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The Inspector is a comic series from Western Publishing (Gold Key/Whitman) that was a spin-off of The Pink Panther comic from Western Publishing (Gold Key/Whitman).

The Inspector in the Pink Panther Comics

The first Inspector comic story, Sea? Si', Sir!, was in the first issue of The Pink Panther. The Inspector continued to have stories in the Pink Panther comic for a while. Generally it was 3 Pink Panther stories and 1 Inspector story per issue.

The Inspector was also generally featured on the cover of the comics with The Pink Panther. The cover title, different than the legal indicia title, was The Pink Panther and The Inspector from issue #1 through issue #30. (Except issue #3.) Issue #1 and issues #4 feature Big Nose instead of The Inspector. Issue #3 is just the Pink Panther without either Big Nose or the Inspector.

The Inspector continued to be on the cover of The Pink Panther through issue #40. Then appeared on the covers for 44, 45, 46, 48, 51, 52, 54, 55, 56, 58, 63, 64, and lastly 72. With the cover, and the whole issue of #72 being a reprint to the #5 comic issue.

Some time after the Inspector comic was cancelled, the Inspector stopped showing up in new stories in the Pink Panther comic.

The Inspector Comics

Eventually The Inspector got a spin-off comic. The new Inspector comic generally featured 3 Inspector stories and 1 Pink Panther story. The series ran 19 issues from July 1974 until February 1978.

International Inspector Comics

Many of the Western Publishing Inspector comics stories got reprinted by publishers around the world.

The Inspector Comic Issue Gallery

The Inspector - Comic Stories

  1. Sea? Si', Sir! - 6 pages - PP-1 1971, PP-43, GCD-38
  2. Le Pig-Al Patrol - 6 pages - PP-2 1971, TI-17, GCD-38
  3. Le Bowser Bagger - 6 pages - PP-3 1971, GCD-38
  4. Ape Suzette - 6 pages - PP-4 1971, TI-17, GCD-38
  5. Le Quiet Squad - 6 pages - PP-5 1971, PP-72, TI-17, GCD-38
  6. The Smart Art Thief - 7 pages - PP-6 1971, GCD-45
  7. Pink Slip Panther - 8 pages - PP-8 1972, GCD-45
  8. Alias Big Timber - 6 pages - PP-8 1972, GCD-45
  9. The Dooby Ruby - 6 pages - PP-9 1972, GCD-45
  10. Canine Caper - 6 pages - PP-10 1972, GCD-45
  11. Say Fleas - 7 pages - PP-11 1973
  12. Double Cross Wires - 6 pages - PP-12 1973
  13. Sculp Treatment - 6 pages - PP-13 1973
  14. Forget-Me-Nut - 6 pages - PP-14 1973
  15. Invisible Means - 5 pages - PP-15 1973
  16. Do or Dry - 6 pages - PP-16 1973
  17. Short Order Kook - 6 pages - PP-17 1974
  18. Old Folks Hoax - 6 pages - PP-18 1974
  19. Balled Out - 6 pages - PP-19 1974
  20. Under Separate Cover - 6 pages - PP-20 1974
  21. Case of: The Missing Million - 6 pages - PP-21 1974
  22. Case of: Menacing Masquerade - 7 pages - TI-1 1974
  23. Case of: The Creepy Crawler - 6 pages - TI-1 1974
  24. Case of: The Ambitious Archer - 6 pages - TI-1 1974
  25. Case of: The Police Person - 6 pages - PP-22 1974
  26. Case of: The Crime Cart Career - 7 pages - TI-2 1974
  27. Case of: The Stolen Kiss - 6 pages - TI-2 1974
  28. Case of: The Missing Masterpieces - 7 pages - TI-2 1974
  29. Case of: The Great Brain Bait - 5 pages - PP-23 1974
  30. Case of: The Great Train Boo-Boo - 6 pages - TI-3 1975
  31. Case of: The Crumpled Cravats - 7 pages - TI-3 1975
  32. Case of: Vacation Daze - 6 pages - TI-3 1975
  33. Case Of: The ABC Puzzler - 6 pages - PP-24 1975
  34. Case of: The Elusive Parakeet - 6 pages - TI-4 1975
  35. Case of: The Loose End Frame-Up - 6 pages - TI-4 1975
  36. Case of: The Upside Down Caper - 7 pages - TI-4 1975
  37. Case of: The Staircase Clue - 6 pages - PP-25 1975
  38. Case of: Elementary Kindergarten - 7 pages - TI-5 1975
  39. Case of: The Anti-Cultural Crimes - 6 pages - TI-5 1975
  40. Case of: The Kidnapped Inspector - 6 pages - TI-5 1975
  41. Case of: The Return Crime - 6 pages - PP-26 1975
  42. Case of: The Time Crimes - 7 pages - TI-6 1975
  43. Case of: The Unsafe Safecracker - 6 pages - TI-6 1975
  44. Case of: The Squint Diamond - 6 pages - TI-6 1975
  45. Case of: The Sinn Twins - 6 pages - PP-27 1975
  46. Case of: The Statue Snatch - 6 pages - TI-7 1976
  47. Case of: The Perilous Partner - 7 pages - TI-7 1976
  48. Case of: The P.D.Q. P.D. Dog - 4 pages - TI-7 1976
  49. Case of: The Invisible Phantom - 6 pages - PP-28 1975
  50. Case of: Two Kinds of Minds - 6 pages - TI-8 1976
  51. Case of: The Eggsploding Eggs - 8 pages - TI-8 1976
  52. Case of: The Missing Hinges - 5 pages - TI-8 1976
  53. Case of: The Great Break - 6 pages - PP-29 1975
  54. Case of: The Missing Commissioner - 6 pages - TI-9 1976
  55. Case of: The Stolen Statues - 6 pages - TI-9 1976
  56. Case of: The Mysterious Arsonist - 5 pages - TI-9 1976
  57. Case of: The Missing Mysteries - 6 pages - PP-30 1975
  58. Case of: The Inside Job - 7 pages - TI-10 1976
  59. Case of: The Mysterious Notes - 5 pages - TI-10 1976
  60. Case of: The Good Deed Robber - 6 pages - TI-10 1976
  61. Case of: The Super Chase - 6 pages - PP-31 1976
  62. Case of: The Circus Crimes - 7 pages - TI-11 1976
  63. Case of: The Disorderly Desk - 5 pages - TI-11 1976
  64. Case of: Tizzy at the Terminal - 6 pages - TI-11 1976
  65. Case of: The Displaced Nest - 5 pages - PP-32 1976
  66. Case of: The Hijacked Bus - 7 pages - TI-12 1976
  67. Case of: The Inside Job - 5 pages - TI-12 1976
  68. Case of: The Thumping Ghost - 6 pages - TI-12 1976
  69. Case of: The Amazing Escape - 5 pages - PP-33 1976
  70. Case of: The Unwanted Sidekick - 7 pages - TI-13 1977
  71. Case of: The Great News Robbery - 5 pages - TI-13 1977
  72. Case of: The Tricky Dippers - 6 pages - TI-13 1977
  73. Case of: The Mismatched Sock - 6 pages - PP-34
  74. Case of: The Missing Masterpieces - 6 pages - TI-14 1977
  75. Case of: The Rank Prankster - 6 pages - TI-14 1977
  76. Case of: The Last Great Ride - 5 pages - TI-14 1977
  77. Case of: The Disappearing Purses - 4 pages - PP-35 1976
  78. Case of: The Potted Plant - 6 pages - TI-15 1977
  79. Case of: The Kindergarten Tour - 6 pages - TI-15 1977
  80. Case of: Beasts Out of Bounds - 6 pages - TI-15 1977
  81. Case of: Boss Man Ben - 4 pages - PP-36 1976
  82. Case of: The Sinister Soup - 7 pages - TI-16 1977
  83. Case of: The Missing Patrol Car - 5 pages - TI-16 1977
  84. Case of: The Holiday on Wheels - 6 pages - TI-16 1977
  85. Case of: The Cuckoo Clue - 5 pages - PP-37 1976
  86. Case of: The Rooftop Rip-Off - 5 pages - PP-38 1976
  87. Case of: The Phantom Avenger - 8 pages - TI-18 1978
  88. Case of: The Threats in the Night - 4 pages - TI-18 1978
  89. Case of: The Missing Mayor - 6 pages - TI-18 1978
  90. Case of: The Laughing Burglar - 5 pages - PP-39 1976
  91. Case of: The Shrinking Feet - 7 pages - TI-19 1978
  92. Case of: The Gold Shaker - 5 pages - TI-19 1978
  93. Case of: The Runaway Barrel - 6 pages - TI-19 1978
  94. Case of: Retreat to the Beat - 5 pages - PP-40 1977
  95. Case of: The Oily Feet - 5 pages - PP-41
  96. Case of: Blundering Benny - 5 pages - PP-42 1977
  97. Case of: The Cave Crime - 5 pages - PP-45 1977
  98. Case of: The Culture Vulture - 5 pages - PP-46 1977
  99. Case of: The Holiday from Crime - 5 pages - PP-47 1977
  100. Case of: The Locked Room - 4 pages - PP-48 1977
  101. Case of: The Puddle Clue - 4 pages - PP-49 1978
  102. Case of: The Cat Burglar - 5 pages - PP-50 1978
  103. Case of: The Pilfered File - ? pages - PP-51 1978
  104. Case of: The Crime, Inc. Caper - 5 pages - PP-52 1978
  105. Case of: The Strange Robbery - 5 pages - PP-56 1978
  106. Case of: Ham on Rye - 4 pages - PP-57 1978
  107. Case of: The Escaped Con - 4 pages - PP-58 1978
  108. Case of: The Shifty Prisoner - 4 pages - PP-59 1978
  109. Case of: The Cheating Chess Player - 4 pages - PP-61 1979
  110. Case of: The Lost Star - 5 pages - PP-62 1979

Puzzles/Activities

  • The Inspector Puts the Clues Together - 1 page - March of Comics 376, 390, 429, 486
  • Clue Puzzle - 1 page - March of Comics 384, 418, 461, 473
  • The Inspector Makes A Match - 1 page - March of Comics 409, 449
  • Inspector’s 3 O’Clock Nap - 1 page - March of Comics 441
  • Pink Panther - Chuckles In Pink - 1 page - GCD-38 1974, PP-34
  • Le Nickname Game - 1 page - GCD-38 1974, PP-35
  • Le Suspect - 1 page - GCD-38 1974, TI-10 1976
  • Underworld Maze - 1 page - TI-11 1976
  • Odd-Spotter - 1 page - TI-12 1976
  • Clue Trail - 1 page - TI-13 1977
  • The Inspector Answers a Question - 1 page - TI-14 1977
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