Miles Paladon

Created by Robert J. Randisi & Kevin D. Randle 1939 Chicago shamus MILES PALADON is gunned down in a back alley but comes to on a bloody medieval battlefield, with an arrow sticking out of his chest and a bunch of Prince Valiant lookalikes calling him Prince Paladon. Yep, it's another of those "how the hell … Continue reading Miles Paladon

Rex Shepard (You Never Can Tell)

Created by Lou Breslow and David Chandler "Oh Goldie, these are humans we're dealing with. You can't just tell them the truth and expect them to believe it." -- Rex explains the inadequacies of humans. Speaking of unfortunate viewing habits, how could you not include You Never Can Tell in the list of movies on your … Continue reading Rex Shepard (You Never Can Tell)

Lord Darcy

Created by Randall Garrett Pseudonyms include David Gordon, John Gordon, Darrel T. Langart, Alexander Blade, Richard Greer, Ivar Jorgensen, Clyde Mitchell, Leonard G. Spencer, S. M. Tenneshaw & Gerald Vance (1927-87) In a sort of parallel world where magic and ESP, not to mention knights and castles, co-exist peacefully alongside railroads, handguns and various other … Continue reading Lord Darcy

Raguel (Murder Mysteries)

Created by Neil Gaiman “And what do you do in the dark, Lucifer?” -- Raguel poses a question I tell ya, eventually everyone shows up here on this site. Sooner or later, everybody dips his toe into the P.I. Pool. In the case of comics whiz and storyteller extraordinaire Neil Gaiman, it was in a … Continue reading Raguel (Murder Mysteries)

John Justin Mallory

Created by Mike Resnick (1942-2020) Dragons? Vampires? Unicorns? Mallory's your man. Down on his luck (naturally) Big Apple gumshoe JOHN JUSTIN MALLORY needs a bit of sunshine in his life when we first meet him in 1987's Stalking the Unicorn. His wife has has run off with his partner, who's--surprise, surpise-- also taken a powder. … Continue reading John Justin Mallory

Charlie Waterfield

Created by Andrew Kaufman Middle-aged and recently divorced, CHARLIE WATERFIELD is no private eye. But one cold winter night, Charlie splits a cab fare with a stranger in a purple hat, and as they chat, a cloud of purple smoke floods the vehicle, and poofs him away. When he wakes up, he discovers himself sitting … Continue reading Charlie Waterfield

Ivy Gamble

Created by Sarah Gailey "I never wanted to be magic. That was Tabitha's thing, not mine." Ever wanted a story about a young Muggle P.I. set loose in Harry Potter Land? Me neither. But that's more of less what we get in Magic for Liars (2019), a series debut from Sarah Gailey. Twenty-something IVY GAMBLE, unlike … Continue reading Ivy Gamble

Gilda Carr

Created by W.M. Akers “The white lights of Broadway shimmered through the gin like gasoline in gutter water” If the Drowning City of Joe Golem's retro New York is too wet for you and you prefer your retro fantasy high and dry, you might get a kick out W.M. Aker's Westside (2019, which introduces  private … Continue reading Gilda Carr

Jenner Faulds (Fairlady)

Created by Brian Schirmer Every fantasy epic ends with a war. But what happens when the war is over? All set for a female comic book private eye in an ongoing fantasy series that pitches itself as “Magnum P.I.  meets Fables”? That's the concept behind Fairlady, a 2019 Image Comics fantasy offering. The war is … Continue reading Jenner Faulds (Fairlady)

Joe Golem

Created by Christopher Golden and Mike Mignola Known mostly for his comic book appearances, "occult detective" JOE GOLEM actually made his debut in Joe Golem and the Drowning City (2012), an illustrated prose novel by co-created by comics scribe Mike Mignola and novelist Christopher Golden and was only later transposed to the comics in the 2015 miniseries, … Continue reading Joe Golem