t was also Mike W.Barr who provided
the story for "...The Player on the Other Side!" a Batman story
appeared in the Batman Special Nr.1 (DC Comics) in
1984. Artwork was by
Michael Golden and Mike DeCarlo.
A little salute to Ellery Queen. A really good story that deals
with something that happened
on the night that
Bruce Wayne's parents were killed. A quote from the
original book is included. (See panel) which Batman strangely enough
attributes to Aldous Huxley! Writer Mike W. Barr even elaborates in an
additional piece on the
of the story. According to Barr the quote also is used in the original
Queen book "The Player
on The Other Side" and comes from an Aldous Huxley essay.
Actually the quote is from Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895)
a British biologist and defender of the theories of Darwin.
Barr was right the quote is included in the EQ book,
but the only reference to the author is made as "Huxley". As it turns out
Thomas Henry Huxley is "the player on the other side" not Aldous Huxley.
In "A Liberal Education and Where to Find It" (1868)
the actual (slighty larger) quote is even more intriguing:
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,..." (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 serie 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' referance 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:
In an Italian Mickey Mouse story called 'Topolino e il segreto di William Topespeare' (1991, text en story: Bruno Sarda, drawings: Corrado Mastantuono, I TL 1872-B) supposedly uses the plot of 'Drury Lane's Last Case". The story wasn't translated in English (there are e.g. Dutch and German versions). According to some it's roughly based on Shakespeare's 'The Taming of The Shrew".
In 1978 a Japanese publisher bought the comic book rights to one of the Queen short story collections. In 1995 Kadokawa Shoten published 2 volumes of "The Adventures of Ellery Queen" or "Ellery Queen no bouken", a Japanese manga by JET. It included several shortstories: The Adventure of the Two-Headed Dog, The Adventure of the Bearded Lady, The Adventure of the African Traveler and The Adventure of the Seven Black Cats.
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, aweful at housework
or cooking. Kisaki is the Japanese for Queen.
In "What Would Spidey Do?!" the September 1997 issue of "The Untold Tales of Spider-Man" by Kurt Busiek, Tom Defalco and Bob MacLeod, a kid who lost his bike derisively refers to an adult, helping to retrieve his bike as "Ellery Queen".
Again the surprise came from far and away. In 2001 the Chinese ShiWen Team published a comic named after and based on 'Calamity Town' .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.
( partially based on Mike W.Barr's 'Challenge to the