Secret Agent X-9

Created by Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961) and Alex Raymond (1909-56) Despite being a collaboration between possibly the greatest private eye writer of all time, and one of the all-time great comic strip artists, the action/adventure strip Secret Agent X-9 was always something of a disappointment. The strip was originally conceived by King Features to compete with … Continue reading Secret Agent X-9

Speed Walker

Created by Cris Hammond For some reason, the number of comic strips featuring private eyes have been few and far between. Off the top of my head, there's Alex Raymond's Rip Kirby, his and Hammett's Secret Agent X-9, and the short-lived Mike Hammer strip, but that's about it. But in the eighties, just at the time that newspaper strips … Continue reading Speed Walker

Nick Knatterton (aka “Nikolaus Kuno Freiherr von Knatter”)

Created by Manfred Schmidt (1913–1999) Much loved West German private eye NIKOLAUS KUNO FREIHERR von KNATTER has possibly the longest monicker in gumshoe history. No wonder most folks, including his his well-off, hoity-toity parents, prefer to refer to him simply as NICK KNATTERTON. Anyway, whatever you call him, his loopy, tongue-in-cheek comic strip escapades, as chronicled … Continue reading Nick Knatterton (aka “Nikolaus Kuno Freiherr von Knatter”)

Detective Fork

Created by Kevin J. Guhl Okay, okay -- so he may not have always been the most polished piece of cutlery in the drawer, but Silver City's own private eye DETECTIVE FORK somehow managed to get the job done, in this heart-felt spoof by artist/writer Kevin J. Guhl that pleased fans of hard-boiled detective fiction and … Continue reading Detective Fork

Peter Scratch

Created by Elliot Caplin & Lou Fine "I just finished a cae. A real dirty one--divorce stuff. I took it because I needed the dough." PETER SCRATCH was the star of a short-lived but fondly remembered comic strip that ran in the mid-sixties--an obvious, if slightly late, attempt to jump on the popularity of successful … Continue reading Peter Scratch