My Bookshelf: “The Graphic Canon of Crime & Mystery”

My Bookshelf The Graphic Canon of Crime & Mystery, Volumes One and Two Edited by Russ Kick Created and curated by activist, journalist, writer, editor, muckraker and comics buff Russ Kick, this ambitious anthology series by Seven Stories Press which kicked off in 2017 with The Graphic Canon of Crime and Mystery, Volume One: From Sherlock Holmes … Continue reading My Bookshelf: “The Graphic Canon of Crime & Mystery”

Le poulpe (Gabriel Lecouvreur)

Created by Patrick Raynal, Jean-Bernard Pouy, & Serge Quadruppani Written by Patrick Raynal, Jean-Bernard Pouy, Serge Quadruppani, Jean-Gérard Imbar, Marc Villard and others Was it just a gimmick? Or a brave publishing experiment? Maybe it was both. GABRIEL LECOUVREUR, also known as "LE POULPE" was, according to co-creator Patrick Raynal, "something of an avenger, an outlaw, a Robin Hood and … Continue reading Le poulpe (Gabriel Lecouvreur)

Christopher Chance (The Human Target)

Created by Len Wein and Carmine Infantino CHRISTOPHER CHANCE, better known as "The Human Target," made his actual debut way back in 1958 in the DC comic Gang Busters #61, and would have been nothing more than a slightly interesting if mostly forgotten one-shot, had he not been reincarnated in the back pages of Action … Continue reading Christopher Chance (The Human Target)

Easton Newburn (Newburn)

Created by Chip Zdarsky (text) and Jacob Phillips (art) "Okay, enough's enough. Who the fuck is this guy?" -- a confused cop Hoo-boy! Talk about double-dipping. Not content with handling the art for his and writer Chris Condon's stellar crime comic That Texas Blood, a primo slab of hard-boiled Lone Star darkness, Jacob Phillips is tackling the … Continue reading Easton Newburn (Newburn)

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)