Created by Denis McLoughlin (1918-2002)
ROY CARSON another of those square-jawed hardboiled quasi-private eyes from the continuity-challenged comics of the thirties, forties and fifties whose occupation seems to wander all over the place, depending on the vagaries and requirements of the the plot. In some adventures, he's a cop, a private eye, an amateur sleuth, an innocent bystander or even just a guy. In fact, he bears more than a slight resemblance to Detective Comics' Speed Saunders, another slick, well-dressed type, complete with trenchcoat and fedora, who seems to wander around crime scenes, poking his nose in, without the cops ever really questioning his involvement.
Roy's chief distinctions seem to be his intriguingly-named girlfriend/wife, Silk, and the fact that he's British, working the dark underbelly of post-war Britain. In fact, his stories are considerably darker in tone than many of the American comics that inspired Roy's co-creator, Denis McLoughlin, the Britsh illustration ace.
In the U.K., McLoughlin is best-known for his comic book work, not just the Roy Carson stories, but the many, many historical comic stories he illustrated. But recently, he's been getting some way-overdue attention for his powerful, pulp-inspired cover art that enlighted many a hard-boiled detective paperback. For more info on this part of his career, head on over here.
- "Smashing the Crime Wave with Roy Carson" (#1, Feb. 1948)
- "Roy Carson Meets Cheetah, Queen of Spies" (#3, April 1948)
- "Roy Carson Strikes Again" (#5, June 1948)
- "Roy Carson Versus the Marquis" #7, Aug. 1948)
- "Roy Carson And the Cornish Smugglers" (#13, March 1949)
- "Roy Carson annd the Case of the Educated Ape" (#23, Jan. 1950)
- "Roy Carson and the Return of Annette" (#34, Dec. 1950)
- "Roy Carson and the Boxing Racketeers" (#36, Feb. 1951)
- "Roy Carson Comic and the Missing Will" (#46, Jan. 1953)
- "Roy Carson vs. the Empress" (#52, Nov. 1953)
- "Roy Carson and the Missing Will" (January 1953, # 46)
- "Roy Carson vs. the Empress" (January 1953, # 46)
- "Roy Carson and the Old Master" (1953, #2)
- "Roy Carson Meets Waldo the Mystic" (November 1953, # 52)
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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