Nobody knows! One day, Ozzy Osbourne, keyboard player John Sinclair, and guitarist Zakk Wylde wrote a song called “Perry Mason.”
During an interview, Wylde described how the song came about. “John was just jamming on it so I started playing along with him. We started with that, and then Ozzy was like, ‘Oh, cool, man, let me sing something on that.’” The world is none the wiser! But we have a theory. The song is about dystopia, and Ozzy wants only one man on the case. Perry Mason – the person who fixes everything!
A Glaring Lack of Diversity
A universal critique of Perry Mason is the show’s lack of diversity. In that regard, the show had little to no impact. It’s surprising for a series that ran during the socio-political upheaval of the ‘60s when considerations of race took center stage.
Perry Mason has zero depictions of diversity. Representations of African-Americans, if any, are relegated to the background. Like most of us in real life, Perry Mason chose to remain oblivious.
The Show Inspired Real-Life Lawyers
Perry Mason reportedly inspired people to enter the law. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said as much during her confirmation hearing. The show also received citations in real-life judicial opinions. Not one judicial opinion or two, but two hundred and fifty different ones!
Beyond that, almost a thousand law review articles and five hundred legal briefs mention the show. Who was it, again, that said real life doesn’t work like television? Here’s proof. We rest our case.
Perry Mason Audiobooks?
In 1988, one of the first audio versions of the Perry Mason novels came out. When we say audiobook, we use the term loosely. It was actually a cassette containing an abridged version of "The Case of the Beautiful Beggar."
Actor Perry King does a marvelous job of reading, infusing energy and character throughout. Publishing houses continued the abridged cassettes. Today, Audible features a few greats: "The Curious Bride," "The Howling Dog," and "The Sulky Girl."
The Lesser-Known Universe of Perry Mason Comics
From TV and movies to novels and radio shows, Perry Mason has been everywhere! Just when you thought you knew everything, here’s a little something that may be surprising. Perry Mason also made forays into the world of comics.
In 1946, a graphic novel adaptation of "The Case of The Lucky Legs" came out. A year later, in 1947, "The Case of the Shoplifter’s Shoe" followed suit. In 1950, a newspaper carried a daily strip of original Perry Mason stories, and by the looks of it, Gardner co-wrote the strip.