Pete Fortunato

Created by Charles Salzberg “Nobody gets away with anything on my watch." Baseball-loving PETE FORTUNATO was a working class kid, half-Italian and half-Jewish, with a decent enough curveball and just enough of a fastball to earn a scholarship at a small upstate New York college before his arm gave out. He managed to hang on … Continue reading Pete Fortunato

Jeffrey Tiffen Smythe & Lady Fiona Fiziwiggs(The Continentals)

Created by Darryl Hughes & Monique MacNaughton "I'm all a-quiver." -- Lady Fiona It’s Victoria-era England, and cane-wielding JEFFREY TIFFEN SMYTHE and his partner, the gender-bending, swash-buckling and wise-cracking LADY FIONA FIZIWIGG, don't consider themselves private eyes. Or not really. But maybe they are. It’s just that they have only one client, albeit a very special … Continue reading Jeffrey Tiffen Smythe & Lady Fiona Fiziwiggs(The Continentals)

My Scrapbook: The Last Three Dick Hammers

My ScrapbookThe Last Three Dick HammersWritten and drawn by Chris Wisnia  Hot-tempered, foul-mouthed, crotch-scratching DICK HAMMER is a private skulk working the web comic mean streets of Crude Bay, Southern California, written and drawn by Chris Wisnia. He first popped up in 2004 in Dick Hammer: Conservative Republican Private Investigator, a regular back-up feature in Tabloia Weekly Magazine (which … Continue reading My Scrapbook: The Last Three Dick Hammers

Dick Hammer

Created by Chris Wisnia Hot-tempered, foul-mouthed, crotch-scratching DICK HAMMER is a private skulk working the web comic mean streets of Crude Bay, Southern California. Yeah, Crude Bay. But just because artist/writer/creator Chris Wisnia apparently has his tongue wedged firmly in his cheek most of the time doesn't mean he doesn't know what he's doing. In … Continue reading Dick Hammer

China Smith

Created by Robert C. Dennis B-film tough-guy movie actor Dan Duryea played two-fisted part-time scam artist/private eye CHINA SMITH who operated out of a bar in Singapore, in the eponymous syndicated TV show from the fifties. China’s cases often took him throughout the Orient, which him plenty of swash-buckling action in this early, as China … Continue reading China Smith

Mike Callahan (World for Ransom)

Created by Lindsay Hardy and Hugo Butler In World for Ransom, a rough-and-tough little B-noir from 1954, MIKE CALLAHAN is an Irish war vet working as a P.I. in Singapore who goes to work for an ex-lover who thinks her husband's up to something shady. Sure enough, good ol' Mike (played by twitchy, dapper noir … Continue reading Mike Callahan (World for Ransom)

Femme Noir

Created by Christopher Mills and Joe Staton With a moniker like FEMME NOIR, you just know things weren't going to be taken entirely seriously in this web comic. Who the hell is she, you may ask? Well, here's how the official advance publicity from co-creator Chris Mills went way back when: Who is Femme Noir? … Continue reading Femme Noir

Richard and Grace Duvall

Created by Arnold Fredericks Pseudonym of Frederic Arnold Kummer (1873-1943) "Good Lord, Chief, am I losing my senses? What is this affair, anyway, a joke?" -- Richard, sharp as a tack as always, in The Blue Lights An early sleuthing couple, preceded only in the genre as far as I can tell, by M. McDonnell … Continue reading Richard and Grace Duvall

Eli Donovan

Created by James L. Rubel Pseudonyms include Mason Macrae, Timothy Hayes (1894-1960) "Meet Miss Donovan, the only private eye who wears mascara. She's easily the most beautiful shamus living.” — the original cover blurb One of the first attempts at writing a more down-to-earth woman detective in book form was James L Rubel's surprisingly decent … Continue reading Eli Donovan

Spike Bludgeon

Created by Marion Mainwaring (1922-2015) "You're so wonderful, Spike," she muttered, "All those ugly scars....your broken nose...and the ear that's chopped off...How could they do it, Spike?  How could anyone bear to hurt you?" "The ones who did it are dead," I told her.  "People who cross me usually end up that way." Murder in … Continue reading Spike Bludgeon