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 private peeper, prowling cheesy motels, armed with a tape recorder and a camera. Well-written, with some favorable blurbs comparing him to people … 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

My Scrapbook: Original Artwork for “Peter Goon” by Jack Davis

My Scrapbook Original Artwork for "Peter Goon" by Jack Davis What? You thought MAD Magazine had a monopoly on snotty, adolescent parodies on television private eyes? Or that the work of the "usual gang of idiots" was exclusive to William M. Gaines' "What, Me Worry?" periodical? Nope. In its day, MAD had a slew of … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Original Artwork for “Peter Goon” by Jack Davis

Angel O’Day & Sam Simeon (Angel and the Ape)

Created by E. Nelson Bridwell, Howie Post and Bob Oksner Like, groovy! ANGEL BEATRIX O'DAY is a New York city-based private eye, who runs the O'Day and Simeon Detective Agency. She's 5'10" and 140 lbs, has blue eyes and platinum blonde hair, and tends to favour short dresses and skirts. But the dumb blonde jokes … Continue reading Angel O’Day & Sam Simeon (Angel and the Ape)

MAD About You Department: What, me shamus?

Parodies and satires of TV Eyes in MAD Magazine When you think about it, MAD Magazine's Alfred E. Neuman has been dogging the TV dick -- and occasionally his big screen counterpart -- almost since its birth, kicking plenty of dirt on assorted gumshoes in the process. Whether it's "Perry Masonmint" or good ol' "Jam … Continue reading MAD About You Department: What, me shamus?

Dahlia Moss

Created by Max Wirestone Imagine if Veronica Mars was a regular on TV's The Big Bang Theory, and all that tough-girl chic and hands-on savvy was replaced by a eyes-averted, downward-gazing gamer geek in dire financial straits, and you've pretty much got a snapshot of DAHLIA MOSS. It's the cash flow problems (she's got $17.23 in … Continue reading Dahlia Moss