My Scrapbook: The Shaft Comic Strip

My ScrapbookThe Shaft Comic Strip(Ernest Tidyman Productions, 1972) Can you dig it? Flush with the success of the Shaft novels and particularly the 1971 film, creator Ernest Tidyman commissioned veteran comic book artist Don Rico to develop a presentation package to shop around a Shaft comic strip. While their efforts went unsold, there’s no doubt … Continue reading My Scrapbook: The Shaft Comic Strip

Quique Hache

Created by Sergio Gómez A series of Spanish language YA novels following the adventures (and misadventures) of fun-loving fifteen-year-old Chilean  QUIQUE HACHE, who has a knack for solving crimes. In what I think is the second book in the series, Quique Hache, Detective  (2005), Quique's just knocked off a correspondence course on becoming a private detective. … Continue reading Quique Hache

Bixby Grant

Created by Patrick Coyle Forget love, sweet love. What the world needs now is an immortal mummy private eye. Fortunately, comics creator and long-time fanboy Patrick Coyle has given us one, in the crowd-sourced, eponymously titled comic GRANT BIXBY, PRIVATE EYE. Apparently it’s taken 30 years (and a Kickstarter campaign) to bring Coyle’s dream to … Continue reading Bixby Grant

Watson & Holmes

Created by Karl Bollers and Rick Leonardi "No time for explanation, the game's afoot!" Ever wonder what would have happened if  Sherlock Holmes had been an inner city black dude? Me neither. But comic book scribe Karl Bollers did just that, and it was a pretty fun spin on the Great One. His HOLMES is … Continue reading Watson & Holmes

Tracer Bullet (Calvin & Hobbes)

Created by Bill Watterson "The dame said she had a case. She sounded like a case herself, but I can't choose my clients." -- Tracer Bullet (Calvin) confronts his mom; something about a broken lamp. . TRACER BULLET is simply one of the best spoofs of the hard-boiled eye to hit the comics page since Snoopy dragged … Continue reading Tracer Bullet (Calvin & Hobbes)

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

Charles Rowland & Edwin Paine (The Dead Boy Detectives)

Created by Neil Gaiman & Matt Wagner Originally created by Neil Gaiman in his popular Sandman series from DC/Vertigo back in the nineties, EDWIN PAINE (died 1916) and CHARLES ROWLAND (died 1990) are two British schoolboys who have shuffled off this mortal coil--but that hasn't stopped them from making like the would-be Hardy Boys of the afterlife, … Continue reading Charles Rowland & Edwin Paine (The Dead Boy Detectives)

Rick Deckard (Blade Runner)

Created by Philip K. Dick Developed for the screen by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples When the topic of sci-fi/private eyes comes up for air, so does director Ridley Scott's grim and gritty 1982 film Blade Runner, and, occasionally, the 1968 Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? that it was loosely (very … Continue reading Rick Deckard (Blade Runner)

Spike Spiegel, Jet Black & Faye Valentine (Cowboy Bebop)

Created by Yutaka Nanten SPIKE SPIEGAL and JET BLACK were bounty hunters of the future on the hit TV show Cowboy Bebop, who were found on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim time slot back in the early naughties. There's a difference between them and most bounty hunters, though--these guys are animated. But don't make the mistake … Continue reading Spike Spiegel, Jet Black & Faye Valentine (Cowboy Bebop)

Nick (The Case of the Murderer Who Killed)

Created by Dick de Bartolo (script) and Jack Davis (art) "Drop your guns! I’ve got you covered! You're all going to... er... that place with... er... bars on the window and guards and..." -- Nick cracks the case (sorta) Can a private detective tip the scales of  justice if there’s no tipping allowed? In "The Case of … Continue reading Nick (The Case of the Murderer Who Killed)