Web comics, baby. That's where it's at.

About the time this site began, the web was just starting to kick detective pulp fiction loose from the confines of alleged market demands and big-time publishing, and the same thing was happening in comics in a very big way.

It was aheady time, with fresh voices and new visions suddenly gaining a world-wide audience. The Thrilling Detective Web Site was proud to help kick out the jams, and presented some of the very first of the new breed, which were updated here regularly.

Velda, Girl Detective: Velda Goes on a Treasure Hunt
by Raoul Molnar and Ron Miller

Everyone's (or at least my) favourite stripper-turned-P.I., Velda Bellinghausen, decides life is not necessarily a day at the beach. One of many collaborations between Velda's creator and this site, we presented this tantalizing sneak peek at the upcoming Velda: Girl Detective #3 to celebrate Free Comic Book Day way back in 2005.

The Dingus by Christopher Mills & Joe Staton

Like Femme Noir (see below)? Check out this eight-part spin-off story arc, which featured Port Nocturne's Mike Hammer-ish private eye, Red "Rusty" Nales, and the villainous K. Burton Smythe (where does Mills come up with these ridiculous names?). "The Dingus" saw print in AC Comics' Femforce #121 in the Fall of 2003, but visitors to this site were able to catch the whole thing right here.


Odd Jobs by Timothy Broderick

Thrilling Detective Comics was proud to present Odd Jobs, a web comic written and drawn by Tim Broderick. This slice-of-life strip followed the adventures of David DiAngelo, a man who earns his living doing those "odd jobs" nobody else wants to,;a sort of Travis McGee for the new millennium. It was smart, it was quirky, and when you weren't looking, it could break your heart.

Femme Noir by Christopher Mills and Joe Staton

From the creator of private eye Matthew Dain and the co-creator of Mike Mauser came the dark tales of a very shady lady, the mysterious Femme Noir. The strip is a funky blend of hard-boiled crime, costumed crime fighter and good ol' retro four-colour excitement. Catch the spirit!

Dick Hammer by Chris Wisnia

Hot-tempered, foul-mouthed, crotch-scratching DICK HAMMER was a private skulk working the web comic mean streets of Crude Bay, Southern California. Yeah, Crude Bay. But don't let the the fact that artist/writer/creator Chris Wisnia apparently has his tongue wedged firmly in his cheek fool ya -- this was the stuff hard-boiled private eye dreams were made of -- and still are.

Detective Fork by Kevin J. Guhl

Okay, okay -- he may not always be the shiniest piece of cutlery in the drawer, but Silver City's own private eye Detective Fork somehow managed to get the job done, in this heart-felt spoof by artist/writer Kevin J. Guhl that pleased fans of hard-boiled detective fiction and eating utensils everywhere.

The Continentals
Darryl Hughes & Monique MacNaughton

The Continentals followed the adventures of Continental Ops Jeffrey Tiffen Smythe and his gender-bending, swash-buckling partner Lady Fiona Fiziwiggs, as they stalked the mean streets of Victorian England, hot on the trail of the perpetrator of a series of brutal "mangling" murders that had plunged the city of Mansfordshire into an abyss of fear.The strip was a real mash-up, combining detective fiction, action/adventure, historical drama, gothic horror, science fiction, and even steampunk.

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