Don Strachey

Created by Richard Stevenson Pseudonym of Richard Lipez (1938-2022) Albany, New York private peeper DON STRACHEY is openly gay, a younger (forty-something) more emotional, and slightly flakier persona than Joseph Hansen's middle-aged, controlled Dave Brandstetter. Where Dave is calm and collected, Don is flippant, sassy, sloppy, paranoid, compulsive, impulsive and prone to plots and plans. … Continue reading Don Strachey

H.P. “Philip” Lovecraft

Created by Joseph Dougherty "The omens are bad. Me, I'm going to Florida!" -- you know things are bad when the landlady threatens to call it quits  Raymond Chandler's mean streets were never like this! A pleasant surprise was Cast a Deadly Spell, a pulpy, tongue-in-cheek 1991 HBO offering that took the world of the … Continue reading H.P. “Philip” Lovecraft

A Conversation About The Conversation

Sam Wiebe Introduces the 1974 Classic Slated to introduce The Conversation at the Vancouver Film Center before the pandemic, Canadian crime writer Sam Wiebe, the creator of private eyes  Dave Wakeland and Michael Drayton,  finally got to do it in April 2022. The screening was part of a free day of programming in memoriam for VIFF staff … Continue reading A Conversation About The Conversation

J.J. Starbuck

Created by Stephen J. Cannell (1941-2010) "I reckon a diamond is just a hunk of coal that stuck to the job." Did someone say Texas? Just in case anyone missed the point, TV's cornpone-spouting J.J. (JEROME JEREMIAH) STARBUCK (played by Dale Robertson) wears ten-gallon hats, cowboy boots and fancy western shirts, drives a flashy limo with … Continue reading J.J. Starbuck

Pedro Gomez & Dennis “Hardball” Bakelenekoff (Grand Slam)

Created by Bill L. Norton In this extremely short-lived action/adventure series, comic Paul Rodriguez and John "Dukes of Hazzard" Schneider starred as PEDRO GOMEZ and DENNIS "HARDBALL" BAKELENEKOFF, bounty hunters for competing firms who eventually team up to nail a ruthless South American drug dealer, and end up going into business together, despite the fact they … Continue reading Pedro Gomez & Dennis “Hardball” Bakelenekoff (Grand Slam)

Carole Stanwyck & Sydney Kovack (Partners in Crime)

Created by James Stark and Leonard Stern According to Ric Meyers in The Armchair Detective (Vol. 19, #1, for those keeping tabs), CAROLE STANWYCK and SYDNEY KOVACK  are two "novice private eyes with lots to get off their chests and nothing on their minds." They teamed up Partners In Crime, a deservedly short-lived and instantly … Continue reading Carole Stanwyck & Sydney Kovack (Partners in Crime)

My Scrapbook: Garfield’s Babes & Bullets Production Cel

My Scrapbook Garfield's Babes & Bullets Production Cel Nothing spectacular, maybe, and I was never a big Garfield fan (sorry, Stephen), but this production cell from the Emmy-winning 1989 animated television special Garfield's Babes and Bullets, wherein Jim Davis' famous feline makes like a private eye, still makes me smile. When it went up for … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Garfield’s Babes & Bullets Production Cel

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)

Teddy Maksumnic

Created by Jens Lapidus VIP-rummet (The VIP Room; 2014) kicked off a brand new and equally ambitious trilogy by celebrated Swedish author, Jens Lapidus, creator of the acclaimed Stockholm Noir trilogy (2014). The novel introduced Serbian immigrant, former criminal and ex-con (eight years for his part in a kidnapping he apparently had nothing to do with) … Continue reading Teddy Maksumnic

Oscar “Duke” Ramsey (The Duke)

Created by Stephen J. Cannell The Duke was yet another Stephen J. Cannell-produced P.I. show that flopped. In the pilot, Up Against the Odds (April 5, 1979), we meet 38-year old Chicago prizefighter OSCAR "DUKE" RAMSEY (played by Robert "The Wild, Wild West, Hawaiian Eye" Conrad), who decides--with some help from his long-time manager Benny--that … Continue reading Oscar “Duke” Ramsey (The Duke)