Created by Robert W. Chambers
Re-imagined by Justin Gray
Okay, the big, mean-looking black dude over there to the right who calls himself MR. KEEN is definitely not your grandfather’s Mr. Keen
No, this “Tracer of Lost Persons” made his debut in Moonstone’s limited-run comic book series in 2003, while the original Mr. Keen was, in the words of our own Jack French:
Early in the series, the writers forgot about the title and Mr. Keen just solved murders. But the familiar title, and its theme song, “Someday I’ll Find You”, were simply too popular to change. The plots were so contrived the audience had usually figured out the solution before Mr. Keen tried to explain it to Clancy. Exactly who this duo worked for was never stated; they simply worked cases without the police. Keen was the cordial, elderly gentleman and Clancy the dull Irishman so no one in the stories ever seemed to challenge their right to jump in on a case.”
But that was then, and this is now.
This more recent Mr. Keen is, according to his writer, Justin Gray:
I know, I know. Still, you sort of have to wonder why didn’t they just make up their own character. And let’s face it, this guy sounds more like Shaft–or maybe The Human Target— than Mr. Keen, anyway. Still, this radical re-working of a once-beloved character might be worth checking out. The artwork that I’ve seen– highly stylized but moody and effective–ooks promising.
- “The world of Mr. Keen is a dark, paranoid, edge of your seat mind-@#%*! It’s Pulp Fiction meets David Lynch on speed!”
— David Gallaher, writer of the Johnny Dollar comic
- MR. KEEN: TRACER OF LOST PERSONS | Buy this book
3-issue limited series
Story by Justin Gray
Art by Lee Ferguson