EP2354: Dragnet: The Big Guilt

Jack Webb

Friday and Smith investigate a dead man found in a bad part of town.

Original Air Date: November 23, 1952

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Graphic Novel Review: Jazz Age Chronicles, Volume 1

This black and white comic book collection features two stories set in the 1920s. Both feature Private Detective Ace Mifflin, a Boston-based Private Detective. He has many of the same vices as Sam Spade, but isn’t quite as good as Spade. Though he is good enough to get the job done in most cases.

In the first case, “The Case of the Beguiling Baroness,” Mifflin is hired to keep tabs on a baroness. A secret society is interested in her because of her dabbling in the black arts. When she dies, it’s just the start of the case. This one’s an intriguing mystery and a bit of a genre mash-up between a traditional private detective story and the strange tales featured in the Doc Savage and the Shadow pulp magazines. This one works okay, but Mifflin’s role in this is a bit confused. He’s out of his element, and the hero is supposed to be Clifton Jennings, who hired him. This one could have worked better.

The second case is, “Vote Early, Vote Often.” Mifflin gets in trouble, gets his license suspended, and runs into a whole lot of political corruption. All as he tries to help a friend get free of a murder charge. It’s a good noirish story with a neat mystery to unravel. Mifflin works far better in this story and he is in his element. Of the two tales in the book, I preferred this one more.

Overall, this is a decent graphic novel collection and a nice read if you’re a fan of 1920s’ detective and pulp fiction stories.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

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EP2353: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Short Term Matter

Bob Bailey

Despite extreme back pain, Johnny goes to New Jersey to catch a safe cracker that he failed to catch several years back.

Original Air Date: January 29, 1961

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EP2352: Boston Blackie: The Lennie Powell Murder

Richard Kollmar

A wealthy businessman is killed and $25,000 is stolen from him while waiting for a flight in a private plane. Suspicion falls on the three owners of the company.

Original Air Date: November 26, 1946

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EP2351: Richard Diamond: Monsieur Bouchon

Dick Powell

Diamond is hired to deliver a face cream sample to a beauty products magnate.

Original Air Date: March 16, 1951

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