Created by Robert Chambers, developed for radio by Frank and Anne Hummert, and re-imagined by Justin Gray
Okay, the big, mean-looking black dude over there to the right who calls himself MR. KEEN and made his debut in Moonstone's limited-run comic book series (2003) is definitely not your grandfather's Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons.
Early in the series, the writers forgot about the title and Mr. Keen just solved murders. But the familiar title, and its theme song, "Someday I'll Find You", were simply too popular to change. The plots were so contrived the audience had usually figured out the solution before Mr. Keen tried to explain it to Clancy. Exactly who this duo worked for was never stated; they simply worked cases without the police. Keen was the cordial, elderly gentleman and Clancy the dull Irishman so no one in the stories ever seemed to challenge their right to jump in on a case."
But that was then, and this is now.
I know, I know. You sort of have to wonder why didn't they just make up their own character. And let's face it, he sounds more like Shaft -- or maybe the Human Target -- than Mr. Keen, anyway. Still, this radical re-working of a once-beloved character might be worth checking out. The artwork that I've seen -- highly stylized but moody and effective -- looks promising.
-- David Gallaher, writer of the Johnny Dollar comic
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith. Mr. Keen illustration by Lee Ferguson.
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