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

Oscar Hellian

Created by John Bolton From out of Europe (I think), via Dark Horse's global comics anthology Cheval Noir (French for Dark Horse, natch!) comes 1940's Hollywood dick OSCAR HELLIAN. Divorce may be his bread and butter, but he still has to share office space with Myra, who runs a secretarial agency, and Dan, an aspiring photographer … Continue reading Oscar Hellian

Nero Wolfe & Archie Goodwin

Created by Rex Stout (1886-1975) "Compose yourself, Archie. Why taunt me? Why upbraid me? I am merely a genius, not a god." --Nero Wolfe humbly confesses, in Fer-de-Lance "Go to hell, I'm reading." -- Archie has other things on his mind. Also in Fer-de-Lance At first glance, Rex Stout's NERO WOLFE might seem out of … Continue reading Nero Wolfe & Archie Goodwin

Mike Danger (Danger and Adventure)

Created by ?? "Come and get it, chumps!" MIKE DANGER was a so-so comic book P.I. out of New York who appeared in a short-lived run of so-so private eye tales back in the fifties, in short-lived, so-so anthology series, Danger and Adventure, published by Charlton. So??? Perhaps the most interesting thing about Mike (besides the … Continue reading Mike Danger (Danger and Adventure)

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

Patrick “P.I.” Immelmann (Private Eye)

Created Brian Vaughan "Nothing in life is completely confidential." -- P.I. It's hard to believe comic book mastermind Brian Vaughan originally gave this away Private Eye, an absolutely stunning graphic novel from 2015, for free! Or as much--or as little--as you felt it was worth. And yet there it was, on Panelsyndicate.com, for the asking. And it's … Continue reading Patrick “P.I.” Immelmann (Private Eye)