Somerset Holmes

Publisher: Pacific Comics
Publication Dates: September 1983 – April 1984
Number of Issues Published: 4 (#1 – #4)
Color: color
Dimensions: standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock: glossy
Binding: Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: Was Ongoing
Publication Type: magazine

Numbering continues with Somerset Holmes (Eclipse, 1984 series) #5

Publisher: Eclipse
Publication Dates: November 1984 – December 1984
Number of Issues Published: 2 (#5 – #6)
Color: color
Dimensions: standard Modern Age US
Binding: saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: limited series
Publication Type: magazine

Somerset Holmes is the story of a hunted woman with amnesia. Cliff Hanger is a cliffhanger story of the type in 1930s-40s movie serials.

Information thanks to the Grand Comics Database

Somerset Holmes was a 6-issue comic book mini-series written by Bruce Jones and co-plotted by April Campbell with art by Brent Anderson. The first four issues were published by Pacific Comics; after Pacific went out of business the last two issues were published by Eclipse Comics which later collected all six issues into a trade paperback. The first issue of Somerset Holmes was cover dated September 1983, the last December 1984.

Somerset Holmes tells the story of an amnesiac young woman, chased by criminals intent on killing her, and her attempts to stay alive while simultaneously struggling to solve the mystery of her past life and true identity. She takes her assumed name, Somerset Holmes, from a sign advertising a housing project, Somerset Homes.

The physical appearance of the main character was based on author Jones’ wife April Campbell, a former model, who posed as photo reference for the character, including the image used for the first issue’s cover.

The series was a deliberate attempt to create a comics property that could then be sold to Hollywood as a movie, and the storyline, panel arrangements and scene angles were consciously cinematic. Somerset Holmes, although never made into a movie, was actually optioned by Ed Pressman and, because of the screenplay Jones and Campbell wrote for it, both gained Hollywood agents and were accepted into the Screen Writers Guild. They subsequently worked on television and movie projects, as well as more comic books, and both went on to write novels.

Both Jones and Campbell feel strongly that the 1996 Geena Davis movie The Long Kiss Goodnight was an unauthorized, and unpaid for, theft of the Somerset Holmes idea.

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Nathaniel Dusk

Publisher: DC
Publication Dates: February 1984 – January 1986
Number of Issues Published: 8 (#1 – #4) (#1 – #4)
Color: color
Dimensions: standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock: glossy cover; baxter interior
Binding: saddle-stitched
Publication Type: magazine

Information thanks to the Grand Comics Database

Nathaniel Dusk is the name of a fictional private investigator and the two mini-series by DC Comics in which he appeared. The mini-series, both of four issues each, appeared in 1984 and 1985.

Don McGregor wrote and Gene Colan provided pencils for both series.

Nathaniel Dusk is a private investigator from New York City whose adventures in the 1930s are portrayed in the stories. He served in the United States armed forces in World War I and was hired by the New York City police force. Dusk fell deeply in love with Joyce Gulino, a beautiful young saleswoman with two children, Jennie and Anthony. Gulino’s ex-husband was a gangster named Joseph Costilino. Costilino later killed his family.

The Watchmen sequel Doomsday Clock features Nathaniel Dusk in the DC Universe as a noir film character portrayed by a fictional actor named Carver Colman. According to Geoff Johns, Colman will play a key role in the story. Carver Colman was mentioned to have been bludgeoned to death with the award that he won.

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Kelly Green

Publisher: Dargaud International Publishing
Publication Dates: 1982 – 1984
Number of Issues Published: 4 (#1 – The Go-Between – #4 – The Blood Tapes)
Color: Color Dimensions: 8.75″ x 11.25″
Publishing Format: Graphic Novel

Information thanks to the Grand Comics Database

Between 1981 and 1989, Stan Drake drew the stories about Kelly Green, a young widow who fights crime, for the French comic book Pilote. The lyrics were from Leonard Starr.

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Jonny Double

Publisher: DC
Publication Dates: September 1998 – December 1998
Number of Issues Published: 4 (#1 – #4)
Color: Color
Dimensions: Standard Modern Age U. S.
Paper Stock: Glossy cover; Glossy interior
Binding: Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: Limited Series
Publication Type: magazine

Information thanks to the Grand Comics Database

Jonathan Sebastian “Jonny” Double is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. Created by Len Wein and Marv Wolfman, he first appeared in Showcase #78 (November 1968).

Jonny is an ex-police officer and now a down-on-his-luck private investigator working in San Francisco. Deliberately anachronistic, his speech is laced with beatnik and 1960s hipster slang. As described in his first appearance in Showcase, Double is “a down-beat Don Quixote in a society that frowns on windmills. A once white knight in rusty armor searching for that last dragon to slay. The poor man’s Peter Pan.”

Jonny appeared in four issues of Wonder Woman.

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Crime Exposed

Publisher: Marvel
Publication Dates: December 1950 – June 1952
Number of Issues Published: 14 (#3 [1] – #14)
Color: Color
Dimensions: Standard Golden Age U. S.
Paper Stock: Newsprint
Binding: Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: Was Ongoing Series
Publication Type: magazine

Information thanks to the Grand Comics Database

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Cinder and Ashe

Publsiher: DC
Publication Dates: May 1988 – August 1988
Number of Issues Published: 4 (#1 – #4)
Color: Color
Dimensions: Standard Modern Age U.S.
Paper Stock: Mando
Binding: Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: 4-Issue Limited Series
Publication Type: magazine

Information thanks to the Grand Comics Database

Cinder and Ashe is a four issue comic book mini-series published by American company DC Comics in 1988.[1] The series was written by Gerry Conway and drawn by José Luis García-López. The series was labelled “Suggested for Mature Readers” to indicate that its content may be inappropriate for young children.

The story follows the two partners in a private investigation firm; Jacob Ashe is a U.S. Vietnam War veteran, while Cinder DuBois is the child of an African-American soldier and a Vietnamese woman.[2] The series is set in New Orleans, Louisiana with flashbacks to Vietnam.

Cinder and Ashe are hired by a farmer from Iowa to find his kidnapped daughter. As the investigations unfold, flashbacks reveal how Cinder and Ashe met, and the development of their relationship. A complication in the investigation is the involvement of a man named Lacey—who had raped Cinder when she was a thirteen-year-old girl in Vietnam.

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War against crime

Publisher: Superior Publishers Limited
Publication Dates: [circa Winter 1948] – [circa July 1949]
Number of Issues Published: 5 (#3 – #7)
Color: colour
Dimensions: standard Golden Age U.S.
Paper Stock: newsprint interior; glossy cover
Binding: saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: was ongoing series
Publication Type: magazine

Canadian reprint of EC comic: War Against Crime! (EC, 1948 series).

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Maze Agency

1988 Series

Publisher: Comico
Publication Dates: December 1988 – June 1989
Number of Issues Published: 7 (#1 – #7)
Color: Color
Dimensions: Standard Modern Age U.S.
Paper Stock: Glossy Cover; Newsprint Interior
Binding: Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format: Was On-Going
Publication Type: magazine

Numbering continues with The Maze Agency (Innovation, 1989 series) #8

1989 Series

Publisher: Innovation
Publication Dates: December 1989 – August 1991
Number of Issues Published: 16 (#8 – #23)
Color: Color
Dimensions: Standard Modern Age US
Binding: Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: Was ongoing
Publication Type: magazine

Information thanks to the Grand Comics Database

The Maze Agency is an American mystery comic book series created by Mike W. Barr and first published in 1988. It revolves around a pair of detectives (Jennifer Mays and Gabriel Webb) and their adventures solving puzzling murders. The Maze Agency was a 1989 nominee for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards for Best New Series.

The Maze Agency is notable for being one of the few mystery comic books to “play fair” with the reader — i.e. giving out sufficient clues for the reader to solve the mystery. However, in a February 2004 interview, creator and writer Mike W. Barr admitted that “Some of the Maze stories, frankly, are not fair-play whodunits to the reader, in that the story is possibly too complex for the reader to solve.” He cited as comparison an anecdote wherein the two creators of Ellery Queen were giving an interview, and one said “Ellery Queen is always fair to the reader,” to which the other replied, “Ellery Queen is always fair to the reader if the reader is a genius.” As Mike W. Barr is a fan of the series of Ellery Queen mysteries, the comic has much the same feel, sharing qualities such as the occasional “challenge to the reader” to solve the mystery, and an incorrect solution being offered by a character before the real answer is revealed. Barr even used Ellery as a guest star in Maze Agency #9.

Characters:

Jennifer Mays is a smart, tough, and sexy ex-CIA agent who runs the private detective agency for which the comic is named. Gabriel Webb is one of the few people to see her softer, tender side.

Gabriel Webb is a true-crime writer who longs to create more cerebral stories than his sensationalist editors like. He’s a little scatterbrained and easily distracted, but has a first-rate deductive mind. Although he’s romantically involved with Mays and helps her with many of her cases, he feels that the relationship makes accepting her repeated offer to join her business professionally inappropriate.

Detective Roberta Bliss is an NYPD homicide detective of Puerto Rican descent whom Webb and Mays often deal with in solving cases. She is sometimes annoyed by their tendency to complicate cases, but knows that they have the ability to crack murders that she’d have a hard time solving alone.

Ashley Swift is the head of the rival Swift Detective Agency, and Mays’ former boss. She’s a good detective, though not as good as Mays and Webb, but her arrogance has a habit of rubbing her ex-employee the wrong way.

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Magic Agent

Publisher: American Comics Group
Publication Dates: January-February 1962 – May-June 1962
Number of Issues Published: 3 (#1 – #3)
Color: Color
Dimensions: Standard Silver Age U. S.
Paper Stock: Glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding: Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: Was ongoing

This was a short-lived attempt to join the super-hero revival in the early sixties.

Information thanks to the Grand Comics Database

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Jon Sable Freelance

Publisher: First
Publication Dates: June 1983 – February 1988
Number of Issues Published: 56 (#1 – #56)
Color: color
Dimensions: Standard Modern Age U.S.
Paper Stock: Glossy cover; Newsprint interior (#1-33); Baxter Interior (#34-56)
Binding: saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: was ongoing series
Publication Type: magazine

Primarily a direct sales comic; copies did appear on Chicago newsstands.

Information thanks to the Grand Comics Database

Jon Sable Freelance is an American comic book series, one of the first series created for the fledgling publisher First Comics in 1983. It was written and drawn by Mike Grell and was a fully creator-owned title. Beginning in November 2007, it was published as an online comic series by ComicMix.

At a convention in the late 1980s, Grell stated that his idea for Sable was heavily influenced by Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels as well as drawing on pulp fiction crime stories saying “something like a cross between James Bond and Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer.”[citation needed] Also, many of the stories of Sable’s hunting exploits in Africa were influenced by Peter Hathaway Capstick’s novels.

Jonathan Sable was a bounty hunter and mercenary who previously had been an athlete in the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. After witnessing the terrorist outrages at those games, he married a fellow athlete and they relocated to Rhodesia, where Sable became an organizer of safaris for tourists, and later a game warden. It was during this time his family was murdered by poachers. After avenging his slain family, Sable returned to the USA and became a freelance mercenary.

He also has a double identity as a successful children’s book writer under the name of “B.B. Flemm.” Unlike many such characters, his literary agent is aware of his other identity’s activities, but is most persuasive in enforcing his writing contract obligations as well.

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