"Digger" McCrae

Created by Christopher Mills and Rick Burchett

"I'm a detail man.
Figuring angles, covering bases -- that's what I do."

-- Digger gives us the facts, ma'am, just the facts.

"DIGGER" McCRAE, aka "GRAVEDIGGER," is a professional thief, with the emphasis on professional. If there's one thing he can't abide, it's amateurs, in a great hard-boiled web comic by Christopher Mills and Rick Burchett that originally appeared on-line.

It's a hard world Digger lives in. He doesn't have friends. The best compliment he can give to a cohort is to say "he distrusts him less than anyone else in the room." When we first meet Digger, he's just out of prison, and determined not to spend anymore time in stir. And he's not getting any younger -- all he really wants is a shot at one last big score, so he can buy a condo in Miami he's had his eye on, and retire.

If you thing "Digger" looks suspiciously like Lee Marvin, well, Chris assures me the resemblance is entirely intentional. Marvin, of course, starred in Point Blank, based on the novel by Richard Stark, aka "Donald Westlake." In fact, the whole thing is a spot-on tribute to all those slick crime and caper movies of the sixties and seventies, complete with betrayal, psychopathic thugs, crooked cops, seedy motel rooms, and babes just asking for it. And it's not just crime films that Mills and Burchett are paying tribute to-- one character is called Goodis, and supposedly as lot more sly winks are in the works.

Chris Mills is a writer, editor and graphic artist, born and raised in Central Maine but currently residing in South Florida with his wife, cat, videos, paperbacks, comics and toys. His comic credits include four years as Editorial Director of Alpha Productions, two years as an editor for Tekno*Comix (where he also scripted a year's worth of the company's flagship title, Leonard Nimoy's Primortals), and co-publisher/co-editor (with James Chambers) of Shadow House Press. His short fiction, featuring private eye Matthew Dain has appeared at Thrilling Detective and Handheld Crime. He's also the founder and proprietor of the Supernatural Crime: Digital Comics & Pulp website, which featured several of his online comics creations, including Femme Noir, Brother Grim and Nightmark, and served as the editor of adventure strips.com.

Rick Burchett is a thirty year veteran of the comics industry as both a penciler and inker. In that time he's been privileged to work on some of the most recognizable pop culture icons of the 20th century. Among these are: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, The Green Lantern and The Justice League. ve Missourian, Rick lives near St. Louis with his wife and two sons.

UNDER OATH

  • "Gravedigger: The Scavengers is the great lost film Lee Marvin coulda (and shoulda) done – straight up hard stuff, no chaser. It may go down easy, but it packs a punch like those brass knucks we mentioned. Let's hope Mills and Burchett serve up another round of murder and mayhem real soon."

-- Kevin Burton Smith, The Thrilling Detective Web Site

WEB COMICS

  • adventure strips.COM
    (2002-03, adventure strips.com)
    Weekly
    Written by Chris Mills
    Art by Rick Burchett
  • "The Scavengers" (2002-03, adventure strips.com)

COMICS

  • GRAVEDIGGER: THE SCAVENGERS
    (2004, Rorschach Entertainment)
    Weekly
    Written by Chris Mills
    Art by Rick Burchett

  • GRAVEDIGGER: THE PREDATORS
    (2015)
    Two issues
    Written by Chris Mills
    Art by Rick Burchett

COLLECTIONS/GRAPHIC NOVELS

Collects both The Scavengers and The Predators miniseries.

Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith. Mucho gracias, Chris!


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