No. 217 – The Big Sleep

Flip Marlowe, private eye (“the ‘eye’ stands for ‘intimidator'”), from the Judge Dredd story The Big Sleep (progs 466467 (1986)) written by John Wagner and Alan Grant and drawn by Cam Kennedy v The Big Sleep (1946) starring Humphrey Bogart (1899–1957) as private investigator Philip Marlowe

Marlowe was brainchild of Anglo-American detective fiction writer Raymond Chandler (1888–1959), and several of his earlier detectives stories featuring characters named either Carmady or John Dumas were later changed to Marlowe due to the character’s popularity. The [completed] novels featuring Marlowe as an original character are: The Big Sleep (Alfred A. Knopf, 1939), Farewell, My Lovely (Alfred A. Knopf, 1940), The High Window (Alfred A. Knopf, 1942), The Lady in the Lake (Alfred A. Knopf, 1943), The Little Sister (Hamish Hamilton/Houghton Mifflin, 1949), The Long Goodbye (Hamish Hamilton/Houghton Mifflin, 1953), and Playback (Hamish Hamilton/Houghton Mifflin, 1958).

Despite the success of Farewell, My Lovely (AVCO Embassy Pictures, 1975), starring Robert Mitchum (1917–1997) as Marlowe, The Big Sleep was remade (United Artists) in 1978, again starring Mitchum as Marlowe, to a very cold critical and commercial reception.

Bogie also features in HoH No. 148 – That’s S-P-A-D-E to You and No. 172 – Play It Again, Sam, Playlist.

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