Longsarge

Created by The Usual Gang of Idiots I'm not exactly sure who wrote this (I'm assuming the usual gang of idiots), but this MAD Magazine spoof of 1970s detective shows (and TV Guide itself) is pretty much spot-on. A long-haired, motorcycle-riding, deaf Trappist monk private eye? Why not? After all, this was the era of … Continue reading Longsarge

Inspector Allhoff

Created by D.L. Champion (1903-68) "... the unpleasantest detective who ever cracked a homicide case" --from a July 1938 Dime Detective blurb  Not quite a P.I., not quite a real cop, Dime Detective favourite INSPECTOR ALLHOFF is under contract, albeit unofficially, to the NYPD. He works out of a cockroach-infested dump, across the street from police … Continue reading Inspector Allhoff

William “Billy” Wallace

Created by Ed Lacy Pseudonym of Leonard S. Zinberg (1911-1968) "I was afraid my heart would burst if I took another step." One year after he suffered his first heart attack, author Ed Lacy published Bugged For Murder (1961) about a middle-aged private eye, WILLIAM "Billy" WALLACE, who has a bad ticker ticker himself, and is … Continue reading William “Billy” Wallace

Sid Halley

Created by Dick Francis (1920-2010) “I was never particularly keen on my job before the day I got shot and nearly lost it, along with my life. But the .38 slug of lead that made a pepper shaker out of my intestines left me with fire in my belly in more ways than one.” -- … Continue reading Sid Halley

Max Carrados & Louis Carlyle

Created by Ernest BramahPseudonym of Ernest Bramah Smith1868-1942"I have no blundering, self-confident eyes to be hoodwinked."Ernest Bramah's MAX CARRADOS, often billed as "The Blind Detective," was arguably the first of the defective detectives, and certainly one of the worthiest rivals of Sherlock Holmes.It may have been a gimmick, but it was a good one, with … Continue reading Max Carrados & Louis Carlyle

Mike Longstreet

Developed for television by Stirling Silliphant From a character created by Baynard Kendricks The seventies were truly the Golden Age of the TV Dick, when the airwaves were saturated with private eyes and cops of all sizes and shapes. There were so many of them that the nightly barrage of murder and mayhem began to … Continue reading Mike Longstreet

Duncan Maclain

Created by Baynard H. KendrickPseudonyms include Richard Hayward(1894-1977) Douglas? Blinded in World War I, wealthy, dashing CAPTAIN DUNCAN MACLAIN moves to New York and sets up a detective agency, aided by his partner, Spud Savage (is that a great name or what?) and his secretary (and Spud's wife) Rena. Rounding out the staff are Duncan's two specially-trained … Continue reading Duncan Maclain