The Bogie Man (aka “Francis F. Clunie”)

Created by John Wagner and Alan Grant "Down these mean streets, a man must go, who is not himself..." -- artist Robin Smith's dedication to The Bogie Man Collection (1998) A limited series, and British cult favorite, featuring the comic (and comic book) misadventures of one FRANCIS F. CLUNIE, aka "BOGIE," an escaped mental patient … Continue reading The Bogie Man (aka “Francis F. Clunie”)

Danny and Harry

Created by Walter Brogan and Charles Santino "Danny's a cat. Harry's a seagull. They're private eyes. Proceed." -- the tagline for this web comic says it all. DANNY was a lieutenant in the Big One, and for a while, he pounded the beat as a street cop. But after beating up a corrupt police captain, … Continue reading Danny and Harry

Sergeant Beef

Created by Leo Bruce Pseudonym of Rupert Croft-Cooke (1903-79) It's difficult to figure out exactly how seriously we were supposed to take Golden Age detective SERGEANT WILLIAM BEEF.  They both follow the formula of the era's crime fiction, and spoof it. Initially a village copper, a "big red-faced man of forty-eight or fifty, with a straggling … Continue reading Sergeant Beef

Dudley Sledge

Created by Hunt Collins (Né Salvatore Lombino. Pseudonyms include Ed McBain, Evan Hunter, Richard Marsten, Curt Cannon, Ezra Hannon and John Abbott (1926-2005) She was cleaning fish by the kitchen sink when I climbed through the window, my .45 in my hand. She wore a low-cut apron, shadowed where her full breasts bunched together near the … Continue reading Dudley Sledge

Highland Park Price

Created by Dale Clark Pseudonym of Ronal Kayser Other pseudonyms include Clark Clayton (1905-88) Like more than a few private eyes from the pulps, Dale Clark's gizmo-obsessed, penny-pinching HIGHLAND PARK PRICE may not be quite as crooked as he seems. Although he has a penchant for stringing along his more shady clients, and soaking them for … Continue reading Highland Park Price

Eddie Mannix (Hail, Caesar!)

Created by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen "EDDIE MANNIX" was a real-life character, a legendary (and allegedly mob-connected) Hollywood bouncer and fixer who rose through the ranks to become a studio executive at MGM in the fifties. You may recall his appearance in the 2006 film Hollywoodland, director Allen Coulter and writer Paul Bernbaum's ambitious … Continue reading Eddie Mannix (Hail, Caesar!)

Jack Flippo

Created by Doug J. Swanson JACK FLIPPO was a Dallas assistant DA once upon a time, but thanks to one little "libido-driven mistake", he now finds himself seriously underemployed, working as a low-rent (but affable) private peeper, prowling cheesy motels, armed with a tape recorder and a camera. He's not so much hard-boiled as hard-luck, … Continue reading Jack Flippo

Buddy Faro

Created by Mark Frost Hey, this cat has class! Playboy private eye BUDDY FARO (played to ring-a-ding perfection by Dennis Farina) is a swinging dick, the "quickest-thinking, hardest-hitting, wildest-loving investigator of them all." Problem is, he mysteriously dropped out of sight in 1978. It takes BOB JONES, a straight-arrow, decidedly small-time private eye, who's idolized Buddy … Continue reading Buddy Faro

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

Bill Crane

Created by Jonathan Latimer (1906-1983) Jonathan Latimer's first book, 1935's Headed For a Hearse, was one of the first hard-boiled screwball comedies, following closely on the heels of the previous year's The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett. But where Hammett only toyed with the idea, contenting himself with cocktails and banter, Latimer went whole hog. … Continue reading Bill Crane