Lou Fleener

Created by Duane Lindsay Chicago private eye LOU FLEENER (and his sometime-partner and best bud Dion "Monk" Monkton) works the mean streets of the Windy City in the late fifties and early sixties, stumbling from one cockeyed mess to another, trying to keep their eyes on the prize, doing battle with mobsters, Nazis and the … Continue reading Lou Fleener

Jennifer Mays & Gabriel Webb (The Maze Agency)

Created by Mike W. Barr One of the longer-running P.I. comic books was The Maze Agency, which ran for twenty-three issues in the early nineties, plus several specials, one-shots, and the like, making it arguably the second-longest running English-language P.I. series, after Ms. Tree. The stories tended to the more traditional Golden Age mystery, particularly … Continue reading Jennifer Mays & Gabriel Webb (The Maze Agency)

Ms. Tree

Created by Max Allan Collins and Terry Beatty Since Mike Hammer was originally planned for comic books, it only seems fitting that Spillane defender/apologist and hard-boiled renaissance man Max Allan Collins' "female Mike Hammer," MICHAEL TREE, should appear in the appropriate medium. And who knows? Collins is probably most famous for his historical detective novels … Continue reading Ms. Tree

Sam and Tate Morgan

Created by Gil Brewer Pseudonyms include Bailey Morgan, Eric Fitzgerald, Frank Sebastian, Jack Holland, Roy Carroll, Elaine Evans and Barry Miles, as well as the house name of Ellery Queen (1922-83) From the back cover: "What I can't stand is knowing she's out right now playing around." The tall, heavy-set man stared at me, his … Continue reading Sam and Tate Morgan

Al Hickey & Frank Boggs (Hickey & Boggs)

Created by Walter Hill    At the time, circa 1998, my original entry on this much loved but definitely bleak cult film had a lot of fun suggesting it was rarely shown because it might contradict Bill Cosby's squeaky clean image as America's favourite TV dad. That was such a long time ago... Actors Robert … Continue reading Al Hickey & Frank Boggs (Hickey & Boggs)

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)

Don Corey, Jed Sills, Chris Devlin & Dr. Carl Hyatt (Checkmate)

Created by Eric Ambler In Checkmate, a fondly-remembered television show from the early sixties, DON COREY and JED SILLS run a very fancy, very expensive, high-tech San Francisco detective agency whose aim is "to thwart crime and checkmate death (by) stopping the slide downhill to tragedy." It was a lofty and intriguing concept, arguably ahead … Continue reading Don Corey, Jed Sills, Chris Devlin & Dr. Carl Hyatt (Checkmate)

Tommy “Twotoes” Tuthill & Terry Bob Rooke

Created by David Alexander (1907-1973) TOMMY "TWOTOES" TUTHILL and TERRY BOB ROOKE are a New York detective team similar to Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin, who appeared in two novels by David Alexander back in the fifties. From what I can piece together, Terry is decidedly more downscale than Archie -- he's a recovered Bowery … Continue reading Tommy “Twotoes” Tuthill & Terry Bob Rooke

Russ Andrews, Steve Banks & Maggie Peters (The Investigators)

Russ Andrews, Steve Banks & Maggie Peters (The Investigators) Created by Michael Garrison Hotshot insurance investigators RUSS ANDREWS and STEVE BANKS ran the prestigious, swanky New York-based Investigators, Inc. on The Investigator, a 1961 television show that attempted to milk the popularity of 77 Sunset Strip (1958) and its numerous imitators, a formula that was easy enough to copy, but not necessarily … Continue reading Russ Andrews, Steve Banks & Maggie Peters (The Investigators)

Brian Devlin & Nick Corsello (The Devlin Connection)

Created by John Wilder In The Devlin Connection, a short-lived TV series from the early eighties, slick, sophisticated, independently wealthy man-about-town BRIAN DEVLIN (played by Rock Hudson) is retired after a long and successful career as a high-class private eye with branches all over the world. He takes on a prestigious position as Director of the … Continue reading Brian Devlin & Nick Corsello (The Devlin Connection)