Songwriter turned mystery-solver from the "Melody of Hate" story of Charlton comic book Strange Suspense Stories #27 (Oct 1955). His recent hit was "Heartstrings."
He and his fiance Jill stumble upon a mystery at the Ruby Club, where Neal's pal, guitarist Paul Starr is wondering where the hell is his pianist, Boppy Gates. Boppy stumbles in, soaking wet, saying "I was thrown into the river and left for drowned!" And he announces he's out of Paul's trio and exits. The trio's singer, Avalon Ayres, is crazy about Boppy and totally distraught, so Neal volunteers to find out what's going on.