Category Archive: King Features

Secret Agent Corrigan, The Mystery Sub (June-August 1969)

And now it’s perfectly clear Goodwin’s seen You Only Live Twice. This story recasts Phil as James Bond—with Goodwin borrowing not just the big volcanic secret headquarters ending from You Only Live Twice,… Continue reading

Secret Agent Corrigan, The Black Sheep (March-June 1969)

Well… all the gains Goodwin’s made on Corrigan’s writing get flushed this story. Some of it may be Williamson’s fault, but not exactly. He does a great job; it’s just too bad he’s… Continue reading

Secret Agent Corrigan, The Hands of Madame Lei (January-March 1969)

Now, I imagine Goodwin knew the FBI was nothing like he portrays it in Corrigan. This story is more like any film noir detective story with the cop being hunted by an unknown… Continue reading

Secret Agent Corrigan, The Future Queen of Alpsberg (October 1968-January 1969)

It’s like whatever great advances Goodwin makes with Corrigan’s writing he almost immediately sets back. Well, not completely, but still noticeably. This story features Phil heading off to a fictional European country—with fairy… Continue reading

Secret Agent Corrigan, The Amateur (July-October 1968)

There’s no globe-trotting this story, just Phil hanging out in New York and investigating a spy ring. There’s so little back story we never even find out what foreign power is buying government… Continue reading

Secret Agent Corrigan, Welcome to Eagle Bend (May-July 1968)

While it’s nice to know Goodwin’s seen Bad Day at Black Rock and maybe Man in the Shadow (or some variation of crime boss running small town with townspeople’s de facto permission), it… Continue reading

Secret Agent Corrigan, The Stone Expedition (February-May 1968)

Phil’s off to the Arabian desert this story, which does give Williamson a chance to draw some fantastic scenery and action scenes. Goodwin plots a lot of action into the same relatively short… Continue reading

Secret Agent Corrigan, Far Orient Import-Export (December 1967-February 1968)

Thank goodness China went communist because what Asians would Americans have had to demonize once World War II was over…. The villain this issue is a Chinese spy (he looks like a fat… Continue reading

Secret Agent Corrigan, Mother Murkley and Sons (September-December 1967)

I think this story has to be my favorite Corrigan so far. Not only does it have a good length (Goodwin usually cuts out just when the second part of a longer story… Continue reading

Secret Agent Corrigan, Bum Ticker (July-September 1967)

Phil Corrigan finally gets some personality this story. Not a lot of it, but some. Goodwin and Williamson are far more concerned with making Corrigan thrilling than they are developing the protagonist. Of… Continue reading

Secret Agent Corrigan, Slave Labor (April-July 1967)

Corrigan’s off to the sunny Caribbean this storyline, where he discovers the bad guys aren’t helping fugitives escape the States but rather stealing their money and making them do hard labor. That situation,… Continue reading

Secret Agent Corrigan, Operation: Marina Vladcheck (January-April 1967)

Archie Goodwin does this fantastic job setting up the story—a defected Soviet scientist is being pursued by the bad guys because they want to ransom her. Meanwhile, she doesn’t like being stuck in… Continue reading

Rip Kirby, The Affairs of Crusher Twickham (November 1953-April 1954)

It’s a genial adventure for Rip and company (well, not so much “and company,” just Desmond—Honey’s barely around again) as Desmond’s old friend tries to become a gentleman to woo a lady. Turns… Continue reading

Rip Kirby, Whom Gods Destroy (September-November 1953)

What a nice little storyline. It’s Rip’s first adventure saving someone from death row; I didn’t realize until it started he’d never had such a case. It’s a simple mystery where he discovers… Continue reading

Rip Kirby, Death on Four Wheels (May-September 1953)

And it’s Rip off to the races. I think this storyline is just Raymond’s way to get to draw a lot of cars. Any good will Dickenson’s earned is tested at this point,… Continue reading

Rip Kirby, Danger in Key Diablo (February-May 1953)

Rip continues its upswing—maybe scripture Dickenson got more comfortable—with this storyline. Honey’s a central character again (for the first time in what seems like a year), though she’s just the damsel in distress.… Continue reading

Rip Kirby, The Cold Deck Switch (September 1952-February 1953)

Honey doesn’t appear at all this storyline—and Desmond starts the investigation—but it’s the strongest Kirby’s been in a while. Strangely, it features Raymond’s worst panel on the strip so far. Rip’s on the… Continue reading

Rip Kirby, Pagan’s Plight (May-September 1952)

I think Raymond must have changed his model for Pagan Lee. Her face is completely different now. This storyline has me hoping Dickenson has taken over and it’s not Ward Greene at all… Continue reading

Rip Kirby, The Lambert Affair (January-May 1952)

Here’s a problem with old newspaper strips. When new writers come on, they aren’t credited. Fred Dickenson might have taken over scripting from Ward Greene for this story, but I’m not sure. It… Continue reading

Rip Kirby, The Tigress of El Kazar (September 1951-January 1952)

Greene and Raymond have established a new formula. Honey waves goodbye to Rip, he rushes off to mystery, the reader gets to find out the solution to the mystery before he does (in… Continue reading

Rip Kirby, I’m OK–You’re Great (April-September 1951)

Honey appears in the first strip of this storyline to give Rip an in on a case involving her friend. It’s definitely at least the third time Honey’s brought him a case in… Continue reading

Rip Kirby, The Little Man Who Wasn’t (December 1950-April 1951)

Rip takes what seems like a simple embezzlement case and—shockingly—it turns out to be more. A mild-mannered bank employee runs off with almost a million dollars and it’s up to Kirby to find… Continue reading

Rip Kirby, The Caged Songbird (September-December 1950)

It’s a domestic adventure for Rip this time. The most scenic Raymond gets is the lions outside the New York Public Library. This storyline opens with a strip announcing the story’s premise and… Continue reading

Rip Kirby, Return of the Mangler (June-September 1950)

The Mangler finally makes his comeback and it’s in maybe the worst story Greene and Raymond have done on Rip Kirby. Oh, Raymond’s art is still great—there’s some beautiful composition, particularly during the… Continue reading

Rip Kirby, The Play’s the Thing (March-June 1950)

This storyline, which is really short, finally puts the spotlight on Desmond. Rip’s butler and assistant is off to… well, it’s never accurately describe, but a small town in hopes of finding romance.… Continue reading

Rip Kirby, Peril in the Snow (December 1949-March 1950)

It’s a good thing Rip has Honey around or he’d never get new cases. This story is the second or third time he only gets involved in a case because of Honey (and… Continue reading

Rip Kirby, My Little Runaway (September-December 1949)

This story guest-stars Rip. With him in it so little, I guess Honey’s five or six strips probably amount to a cameo. They’re just the entry into the actual story, which is a… Continue reading

Rip Kirby, Pagan’s Cheerful Summer (May-September 1949)

This storyline shows exactly what I like so much about Rip Kirby—Greene and Raymond come up with interesting settings. Though maybe Rip doesn’t have enough New York adventures, at least they move him… Continue reading

Rip Kirby, Like Flies to Honey (January-May 1949)

Well, I got my wish and Honey’s back in Rip Kirby front and center. A young playboy has proposed to her and his family goes to Rip to break it up. Rip refuses,… Continue reading

Rip Kirby, The Bandar Rubies (December 1948-January 1949)

Heading home to New York from London, Rip and Desmond leave Honey—this issue might reveal the rather simple explanation for her absence… Greene and Raymond need to have Rip be flirtatious to move… Continue reading