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The Complete Terry and the Pirates, Vol. 1: 1934-1936 (The Complete Terry and the Pirates #1)

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Celebrating the centennial of cartoonist Milton Caniff's birth, IDW Publishing will publish a six-book series, collecting the entirety of Caniff's groundbreaking newspaper adventure strip Terry and the Pirates. The Sunday pages will be reproduced in their original color, alongside the daily black-and-white strips. Volume One contains more than 800 consecutive strips, from

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Hardcover, 367 pages
Published September 4th 2007 by IDW Publishing
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Philippe Malzieu
Apr 10, 2014 Philippe Malzieu rated it it was amazing
Milton Caniff had all invented. Opposed to the " ligne claire" of European comics, he developed a drawing with ink. His graphics influenced the majority of the young draughtsmen of comics, in particular Pratt. The line can be raw. The brush precedes the action. It gives a cinematographic dimensio.
He dynamited the classical scenario by giving another dimension to the hero. In particular he gave a very important role to the Chinese interprets Georges Webster Confucius. Far from the caricature, he
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Frank Roberts
Jan 26, 2009 Frank Roberts rated it it was amazing
I have read volumes 1-4. I was too young to see these in the paper as a kid, but ran across them a while back and decided to give them a try. While the racism in them is unfortunate and of the time (1930s), the storytelling and artwork are truly groundbreaking. Caniff really knew how to entertain people, and he had strong female characters at a time when women were usually in the comics to be rescued, not taken seriously. He even hinted at a lesbian relationship in one storyline - interesting th ...more
Daniel
Jan 02, 2016 Daniel rated it liked it
A beautiful reprint of the comic strip of the 1930s, following the American Terry and his adventures in China of the 1930s. The artwork is very good, quite superior to the comic books of the later 1930s which would introduce superheroes.

The stories are entertaining -- nothing earth-shattering, but great "popcorn movie" style adventures. Like most material of the day, [i:]Terry and the Pirates[/i:] does have the misfortune of featuring some incredibly crude ethnic stereotypes.
Sam Falco
Jan 29, 2016 Sam Falco rated it did not like it
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If you can overlook the sexism and racism in this collection of eighty year old comic strips... well, you can't really overlook the sexism and racism, because it smacks you in the face on every page. Especially in the strips where protagonist Pat Ryan smacks a woman in the face. And I'm not sure there are more than a handful of strips in two years worth of strips that don't contain at least one racial slur about the Chinese.

The stories themselves are formulaic and repetitive. The women characte
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Dominick
Dec 13, 2013 Dominick rated it liked it
This was my first extended exposure to Terry (I read a very little bit of it as a kid, in comic book form, and the Mad parody, of course), and I'm rather underwhelmed. Caniff's art is generally a wonder to behold, especially the Sunday pages--or it would be, if not for the prevalent racism of the strip. That's of a piece with its historical context, of course, but it's still difficult in 2013 not to cringe at Connie's caricatured features and pidgin English, or at the casual references to "chink ...more
Andy
Nov 15, 2012 Andy rated it it was amazing
Terry and the Pirates is an action-adventure strip that's a cross between Indiana Jones and Tintin (which, debuting in 1929, seems to have an unmistakable influence on Terry). The saga begins as Terry, a young American boy (probably about 12 or 13?) explores China, looking for a hidden treasure left by a relative. Assisting Terry is a "two-fisted" journalist named Pat Ryan and a Chinese guide (of sorts) named George Webster Confucius, or "Connie" for short. The trio get embroiled in all sorts of ...more
Alicia Scully
Terry and his companions have tons of wild adventures on the high seas. They have to worry about pirates though, who somehow take an interest in them. Admittedly, they group does tend to be in the wrong place at the wrong time relatively often.

The comics themselves weren't that wonderful for me as a reader, mainly because they felt very dated and there wasn't any kind of real sense of urgency. I'm sure that there would have been more excitement attached when the strip was running due to the time
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Korynn
Jul 01, 2009 Korynn rated it liked it
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A great strip in which a boy and his hero with their racist version of a sidekick rescue damsels in distress and get into life or death situations involving Asian pirates. Lots of heroics that become repetitive but is livened by interesting new characters. It starts a bit stiff but improves further one, especially with the introduction of characters who are unclear as to their side of the fight between good and evil.
Scott Radtke
Apr 13, 2008 Scott Radtke rated it it was amazing
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The legendary adventure classic finally compiled in a format that gives the book it's due. Caniff is one of the giants of the comics medium, it's only going to get better.
Glenj
Oct 16, 2011 Glenj rated it liked it
Three stars only because it takes a while for the book and characters to grow and become what it will be later. The art and panel structure is simply astounding.
Freder
Sep 14, 2009 Freder rated it liked it
The book is gorgeous, and really does credit to Caniff's talent. I'm just not a huge fan of TERRY, which is why the lower rating.
Philip
Mar 10, 2014 Philip rated it really liked it
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Fantastic adventure strip, marred only by the racism of the time (1930s). Thrilling stories and amazing art.
Erik
May 04, 2015 Erik rated it it was ok
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Caniff's art is good, but it starts very slowly and I didn't like Terry at all.
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