Created by Ted Slampyak
Here's another private eye spawned during the 1980's comic book/graphic novel boom/renaissance. In the "jazz age" of 1926 Boston, ALEXANDER C. "ACE" MIFFLIN is a private detective who appeared in a series of excellent, well-researched adventures in creator Slampyak's Jazz Age Chronicles, alternating with stories about a hoity-toity archaeology professor (and Indiana Jones wannabe) Dr. Clifton Jennings.
Ace is no prize -- he's a rude, vulgar, and frequently drunken
lout, and is constantly getting his P.I. ticket revoked. He works
out of his office on Boston's notorious Scollay Square -- when
he's not sleeping one off -- and has rarely shown any evidence
of professionalism or respect for authority.
Lord knows what his long-suffering sweetie and secretary, Rita Burns, sees in him.
A great but woefully-neglected series, full of pulpy energy, and featuring a cheerfully-imperfect hero. but maybe things are looking up. In 2002, Jazz Age returned, as part of the short-lived subscription-based webcomics anthology Adventure Strips.com, edited by Christopher Mills, co-creator of the online comic Femme Noir and former editor of Noir. When AdventureStrips crashed and burned, Ace dusted himself off and soon found a new home at JazzAgeComics.com.
- "The Case of the Beguiling Baroness" (1989,# 1-3).
- "Vote Early and Often" (March 1990, # 1-May 1990, #2)
- "The Flowers of San Pedro" (July 1990, # 3-5)
- "A Stranger in Bryn Mawr" (1991, volume 2, #6).
- "Jazz Age Chronicles" (February 1990, #9; two short stories, intended at test runs, one featuring Mifflin, one featuring Jennings, from 1989)
- "Ace Mifflin Pin-up" by Ted Slampyak
- Includes complete story from 1st three issues, plus:
- "Café Noir" (a prose piece)
- "An Ace Mifflin Mini-Mystery"
- "Jazz Age Chronicles" (the two test runs, eventually run in Caliber Presents)
Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.