Spike Spiegel, Jet Black & Faye Valentine (Cowboy Bebop)

Created by Yutaka Nanten SPIKE SPIEGAL and JET BLACK were bounty hunters of the future on the hit TV show Cowboy Bebop, who were found on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim time slot back in the early naughties. There's a difference between them and most bounty hunters, though--these guys are animated. But don't make the mistake … Continue reading Spike Spiegel, Jet Black & Faye Valentine (Cowboy Bebop)

John “GrimJack” Gaunt

Created by John Ostrander and Timothy Truman "Call me mercenary. Call me assassin. Call me a villain. I am all that and more." GRIMJACK was the titular hero of a hard-boiled mid-80s sci-fi comic book, set in an alternative reality, a weird mixture of Conan the Barbarian and Star Wars, with dashes of every genre … Continue reading John “GrimJack” Gaunt

January Cole

Created by Rob Hart JANUARY COLE is not your average house dick. That's because she's head of security at the Paradox Hotel, someplace in the not-so-distant future where uber-rich yahoos--in costume, no less--gather to be zapped back into the past. Alas, the technology--which the government's planning to privatize soon--isn't always all it could be, with … Continue reading January Cole

Mathew Swain

Created by Mike McQuay Sorry, but this sci-fi/P.I. hybrid works better as spoof, than straight. McQuay dedicated the whole series to to the memory of Raymond Chandler, "because he understood." It's too bad McQuay didn't. Chandler wanted to rise above the pulps, not wallow in them. But a bit of misguided name-dropping aside, the series … Continue reading Mathew Swain

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)

Dick Spanner (Dick Spanner P.I.)

Created by Terry Adlam "The detective who puts the P.I. in stuPId!" Private eyes are GO! Mild-mannered private detective DICK SPANNER was the suitably square-jawed (but tiny-brained) titular robot hero of Dick Spanner, P.I., a tongue-in-cheek British series set in "a parallel universe not far from here," featuring puppets, filmed entirely in stop-motion animation. Occasionally … Continue reading Dick Spanner (Dick Spanner P.I.)

Thompson Heller Detective Interstellar

Created by Milton Lawson and Dave Chisholm (art) Some people call him the Space Cowboy... A tumbler of Johnnie Walker Black  in hand, a Davidoff gasper in his maw, and perennially in need of a shave, party dude, cosmic slacker and avowed atheist THOMPSON HELLER is an intergalactic gumshoe, ready to roll, especially if the cause--or the pay--is … Continue reading Thompson Heller Detective Interstellar

Sam Space

Created by William F. Nolan Pseudonyms include Frank Anmar, F. E. Edwards & Warren Kastel  (1928-2021) Maybe Mars aint the place to raise the kids, after all... And it may not be the best place to run a detective agency either, as William Nolan's wonked-out sci-fi gumshoe is starting to discover. SAM SPACE is a … Continue reading Sam Space

Ruth Law

Created by Ken Liu "He misses her, like missing a mirror you’ve broken." In "The Regular," a short story by acclaimed sci-fi writer Ken Liu, we're introduced to RUTH LAW, a coldly efficient half-Chinese, half-American private eye who works out of a tiny office above a butcher shop in Boston's Chinatown. She specializes mostly in "hidden assets, … Continue reading Ruth Law

Sig Dreyer

Created by F. Paul Wilson Another gloomy future. Most of the Earth's population has got while the getting's good, abandoning the ol' home planet for the safety of outer space. The few that have stuck around in horror and sci-fi writer  F. Paul Wilson's Dydeetown World (1989) have to make do with a world where, … Continue reading Sig Dreyer