Ace Mifflin
Created by Ted Slampyak

"Private eyin's what I do. It's a dirty job. That's why I like it."

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, 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





Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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