It’s Hammer Time!

Send-ups and Put-Downs of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer "I passed this kid sucking a lollipop. Don Brown dead, and him sucking a lollipop. I rammed it down his throat. I hate injustice." -- from "Don Brown's Body" by Jean Kerr As literary poobah Christopher La Farge pointed out in an article on the Mickey Spillane … Continue reading It’s Hammer Time!

1X, 2X & 3X (The Three Xs)

Created by Robert O. Erisman (text) and Newt Alfred (art) "Baloney!" --3X pretty much sums it up Is this where Marvel's X-Men came from? Except the THREE Xs weren't a bunch of mutant bozos in desperate need of group therapy--they were  a team of Baltimore-based private eyes who first appeared in Mystic Comics #1 back in 1940, … Continue reading 1X, 2X & 3X (The Three Xs)

Thompson Heller Detective Interstellar

Created by Milton Lawson and Dave Chisholm (art) Some people call him the Space Cowboy... A tumbler of Johnnie Walker Black  in hand, a Davidoff gasper in his maw, and perennially in need of a shave, party dude, cosmic slacker and avowed atheist THOMPSON HELLER is an intergalactic gumshoe, ready to roll, especially if the cause--or the pay--is … Continue reading Thompson Heller Detective Interstellar

Byrd (Hawaiian Dick)

Created by B. Clay Moore & Steven Griffin "Thank God the Tiki Bar's still open Thank God the Tiki lights still shine Thank God the Tiki Bar's still open Come on in and open up your mind..." --John Hiatt If Raymond Chandler had worn a few more Hawaiian shirts and learned how to chill, maybe … Continue reading Byrd (Hawaiian Dick)

Tom Lopaka, Tracy Steele & Greg MacKenzie (Hawaiian Eye)

Created by Roy Huggins "The soft island breeze brings you strange melodies And they tell of exotic mysteries under the tropical spell of Hawaiian Eye. Hawaiian Eye. Hawaiian Eye." -- most irritating TV theme ever? Another piece of product from the Warner Bros. TV Eye factory, picture this as "77 Sunset Strip goes Hawaiian." But … Continue reading Tom Lopaka, Tracy Steele & Greg MacKenzie (Hawaiian Eye)

Keri Krane

Created by Dick Briefer (1915-80) "Don't let me scare you--I get results." -- Keri reassures a client who's surprised to discover she's a woman A hyperkinetic, chain-smoking female private eye, KERI KRANE was drawn (and written?) by Dick Briefer, and appeared as a backup feature at least a couple of times (and possibly as many … Continue reading Keri Krane

Mike Monster

Created by Dick Briefer (1915-80) "I hate complicated cases. Dey gimme a migraine." We're way out of the woods with this one, folks. One-eyed, fedora-and-trenchcoat wearing MIKE MONSTER, billed as "the most monstrous shamus of all!" was concocted to satisfy the allegedly "red-blooded, ferocious" readers of ZANY (a would-be rival of MAD Magazine back in the … Continue reading Mike Monster

Murder in the Library: Comics

What? You thought I made this all up, or cut-and-pasted it all from Wikipedia? Nope. Here are the books that inspired me to create this site, and the books I've used to cobble it together over the years, as well as the ones I've discovered along the way, broken down into various categories. If you … Continue reading Murder in the Library: Comics

Jim Reuben aka “Fire-Man”

Created by Charles Varrel (text) & Martin Filchock (art) FIRE-MAN was a short-lived superhero from the 1940s whose real identity was that of JIM REUBEN, who ran a small detective agency called The Fire-Man Association. Not such a secret identity, I guess. Jim was initially a mere lad, working as a firefighter at a Civilian … Continue reading Jim Reuben aka “Fire-Man”

Janie ‘Strummer’ Jones (Black’s Myth)

Created by Eric Palicki (text) and Wendell Cavalcanti (art) Come out of the closets, you boys and you girls, and meet JANIE "STRUMMER" JONES, yet another comic book werewolf P.I.  Naturally it's a "punk rock urban fantasy noir horror" comic--so my guess is that the P.I. end of the hybrid schtick gets the usual short shrift, but I'll have … Continue reading Janie ‘Strummer’ Jones (Black’s Myth)