Pretty much forgotten today, Chip Gardner Private Eye was
the only series character to appear in most issue of Crime Does Not Pay, and as
that was for a time the most popular comic in America, selling something like two
million issues a month, that means that for a time he and his fateful secretary
Wendy were being read by more people than Superman or Captain Marvel.
Anyway, you can tell he was smart because in 90 percent of the panels he was in he was shown smoking a pipe.
And while it’s not really known for sure, he may have been created and written by Walter Gibson, the creator of the pulp version of The Shadow.