Nick (The Case of the Murderer Who Killed)

Created by Dick de Bartolo (script) and Jack Davis (art) "Drop your guns! I’ve got you covered! You're all going to... er... that place with... er... bars on the window and guards and..." -- Nick cracks the case (sorta) Can a private detective tip the scales of  justice if there’s no tipping allowed? In "The Case of … Continue reading Nick (The Case of the Murderer Who Killed)

John “GrimJack” Gaunt

Created by John Ostrander and Timothy Truman "Call me mercenary. Call me assassin. Call me a villain. I am all that and more." GRIMJACK was the titular hero of a hard-boiled mid-80s sci-fi comic book, set in an alternative reality, a weird mixture of Conan the Barbarian and Star Wars, with dashes of every genre … Continue reading John “GrimJack” Gaunt

My Bookshelf: “The Great American Detective”

My Bookshelf The Great American Detective: 15 Stories Starring America's Celebrated Private Eyes Edited by William Kittridedge & Steven M. Krauzer Possibly the very first anthology of crime fiction I ever bought, probably at the downtown Coles or Classics on my long way home from Dawson in the East End to the South Shore. Reading … Continue reading My Bookshelf: “The Great American Detective”

El Ape & Deadbeat Sleeze (The Sleeze Brothers)

Created by John Carnell & Andy Lanning "There's an old private eye saying that goes like this 'Keep yer ears open, yer eyes peeled, yer nose clean and the rest of ya full of beer." CAN YOU imagine the bastard offspring of The Blues Brothers and Blade Runner in comic form? If you can, congratulations, … Continue reading El Ape & Deadbeat Sleeze (The Sleeze Brothers)

Lance Parkertip

Created by Don Martin (1931-2000) Public notary, private eye? In one of the more surreal take-offs on the shamus game, MAD Magazine cartoonist Don Martin wrote several stories featuring noted notary public LANCE PARKERTIP. As notaries go, Lance was no babe magnet. With his squarer-than-square tweed jackets, flyaway hair and ever-present pipe, nobody was ever going … Continue reading Lance Parkertip

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”

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)

It’s Hammer Time!

Send-ups and Put-Downs of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer "I passed this kid sucking a lollipop. Don Brown dead, and him sucking a lollipop. I rammed it down his throat. I hate injustice." -- from "Don Brown's Body" by Jean Kerr As literary poobah Christopher La Farge pointed out in an article on the Mickey Spillane … Continue reading It’s Hammer Time!

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)