George C. Jenks wrote detective and western dime novels, plays and short stories for the pulps. He was born in 1850 in London, England, and as a youth moved to the United States where he went to work as a printer and newspaper man. George C. Jenks died at eight o’clock in the evening on Sept 12, 1929, aged 79. He left a widow, Katherine Baird Jenks, and two sons, Charles Jr. of Detroit, Michigan, and Clarence of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The year he died he had penned the first tale of The Shadow for Street & Smith: “The Shadow of Wall Street,” which appeared in Fame and Fortune in 1929.
On the craft of writing dime novels Jenks contributed “Dime Novel Makers” to The Bookman, Vol. 20, 1904-1905.