Jacob Asch

Created by Arthur Lyons (1946-2008)  JACOB ASCH was a glib, cynical, half-Jewish reporter for the L.A. Chronicle until he got sent to jail for refusing to reveal a source. He did six months on a contempt of court beef, and when he was sprung, the glamour of journalism, for some reason, had lost its appeal … Continue reading Jacob Asch

Harry Stoner

Created by Jonathan Valin In his mid-forties, too educted for his own good and no stranger to brooding and self-doubt, Cincinnati's HARRY STONER is a more intense, more muscular, bigger-shouldered version of Ross Macdonald's Lew Archer, rougher around the edges, more prone to violence. And he's very much a product of his times -- the … Continue reading Harry Stoner

They Also Served: Joseph “Cap” Shaw

(1874 – 1952) "We wrote better for him than we could have written for anybody else." -- Raymond Chandler, in a letter Not the first, but arguably not the most influential (any George Sutton fans out there?), and certainly the best known, Joseph "Cap" Shaw was the editor of the legendary Black Mask from 1926 to … Continue reading They Also Served: Joseph “Cap” Shaw

Eddy Deco

Created by Gahan Wilson (1930-2019) "It's a little joke of mine to call the place where I have my office the Rundown Building, but that's not to say it didn't have sreams once; you can easily tell it did from the winged stone lady on its front." Playboy cartoonist Gahan Wilson's Eddy Deco's Last Caper (1987) … Continue reading Eddy Deco

All Hail The New Pulp!

A Tribute To Blue Murder Yeah, the New Pulp. You're soaking in it. In fact, you're holding it in your hands right now. And you're in it for a treat. The first Great Pulp Era lasted from about the early 1900's until about the mid-fifties. The pulps were cheaply-produced magazines of mostly short fiction, with … Continue reading All Hail The New Pulp!

My Scrapbook: Raymond Chandler’s Attestation Papers

My Scrapbook Raymond Chandler's Attestation Papers (August 14, 1917, Victoria, British Columbia) Although he was an American citizen, Raymond Thornton Chandler enlisted with the Canadian Army in August 1917, as his attestation paper above shows. Some have suggested he chose the Canadian Army due to his fondness for all things British (Canada being part of the … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Raymond Chandler’s Attestation Papers

Scooby-Doo & Mystery, Inc.

Created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears “I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for you meddling kids” -- never actually uttered, but the thought is there. Ruh-roh. No, SCOOBY-DOO, a giant talking Great Dane, and teenagers NORVILLE "SHAGGY" ROGERS, THELMA DINKLEY, DAPHNE BLAKE and FRED JONES are not private detectives. … Continue reading Scooby-Doo & Mystery, Inc.

The Beers of Spenser

The Beerhunter? For a while there, it really seemed like Robert B. Parker's Spenser had a quest. No, not some knightly search for some old cup that's been kicking around for a couple of millennium, or something so shop-worn as a lady fair or even honesty, beauty or true love. Nope, Spenser's quest was for... … Continue reading The Beers of Spenser

Frank Kafka

Created by Jacob Kurtz (aka Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips) "It never makes any goddamn sense." Now here's something you don't see everyday: a fictitious comic strip drawn by a character in a comic book. Is that meta enough for ya? FRANK KAFKA is the private eye hero of a popular daily comic strip titled, appropriately enough … Continue reading Frank Kafka