What, did you think this was a *Marvel Comics-ONLY" blog?! Well, you're right. But, hey, this is FREE FOR ALL BRAWLIN' during this month of Friday Night Fights! Time to break out the Classics!
And by that I mean, Terry and the Pirates by Milton Caniff! This is from Terry and the Pirates: Welcome to China a.k.a. Terry and the Pirates #1 as printed by Flying Buttress Comics Library in 1986.
I tracked it down in the early 00's when I was corresponding on a mailing list with Kurt Busiek. His knowledge of comics being encyclopedic in nature, I was intrigued by his influences. It took me a while to track down these Terry reprints, although in more recent years there are some higher-quality editions as published by IDW.
I was amazed at the "pulpy" goodness of the adventures of the soldier-of-fortune Pat and his youthful ward, Terry, including locations and situations that can't be replicated in modern tales-- even though part and parcel of such stuff includes the unfortunate by-product of distasteful stereotypes. As pure storytelling conventions, though, the momentum and flow from one pitfall to the next is breathtaking and exciting.
As I perused my shelves to consider a contender for FNF this week, I got excited about revisiting these tales again, and even if I don't win at least I can waste some hours with rippin' good entertainment!
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