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George S. Elrick

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George Seefurth Elrick
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Born(1921-10-07)October 7, 1921
Evanston, Illinois
DiedDecember 29, 1997(1997-12-29) (aged 76)
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Alma materNorthwestern University
GenreFiction & Science Fiction
SpouseMarilyn Jean Elrick

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George Seefurth Elrick (October 7, 1921 – December 29, 1997) was an American author, who wrote mostly for the Whitman Publishing company.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

George was raised in Evanston, Illinois, in a two-story flat near Lake Michigan. He was an only child, and it didn't take him long to develop an aptitude for reading and writing. He attended Northwestern University from 1939 to 1943, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in English. Soon after, during World War II, he entered the US Army, and was a columnist for Stars and Stripes, a war time newspaper.

He married Marilyn Jean Wharton on January 11, 1947, and moved into a Georgian style house in Glenview. They had two children, Michael and Bruce.

Writing career[edit]

In the mid 1950s, he was employed by the Jacoby Advertising Agency as a writer. In the 1960s, he was employed by Wilding Studios, and wrote television scripts for the Wild Kingdom television series. In the mid 1960s, he wrote storybooks and maps for the "General Whitman's Adventure" series. He was also the author of dozens of children's books from the Whitman "Big Little Books" series from the mid 1960s until the early 1980s. Towards the end of his career, he wrote a science fiction handbook that was a tutorial used in some college courses. In total, he wrote thirty-eight books. Elrick's favorite book that he had published was "Bonanza: The Bubble Gum Kid."


  • 1965 - General Whitman's Adventure in Exciting Africa, Whitman Publishing
  • 1965 - General Whitman's Adventure in the Australian Oceania, Whitman Publishing
  • 1965 - General Whitman's Adventure in the United States, Whitman Publishing
  • 1965 - General Whitman's Adventure in North America, Whitman Publishing
  • 1965 - General Whitman's Adventures Around the World, Whitman Publishing
  • 1965 - General Whitman's Adventures in Exotic Asia, Whitman Publishing
  • 1965 - General Whitman's Adventures in Intriguing Europe, Whitman Publishing
  • 1965 - General Whitman's Adventures in South America, Whitman Publishing
  • 1965 - General Whitman's Adventure of Famed Explorers, Whitman Publishing
  • 1966 - Superman Smashes the Secret of the Mad Director, Whitman Publishing
  • 1967 - Bonanza: The Bubble Gum Kid, #2 Whitman Publishing
  • 1967 - Flipper: Killer Whale Trouble, #3 Whitman Publishing
  • 1967 - Lassie: Adventure in Alaska, #4 Whitman Publishing
  • 1967 - Tarzan: The Mark of the Red Hyena, #5 Whitman Publishing
  • 1967 - The Man From U.N.C.L.E.: The Calcutta Affair, #11 Whitman Publishing
  • 1968 - Daktari: Night of Terror, #18 Whitman Publishing
  • 1968 - Lassie and the Shabby Sheik, #27 Whitman Publishing
  • 1968 - The Lone Ranger Outwits Crazy Cougar, #13 Whitman Publishing
  • 1968 - Major Matt Mason: Moon Mission, #22 Whitman Publishing
  • 1969 - Batman and the Cheetah Caper, Whitman Publishing
  • 1969 - Flipper: Deep-sea Photographer, #32 Whitman Publishing
  • 1976 - Spiderman Zaps Mr. Zodiac, #1 Whitman Publishing
  • 1978 - Science Fiction Handbook for Readers and Writers, Chicago Review Press Publishing
  • 1980 - Road Runner and the Unidentified Flying Coyote, Whitman Publishing
  • 1980 - Superman in the Phantom Zone Connection, Whitman Publishing


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