John Collins

Created by Norbert Davis (1909-49) “John Collins was playing the Beale Street Blues and playing it soft and sad because that was the way he felt. The notes dripped through the dimness of the room like molasses and provided an appropriate accompaniment to his thoughts. He had a hangover.” -- the intro to "Don’t You … Continue reading John Collins

Harry Lockhart & Gay Perry (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang)

Created by Shane Black "You don't get it, do you? This isn't good cop, bad cop. This is fag and New Yorker." -- Perry sums up the premise for Harry In Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Shane Black's entertaining 2005 comedy thriller, HARRY LOCKHART (a pre-Iron Man Robert Downey Jr., on his fourteenth or so "comeback"), … Continue reading Harry Lockhart & Gay Perry (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang)

Louis Simo (Hollywoodland)

Created by Paul Bernbaum For truth, justice and the American way... LOUIS SIMO is the fictional private eye set loose to investigate the mysterious real-life death of 1950s actor George Reeves in Hollywoodland, director Allen Coulter and writer Paul Bernbaum's ambitious 2006 release. It's actually two films, really, or rather two separate but interwoven stories, … Continue reading Louis Simo (Hollywoodland)

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

Honey West

  Created by G.G. FicklingPseudonym of Gloria and Forest Fickling Move over, Kinsey. Step aside, Sharon. Someone get the smelling salts for V.I. Here comes the shocking truth. The first really successful female private eye in her own series of novels was a bimbo! Or at least frequently clothing-challenged and none-too-swift. Evidence? This exclamation from … Continue reading Honey West

Erik March

Created by G.G. Fickling Pseudonym of Gloria and Forest Fickling ERIK MARCH is a high-priced (he charges a very hefty $1,000 a day) personal consultant/private investigator for large corporations in and around the Hollywood/Los Angeles area. He attributes his success to "the opposite sex, Ovaltine, and money." He is a 35-year-old, 6-foot tall, 180 lb., red-headed Irishman … Continue reading Erik March

California

"That’s what I did instead of going to school, and one of the genres I read was the California novelists—Dashiell Hammett and Joseph Hansen and Raymond Chandler, who was wonderful, and then Ross Macdonald. There was always something weird about the California story, as opposed to the New York story, which was about some guy … Continue reading California

Mark Hull

Created by Norbert Davis Pseudonyms include Harrison Hunt, Cedric Titus (1909-1949) "She was one of the real mysteries of Hollywood. She was thin and flat-chested, with a complexion like yellow paste. Her black hair was lifeless and dull. Her features were assembled in regular enough order, but her face gave a queer blank effect, as … Continue reading Mark Hull

February Smith

Created by Leigh Brackett (1915-1978) "I am a private dick...That means, according to all the storieds I've read, that I'm tough, resilient and bullet proof. Also infallibly brilliant. So don't worry..." -- (people should worry) FEBRUARY SMITH is the hero of "The Death Dealer," a 1943 novella by Leigh Brackett, written a year before her … Continue reading February Smith

Valentino

Created by Loren D. Estleman If you miss Stuart Kaminsky's movie trivia-packed Toby Peters series, boy, do we have a treat for you! Private eye writer and film buff Loren Estleman's latest series, originally exclusive to EQMM, irelates the adventures and misadventures of film detective VALENTINO, who works an archivist for UCLA's Film Preservation Department. … Continue reading Valentino