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Comic Book / Goldie Vance

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From left to right: Sugar Maple, Sylvie Bell, Art Vance, Rob, Diane Kimura, Walter Tooey, Goldie, and Cheryl Labeaux.

Goldie Vance is a comic book series written by Hope Larson and Jackie Ball, illustrated by Brittney Williams, Noah Hayes, and Elle Power and , and published by Boom! Studios.

The titular Marigold "Goldie" Vance is a 16 year-old “assistant” Kid Detective, serving at her father’s hotel the Crossed Palms Resort in St. Pascal, Florida. Using her sleuthing skills, talent for disguises, spunky kid charm, and network of clever and reliable friends, Goldie tackles all sorts of cases that come to the hotel, whether Russian spies looking to steal spacecraft secrets, to missing ex-astronauts with a grudge, or an allegedly haunted music festival.

A movie adaptation of the series is being developed by Kerry Washington and Rashida Jones.



  • Alternate History / Politically Correct History: The series appears to take place in an alternate version of 60s America where racism, sexism, and homophobia are seemingly nonexistent. For instance, Goldie is able to openly pursue a relationship with her girlfriend Diane, with absolutely no stigma from the interracial and sapphic aspects of it from visitors.
  • Batman Gambit: Goldie's plan in Volume 4 to lure Soviets out in the open revolves around feeding their overconfidence, including her and her friends faking public spats so that the spies will think Goldie's all by herself.
  • Dirty Communists: KGB spies are recurring villains in the series, particularly in Volume 1 and Volume 4.
  • Engineered Public Confession: In Volume 4, Goldie lures Miss Petty into the music festival's sound testing room, letting Cheryl record her Just Between You and Me about causing the blackouts.
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  • Evil Gloating: When Goldie is cornered by two Russian spies in Volume 4, one of them can’t resist bragging to her about their nefarious plan for St. Pascal... until his partner elbows him harshly to shut him up.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Twice in Volume 4.
    • Goldie's initial jealousy of Diane getting chummy with Chris causes her to start accumulating evidence that Chris is the music festival's saboteur, thus wasting time in spotting the real culprit, Miss Petty.
    • The festival is discovered to be rigged with transmitter tapes sending out a high frequency signal. Goldie's friends steal one, in sight of Miss Petty, but Goldie and Diane realize Petty's lack of reaction means there must be a second tape they failed to find.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: When learning that music records of the Peanut Butter Boys' latest single has been causing power outages, Goldie suspects that they may really be crooks... until she meets them and finds them so bubbly sweet she concedes they've probably never told a lie in their lives.
  • Most Definitely Not a Villain: Two Soviet spies disguise themselves as Americans during the St. Pascal music festival. One of them tries way too hard at it, offering random people "free American gum", dangling kitchy US symbol souvenirs on his keys, and his office having an enormous American flag he makes sure is visible through the window.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Chris Villain (pronounced Vill-enne), a French music distributor. Goldie initially assumes her to be a suspect in her case in Volume 4 (and the name doesn't help), but Chris turns out to be a gracious and resourceful ally.
  • The Rival: Sugar Maple, the daughter of their hotel's chain owner. She and Goldie used to be friends when they were little, but afterward grew very competitive and thus constantly try to one-up each other. In Volume 3 they finally bury the hatchet, with Goldie uncovering Sugar's saboteur and Sugar therefore gifting Goldie her car in thanks.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Soviet spy Miss Petty gets the better of Walter this way in the first arc, pretending to be a distressed guest locked out of her hotel room in only her underwear, so she can get close enough to seemingly thank him with a date and then drug and rob him.


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