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

Dark Horse Presents

Private Eyes from Dark Horse Comics Dark Horse Presents made its debut in 1986 as a monthly comic book showcase/anthology for writers and artists for the then-upstart Dark Horse Comics. It was actually the first comic book they published, and served as their flagship title until it ended its initial run in September 2000. The … Continue reading Dark Horse Presents

Criminal

Created by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips No, the long-running, Eisner-winning CRIMINAL comic book series, written by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, isn't a P.I. comic. Not really. But with stuff this good, who cares? Criminal began in October 2006, initially published by Marvel's Icon imprint, and followed the crimes (successful and otherwise) and misadventures of … Continue reading Criminal

Dan Farraday

Created by Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips It's about time writer Brubaker and his partner in crime, Phillips, introduced a private eye into their long-running, Eisner-winning Criminal series. But why'd it take so long? Since the series began back in 2006 as a limited series, published by Marvel's Icon imprint, it's been a wild ride full … Continue reading Dan Farraday

My Scrapbook: Darwyn Cooke’s Color Model Sheet for Slam Bradley

My Scrapbook Darwyn Cooke's Color Model Sheet for Slam Bradley (March 2001) Say what you will about Slam Bradley, arguably DC Comics' longest running detective character (first appearance: Detective Comics #1), but his revival in 2001 in a four-part backup that ran in issues #759-762 of that magazine may be the greatest and most sincere … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Darwyn Cooke’s Color Model Sheet for Slam Bradley

Slam Bradley

Created by Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel SLAM BRADLEY, the original two-fisted, fightin'-mad (and occasionally pipe-sucking) comic book shamus, slugged his way through the mean streets of Cleveland, Ohio in the pages of Detective Comics, the comic book response to the hard-boiled crime and detective pulps of the time. Slam loved a good brouhaha (eyes … Continue reading Slam Bradley

Jack Herriman

Created by Ed Brubaker Troubled, one-eyed JACK HERRIMAN runs a small, one-man detective agency in San Francisco with the aid of his uncle Knut, a once famous crime scene photographer, and Molly, his uncle's sweetie, in Scene of the Crime: A Little Piece of Goodnight, an intriguing 1999 four-part comic series from the folks at … Continue reading Jack Herriman

Dakota North

Created by Martha Thomases Red-headed former fashion model turned private eye DAKOTA NORTH originally ran a New York-based international troubleshooting agency, North Security, in the short-lived Marvel comic book from the eighties that bore her name. Alas, the inspiration seemed to be more Charlie's Angels than Ms. Tree. Still, Ms. North seemed to be doing … Continue reading Dakota North