Red "Rusty" Nales

Created by Christopher Mills and Joe Staton

Femme Noir: "Mercenary!"
Red: "Is that some kinda insult?"

His office is in Port Nocturne on the corner of Whittington and Rabe, overlooking Widmark. He's got a gat, a bottle of rotgut and a Murphy bed in his office, and a client list that ranges from the usual riff-raff right up to the high-toned folks like K. Burton Smythe of Marlowe Heights.

Yep, he's RED "RUSTY" NALES, the hard-nosed, tough-talking private eye, and easily one of the most name-droppingest P.I.s since Randisi's Miles Jacoby, and if you didn't catch some of the names that were dropped in that first paragraph, you're probably cruising the wrong site, pally.

Complicating Red's life is the fact that his cases frequently have him crossing the path of Port Nocturne's costumed crimefighter and do-gooder Femme Noir, whom he characteristically refers to as "The Blonde." Or is it crossing swords?

The adventures of Femme Noir by Chris Mills and comics legend Joe Staton also appeared right here on The Thrilling Detective Web Site in our Web Comics section. Mills is the creator of private eyes Matthew Dain and Nightmark, and edited the late, great Noir comic anthology. Joe Staton co-created classic comic book eye Mike Mauser.


    (2003, AC Comics)

  • "The Dingus" (October 2003, # 121; also November 2003, Thrilling Detective Web Site)
    Script, Colors and Letters by Christopher Mills
    Pencils by Joe Staton
    Inks by Horacio Ottolini

Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith. Thanks to Chris Mills, as always. November 2003.

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