David Ross (The Outsider)

Created by Roy Huggins By all accounts, The Outsider was an above-average 1967 made-for-television movie, which served as a pilot for an equally well-regarded but short-lived TV series the following year. Created by Roy Huggins, a man who knew a thing or two about P.I. shows, it certainly had potential, and I'm pleased to report … Continue reading David Ross (The Outsider)

Flashgun Casey

Created by George Harmon Coxe (1901-84) Originally appearing in the pages of Black Mask¬†under the watchful eyes of then-editor Joseph Shaw, JACK "FLASHGUN" CASEY of the Boston Express¬†was the original fast-talking crime photographer, a big, hot-tempered Boston Mick with a gift for gab and a nose for trouble. No "artiste", Casey kept a bottle of … Continue reading Flashgun Casey

It Wasn’t Easy

Mike Hammer Comes to Television "I said, 'This is ridiculous! I mean, you can't take this shit seriously.'" -- Darren McGavin How do you turn the darkly violent, psychologically bruising revenge fantasies of Mickey Spillane's bestselling Mike Hammer novels into a weekly television show? In the squeaky clean surface puritanism of the 1950s? You can't. … Continue reading It Wasn’t Easy