My Scrapbook: Sore Eyes

My Scrapbook Sore Eyes (Actual Covers for Actual Books) As a graphic designer, I'm sure I've inflicted my share of ghastly art upon the world (there's a particular rush job Asian film festival guide I hope never ever sees the light of day again), but these ill-conceived covers for private eye novels, for whatever reason, … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Sore Eyes

Nick and Nora Charles

Created by Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961) Nora: "I read where you were shot five times in the tabloids." Nick: "Not true. He didn't come anywhere near my tabloids." -- from The Thin Man (1934 film) The glitzy adventures of Dashiell Hammett's retired private eye NICK CHARLES and his rich, beautiful (and not quite as ditzy as … Continue reading Nick and Nora Charles

Nick and Holly West

Created by Joan H. Parker & Robert B. Parker "We have money. We do this because we like to." -- Holly in "Galahad, Inc." Dashiell Hammett once said "Maybe there are better writers in the world but nobody ever invented a more insufferably smug pair of characters. They can't take that away from me" The … Continue reading Nick and Holly West

Hank Brackett & Johnny Reach (Bearcats!)

Created by Douglas Heyes "Ridin' in a Stutz Bearcat, Jim/Those were different times..." --Sweet Jane by Lou Reed HANK BRACKETT and JOHNNY REACH were two freelance adventurers (Uh, mercenaries? Troubleshooters? Private eyes?) roaming around the American Southwest circa 1914 in their snazzy Stutz Bearcat in this fondly-remembered (by me, anyway) but short-lived (okay, I was, … Continue reading Hank Brackett & Johnny Reach (Bearcats!)

My Scrapbook: Burt Reynold’s Gun & B.L. Stryker’s Holster

My Scrapbook Burt Reynold's Gun & B.L. Stryker's Holster This is almost too precious to lose, so I'm re-posting this here for all you "true fans of Burt," before it disappears... Burt Reynolds Concealed Carry Rossi Revolver You are looking at the personal concealed carry weapon that was carried daily by Hollywood Icon Burt Reynolds. … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Burt Reynold’s Gun & B.L. Stryker’s Holster

Going to the Dogs

The Great Mutts of Detective Fiction Fortunately, the genre has, for the most part, escaped the infiltration of felines that has afflicted other mystery genres. And canine appearances have likewise been relatively scarce (so far), save for a few notable exceptions. Here, then, are some of the more significant or otherwise interesting canines of P.I. … Continue reading Going to the Dogs

Rip Kirby

Created by Alex Raymond The first modern detective? I'm not sure about that, but REMINGTON "RIP" KIRBY was certainly the most successful -- and certainly the longest-running -- attempt to bring a private eye to the comics page. Written and drawn by comics legend Alex Raymond, the same artist who had previously proven himself with, … Continue reading Rip Kirby

Alexa Crowe

Created by -- New Zealand's Lucy (Xena, Warrior Princess) Lawless returned to television as a ALEXA CROWE, a 'fearless and unapologetic" private investigator in the 2019 Australian series My Life is Murder. For those nostalgic for the Lucy of the cheesy sword-and-sorcery sagas featuring a lot of jumping around fighting monsters, you'll probably be disappointed -- … Continue reading Alexa Crowe

My Bookshelf: Noir: The Illustrated Crime Fiction Quarterly

My Bookshelf Noir:  The Illustrated Crime Fiction Quarertly Edited by Christopher Mills A year after his ambitious one-shot anthology The Detectives,  editor Christopher Mills let fly with the even more ambitious Noir: The Illustrated Crime Fiction Quarterly, an attempt to re-create The Detectives on a regular basis. It never quite caught on, lasting a mere three … Continue reading My Bookshelf: Noir: The Illustrated Crime Fiction Quarterly

Johnny Dynamite

Created by Pete Morisi and Ken Fitch (pseud. of William Waugh) "The Wild Man from Chicago! He's rough! He's Tough! He's JOHNNY DYNAMITE!" JOHNNY DYNAMITE was definitely the best of the pre-Comics Code comic book eyes of the fiftiies -- and, it turned out, the one with the longest legs. With his best gal and faithful … Continue reading Johnny Dynamite