King Green and Moxie Sloss

Created by Clement Wood

KING GREEN and MOXIE SLOSS were two black private eyes who appeared in a handful of stories in Flynn's in 1924-25; a true rarity in those times.

But unfortunately -- Surprise! Surprise! -- they're nowhere near politically correct, at least from what I hear, which may be why their stories have never been reprinted, as fas as I know. Although that's a little bit surprisng, given that thier author's politics definitely skewered left -- he was a proud member of the Socialist Party of America, and was a member and lecturer of the American Association for the Advancement of Atheism.

But then again, what do you expect in an era when a book by Octavius Roy Cohen featuring fellow early black eye Florian Slappey is blurbed as ideal for "one who likes nigger stuff"?


  • Green and Sloss made their debut in the very first issue of Flynn's, which went on to become one of the most popular and longest running of all the detective pulps, racking up an astounding 929 issues over its twenty-eight year run.


  • "In a Diamond Darkly" (September 20, 1924, Flynn’s)
  • "First Catch Your Fish" (October 4, 1924, Flynn’s)
  • "The Grand Exalted Gobbler" (November 8, 1924, Flynn’s)
  • "A Mislaid Romance" (November 29, 1924, Flynn’s)
  • "The Missing Mr. Goosby" (February 7, 1925, Flynn’s)


The Original Black Eyes

Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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