreckers' Rock
43.  Cranky Collector

Book of Mystery Puzzles

Find Your Fate
  1.  Weeping Coffin
  2.  Dancing Dinosaur
  7.  House of Horrors
  8.  Savage Statue

Crimebusters
  1.  Hot Wheels
  2.  Murder To Go
  3.  Rough Stuff
  4.  Funny Business
  5.  An Ear For Danger
  6.  Thriller Diller
  7.  Reel Trouble
  8.  Shoot the Works
  9.  Foul Play
10.  Long Shot
11.  Fatal Error

Artists

Harry Kane

Harry Kane was the original illustrator for the series, drawning internal illustrations for #1 The Secret of Terror Castle through #16 The Mystery of the Nervous Lion and also cover art for #3 The Mystery of the Whispering Mummy through again, Nervous Lion. Kane also drew the famous blue graveyard/spiderweb endpaper illustrations.

Ed Vebell

Ed Vebell first began his work on The Three Investigators with the covers for #1 The Secret of Terror Castle and #2 The Mystery of the Stuttering Parrot. His art is un-credited on both, but his signature can be seen on the bottom right of Terror Castle and both covers share the same style as his credited work. For the next fourteen titles in the series, Vebell was not involved, but returned for a short time in 1972 and 1973 with #17 The Mystery of the Singing Serpent through #19 The Secret of Phantom Lake. In addition, Vebell provided the cover art for the First Paperback Editions (Windward Books) of Terror Castle and Stuttering Parrot in 1972 and 1973, respectively.

Jack Hearne

Jack Hearne began drawing for the series with internal illustrations for #18 The Mystery of the Shrinking House and #19 The Secret of Phantom Lake and continued with covers and internal illustrations through the #27 The Mystery of the Magic Circle.

Herb Mott

Herb Mott worked on only one Three Investigators book, drawing the cover and internal illustrations for #28 The Mystery of the Deadly Double. This was also the last book in the series with internal illustrations and the last to be offered in a Trade Hardcover Edition.

Stephen Marchesi

In 1978, Random House published First or Second Paperback Editions for twelve of the earlier mysteries. The original internal illustrations were retained, but new cover art was drawn by Stephen Marchesi. Marchesi's covers were fairly abstract illustrations and very unique. They can be found on the following titles:

  #1 The Secret of Terror Castle
  #2 The Mystery of the Stuttering Parrot
  #3 The Mystery of the Whispering Mummy
  #6 The Secret of Skeleton Island
  #7 The Mystery of the Fiery Eye
  #8 The Mystery of the Silver Spider
  #9 The Mystery of the Screaming Clock
#10 The Mystery of the Moaning Cave
#11 The Mystery of the Talking Skull
#12 The Mystery of the Laughing Shadow
#15 The Mystery of the Flaming Footprints
#18 The Mystery of the Shrinking House

Robert Adragna

Beginning with #29 The Mystery of the Sinister Scarecrow 1979, Robert Adragna became the exclusive cover artist for the original series until its end in 1987. As noted above, internal illustrations were no longer provided and a hardcover edition was no longer sold in the retail market. Also in 1979 - 1981, Random House continued to release the remaining Three Investigators titles in paperback, and Robert Adragna drew the art for these new covers. Later printings of 10 of the 12 Marchesi paperbacks also received Adragna covers in 1981 - 1983, giving the series a uniform look for the 1980's.

Anthony Rao

Anthony Rao provided the cover art and internal illustrations for The Three Investigators Book of Mystery Puzzles.

John Hulsey, Vincente, Aristides Ruiz & Tom Leonard

These artists provided the cover art and internal illustrations for the four Find Your Fate Mystery books: #1 The Case of the Weeping Coffin, #2 The Case of the Dancing Dinosaur, #7 The Case of the House of Horrors and #8 The Case of the Savage Statue, respectively. As a note, each Find Your Fate book is profusely illustrated, which must have meant considerable work for the artist.

Hector Garrido

Hector Garrido was the cover artist for all nine Crimebusters titles.

Roger Loveless & Dominick Finelle

These two artists provided the cover art for the short-lived Knopf Bullseye Paperback Edition. Only twelve of the original 43 titles were published in this edition. They are:

  #1 The Secret of Terror Castle - Roger Loveless
  #2 The Mystery of the Stuttering Parrot - Roger Loveless
  #9 The Mystery of the Screaming Clock - Roger Loveless
#10 The Mystery of the Moaning Cave - Dominick Finelle
#11 The Mystery of the Talking Skull - Roger Loveless
#21 The Secret of the Haunted Mirror - Dominick Finelle
#26 The Mystery of the Headless Horse - Dominick Finelle
#32 The Mystery of the Blazing Cliffs - Roger Loveless
#33 The Mystery of the Purple Pirate - Dominick Finelle
#35 The Mystery of the Kidnapped Whale - Roger Loveless
#36 The Mystery of the Missing Mermaid - Roger Loveless
#39 The Mystery of the Trail of Terror - Dominick Finelle

Bill Dodge

Bill Dodge is the most recent artist for the series, creating the cover art for the Current 1998 - 2000 Random House Issue (numbers 1 - 11).

Notes

Examples of all the covers discussed can be found by clicking on the individual books' links in the left frame.

Of the first 28 hardcover titles, only five of the covers are artist signed. These are books #1 and numbers 17 - 20. Robert Adragna signed all of his covers.

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