The longest-running modern adventure strip continues with 11 new stories starring the debonair private detective, reproduced from the original King Features Syndicate proofs.
In these 11 stories, Rip Kirby takes part in an old-style shoot-out in a nearly-deserted Western ghost town, battles the deadly Owl and the Pussycat over a hidden stash of heroin, and rubs a magic lamp the wrong way in a Turkish bazaar. After learning he is the doppelganger of the crown prince of a postage stamp-sized country, the bespectacled detective follows the trail of a counterfeit two million before being framed by a paroled con man who wants to get even with Rip for making him play second fiddle in the prison orchestra. Plus–the long awaited return of the Rip’s original girlfriend, Honey Dorian, as well as his arch-nemesis, the deadly Mangler!
The more than 800 sequential comics from January 22, 1973 to October 11, 1975 also feature Rip’s new girlfriend Holly Glowstep, and standbys such as Desmond, Wiggins, and Ma Casino.
The longest-running modern adventure strip celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary in 1971. As Bruce Canwell notes in his introduction to this volume, John Prentice and Fred Dickenson continually varied the contents of their stories, mixing and matching themes, as well as locales. In these thirteen stories, they were willing to tap into popular topics of the day (1971’s “The Girl with Something Extra” uses extra-sensory perception as a key plot driver), but carefully contrasted those efforts with stories emphasizing family relationships in ways both positive (“The Midas Affair”) and negative (“Murder by Misanthrope”). The science fictional Doctor Data and his super-computer were counterbalanced by more light-hearted capers, such as “The Parrot Who Sang Like a Canary.” Included are more than 800 sequential comics from April 27, 1970 to January 20, 1973 reproduced from the original King Features Syndicate proofs.
The fourth volume of Alex Raymond’s modernist classic, Rip Kirby, contains every daily strip from April 19, 1954 through September 29, 1956. The 46-year-old Raymond’s tragic death in the prime of his life caught the syndicate in mid-episode. This book also contains the conclusion to Raymond’s ultimate story, drawn by John Prentice, from October 1 through October 20, 1956. Edited and designed by Eisner Award-winner Dean Mullaney, with a biographical and historical essay by Brian Walker.
The third volume of Alex Raymond’s modernist classic, Rip Kirby, contains nearly three years of strips, from September 24, 1951 through April 17, 1954, all rendered in Raymond’s incredibly lush style. World’s best photographer, the sexy Bijou Benson; a playboy sheik from Algiers; a revolution in the Middle East; the return of criminals Joe Seven, Fingers Moray, and the deadly Mangler; the deadly Lili Lavelle; all while Honey Dorian, of course, is not happy that Pagan Lee re-enters the picture.
While investigating crimes on both sides of the Atlantic, the urbane detective encounters beautiful and conniving women, menacing men, jewel thieves, pickpockets, ex-Nazis, rich debutantes, spoiled heirs, kleptomaniac mothers, small town gossips, a fake Yogi named “The Great You,” his recurring nemesis — the Mangler — and more than a murder or two. Meanwhile, the tension builds in his love triangle with Honey Dorian and Pagan Lee.
The second volume of Alex Raymond’s modernist classic Rip Kirby contains nearly three years of strips, from December 6, 1948 through September 22, 1951, all drawn in Raymond’s incredibly lush style.