Jon Sable

Created by Mike Grell "Jon Sable--big game hunter on the concrete jungle--I wish I was him." -- Gene Simmons, KISS Gee, Dr. Suess never carried a gun... Mike Grell's JON SABLE was a gun-for-hire who lived in New York City and seemingly had little problem kicking ass or blowing away the bad guys. Oh, and … Continue reading Jon Sable

Brad Dolan

Created by William Fuller "The name's Dolan...I like to eat to live, drink to relax and sleep because I'm a sackhound. Somehow, though, something always seems to go wrong." Hard-boiled adventurer, smuggler and wanderer BRAD DOLAN is a sort of pre-Travis McGee Travis McGee and certainly no stranger to trouble. Or violence. Or babes. He … Continue reading Brad Dolan

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

Harry Ross

Created by Bob Bergin An old "Asia hand," American ex-pat HARRY ROSS has been bouncing around Southeast Asia, starting back in the days of the Vietnam War, before settling down in Bangkok (mostly). Purporterdly a dealer in Asian antiquities, what he really is is a guy with "an itch for life on the adventurous side," up … Continue reading Harry Ross

Secret Service Smith

Created by Reginald Thomas Maitland Scott, Sr. (1882-1966) Given that his first name was AURELIUS, it's probably no wonder that publishers usually opted for the zippier SECRET SERVICE SMITH monicker. Created by Canadian pulp writer R.T.M. Scott, Smith was his first great creation. Smith appeared in numerous short stories and novellas in the 1920s, and … Continue reading Secret Service Smith

Simon Templar (aka “The Saint”)

Created by Lesley Charteris Pseudonym of Leslie Charles Bowyer-Yin (1907-1993) "Pardon me. In the excitement of the moment, and all that sort of thing, I forgot to introduce myself. I'm afraid I've had you at a disadvantage. My name is Templar--Simon Templar," he caught the flash of stark hypnotic fear that blanched the big man's … Continue reading Simon Templar (aka “The Saint”)

The Falcon (aka Michael Waring, Gay Stanhope Falcon, Gay Stanhope Lawrence, Tom Lawrence)

Created by Drexel Drake Pseudonym of Charles H. Huff (1887-1959) Or possibly: Michael Arlen Pseudonym of Dikran Kouyoumdjian (1895-1956)  THE FALCON was the nom de guerre of a true man of mystery. He was either MICHAEL WINGATE, a shadowy figure who took on the underworld with the aid of his friend Sarge, avoiding the police … Continue reading The Falcon (aka Michael Waring, Gay Stanhope Falcon, Gay Stanhope Lawrence, Tom Lawrence)

Chance Molloy

Created by Lester Dent (1905-1959) "Patience was a garment Molloy did not wear well." --from Lady to Kill When Doc Savage creator Lester Dent turned to more realistic crime fiction in the mid-forties, he penned two highly regarded hard-boiled novels about CHANCE MOLLOY, the tough-as-nails but hot-headed, impulsive owner of a fledgling South American airline … Continue reading Chance Molloy

Jim Anthony

Created by John Grange House pseudonym, includes Victor Rousseau, Robert Leslie Bellem, W.T. Ballard & possibly others "As a manhunter Jim Anthony had no equals; his fame as an amateur scientific criminologist was world-wide. Detection was his hobby, his avocation; countless were the mysteries he had solved, the murderers he had brought to justice after the police … Continue reading Jim Anthony

Bulldog Drummond

Created by Sapper Pseudonym of H. C. McNeile (1888-1937) "Demobilised Officer finding peace incredibly tedious would welcome diversion. Legitimate if possible; but crime of a humorous description, no objection. Excitement essential." CAPTAIN HUGH "BULLDOG" DRUMMOND, DSO, MC, Britian's immensely popular two-fisted adventurer was, in many ways, the response to the American hard-boiled school. He made … Continue reading Bulldog Drummond