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“Red Barry” and “Secret Agent X-9” were King Features’ answers to the Tribune Syndicate’s popular “Dick Tracy” by Chester Gould (no relation to Will). While “X-9” continued for decades under hands of various quality, “Red Barry” by Will Gould was an auteur’s vision that lasted less than four years. Regardless, it is today considered one of comics history’s great unsung masterpieces, one which famed mystery writer Anthony Boucher said was “the only detectives strip…worthy of any consideration from my scholarly viewpoint.”