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Humphrey, S.W. S.W. Humphrey was created by “Wallace Kayton,” the pseudonym of Dale Boyd (Eddie Jones, Tim Sloan), and appeared in nine stories in Private Detective Stories and Super-Detective from 1938 to 1949, beginning with “Head Money” (Private Detective Stories, June 1938).

S.W. Humphrey is a violent private detective who lives up to his nickname “Smith & Wesson Humphrey.” He worked for the police for thirteen years, and on his own for thirty three. He has a reputation for being, as the Police Commissioner says, “a legalized gunman hiding behind a badge,” although Humphrey believes that “the town is overrun by crooks who only understand the fist, the blazing gun, and the black-jack.”

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