Recent re-readings of Astro City reminded me of the 2016 return of Steeljack, acting as a private eye handling the down-and-out cases that most of A.C.’s big names won’t touch.  It’s a really fun story, and one that reminds me how much fun the ‘seedy P.I. scraping by’ trope really is.  The recent Fraction/Aja/Wu run on ‘Hawkeye’ touched on this, especially the Kate Bishop portions, which traded heavily on bit of Rockford Files, playing with the toys of noir and Raymond Chandler, and leading us to today’s buttinsky query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced “sh-far-day”) knows where Major Spoilers EIC Stephen is going to fall on this, but still has a love and affection for Peter Falk as ‘Columbo,’ where the story starts with us KNOWING who committed the murder and the fun is seeing how they will confess, asking: Who’s your favorite private eye type in all pop culture?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

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  1. Garrett P.I. A fantasy series by Glen Cook. It has all the hallmarks of the 40’s gumshoe in a fully realized fantasy world.

  2. Daniel Langsdale on

    These days, I’ve been enjoying the ongoing stories of Jack Justice and Trixie Dixon, over on the podcast “Decoder Ring Theatre.” A modern flair highlighting a whole lot of appreciation for Classic noir-era detective stories.

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