The “Dick Mallett” character appears to have been initially created by Michael Cherkas who initially wrote the stories but was joined at the end of the series by Larry Hancock and John Ellis Sech.
Set in the 1940’s, “Dick Mallett” is a detective of the cynical hard boiled private eye with a soft heart genre. His foil is Police Inspector Henderson who as usual in such stories is the straight man. The stories, include a voice over account by Mallett. They are somewhat reminiscent of the “Boston Blackie” films and radio series which may have been the model for them.
In “the phantom jewel” story, the used book store owner is called “Captain George Leeuwen” which seems to be Cherkas’ combined tribute to Captain George Henderson the owner of Memory Lane and Ron Van Leeuwen owner of the Silver Snail, both nostalgia and comic book retail outlets in Toronto.
BOOK GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY:
“A Dick Mallett Adventure.” Car., Michael Cherkas. Potlatch presents The 1980 Comics Annual. Potlatch Publications, 1979: 104-111. (Black & white). Subsequently reprinted in the graphic periodical The Silent Invasion, 2, June 1996. (Black & white).
BOOK TEXT & GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY:
“Dick Mallett and Epic In Crime Drama.” Car., Michael Cherkas. Canadian Children’s Annual 1980, Potlatch Publications. 1979: 76-79. (Colour)
“A Dick Mallett Adventure: the phantom jewel.” Car., Michael Cherkas. Canadian Children’s Annual 1981, Potlatch Publications: 1980: 72-77. (Colour)
“The Adventures of Dick Mallet, no. 5.” Co-writ., Larry Hancock & Michael Cherkas. Co-plotter John Ellis Sech. Canadian Children’s Annual 1982, Potlatch Publications. 1981: 147-154. (Colour)
“Dick Mallett in The Mystery of Fanny Hope.” Writ., Larry Hancock. Pen. & Let., Michael Cherkas. In., John van Bruggen. The Silent Invasion, 6, August 1986: 26-32. Renegade Press (Black & white)
“A Dick Mallett Adventure.” Car., Michael Cherkas. The Silent Invasion, 2, June 1996. Caliber Comics. Reprint.