My name is Velda Bellinghausen. I'm a private investigator. I used to be a showgirl at Slotnik's Follies, but I got pretty sick and tired of shedding my clothes twice a day, four times on weekends for matinees. So I followed up on an ad I saw on a matchbook cover and sent in my twenty bucks for the Hawkshaw Course on Detection. It was the best twenty bucks I ever spent, too! In no time at all, I had my license and was in business for myself! Now I'm called upon to investigate murders, burglaries, and all sorts of crimes occurring in the big city. Velda: Girl Detective - VOLUME ONE is a multi-leveled representation of not only the more lurid of the 1950s crime comics but of comic collecting itself. The book is also more than a passing homage to the noir films and hard-boiled detective school of writing of the 1950s. Purporting to be an anthology of all the issues of a little-known golden age comic, it includes a history of the creation of the comic, an interview with its creator and an episode list of the "Girl Detective" TV show as well as special features. This volume also includes vintage ads as well as comic features such as "Hawkshaw Hawk, Bird Detective" and "Neolithica: Girl of the Pleistocene." "Velda is the kind of detective I like."- Richard S. Prather (writer, Shell Scott novels). "Hubba Hubba!" - Kevin Burton Smith, thrillingdetective.com. "A pulp classic! If you like your action gritty, yet full of surprises, then you'll love Velda..." - Rick Overton (writer, Dennis Miller Show, actor). "The Velda Comic is spectacular. I felt like I was a kid again as it had the real flavor of the old detective comics I used to read." - Bob Burns
About the Author
Ron Miller is an illustrator and author with more than forty books to his credit. These include the best-selling "The Grand Tour" as well as the Hugo Award-winning "The Art of Chesley Bonestell." He has also worked on motion pictures such as "Dune" as a production illustrator and been a guest lecturer at the International Space University. He also provides illustrations for publishers such as Scientific American , Sky & Telescope, Astronomy, Berkeley/Ace and Baen Books. A commemorative stamp he designed for the US Postal Service is attached to the New Horizons spacecraft that traveled to Pluto.