Jun 2, 2014
Steve Gomez - Chief Investigator

Why Batman ALWAYS Wins Against Superman

Batman Gotham CentralThis year is the seventy-fifth anniversary of the debut of Batman and DC Comics is pulling out all the stops in celebration.

All year long they’ll be releasing shorts like Bruce Timm’s “Strange Days” to celebrate the milestone as well as giving away free Batman masks and Bat-related goodies on Wednesday, July 23rd, or what DC Comics has deemed “Batman Day.” All this comes over a year after the seventy-fifth anniversary of Superman’s debut, which was quiet by comparison.

This begs the question – Why does the man in black get all the love while the World’s Biggest Boy Scout struggles to find an audience?

Because Batman regularly loses and Superman is unbeatable.

While on the surface it sounds stupid, Ma Kent’s little boy is almost god-like. The only thing he has to fear is an equally god-like bad guy, the rare magic spell, or the odd meteor from Krypton. Born on another planet and raised by good, wholesome folk, Superman’s toughest battles are usually internal, and being the good guy that he is, his inner demons are regularly kept in check.
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May 13, 2014
Steve Gomez - Chief Investigator

The Haunted Bookcase

books cobwebsThe other day I was dusting my living room, which while highly out of character still happens on occasion. I was looking for a place to put a new gift, a copy of Love Songs Are Too Violent for Me, by Will “The Thrill” Viharo. Will is a hard-boiled noir guy who puts his own unique twist on detective stories. His tales aren’t for the family, or even the faint-of-heart, but they are an intriguing read and this copy was special.

He gave it to me on the last day of “Thrillville,” a mini movie festival where some of the best movies meet some of the cheesiest. If you throw in some surf music, burlesque dancers, horror-show hosts, casual nudity and martini glasses you get the general idea of what the average “Thrillville” looks like.

Will’s moving to Seattle and inscribed a little something to me. I put it next to an earlier book of his and went through the rest of the books on that particular case, dusting, cleaning, and sorting. It took me a while, but I finally figured out what all the books on that case had in common.
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May 5, 2014
Steve Gomez - Chief Investigator

The Silence Of The Typewriter – And The Sound Of Interruption

TypewriterThe thing that makes a writer is that they write.

It isn’t rocket science. That’s the stuff that makes rocket scientists.

Instead it’s the ability to DO the work that makes a writer.

For a long time I was writing every day, consistently creating, and for over a year I put out content on a regular basis, growing the Noir Factory from scratch.

I really do appreciate every visitor I’ve had to the site.

It isn’t just lip service, in fact I’ve decided to break character for this entry. In a world that overflows with content and messages, you’ve regularly given me a bit of your time. For years I’ve tried to earn that trust by providing (hopefully) engaging stories and content on a regular basis.

If you dropped by the Noir Factory lately, though, you might have noticed the cobwebs in the corner and dust on the furniture.

I’ve been absent from the site for the last three months, and I owe you an explanation.
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Nov 12, 2013
Steve Gomez - Chief Investigator

Murder in Four Colors! The Best of Crime Comics

When you think of comic books, most people tend to think of spandex, domino masks, and underwear on the outside of your clothes.

For over seventy years fans have gone crazy for the likes of Superman, Spiderman, and the big, bad Bat. While crime is the backbone of the superhero struggle, usually the crime is less a whodunit and more of a nuclear showdown between aliens or evil geniuses.

Since its beginning, genres have come and gone in the field, and while the costumed hero still rules, westerns, romance stories, and of course detective comics have not only made inroads but have become cherished stories.

Below are the finest of the crime comics, beginning from the early 20th century to today.
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Sep 26, 2013
Steve Gomez - Chief Investigator

Ain’t No Party Like A Gangland Party


speakeasyThe Best of Prohibition Speakeasies

When I sell liquor, it’s bootlegging. When my patrons serve it on a silver tray on Lakeshore Drive, it’s hospitality. – Al Capone

When the Eighteenth Amendment rolled out of Washington D.C., it decimated such industries as grape farmers, breweries, and wineries.

At the same time, however, a uniquely American underground industry was built that not only filled the void left but ushered in such lasting organizations as Organized Crime and NASCAR.

It is reported that there were more than 100,000 Speakeasies in New York City alone, and in Chicago, Al Capone controlled the flow of illegal booze and raked in over $60 million in 1927 alone.

If there is one lesson to be learned about “The Noble Experiment,” it is that Americans always find a way.

Especially when alcohol is involved.
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