Tony Bravado
Created by Dave Darrigo

TONY BRAVADO was the star of his own short-lived, self-titled comic book for a brief, very brief time. Yet, from the one glimpse I've had of Tony, in The Detectives anthology, it looks like we all missed something pretty good. Evidently, the publisher, Renegade, went under before Issue #2 was shipped, and creator Dave Darrigo had to buy out all the copies that Renegade printed, resolicit them, and sell them himself. He then manged to publish two more issues himself. Tony made two more appearances, in shorter comic stories, in Pirahna and the afore-mentioned The Detectives.

Tony was a handsome guy whose cases usually involved the glamourous world of the ultrarich. Of course, it helped that good ol' Tony was the "trouble-shooter" for zillionaire Lance Palmer, a sorta cross between Ted Turner and Hugh Hefner, who, aside from his high-class porn magazine, 'Eden,' also owned Eden Resorts all over the world; kinda like combination Club Meds and Playboy Clubs. Tony's job was to protect Palmer's interests, which took him all over the world. Scripted by ace comic writer Dave Darrigo, it was intended to cash in on the success of TV eyes such as Matt Houston and Thomas Magnum.

According to Darrigo's own intro, "Who is Tony Bravado? he's not a cop -- but he's been one. He's not a private eye -- but he's got a P.I. license. he's not a security consultant -- but that's what he calls himself at tax time. Bravado is a bodyguard and very personal agent for multi-millionaire businessman Lance Palmer. Palmer's business holdings made him famous among Wall Street watchers, but when he developed the 'Eden' concept he became a world-class celebrity. And a lot wealthier."

Creator Darrigo also created the highly-recommended comic series, Wordsmith, which traces the career of a pulp writer, and his many creations (including a hardboiled detective or two) through the thirties and forties. Anyone with the least interest in the pulps should run out and get this one.



Respectfully submitted by Christopher Mills and Kevin Smith.

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