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According to the letter page "Detective Comments" from Detective Comics #531, this issue was scheduled to be published in 1983 as Batman Annual #9. This is also pointed out on the final text page of this issue, where writer Mike W. Barr explains that the story had a "false start", after which the creative team could properly develop and produce the story. This information is further confirmed in the letter page of Detective Comics #543. The story itself was reprinted four more times: in Best of DC #62, Batman: The Wrath, Batman in the Eighties and Batman: A Celebration of 75 Years. (DCwikia)
1984 also saw the appearance of "Murder in The Skies!" the 13th episode of "The Vigilante". The Vigilante was Adrian Chase, a New York district attorney whose family was killed by mobsters. This caused Chase to seek justice in his own way as the Vigilante. Influenced by The Punisher from Marvel Comics and The Executioner series of novels this character was one of the first amoral characters in American comic books. Marv Wolfman was the writer/editor for this story billed as a locked room mystery. Whilst investigating the Vigilante pays a visit to a suspects home, sparking the following remark "I'm The Vigilante Not Ellery Queen,..." (Above right) (thanks John McDonagh)
In February of 1990 Maze Agency #9 surprised us with a mature full color comic celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Ellery Queen. It's a innovative publication with good girl art! It ran in small quantities and is getting scarce. Cover & interior art by Adam Hughes. Much more than a continuation of a series it's a tribute. The series itself centered around two characters, Jennifer Mays, the owner and top investigator of the Maze Agency, and her friend Gabriel Webb. Like Ellery Queen, Gabe is a mystery writer who is close to a detective and ends up getting involved in the investigations. Unlike Queen, Gabe writes for the "True Crime"-style tabloid magazines, and the detective he works with is his lady friend Jennifer, who is quite unlike Ellery's father. Over time we've gotten to see the relationship grow between the two characters and learn more about them and their pasts. Issue #9 ran the story of "The English Channeler Mystery - A problem of deduction" (Gabriel Webb, Jennifer Mays & Ellery Queen app). Barr clearly used the same murder method as found in Ellery Queen's "House of Darkness". As you can see on the cover there even was 'Lesbian' reference on cover & story = "Killer spree of the Lesbian Biker Nuns" by Gabriel Webb! Which is "somewhat" shocking for the regular Queen-fan.
The Green Arrow a Mort Weisinger and George Papp DC Comic, with Oliver Queen as the fictional superhero, started it's run in 1941. It's been said the choice name was induced by the name of Ellery Queen. However no proof exists of this fact. We did however find proof that The Green Arrow writers are aware of Ellery's existence. In a July 1990 unnamed story (by Grell, Jurgens, Giordano) Ollie and Dinah walk through the city discussing a name for their baby. When passing a book shop they see two copies of an Ellery Queen novel which spawns the following comment:
Case Closed (Original title:
Meitantei Conan), aka Detective Conan in
Japan and most other countries, is a detective manga and anime series by
Gosho Aoyama and serialized in Weekly Shonen Sunday since 1994.
It follows the adventures of Jimmy Kudo
(Shin'ichi Kudou in original), a young detective inadvertently turned into a
prepubescent boy by a secret criminal organization when they
knock him out
and give him a drug that was supposed to kill him. Several characters are named after famous detectives or detective writers. Eva Kadan,
(Eri Kisaki in the original), is a famous lawyer who never loses. Eri
is beautiful and talented, she's a very smart woman, awful at housework
or cooking. Kisaki is the Japanese for Queen (right).
Writer-artist Gōshō Aoyama provided ingenious plots and puzzles that would entertain any crime fan. The series is still very much part of contemporary Japanese pop-culture, with the Detective Conan animation being broadcast on Japanese television in primetime. "Having gone to the movie theaters several times to watch Detective Conan movies in Japan, I saw all layers of society, from children to university students to working adults, gathered together to watch animated mysteries." (Sources Wikipedia - Ho-Ling)
Again the surprise came from far and away. In 2001 the Chinese ShiWen Team published a comic named after and based on Calamity Town (left and right). No artists are mentioned it only stated "EQ Comic Team" as artists. This illustrates the great affinity people in Eastern countries still have for the Queen legacy.