Eddie Race

Created by Doug Wildey (1922-94) E.V. "EDDIE" RACE was the handsome, square-jawed private eye hero of a detective strip that appeared in the short-lived (two issues!) Sojourn, Joe Kubert's tabloid-sized comics anthology magazine, which was done to support the Joe Kubert School of Comic Art and its students. It was written and drawn by Doug … Continue reading Eddie Race

1X, 2X & 3X (The Three Xs)

Created by Robert O. Erisman (text) and Newt Alfred (art) "Baloney!" --3X pretty much sums it up Is this where Marvel's X-Men came from? Except the THREE Xs weren't a bunch of mutant bozos in desperate need of group therapy--they were  a team of Baltimore-based private eyes who first appeared in Mystic Comics #1 back in 1940, … Continue reading 1X, 2X & 3X (The Three Xs)

Sian Holt (Star Wars: The High Republic)

Created by Daniel José Older and David Wachter Well, it had to happen... The Star Wars universe has, as far as I can tell, finally unveiled its very first private investigator. SIAN HOLT  is a high-priced space shamus who operates during the so-called High Republic Era, which takes place about two hundred years before the events … Continue reading Sian Holt (Star Wars: The High Republic)

My Scrapbook: Peter Scratch

Peter Scratch Ad (September 10, 1965, Tuscon Daily Citizen) The first daily strip (September 13, 1965) Another strip, date unknown Short-lived as it may have been, the Peter Scratch comic strip is fondly remembered by those who were lucky enough to have caught it. A product of Newsday, Inc, a Long Island newspaper trying to break into … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Peter Scratch

Thompson Heller Detective Interstellar

Created by Milton Lawson and Dave Chisholm (art) Some people call him the Space Cowboy... A tumbler of Johnnie Walker Black  in hand, a Davidoff gasper in his maw, and perennially in need of a shave, party dude, cosmic slacker and avowed atheist THOMPSON HELLER is an intergalactic gumshoe, ready to roll, especially if the cause--or the pay--is … Continue reading Thompson Heller Detective Interstellar

Byrd (Hawaiian Dick)

Created by B. Clay Moore & Steven Griffin "Thank God the Tiki Bar's still open Thank God the Tiki lights still shine Thank God the Tiki Bar's still open Come on in and open up your mind..." --John Hiatt If Raymond Chandler had worn a few more Hawaiian shirts and learned how to chill, maybe … Continue reading Byrd (Hawaiian Dick)

Tom Lopaka, Tracy Steele & Greg MacKenzie (Hawaiian Eye)

Created by Roy Huggins "The soft island breeze brings you strange melodies And they tell of exotic mysteries under the tropical spell of Hawaiian Eye. Hawaiian Eye. Hawaiian Eye." -- most irritating TV theme ever? Another piece of product from the Warner Bros. TV Eye factory, picture this as "77 Sunset Strip goes Hawaiian." But … Continue reading Tom Lopaka, Tracy Steele & Greg MacKenzie (Hawaiian Eye)

Keri Krane

Created by Dick Briefer (1915-80) "Don't let me scare you--I get results." -- Keri reassures a client who's surprised to discover she's a woman A hyperkinetic, chain-smoking female private eye, KERI KRANE was drawn (and written?) by Dick Briefer, and appeared as a backup feature at least a couple of times (and possibly as many … Continue reading Keri Krane

Mike Monster

Created by Dick Briefer (1915-80) "I hate complicated cases. Dey gimme a migraine." We're way out of the woods with this one, folks. One-eyed, fedora-and-trenchcoat wearing MIKE MONSTER, billed as "the most monstrous shamus of all!" was concocted to satisfy the allegedly "red-blooded, ferocious" readers of ZANY (a would-be rival of MAD Magazine back in the … Continue reading Mike Monster

Murder in the Library: Comics

What? You thought I made this all up, or cut-and-pasted it all from Wikipedia? Nope. Here are the books that inspired me to create this site, and the books I've used to cobble it together over the years, as well as the ones I've discovered along the way, broken down into various categories. If you … Continue reading Murder in the Library: Comics