1980 series

Publisher: Eclipse
Publication Date: [May] 1980
Number of Issues Published: 1
Color: Color cover; Black and White interior
Binding: Squarebound
Publishing Format: Graphic Novel

Sometimes listed as #3 on Eclipse Graphic Album series.

1985 series

Publisher: Eclipse
Publication Dates: April 1985 – April 1985
Number of Issues Published: 2 (#1 – #2)
Color: Color
Dimensions: Standard Modern Age U. S.
Paper Stock: Glossy cover; Baxter interior
Binding: Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: Limited Series
Publication Type: magazine

1987 series

Publisher: Eclipse
Publication Dates: June 1987 – December 1987
Number of Issues Published: 3 (#1 – #3)
Color: Color cover; Black, White and Sepia interior
Dimensions: Standard Modern Age U. S.
Paper Stock: Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding: Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: Limited Series
Publication Type: magazine

Information thanks to the Grand Comics Database

Detectives Inc. is a series of two original graphic novels written by Don McGregor and published by Eclipse Enterprises in 1980 and 1985. The first, Detectives Inc.: A Remembrance of Threatening Green, featured black-and-white art by penciler-inker Marshall Rogers. The second, Detectives Inc.: A Terror Of Dying Dreams, was drawn by Gene Colan, and printed directly from his detailed pencils; a later comic-book reprinting added a sepia-tone wash in place of inking.

These two early graphic novels were not superhero or science fiction/fantasy stories, and A Remembrance of Threatening Green (1980) was the first naturalistic graphic novel to follow Will Eisner’s influential A Contract with God. The Gay League’s “LBGT Comics Timeline” cites the book as “featuring the first lesbian characters in mass-market comics”.

The books’ genesis, author Don McGregor recalled, had gone back several years. “I had created Detectives Inc. as early as 1969, as roles for Alex Simmons and myself to play in Super8 millimeter movies I was making”. In the early 1970s, the two produced a crude Detectives Inc. comic book, self-published via photocopier.

A remembrance of threatening green, A terror of dying dreams 1-3, 1,2






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