supposedly, Crackajack-stories found their way into
Dannay once recalled there was talk of an EQ newspaper comic
strip it is said nothing came of it.
The art in the following panels was done by Paul Norris and the feature was syndicated by King Features Syndicate. Norris, best known for his work on the comic strip Brick Bradford and Aquaman with Mort Weisinger was a prolific artist who also worked on Dashiell Hammett's Secret Agent X-9. He started to work for King Features after he returned from World War II.
Picture above left:
"The dainty woman moistened
her lips , she looked faint" - Panel from the late 40s comic "House of Darkness" by Paul
everal ads for Superman (and spin-offs) comic books sometimes included the phrase "Challenge to the Reader!" to predict mystery plots inside. We have to agree with Michael E. Grost who stated that more than one aspect of the mystery plots in Superman resemble Ellery Queen or Van Dine for that matter. Brainy amateur detectives usually solve the case by pure logic. Use of disguise and impersonation recalls Drury Lane. The showbiz settings, the many scholarly and intellectual characters also recall the Van Dine School. As do the museums; the private collections of Jimmy Olsen's Superman souvenirs and Superman's Fortress of Solitude recall the many private museums in Van Dine school books. Metropolis is a thinly disguised version of New York City and there is a consistent liberal politic about the stories.
In 1949 Ellery appeared for four issues in Superior Comics.
Despite the artwork by Jack Kamen,
Matt Baker, L.B. Cole (#1),
John Forte and the S.M. Iger studio, the series
was essentially forgettable -- appearing bimonthly from May through
November. Written by Ruth Ann Roche. The fifth issue was in the works when
the title was canceled and the name of Ellery
was changed to Edmond Blake and Nikki to Nola.
The names were pasted over the original lettering.
To make things more confusing, Edmond Blake poses as Tim Keene in the story
(Ellery Queen posing as Tim Keene).
The story appeared in Our
Secret #7 (April, 1950). There were also Canadian editions of these comics. Some of these comics were translated in foreign pulp magazines e.g. 'Pistas' in Argentina
around 1950. The 4 EQ-stories were reprinted in Haunted Thrills
#'s 1 and 2 a few years later (6/52 and 7/52).
Policiaca, a 1953 comic book published monthly in Spanish by
Export Newspaper Service in New York City for Mexican Distribution included
n 1952 Ziff-Davis (the latter later becoming publisher of EQMM)
Ellery's next appearance in comics was brought about by the same company that introduced him. Dell Publishing gave us "Ellery Queen (Detective)" for three issues of their Four Color series (1165, 1243, and 1289), dating 3-5/61, 11/61-1/62 and 4/62. This rendition of Ellery was somewhat modernized for the 60's but still carried the same basic plot concepts as earlier comics versions. Artwork was done by the late Mike Sekowsky and his Ellery differs from the rest by wearing glasses. These comics were translated for different countries (e.g. Australia,...). Between '61 en '62 the publisher Zuid-Holland published a Dutch version (Nos. 1-3-5 in a series of 6 issues). They were alternatingly published with an edition called De Detectives. Strangely enough the comic was printed in black and white. Also the extra trivia pages at the beginning and the end of the comic were omitted... From June1962 on Spanish editions of these three issues were published in Mexico for Editions SAE (Domingos Alegres presents).
December 14. 2015 Coachwhip Publications republished the three Dell comics as one volume under the title Ellery Queen, Detective (A Dell Comic Reprint) . This volume collects the three Dell Four Color comics in the Ellery Queen, Detective, set.
Despite all this Ellery again disappeared from the comics scene. Or did he? He actually did return in a spoof, in a comic called "New Inferior 5" (Nr.7 March-April 1968) the five 'heroes' encounter "Allergy Queen" the sleuth for a criminal mastermind. Right before his great revelation Allergy is reduced to dust...
Until 1976 when Marty Pasko wrote the script for a 12 page Batman story called "A Clue Before Dying" (Detective Comics Nr. 459 - May 1976) It involved the work of artist Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez. Batman tries to find the man who killed mystery writer Elliot Quinn, and who may be the same man who killed an architect in Quinn's home years ago. On the cover one can clearly make out Alfred Pennyworth, the police, Batman unmasking, and Elliot Quinn's corpse. Not only an homage to Queen but in the story also "a" Lt. Dannay appeared!