Private Eye Popeye

Created by E.C. Segar Pseudonym of Elzie Crisler Segar (1894-1938) POPEYE, everyone's favourite spinach-chugging sailor man, gets the P.I. treatment in "Private Eye Popeye," a lame, low-budget cartoon from the mid-fifties, put out by Famous Studios. It was not Popeye’s greatest moment. Despite the fact this was produced smack-dab-in-the middle of the hard-boiled P.I. craze, with … Continue reading Private Eye Popeye

Duck Twacy

Created by E.C. Segar "Snake Eyes! Agh! Eighty-Eight Teeth! Hammerhead! Oh, no, Pussycat! Pussycat Puss! Bat Man! Double-Header! P-p-picklepuss! P-p-p-pumpkin Head! Neon Noodle! Juke Box Jaw! Wolf Man! You're all under arrest!" "The Great Piggy Bank Robbery," a 1946 Looney Tune cartoon short from Warner Bros., directed by Robert Clampett and featuring Daffy Duck, is … Continue reading Duck Twacy

See Ya in The Funny Papers

P.I. Spoofs and Callouts in Comics & Cartoons   If Mickey Spillane Wrote NANCY… from MAD Magazine In the Tradition of Hammett, Chandler, Macdonald and Snoopy (Peanuts) by Charles Schultz Arlo, Janis & Spenser Private Eye Popeye (1954, Famous Studios) Meat Hamburg (Pogo) by Walt Kelly Tracer Bullet (Calvin & Hobbes) by Bill Watterson  Sam Spayed (Garfield) by … Continue reading See Ya in The Funny Papers

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

My Scrapbook: The Hard-boiledness Scale

Ten Hard-boiled Dicks, Rated All of the American private eyes have tough exteriors and are well-skilled at delivering a punch. Some, such as Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, are unremittingly hard-boiled. Others reveal a soft centre at times and occasionally pull their punches. The leading private eyes are here rated 1 to 10 for "hard-boiledness." Thus … Continue reading My Scrapbook: The Hard-boiledness Scale

Inch High (Inch High, Private Eye)

Created by Hanna-Barbera INCH HIGH, "the world's biggest little detective," was the hero of Inch High, Private Eye, a goofy 1972 Hanna Barbera Saturday morning cartoon for kids. Resplendent in a bright green trencgcoat and matching fedora, his real power came from his ability to shrink down to the height of one inch, thanks to … Continue reading Inch High (Inch High, Private Eye)

Kimitsuka Kimihiko & Siesta (The Detective is Already Dead)

Created by written by Nigojū (text) and Umibōzu (art) “Is there a detective on this plane?" Four years ago, during an attempted airplane hijacking, Japanese high school student and trouble magnet KIMITSUKA KIMIHIKO became, at her insistence, the assistant to the beautiful and enigmatic girl detective SIESTA (which wasn't even her real name). They ended up traveling … Continue reading Kimitsuka Kimihiko & Siesta (The Detective is Already Dead)

“Oh mama I got dem cosmic anthropomorphic P.I. blues again…”

Going to the dogs, the cats and worse Yeah, Chandler said "Down these mean streets a man must go." He never mentioned cats. Or hippos. Or horses. Or giraffes...The creators of the following eyes apparently didn't get the memo. But to tell the truth, the craze for anthropomorphic detectives is starting to smell a little … Continue reading “Oh mama I got dem cosmic anthropomorphic P.I. blues again…”

“Babes and Bullets” by Lou Rawls

1989, Words and Music by Desiree Goyette and Ed Bogas Performed by Lou Rawls Hardly the most impressive track from Lou Rawls' long and distinguished career, but this little earworm served its purpose.  Clocking in at just a minute and change, it was the theme (and only song) in the 1989 animated television special, Garfield's … Continue reading “Babes and Bullets” by Lou Rawls

Sam Spayed (Garfield)

Created by Ron Tuthill, Kevin Campbell and Jim Davis Oh yeah, the dame. She was beautiful. Too beautiful to trust. "Are you Spayed?" she asked. I hate that question. He made his first appearance in 1985, but Garfield the Cat's private eye alter-ego SAM SPAYED was soon parlayed into a well-received book and an Emmy-winning TV … Continue reading Sam Spayed (Garfield)