Matthew "Mac" MacGregor
Created by David Gallaher

"When the sun goes down, there'll be a showdown."

Former Pinkerton detective, MATTHEW "MAC" MacGREGOR is, according to his creator, David Gallaher, an "unchanging man in a changing time." He's a stubborn son-of-a-bitch, that's for sure, working as a gun-for-hire of sorts, which funds his true purpose, hunting down the werewolves that ruined his life of solitude and routine.

In the first story arc of this 2008 web comic, "High Moon," he's hired to track down a missing girl "in the drought-striken, mining town of Blest, Texas  ... where wolves are the least of his problems. Mac also has various ties to the occult and supernatural that have yet to be fully revealed."

Gallaher claims Macgregor is loosely-based on Gunsmoke's Matt Dillon and Scottish outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor, but I see more than a trace of Clint Eastwood's Man Without a Name from Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns. He's got the same lean, mean, scruffy look, the same killer stare, fondness for over-sized outerwear and cigarillos, and the same hands-on approach to doing what a man's gotta do, plus more than a little of Dashiell Hammett's Continental Op and a smidgen of Eddie Campbell's The Black Diamond Detective Agency tossed into the mix. The over-sized sideburns, though -- they're completely original. They make MacGregor look furrier than some of the werewolves he's fighting.

High Moon is presented Zuda Comics, the online wing of DC Comics. There are tentative plans to publish the first arc as a graphic novel in 2009.

David Gallaher was also part of the team that brought old-time radio fave Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar to comics in 2003. It was one of Moonstone Comic's better efforts.

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Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.


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