Webster Dodge (Dodge’s Bullets)

Created by Jay Faerber Can you turn it up to 11? WEBSTER DODGE is a rockin' young Seattle private eye, in his mid-to-late 20s, who's not real big on authority figures, in Jay Faerber's original graphic novel Dodge's Bullets (2004). Despite the fact that Faerber made his name with assorted spandex-clad mutants and teen titans, … Continue reading Webster Dodge (Dodge’s Bullets)

Dirk Gently

Created by Douglas Adams (1952-2001) THAT Douglas Adams? The guy with the BBC show and the Vogons and the towels and the three-armed Betelgeusians? Yup, that Douglas Adams. So now he's writing about trenchcoats, fedoras, smoky jazz, and femmes fatales? Well, no... Even in an era of maverick and increasingly non-traditional P.I.'s, DIRK GENTLY defies … Continue reading Dirk Gently

Immanuel Diamond (Animal Noir)

Created by Izar Lunacek & Nejc Juren What is this? The long neck of the law? Could we just stop the madness? Please? This craze for anthropomorphic detectives is starting to smell like clean-the-cages day at the zoo. Sure, there have been some good ones. The decidedly adult Blacksad immediately springs to mind, and there have … Continue reading Immanuel Diamond (Animal Noir)

Dick Barton

Created by Norman Collins "With one bound Dick, was free!" The beloved star of the BBC's first daily radio serial was sometimes a private investigator, sometimes an adventurer, sometimes a "special agent"and sometimes--this is my favourite--a  "world-famous secret agent." But whatever his actual occupation was (it seemed to be dictated by the story), DICK BARTON was … Continue reading Dick Barton

Buck Ryan

Created by Don Freeman (text) and Jack Monk (art) He initially dressed like he'd just raided Dick Tracy's closet (just a coincidence, I'm sure), but two-fisted, hard-boiled private eye BUCK RYAN had his own comic strip which ran for an amazing twenty-five years in London's Daily Mirror from March 22, 1937 to July 1962. In fact, … Continue reading Buck Ryan

Super-Detective Library

    A kind of British cousin to Detective Comics, SUPER- DETECTIVE LIBRARY (aka "Super-Detective Picture Library") never strayed too far from its roots as an anthology of comic stories featuring detectives, even if it did occasionally feature stories of war, espionage, adventure, fantasy and even science fiction. The magazine was one of those popular British pocket-sized comic anthologies … Continue reading Super-Detective Library

John Steel

Created by ??     Initially, JOHN STEEL was a "Special Agent" working for British Intelligence during World War II. Prior to the war, he'd been a sergeant in the London Police, but when duty called, he did not hesitate. He tried to enlist in 1939, only to be denied. That didn't stop him, though--he promptly … Continue reading John Steel

Ethan Reckless

Created by Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips It's Los Angeles in the 1980s, and former sixties radical and current troubleshooter (or is that troublemaker?)  ETHAN RECKLESS is on the prowl, going down mean streets Chandler could never have imagined; streets teeming with sex, and drugs and rock'n'roll, filled with more than a dollop of male wish … Continue reading Ethan Reckless

Stu Manning (Lonesome Days, Savage Nights)

Created by Steve Niles & Salvatore Simeone Steve Niles' comic book private eye hero Cal McDonald has been hunting down, palling around and mostly knocking off monsters for years, so it seems only natural that eventually he'd create a monster P.I. Which is exactly what STU MANNING is, in Lonesome Days, Savage Nights, a 2020 … Continue reading Stu Manning (Lonesome Days, Savage Nights)

My Bookshelf: Noir: A Crime Comics Collection

My Bookshelf Noir:  A Crime Comics Collection One of the few collections of crime comics ever released, 2009's Noir:  A Crime Comics Collection must have caused at least some ripples because, despite being black & white and the skimpiness of original paperback edition's size, it was brought it back in a full comics-size hardcover version in … Continue reading My Bookshelf: Noir: A Crime Comics Collection