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

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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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Cops the Job

Publisher: Marvel
Publication Dates: June 1992 – September 1992
Number of Issues Published: 4 (#1 – #4)
Color: Color
Dimensions: Standard Modern Age U. S.
Paper Stock: Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding: Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: Limited Series

Information thanks to the Grand Comics Database

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Dakota North

Publisher: Marvel
Publication Dates: June 1986 – February 1987
Number of Issues Published: 5 (#1 – #5)
Color: Color
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

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All-Famous Crime

Publisher: Star Publications
Publication Dates: May 1951 – May 1952
Number of Issues Published: 5 (#8 – #5)
Color: Color
Dimensions: Standard Golden Age U. S.
Paper Stock: Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding: Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: Was Ongoing Series
Publication Type: magazine

numbering continues with All-Famous Police Cases (Star Publications, 1952 series) #6

Information thanks to the Grand Comics Database

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Private Eye

Publisher: Marvel
Publication Dates: January 1951 – March 1952
Number of Issues Published: 8 (#1 – #8)

Information thanks to the Grand Comics Database

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Chain Gang War

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Publisher: DC
Publication Dates: July 1993 – June 1994
Number of Issues Published: 12 (#1 – #12)
Color: Color
Dimensions: Standard Modern Age U. S.
Binding: Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: Was Ongoing Series
Publication Type: magazine

Information thanks to the Grand Comics Database

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Where in the world is Carmen San Diego

Publisher: DC
Publication Dates: June 1996 – January 1997
Number of Issues Published: 4 (#1 – #4)
Color: color
Dimensions: standard Modern Age US
Binding: saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: limited series
Publication Type: magazine

Information thanks to the Grand Comics Database

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