Marion Lane

Created by T.A. Willberg I dunno. This seems like a cross between Harry Potter and Harriett the Spy. With some Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie tossed in, and a quick spritz of steampunk, just in case. So you've got a little whimsy,a little fantasy, and a little mystery. We leave anyone out? When we meet MARION … Continue reading Marion Lane

Oscar Hellian

Created by John Bolton From out of Europe (I think), via Dark Horse's global comics anthology Cheval Noir (French for Dark Horse, natch!) comes 1940's Hollywood dick OSCAR HELLIAN. Divorce may be his bread and butter, but he still has to share office space with Myra, who runs a secretarial agency, and Dan, an aspiring photographer … Continue reading Oscar Hellian

Bud Delaney (Last Hours Before Morning)

Created by Robert Garland & George Yanok If it wasn't for the fact that there's an IMDB page for this made-for-TV movie, I might think I just imagined that I watched Last Hours Before Morning back in 1975. There are no clips from it on YouTube, no images that a Google search came up with. But I recall … Continue reading Bud Delaney (Last Hours Before Morning)

Richard

Created by Joe R. Lansdale "I do a little detective stuff now and then for folks I know, folks that recommended me to others. I don't have a license. Black folks couldn't get a license to shit broken glass in this town. But I was pretty good at what I did. I learned it the … Continue reading Richard

Sammy “Two Toes” Tiffin (Noir)

Created by Christopher Moore "She had the kind of legs that kept her butt from resting on her shoes--a size eight dame in a size-six dress and every mug in the joint was rooting for the two sizes to make a break for it..." Noir (2018) by satirist and professional piss-taker Christopher (Lamb, Secondhand Souls, … Continue reading Sammy “Two Toes” Tiffin (Noir)

Ezra Cain (Brutal Dark)

Created by Chris Condon and Jacob Phillips So, while the world was going crazy in 2020, and their proposed series launch of their ongoing series from Image, That Texas Blood, was being indefinitely delayed, comic guys Chris Condon and Jacob Phillips whipped up a little something to tide fans over. What they cooked up was a … Continue reading Ezra Cain (Brutal Dark)

Johnny Hawke (Johnny One-Eye)

Created by David Stuart Davies (1946--) The war evidently didn't belong just to Foyle... When he made his debut in "One for the Monet," a 2000 short story, World War II had just broken out, and action-craving young copper JOHNNY HAWKE quits the London police department to enlist in the British Army, intending to give his … Continue reading Johnny Hawke (Johnny One-Eye)

Sam Sumida/Jimmy Park (Woman With a Blue Pencil)

Created by Gordon McAlpine Pseudonyms include Owen Fitzstephen Your first instinct might be to run when you hear the high-minded praise for this “brilliantly structured labyrinth of a novel—postmodernist in its experimental bravado,” as Joyce Carol Oates calls it. But relax.  In Woman With a Blue Pencil (2015), Gordon McAlpine doesn’t just write just for the … Continue reading Sam Sumida/Jimmy Park (Woman With a Blue Pencil)

Newman

Created by Janet Roger It's 1947, World War II is over, it's early Christmas morning and the snow is falling, and NEWMAN, an American ex-pat living in a post-war, post-Blitz London, still digging itself out from under the rubble, in Janet Roger's ambitious, Chandler-leaning and much-acclaimed debut, Shamus Dust (2019). Newman (no first name) has been … Continue reading Newman

Nathan Doyle & Matthew Spain

Created by Josh Lanyon Pseudonym of D.L. Browne "Inside Union Station was a madhouse. Porters hustled, families greeted and friends good-byed, the sheer volume of sound rising from the marble floors and Spanish tiles, soaring up and disappearing into the cathedral-high ceiling and the gigantic iron chandeliers. Nathan scanned the milling crowd for Pearl’s hat … Continue reading Nathan Doyle & Matthew Spain