Roy Raymond
Created by Jack Miller?

Everyone loved this Raymond.

The first great private eye to appear in Detective Comics, Slam Bradley, Siegal and Schuster's two-fisted, hardboiled throwback to the pulp era, made his last regular appearance in 1949, in issue #152. The very next issue marked the debut of a decidedly more modern private detective--ROY RAYMOND, TV DETECTIVE. The first adventures were under the running title of Impossible But True, which was the name of Raymond's very popular and successful show on that most amazing of new-fangled contraptions--television! On the show, Roy specialized in exposing fraud, con games and the occasional murder or two--on air! He was aided by his superior intellent and his beautiful (of course!) secretary Karen, who played Watson to his Holmes. Ray was a dashing guy, broad-shouldered, well-dressed and oh-so-smart-looking and urbane, sucking on that pipe. Roy had a good long haul, appearing in Detective Comics for the better part of a dozen years. The Impossible But True series ran from issue #155 until issue #200, and then ran consecutively as just Roy Raymond, TV Detective until 274 (for some reason, skipping issue #212), and then sporadically after that, his long chain of appearances finally sputtering to a stop in issue 292 sometime in 1961. That's a lot of hoaxes!

Some time after that (sometime between 1961 and the mid-1970's?), Roy was kidnapped by a madman, Roger Rivers, who captured and brainwashed Roy, and used Roy's brilliant mind to commit acts of psycho-terrorism. Eventually, Roy was rescued by Superman, and went back to television as part of the Galaxy Broadcasting team that included anchorman Clark Kent. Roy resumed producing the same type of show that had made him famous earlier in his career, and made several appearances in the mid-70s to early 80s issues of Superman, Action Comics, and Superman Family, as well as others.

In 1981, Roy re-emerged in the Special 500th issue of Detective Comics, in "the 'Too Many Cooks...' Caper" which reunited a gaggle of DC gumshoes, including fellow eyes Bradley and Jason Bard, and continued to pop up now and then in the1980s and 1990s. Eventually, the aging Roy became somewhat bitter and greedy, and desperate for ratings, started gimmick broadcasting, such as his ill-conceived plot to track down the Swamp Thing. A clash with the creature instead resulted in the death of Roy's assistant and the disfigurement of Roy himself. Plastic surgery restored his face, and apparently also his common sense. Realizing what he had become, he vowed to return to his roots as a more altruistic detective.

In 1997, Roy's son Roy Raymond, Jr., anxious to make his own name, appears as an ambitious but criminally-inept host of a real-crime television show (à la America's Most Wanted) in a couple of Robin comic books.

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Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith. thanks to Glenn R Rowsam for the extra info.


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