Rocky Steele

Created by John B. West (1905-60) Perhaps not surprisingly, ALOYSIUS ALGERNON STEELE prefers to be called "ROCKY." Can you really blame him? After all, neither Aloysius nor Algernon is the kinda monicker any self-respecting hard-boiled P.I. wants to go by. And as a Lucky-smoking, cognac-swigging, ex-boxer and former commando (he saw action in the Pacific … Continue reading Rocky Steele

Bryce Patch

Created by Bill S. Ballinger Pseudonyms include B.S. Sanborn and Frederic Fryer (1912-1980) From the blurb: "A real sock-it-to-'em mystery about Private Eye BRYCE PATCH and his two cases--one to find the killer of an old friend and the other commissioned in the queen-sized bed of an ex-show girl looking for her ex-husband." A relatively … Continue reading Bryce Patch

Barr Breed

Created by Bill S. Ballinger Pseudonyms include B.S. Sanborn and Frederic Fryer (1912-1980) Bill Ballinger wrote a pair of novels about Chicago P.I. BARR BREED who ran the Breed Detective Agency in downtown Chicago. No lone wolf, he, Barr has a staff of three operatives and a secretary, Evelyn Jones, who he considers so homely … Continue reading Barr Breed

Trixie Meehan & Mike Harris

Created by T.T. Flynn Pseudonym of (Thomas Theodore Flynn (1902-78) "Pert and sweet, soft and cuddly, harmless as a kitten and luscious-looking to all big strong men—that's Trixie if you don't know her." Nuts about each other, or just nuts? One of those hard-boiled dames from the pulps, cute, gun-toting TRIXIE MEEHAN was, along with her … Continue reading Trixie Meehan & Mike Harris

Jack Morgan, Peter Knight, Dan Carter, Chris Schneider, Craig Gisto, Santosh Wagh, Joey Montague et al (Private)

Created by James Patterson, Maxine Paetro, Mark Sullivan, Mark Pearson, Michael White, Ashwin Sanghi, Rees Jones, Jassy Mackenzie et al I've heard so many bad and even cruel things from writers and readers whom I generally respect about James Patterson's writing--tempered by equally effusive but vague praise by diehard fans--that I really had little real … Continue reading Jack Morgan, Peter Knight, Dan Carter, Chris Schneider, Craig Gisto, Santosh Wagh, Joey Montague et al (Private)

Sai Srinivasa Athreya (Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya)

Created by Swaroop RSJ, Krishna Naroju & Naveen Polishetty India gets its very own wannabe private eye in Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya, a 2019 comedy thriller starring Naveen Polishetty as SAI SRINIVASA ATHREYA, an amiable doofus who's seen way too many detective movies. So naturally he sets up his own detective agency, The Fatima Bureau of Investigation (FBI, for short) … Continue reading Sai Srinivasa Athreya (Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya)

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)

Fernlight & Bramble (The HOP-D Cases)

Created by P A Wilson Down these mean streets a fairy must flit? Here we go again... another fantasy/private eye hybrid. This time out, it's FERNLIGHT, a sprite intent on running her own detective agency. Her partner is BRAMBLE, a not-too-swift but fiercely loyal fairy, winged and three foot tall, and together they set out to … Continue reading Fernlight & Bramble (The HOP-D Cases)

Inch High (Inch High, Private Eye)

Created by Hanna-Barbera INCH HIGH, "the world's biggest little detective," was the hero of Inch High, Private Eye, a goofy 1972 Hanna Barbera Saturday morning cartoon for kids. Resplendent in a bright green trencgcoat and matching fedora, his real power came from his ability to shrink down to the height of one inch, thanks to … Continue reading Inch High (Inch High, Private Eye)

Mitch Buchannon, Ryan McBride, Garner Ellerbee & Diamant Teague (Baywatch Nights)

Created by Douglas Schwartz, Michael Berk, Gregory J. Bonann and David Hasselhoff See what Charlie's Angels hath wrought? Spun off from the inexplicably popular Baywatch, Baywatch Nights (1995 -1997) was a deli platter of a show--a thick slice of video turkey, with prime ham David Hasselhoff reprising his Baywatch role as beefcake lifeguard MITCH BUCHANNON, accompanied by … Continue reading Mitch Buchannon, Ryan McBride, Garner Ellerbee & Diamant Teague (Baywatch Nights)