“Oh mama I got dem cosmic anthropomorphic P.I. blues again…”

Going to the dogs, the cats and worse Yeah, Chandler said "Down these mean streets a man must go." He never mentioned cats. Or hippos. Or horses. Or giraffes...The creators of the following eyes apparently didn't get the memo. But to tell the truth, the craze for anthropomorphic detectives is starting to smell a little … Continue reading “Oh mama I got dem cosmic anthropomorphic P.I. blues again…”

Hairbutt the Hippo

Created by Bodine Amerikah Art by Jase Paulos Mystery! Intrigue! Romance! Guns! Flatulence! From the pages of Australian edition of MAD Magazine and the decidedly-twisted good folks at Rat Race Comix comes the thundering saga of a Down Under private dick who does not go gently into that good night. You know him, you love him! … Continue reading Hairbutt the Hippo

Mosaku Anchu

Created by Matsunaga Anshindo "Glabble"? For those of you out there (or maybe just Jan) who just can't get enough of P.I.'s and hippos, you might want to check out the online manga adventures of MOSAKU ACHU, wherein the Japanese private eye confronts the nefarious (and politically incorrect) "The Case of the Oriental Hippo." It was … Continue reading Mosaku Anchu

Webster Dodge (Dodge’s Bullets)

Created by Jay Faerber Can you turn it up to 11? WEBSTER DODGE is a rockin' young Seattle private eye, in his mid-to-late 20s, who's not real big on authority figures, in Jay Faerber's original graphic novel Dodge's Bullets (2004). Despite the fact that Faerber made his name with assorted spandex-clad mutants and teen titans, … Continue reading Webster Dodge (Dodge’s Bullets)

Dirk Gently

Created by Douglas Adams (1952-2001) THAT Douglas Adams? The guy with the BBC show and the Vogons and the towels and the three-armed Betelgeusians? Yup, that Douglas Adams. So now he's writing about trenchcoats, fedoras, smoky jazz, and femmes fatales? Well, no... Even in an era of maverick and increasingly non-traditional P.I.'s, DIRK GENTLY defies … Continue reading Dirk Gently

Meat Hamburg

Created by Walt Kelly (1913-73) "A question was burning a hole in my brain..." Say what? Walt Kelly, one of America's most beloved comic strip artists and writers--not to mention political satirists--wrote not one, but two, parodies of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer? Right in the heart of Hammermania! Hard to believe, eh? But it's true. … Continue reading Meat Hamburg

Hip Flask

Created by Richard Alan (aka Richard Starkings) Down these mean streets a hippo/corporate mascot must go... Not a real comic book eye (at least at first), but an incredible facsimile! HIERONYMOUS "HIP" FLASK is a tough-talking, wise-cracking private eye, who walks softly, but carries a big, big gun. And, um, he's a hippopotamus. In fact, … Continue reading Hip Flask

Immanuel Diamond (Animal Noir)

Created by Izar Lunacek & Nejc Juren What is this? The long neck of the law? Could we just stop the madness? Please? This craze for anthropomorphic detectives is starting to smell like clean-the-cages day at the zoo. Sure, there have been some good ones. The decidedly adult Blacksad immediately springs to mind, and there have … Continue reading Immanuel Diamond (Animal Noir)

Dick Barton

Created by Norman Collins "With one bound Dick, was free!" The beloved star of the BBC's first daily radio serial was sometimes a private investigator, sometimes an adventurer, sometimes a "special agent"and sometimes--this is my favourite--a  "world-famous secret agent." But whatever his actual occupation was (it seemed to be dictated by the story), DICK BARTON was … Continue reading Dick Barton

Buck Ryan

Created by Don Freeman (text) and Jack Monk (art) He initially dressed like he'd just raided Dick Tracy's closet (just a coincidence, I'm sure), but two-fisted, hard-boiled private eye BUCK RYAN had his own comic strip which ran for an amazing twenty-five years in London's Daily Mirror from March 22, 1937 to July 1962. In fact, … Continue reading Buck Ryan