Sian Holt (Star Wars: The High Republic)

Created by Daniel José Older and David Wachter Well, it had to happen... The Star Wars universe has, as far as I can tell, finally unveiled its very first private investigator. SIAN HOLT  is a high-priced space shamus who operates during the so-called High Republic Era, which takes place about two hundred years before the events … Continue reading Sian Holt (Star Wars: The High Republic)

Jamie Madrox (Multiple Man)

Created by Len Wein, Chris Claremontand John Buscema JAMIE MADROX was another of Marvel's attempts to create a private eye/superhero hybrid. He first appeared in bit parts mostly, hanging out in various X-books, as Multiple Man, a mutant born with the rather peculiar ability to create endless autonomous duplicates of himself;  essentially clones to whom he … Continue reading Jamie Madrox (Multiple Man)

Luke Cage

Created by Archie Goodwin and John Romita, Sr. "I ain't about the tights and shit..." -- Cage on why the tiara is gone, in Alias #1 A working class hero is something to be... When LUKE CAGE made his debut in Luke Cage: Hero for Hire in 1972, he was the first African-American superhero to … Continue reading Luke Cage

Rocky Jorden

Created by (unknown) "Things began to happen fast! Shots went off and I felt a searing pain in my left arm! Vaguely, I saw the punk collapse with a death rattle in his throat." -- typical hard-boiled prose, right from Rocky's mouth. Now here's a blast from the past! It's another short-lived attempt to bring … Continue reading Rocky Jorden

Skip McCoy

Created by Allen Bellman One of the earliest private eyes in what would become the Marvel Universe, SKIP McCOY (aka "Detective Skip McCoy") may have been, at best, a minor footnote in comic book history, but he sure got around. We know he was a detective, but he seemed to conveniently fluctuate between working for … Continue reading Skip McCoy

Leslie Lenrow (aka “The Ferret”)

Created by Irwin Hasen & Stockridge Winslow LESLIE "THE FERRET" LENROW is an early private eye character from Marvel Comics way back in 1940, in an issue of Marvel Mystery Comics. According to the comics, he's a "well-known author and private investigator" who lives in Greenwich Village. Unlike most of the other heroes (The Human Torch, Electro, The … Continue reading Leslie Lenrow (aka “The Ferret”)

Dominic Fortune

Created by Howard Chaykin Poor Marvel. Try as they might, they can't seem to lose the spandex. Whereas eternal rivals DC seem to have the sleuthing gene built right in their corporate DNA (DC, after all, stands for "Detective Comics"), Marvel has always struggled to come up with a credible crime or detective comic. Like, … Continue reading Dominic Fortune

Eyes on the No-Prize

Private Eyes from the Marvel Universe  Marvel Comics, which started in 1938 as Timely Comics and by the early fifties was known as Atlas Publications, became the Marvel Comics we all know and love in 1961, the year that Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and others unleashed what we now think of as the … Continue reading Eyes on the No-Prize

Kate Bishop (Hawkeye)

Created by Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung P.I. version developed by Kelly Thompson Original "Hawkeye" created by Stan Lee and Don Heck "Ugh. Barf." -- Kate reacts to a stalker's claim that he's in love with his victim. In the ca-ching-ca-ching world of Marvel and DC superheroes, a character's back story is forever malleable, vulnerable … Continue reading Kate Bishop (Hawkeye)