Rip Kirby Vol. 1: 1946-1948


Written by Alex Raymond and Ward Greene and Illustrated by Alex Raymond


The first volume of Alex Raymond’s modernist classic reproduces, from syndicate proof sheets, every strip from the beginning, March 4, 1946, through December 4, 1948. Co-written with Ward Greene, the stories sometimes address then-contemporary issues, including trafficking in black market babies and the attempt to limit the proliferation of atomic and biological weapons. Rip often applied scientific methods to his crime-solving techniques, but was still involved in plenty of action — he was an All-American athlete and decorated war hero. The supporting cast featured Desmond, Rip’s valet and assistant, and plenty of breathtaking women, particularly Rip’s girlfriend, Honey Dorian, and the raven-haired and aptly-named Pagan Lee. But the real star is Raymond’s lush and incomparable brushwork.
Edited and Designed by Dean Mullaney / Introductions by Brian Walker and Tom Roberts / 11″ x 10″ / hardcover / B&W / 320 pp / ISBN 978-1-60010-484-8