The Detectives

A destined-to-be-classic one-shot comic book anthology of comic book private eyes, edited and designed by Christopher Mills, subtitled "Celebrating Seventy Years of the American Private Eye." A great book, handsomely produced, collecting several comic stories, both new and reprints, a snapshot of mostly current comic book private eyes, circa 1993. Plus a great intro by private eye writer Ed Gorman. Definitely worth looking for!

Mills returned a year later with the ambitious but criminally short-lived Noir: The Illustrated Crime Fiction Quarterly, an attempt to re-create The Detectives on a regular basis.


  • THE DETECTIVES.. Buy this book
    (April 1993, Alpha Productions)
    1 issue, colour cover, B&W inside
    Edited and designed by Christopher Mills
    Cover by Adam Hughes and Myke Maldonado

  • Including the following stories:
  • "The Private Eye Tradition" by Ed Gorman
  • "The Old Farmhouse" by Nicola Cuti and Joe Staton, featuring Mike Mauser
  • "The Adventure of the Chinese Dissident" by Mike Barr, Paul Pelletier and Bob Cram, Jr., featuring The Maze Agency
  • "Image of Death" by Max Allan Collins and Terry Beatty, featuring Mike Mist
  • "Gambling with Hercules" by Dave Darrigo and Peter Grau, featuring Tony Bravado
  • "The Hundred Cadillacs" by Nick Alascia, featuring Johnny Dynamite
  • Ace Mifflin Pin-up by Ted Slampyak (Ace Mifflin)

Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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