Max Brand was a pen name of American writer Frederick Schiller Faust (1892-1944). Faust began his career by selling western stories to the pulps of the 1910s. By the 1920s, Faust was writing exclusively for the various popular western pulp magazines of that time. In the 1930s, Brand became a screenwriter; at one point he was earning $3,000 per week and enjoying success from his characters Destry and Dr. Kildare. Dr. Kildare was adapted to motion pictures, radio, television, and comic books. He wrote more than 500 novels for magazines and almost as many stories of shorter length. His total literary output is estimated to have been between 25,000,000 and 30,000,000 words.