Ted Denning & Bob Rainier
Created by Don McGregor
Together, TED DENNING and BOB RAINIER are Detectives, Inc., a New York-based agency just getting off the ground in a limited series of comics books, both scripted by Don McGregor. A black and white team, Ted is the stable one, happily involved with Vera, and Bob is the morose loner, a "city-dwelling Heathcliff" trying to pick up the pieces of his life after his divorce. They met years ago, as MPs in Vietnam.
The first story arc, with art by Marshall Rogers, appeared as a graphic novel, A Remembrance of Threatening Green in 1980, which was later serialized in 1985. The second arc, A Terror of Dying Dreams, was a three-issue mini-series, with art by Gene Colan, utilizing the same deft pencilwork that Colan had perfected with McGregor's period eye comic series, NATHANIEL DUSK.
A well-written series, although the first arc doesn't exactly have the world's greatest art. The second story, though, done in tones of sepia, more than makes up for it.
And somewhere out there, is a film, "primarily a presentation piece", shot on location in Brighton Beach by Don McGregor himself. The film's production is related in the back pages of A Terror of Dying Dreams, and there's also an advertisement in Amazing Heroes #119. Dierdre Sevens was played by Marsha McGregor, Don McGregor's wife. In fact, Dreams, the second mini-series, was actually an adaption of the movie. But I don't know if it was ever released anywhere.
Don McGregor, a contributor to this site, has been buzzing around the comics scene for ages, and has often been involved in various crime and detective titles. An often innovative and ground-breaking comic writer, Don's given us such unique gumshoes as Nathaniel Dusk, Detectives, Inc. and ALEXANDER and PENELOPE RISK, a Sherlock Holmes-wannabe and his wife, who bears more than a passing resemblance to Myrna Loy (think Nick'n'Nora here), who dabble in detective work, and often find themselves mixed up in horror, both mythological and real.
- (April 1985, #1)
- (April 1985, #2).
- (June 1987, #1)
- (September 1987, #2)
- (December 1987, #3)
Thanks to John McDonagh for his valuable input on this one, and Don McGregor, his own bad self, for connecting some of the dots.
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