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Here he comes, 400 pounds of heavenly fun, in a Mexican wrestling mask, no less! Who says I don't listen to you guys?
I recently received this letter from Frank Patterson:
I love the Thrilling Detective site! I've been a frequent visitor since I stumbled upon it about a year ago.
However, one of the greatest comic book detectives of all time is not included on your site. I am referring to EL BORBAH.
El Borbah, if you aren't familiar with him, is a tough-talking, fat, masked wrestler who takes on detective jobs. His stories are a combination of the noir and the bizarre. In one tale he is trying to find a runaway kid for his parents -- the only clue is that the kid is into "robot music". When he finds the kid, it turns out he has joined a robot cult and has replaced his arms with robotic arms.
Well, how could I refuse? So I did some digging, and came up with a little more :
EL BORBAH weighs in at 400 pounds, and is indeed a private eye. A particularly grumpy and violence-prone one who just happens to favour wrestler's tights and a mask. He storms through his cases, living on junk food and beer, kicking down doors, kicking ass and taking no guff from a varied assortment of freaks and geeks, each more bizarre than the last. In El Borbah's pulpish, purplish noir-tinged world, in fact, he's the "normal" one.
There were, as fare as I know, only five stories, all in glorious black and white, that originally appeared in Heavy Metal and Art Spiegelman's Raw Comics in the '80s, but there have been a couple of collections of the stories, the latest by Fantagraphic Books.
Respectfully submitted by Frank Patterson, with additional info by Kevin Burton Smith.
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