Created by C.J. Henderson (1951 --)
"Hagee's Manhattan is the one the tourists don't get to see. It's those small twisty back streets in Chinatown, the reeking dumpster-filled alleys of midtown, the crumbling docks, the beer-drenched bars that stink of rotting foam and their patron's indifference. It is a lump of land 14 miles long stuffed with seven million people every day--which is apparently five and half million more than it can handle. It is a violent, twisted, thieving, scumhole. It isn't really hell on earth, it's more what you get when you put too many rats in a cage and slam the door. If you picked the place up and moved it to Kansas and filled it with corn-fed farmers, in two weeks they would be littering, horn-blowing, sex crazed, in-your-****ing-face-every-damned-minute-of-every-***-licking-day, pissed-off, insensitive mother****ers with too much attitude who drink too much coffee."
(Blurb from Moonstone Comics, upon release of Jack Hagee, Private Eye)
Pure pulp for now people. Given the author's fondness for pulps and comic books, it should come as no surprise that former military intelligence op and NYPD cop turned low-rent, blue-collar private dick JACK HAGEE comes across as a 90's version of Spillane's Mike Hammer, about as hardboiled, bloodthirsty and reactionary as might be expected. No quiche-eating, health club-going, oh-so-politically-correct yuppy eyes here. Just your basic working-stiff dick trying to get along, and doing the best he can for his clients. And Jack always seems to find good reasons to justify his opinions of blacks, gays, politicians, lawyers, women and especially liberals. You may find his attitudes offensive at times, but there's no denying they're a perfect antidote for the "kindler, gentler times" they were written in. Recommended strongly for those of you who aren't getting enough pulp in your diet.
The Jack Hagee stories came out of the same late eighties pulp renaissance that gave birth to Hardboiled Magazine, and Wayne Dundee's Joe Hannibal.
When author C.J. Henderson switched to writing novels in the nineties, it looked like the short stories had dried up, more or less. And then the novels petered out. But in 1999, Hagee returned, in a new short story on Shadow House Online.
Recently, Moonstone Books unveiled a string of crime comic titles, including Jack Hagee. Other titles in the "Moonstone Noir" line include , Johnny Dollar, Boston Blackie, and The Lone Wolf.
Under the pseudonym of Robert Morgan, Henderson also writes about supernatural private eye Teddy London. In fact, one of the very first Jack Hagee stories, "You Can't Take It With You," was actually took Jack pretty deep into H.P. Lovecraft territory. Jack has also worked in comics on such crime-related books as Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight and Lady Justice.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith. Jack Hagee illustration by Doug Klauba, from the Moonstone graphic novel.
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