My Scrapbook: Darwyn Cooke’s Color Model Sheet for Slam Bradley

My Scrapbook Darwyn Cooke's Color Model Sheet for Slam Bradley (March 2001) Say what you will about Slam Bradley, arguably DC Comics' longest running detective character (first appearance: Detective Comics #1), but his revival in 2001 in a four-part backup that ran in issues #759-762 of that magazine may be the greatest and most sincere … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Darwyn Cooke’s Color Model Sheet for Slam Bradley

Jack Herriman (Scene of the Crime)

Created by Ed Brubaker, Michael Lark & Sean Phillips Troubled, one-eyed JACK HERRIMAN runs a small, one-man detective agency in San Francisco with the aid of his Uncle Knut, a once famous crime scene photographer, and Molly, his uncle's sweetie, in Scene of the Crime: A Little Piece of Goodnight, an intriguing 1999 four-part comic … Continue reading Jack Herriman (Scene of the Crime)

Steve Wilson (Big Town)

Created by Jerry McGill "Freedom of the press is a flaming sword. Use it justly; hold it high; guard it well." - Steve's call to arms served as the show's tag line. STEVE WILSON was the fiercely-idealistic and hard-nosed editor of The Illustrated Press who'll get his own stories, thank you, if that's what it … Continue reading Steve Wilson (Big Town)

Nate Hollis (Angeltown)

Created by Gary Phillips Los Angeles writer Gary Phillips, the creator of black private eye Ivan Monk, is no stranger to comics. Which may explain why the comic book exploits of private eye NATE HOLLIS in Angeltown from DC Comics' Vertigo imprint smacks the sweet spot with a vengeance. Originally, the star of the series … Continue reading Nate Hollis (Angeltown)

Johnny Peril

Created by Howard Purcell JOHNNY PERIL was a comic book private eye created by Howard Purcell who usually found himself caught up in all kinds of weird suspense tales, bouncing around in the back pages of various All-American (and later DC) titles. Not much is known about his past (as in, nobody gave him one … Continue reading Johnny Peril

Jason Bard

Created by Frank Robbins and Gil Kane Another pipe-sucking shamus from the backpages of Detective Comics, playing second fiddle to Batman? Gotham City private eye and ex-Marine JASON BARD is a young "resourceful, battle-scarred Vietnam vet, his only weapon a cane and a razor-sharp intelligence." In the straighter-than-thou world of DC of the seventies, Jason … Continue reading Jason Bard


Created by Frank Robbins and Neal Adams In the July 1978 issue of Batman Family (#20, if you're keeping track), we're treated to "Private Eye Man-Bat," a story wherein Kirk Langstrom asks Batman for a little favor: a job reference. Seems Langstrom thinks he'd make a swell partner for Gotham City private detective Jason Bard. Despite Batman's recommendation, … Continue reading Man-Bat


Character created by Bob Kane, with Bill Finger YES, that BATMAN. The Dark Knight. The Caped Crusader. One half of The Dynamic Duo. A sinister figure lurking in the shadows. Now, don't get me wrong--as I've had to tell numerous readers over the years who are upset at his exclusion of Batman on these pages--Batman is … Continue reading Batman

Larry Steele

Created by Will Ely Pseudonym of Will Georgi. Other psedonyms include John William Ely One of DC Comic's first gumshoes, making his debut in issue number five of the seminal Detective Comics, strapping young LARRY STEELE was a rookie private eye, a clean cut man about town from a "good family," still learning the ropes of … Continue reading Larry Steele