Sarge Steel

Created by Pat Mussili, Joe Gill and Dick Giardino "A cool knowing man who savors danger... who will not make one concession to fear... and whose fees may be as little as a smile from a pretty girl!" -- cover blurb from Sarge Steel--Private Detective #1 At 6'1", 198 pounds, blue eyes, black hair and a … Continue reading Sarge Steel

Timothy Trench

Created by Denny O'Neil 1939-2020 "Don't move an eyelash! Me an' Lulu are gonna smoke out some skunks!" -- Tim warns Diana Prince to back off, while he does the heavy lifting, in Wonder Woman #180 Middle-aged tough guy private eye TIMOTHY TRENCH (sheesh!) was a pet project of legendary comics creator/writer Dennis O'Neil. Trench first showed up … Continue reading Timothy Trench

Speed Saunders

Created by E.C. Stoner & Creig Flessel (art) "Oh, well, only three miles to shore and I needed a bath anyway."-- Speed gets tossed off a boat by smugglers One of Detective Comics' first gumshoes (he made his debut alongside fellow eyes Slam Bradley in the very first issue way back in 1935), SPEED SAUNDERS was … Continue reading Speed Saunders

Roy Raymond, Jr.

Created by Chuck Dixon A decidedly minor addition to private detectives to have appeared in DC Comics, ROY RAYMOND Jr. made his debut as a minor character in Robin (#38, in March 1997, to be precise). He was, of course, the grandson (or was it son?) of the fondly remembered Roy Raymond, TV Detective, who had starred in … Continue reading Roy Raymond, Jr.

Roy Raymond

Created by "Jack Miller (?) and Ruben Moreira (art) Everyone loved this Raymond. The first great private eye to appear in Detective Comics, rough-and-tumble Slam Bradley, Siegal and Schuster's two-fisted, hardboiled throwback to the pulp era, made his last regularly scheduled appearance in 1949, in issue #152. The very next issue marked the debut of a decidedly … Continue reading Roy Raymond

Frank Grissel

Created by Andersen Gabrych Art by Brad Rader "Whatever you want. You can find it here. Or die looking for it." -- Frank welcomes readers to San Francisco in the intro Few noir novels, let alone graphic novels, wander into the murky areas of sexual desire, never mind homosexual desire, as well or as audaciously … Continue reading Frank Grissel

Bobo the Detective Chimp

Created by John Broome (1913-99) and Carmine Infantino "Aw, the detective thing's just a sideline these days. I make my real money in investments" --Bobo lets us in on his little secret, in Martian Manhunter Annual #2 (1999) He's known as BOBO or BOBO T. CHIMPANZEE or BOBO THE DETECTIVE CHIMP or simply DETECTIVE CHIMP, … Continue reading Bobo the Detective Chimp

Tiffany Sinn

Created by Gary Friedrich, Charles Wojtkowski and Vince Alascia "This spy business grows on one after awhile." You can roll your eyes all you want right now, but one of the more interesting female private eyes of the sixties was TIFFANY SINN who made her debut -- wait for it -- in the pages Career … Continue reading Tiffany Sinn

Angel O’Day & Sam Simeon (Angel and the Ape)

Created by E. Nelson Bridwell, Howie Post and Bob Oksner Like, groovy! ANGEL BEATRIX O'DAY is a New York city-based private eye, who runs the O'Day and Simeon Detective Agency. She's 5'10" and 140 lbs, has blue eyes and platinum blonde hair, and tends to favour short dresses and skirts. But the dumb blonde jokes … Continue reading Angel O’Day & Sam Simeon (Angel and the Ape)

Dr. Occult

Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster Okay, I was wrong. For years, I've speculated that hard-boiled private eye Slam Bradley was the earliest and longest runnung series character created by DC Comics, predating both Superman and Batman. But it turns out I was wrong. That honour goes to private detective DOCTOR OCCULT, who made his debut … Continue reading Dr. Occult