Tom Sipowicz

Created by Steve Zimcosky TOM SIPOWICZ grew up in Cleveland, attending St. Stanislaus Elementary, Albert Bushnell Hart Junior High and South High School before being drafted into the Army, where he served as an MP. After being discharged, he joined the Cleveland cops, retired after thirty years to set up his own Polish Dragon Investigations, in … Continue reading Tom Sipowicz

Jim Bennett

Created by Robert Martin  Pseudonyms include Lee Roberts (1908-1976) Cleveland, Ohio's own JIM BENNETT was a rarity in detective fiction in the fifties--a happily-married man. Thomas Dewey, Bart Spicer and James M. Fox are about the only other writers of this period that seemed to stray from the whole lone wolf/P.I. thing. His long-suffering wife … Continue reading Jim Bennett

Slam Bradley

Created by Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel Before there was Mike Hammer, before there was Johnny Dynamite, before there was even Batman (and Catwoman), there was SLAM BRADLEY! He was the original two-fisted, fightin'-mad (and occasionally pipe-sucking) comic book shamus, who slugged his way through the mean streets (of Cleveland, Ohio?) in the pages of … Continue reading Slam Bradley

Lincoln Perry

Created by Michael Koryta Damn. It's tempting to simply rag on author Michael Koryta's age (or lack of it) when he published his first book, but that would just be too easy. I mean, really, how dare this twenty year old punk win the 2003 SMP/PWA Contest for Best First P.I. Novel? But Lord knows, … Continue reading Lincoln Perry

Jinx Alameda

Created by Brian Michael Bendis When I first came across JINX ALAMEDA sometime in the mid-nineties, I thought: Oh! Thankl God! Still going through withdrawal  from the apparent recent disappearance of Max Allan Collins' Ms. Tree, it felt like a last-minute rescue. Here was a character-driven crime comic that looked and felt like classic noir, with … Continue reading Jinx Alameda