Created by Ron Miller
I believe the operative word here is hubba-hubba.
This clipping from the The New York Graphic, dated February 2, 1951, pretty much says it all:
Velda's dad was a New York cop, the "straightest cop the city ever had," and when he was killed, Velda felt she just had to do something. Turning P.I., her first big break was cracking the Sline case, which resulted in some real notoriety. Unfortunately, Hollywood never called, although she did sign a deal to and ended up with an honest-to-goodness detective pulp named after her. Though it lasted for only two lousy issues, and, as Velda puts it, "All I got out of it was 75 bucks and a lot of strange mail."
I'll bet. Sorry, guys, but it looks like Velda's saving herself for her best pal, Chester "Chip" Finney, ace reporter for The New York Graphic. She's hoping he'll come around some day...
Velda's the creation of illustrator supreme Ron Miller, a man who claims to have far too much free time on his hands. It certainly seems like it, at this point, because although there's a Velda book in the can, it hasn't been published yet, even though there's already a full-tilt boogie web site online AS WE SPEAK! It's obvious Ron knows a thing or two about the P.I. racket -- and Velda's not hard on the eyes, either.
Like Dean Davis' site for King Bennett, this is a finely-rendered labour of love, a fitting tribute to the P.I. genre of the past. Maybe Velda and King should date.
In fact, when I first heard about Velda, I made the crack that "It sorta makes you wish these guys would actually cough up the real deal, instead of just teasing us so well."
Well, I guess you should be careful what you wish for. Ron called my bluff, and submitted a story to this site. We accepted it, and the result can be found in our Summer 2002 issue. And damn if we didn't go and accept another one. and another. and another. And now he's writing novels and comics and radio plays and short films and everything. It's a Velda world after all!
-- Velda draws the line, in "The Early Bird."
-- Richard Prather
-- Sir Arthur C. Clarke
Ambitious repackaging of the oeuvre for the digital market, all released in July 2015. Most include Neolithica: Girl of the Pleistocene, Hawkshaw Hawk: Bird Detective and assorted bonus "gag" features to fill out the issues.
Collects issues 1-8 and all the Velda: Girl Detective bonus features. Over 370 pages!
A yummy site. You can even download The Official Velda Girl Detective Paper Doll Kit, The Official Velda Girl Detective Wall Calendar, the Velda comics, the radio play, the film and other goodies. Yowsah!!!
More about Ron Miller and his work than you can shake a stick at.
Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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