Fish Police (Vol. 1)

 FIP1   (Fishwrap, 1985-1987)

©1985 Fishwrap Productions and Steven B. Moncuse

Imagine an ill-tempered police detective who lives alone. Imagine a woman waiting for him when he comes home. Imagine that woman needing the detective’s help. This scenario may seem like a scene from a film noir hardboiled detective story, except for one small difference. Every character in this book is a fish of some sort. This mid-eighties, self-published, black-and-white comic book tells the story of an alternate dimension in which fish function like people. They have the same problems; crime, love, and mean bosses, but these characters also have a hard time walking up stairs.

The first issue begins the “Hairball Saga,” a tale about a drug that can supposedly send fish into another realm where things called humans walk up stairs using legs. The title was later picked up by Marvel Comics for the Fish Police (Marvel) series in 1992.

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#1

  12/1/1985
  $1.25
  $1.25
9 copies available from $0.45
Indicia title: Inspector Gill of the Fish PoliceSteve MoncuseSteve Moncuse

#1 (2nd printing)

  5/1/1986
  $1.50
  $1.75
5 copies available from $0.59
Indicia changed to The Fish PoliceSteve MoncuseSteve Moncuse

#2

  2/1/1986
  $1.25
  $1.75
4 copies available from $0.80
 Steve MoncuseSteve Moncuse

#3

  4/1/1986
  $1.50
  $1.75
8 copies available from $0.80
 Steve MoncuseSteve Moncuse

#4

  6/1/1986
  $1.50
  $2.00
9 copies available from $0.75
 Steve MoncuseSteve Moncuse

#5

  10/1/1986
  $1.50
  $1.75
9 copies available from $0.96
Indicia says Aug 1986Steve MoncuseSteve Moncuse, Arthur Adams

#6

  12/1/1986
  $1.50
  $1.75
4 copies available from $0.75
Indicia says Oct 1986Steve MoncuseSteve Moncuse, Matt Wagner, Steve Purcell

#7

  2/1/1987
  $1.50
  $1.75
4 copies available from $0.96
Indicia says Feb 86Steve MoncuseSteve Moncuse, Sam Kieth

#8

  5/1/1987
  $1.50
  $2.25
4 copies available from $0.94
 Steve MoncuseSteve Moncuse, Frank Cirocco

#9

  7/1/1987
  $1.50
  $2.00
4 copies available from $0.65
 Steve MoncuseSteve Moncuse, Ken Macklin

#10

  9/1/1987
  $1.50
  $1.75
1 copy available for $1.75
 Steve MoncuseSteve Moncuse, Steve Leialoha

#11

  11/1/1987
  $1.50
  $1.50
1 copy available for $0.94
 Steve MoncuseSteve Moncuse

Book #1

 
  $9.95
  $11.00
1 copy available for $5.50
Hairballs trade paperbackSteve MoncuseSteve Moncuse

Book #1 Variation A

 
  $8.95
  $14.50
1 copy available for $14.99
Published by Warner BooksSteve MoncuseSteve Moncuse