Cole Black - Detective

Have you ever heard of Cole Black? I probably wouldn't have if my parents had not retired to South Dakota in 1983. I was in college at the time but I took a semester off to help them fix up an old house in Aberdeen. At that time, there was a comic shop in Aberdeen operated by Rocky Hartberg. Rock and I became fast friends, with our interest in comics (Will Eisner in particular) in common.

Well, Rocky created a detective, a kind of Sam Spade character, Cole Black. Cole appeared in some really strangely formatted comics (they were newspaper strip size) and later in regular comic book sized comic books. I liked the character, and even though I have not seen or talked to Rock in years, thought he deserved a web page. If you are looking for Rocky's Turok story, click here.

Last Updated: Saturday, December 29, 2001