Radio Serial Legend Johnny Dollar Returns in an All-New Comic Book Series

America’s Fabulous Freelance (Cyber) Insurance Investigator Is Back, Taking on Ransomware Attacks, Insider Threats and More in ‘Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar #1’


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oct. 16, 2023 – Green Archer Comics, an independent comic book publishing company, today released the first installment of a brand-new comic book series, “Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar.” Written by Allan Liska, the comic is based on CBS Radio’s popular serialized drama of the same name that ran from 1949 through 1962. Known as “the man with the action-packed expense account,” Johnny Dollar has been reimagined and brought into the digital age to fight ransomware as a hard-nosed cyber insurance investigator. 


In this first issue, Johnny Dollar is called to Johnstown, Pennsylvania to investigate a ransomware attack against Gotham Steel. The insurance company is concerned that there may be a company insider helping the ransomware group. Johnny quickly realizes something is off with this case and must race to find the insider, while avoiding attacks from Russian thugs, before the company caves in and pays the ransom. 

“Growing up, I would listen to reruns of the great radio serials from the 30s, 40s and 50s on our local NPR station. It was there that I first became familiar with Johnny Dollar – a main character who wasn’t a cop or a superhero; he was just a good guy trying to do the right thing against the bad guys,” said Allan Liska, writer of Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar #1 and owner of Green Archer Comics. “With ‘Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar’ in the public domain, we’ve been able to reimagine him for a more modern setting  and a new generation, while keeping the noir aesthetic of the original drama.” 


Allan Liska works as a full-time ransomware researcher and – similarly to Johnny Dollar himself – has done ransomware incident response in the past. When writing the first installment of the new series, Liska based Johnny’s ransomware cases on real-life cases, lending unique authenticity to the story. 

Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar #1 was funded in large part by a successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year. After intending to raise $3,500, the project ultimately received nearly three times that amount across more than 70 individual backers. The resulting first issue is a 32-page, full-color comic book, with additional issues of the series currently in production. 

Liska continued, “I’m so grateful for the support and backing we’ve witnessed for this project, especially the response we received from the Kickstarter community. It’s been incredible to see the first issue of Johnny Dollar come to life. We’ve assembled an amazing team of artists, letterers and other contributors, and we are excited to continue producing the next installments of Johnny Dollar’s four-part story arc.” 

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