Stu Manning (Lonesome Days, Savage Nights)

Created by Steve Niles & Salvatore Simeone Steve Niles' comic book private eye hero Cal McDonald has been hunting down, palling around and mostly knocking off monsters for years, so it seems only natural that eventually he'd create a monster P.I. Which is exactly what STU MANNING is, in Lonesome Days, Savage Nights, a 2020 … Continue reading Stu Manning (Lonesome Days, Savage Nights)

Griffu

Created by Jean-Patrick Manchette (1942-1995) and Jacques Tardi (1946--) GRIFFU is the battered and betrayed legal adviser/punching bag hero of a real rock 'em, sock 'em hard-boiled detective story initially serialized in BD in 1977, and eventually published as a very stylish  graphic novel. I'm put in mind of Paul Simon's "The Boxer". Like the … Continue reading Griffu

A.Y. Jalisco (Chicanos)

Created by Carlos Trillo & Eduardo Risso "There is something worse than gringos... and that is rich Mexicans who look at you as if you were garbage." Chicanos follows the misadventures (it's hard to call them "cases") of ALEJANDRINA "A.Y." JALISCO, a short, stout, top-heavy (and, we're constantly told, unattractive) Mexican woman who follows her … Continue reading A.Y. Jalisco (Chicanos)

Denaldo Reynoso (The Big Hoax)

Created by Carlos Trillo (1943-2011) and Roberto Mandrafina Pseudonyms include Cacho (1945--) La grande arnaque (The Big Hoax) was an award-winning 1998 Spanish-language graphic novel splattered with blood, sex, a hefty dose of magical realism, and more than a few pointed digressions into South American history and politics. Not that any of that concerns DENALDO REYNOSO, the … Continue reading Denaldo Reynoso (The Big Hoax)

Christopher Marlowe (The Wasteland)

Created by Martin Rowson British cartoonist Martin Rowson's The Wasteland, a 1990 graphic novel, is a surrealistic mash-up of -- and cockeyed tribute to -- T.S. Eliot's The Wasteland and the work of Raymond Chandler. But don't let that scare you away... T.S. Eliot was, of course, a literary big shot (and a crime fiction … Continue reading Christopher Marlowe (The Wasteland)

Neil Hammond & Archie Goldman

Created by Jules Feiffer "I could kill her." -- Annie on her mother Unlike his first foray into detective and crime fiction, Ackroyd (1977), cartoonist Jules Feiffer's 2014 graphic novel Kill My Mother drew pretty much unanimous praise, and was named one of the year's best books of the year by both Vanity Fair and Kirkus … Continue reading Neil Hammond & Archie Goldman

Chandler (Red Tide)

Created by Jim Steranko CHANDLER was the eponymous Manhattan private detective hero of Chandler (1976), comicmeister supreme Jim Steranko's love letter to the hard-boiled private eye heroes created by Hammett, Whitfield, Gardner, Daly and of course, Chandler himself. It's got all the classic P.I. stuff you need: a 1930s hard-boiled dick is cooling his heels in … Continue reading Chandler (Red Tide)