An in-depth look at Piracy through the ages. This little book has lots of valuable history concerning some of the most notorious and lesser known seafAn in-depth look at Piracy through the ages. This little book has lots of valuable history concerning some of the most notorious and lesser known seafarers. The notes are very rich with detail. Even pirates in film and literature are covered though modern piracy is only dealt with in a few pages but we only really want to know about the romantic era of pirates that pervades the public's mind and this book delivers. I only wish there were more illustrations included. Burying treasure, treasure maps and walking the plank were far less common than we tend to think these days....more
When most people here the names Dashiell Hammett & Alex Raymond, the title of this book is not the first thing that comes to mind. In author HammeWhen most people here the names Dashiell Hammett & Alex Raymond, the title of this book is not the first thing that comes to mind. In author Hammett's case images of noir detective series is evoked like, "The Maltese Falcon" or the "Thin Man" series. That kind of detective story that is filled with pulpy goodness. The same type of popular fiction associations go along with the work of artist Alex Raymond's work as well; being well known for inspiring genreations of illustrators based on his work in the newspaper comic strips on that famous space man, "Flash Gordon" and to a lesser degree, "Jungle Jim".
This exciting mash-up of talent was orchestrated by King Features Syndicate as they distributed this amazing collaboration of illustrator and author. The pairing brought new adventure to the newsprint parade of the nation's papers starting in 1934.
The hero agent X-9 is a nameless character that eventually was given the name, "Phil Corrigan" and the title of the strip in later decades was called, "Secret Agent Corrigan". But this book concerns itself with the work of the original two creatives that worked on the strip, Hammett and Raymond.
This volume was released by Kitchen Sink Press in 1990 and is a softcover edition with black & white interior pages. The binding has held up well on this perfect bound book over the ensuing years. The stories found inside however have a very dated feel. The collection of adventure strips found here are great examples of the amazing line-work found in the art created by master cartoonist Raymond. And while Hammett fans will indeed find the type of stories they have come to expect from this master of detective fiction, the true value in this volume is the artwork of Raymond.
One can easily return over and over again to let the eyes linger on the lovely pen work of this master of sequential art. These stories look nothing like anything printed in the comic strips of today. When newspapers gave larger space on the page of their throw-away publications to comic strips had the ability to let artist spread out and display their talents before an approving audience. This particular audience member missed the original run but greatly appreciates this collection of Raymond art that now resides in my collection. Any artist out their admiring the works of current illustrators should look back at this work and learn where the influences of these artist came from when master craftsmen like Raymond was laying ink on the page. Find a copy of your own and learn from one of the greats!...more