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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (Dec 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600104843
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600104848
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 3.8 x 28.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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The first couple of years of Alex Raymond's Rip Kirby newspaper comic strip is a marvel of stunning art. The stories themselves are a bit rough at first, but as the strip progresses they improve. Raymond looks at some surprising subjects for the neswprint comics, such as drug addiction. If you're a comics fan, you should have this book, but even fans of prose detective fiction would probably enjoy this.
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Even better than the original newspaper presentation.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa6a5c888) out of 5 stars 27 reviews
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HASH(0xa68ccbc4) out of 5 stars At long last: Rip Kirby!!! Feb. 9 2010
By Diego Cordoba - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
We finally get Alex Raymond's masterpiece back in print. Rip Kirby was done by Raymond when he found that his strips were taken over by someone else when he came back from the war, so he opted to create a new one and would for the first time ink with a pen. His pen and ink style on Rip Kirby would be the norm with the realistic strips for many years to come. Astute readers will notice that Raymond would revert to a brush later (drawing in a style similar to Caniff), where he would use bold brush strokes. He would eventually come back to his pen and ink style, which would influence countless other comic strip artists. He would, unfortunately, die in a car accident a couple of years later and Rip Kirby was continued by John Prentice, a capable artist on his own right, but far from Raymond.

This new reprint by IDW seems to be the definite one taken from the "best available proofs" of the strip. Actually, if these are the best proofs IDW had on hand, I wonder where the French, Spanish and Italian versions got their proofs from as they are ten times better than the American proofs. It's a pity that no major restoration was done to the strip as this version by IDW pales by comparison to the European versions. The main problem I see with the IDW books (aside of the average quality of reprinting), is that the strips are reprinted too small and the books are too heavy. Can anyone tell me how to read these books, aside of putting them on top of a table?

All in all, I've got mixed feelings about the book, but this being the only worthwhile version available in English, will have to do.

p.s.: For the collectors out there, try to check the French version published in the 90's (alas only one volume was printed) as the art is so crisp and clean, it makes all other versions pale by comparison.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa68bcbe8) out of 5 stars Great postwar dramatic comic strip Dec 9 2009
By Jim Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Alex Raymond's Rip Kirby is a worthy addition to IDW's Library of American Comics series. This series was groundbreaking in a number of respects. It dealt with a number of mature subjects in a refreshingly realistic way. It was also drawn with a brush when most comics were (and still are) pen and ink renderings. Rip Kirby was always a daily strip so this volume has no color at all except in the introductory material.

The artwork is wonderful and well reproduced - as well reproduced as it can be at this stage without major "restoration". Fortunately, very little seems to need anything so drastic. Curiously, there is an abrupt change in style towards the end of Chapter 7 "Bleak Prospects" and the beginning of Chapter 8 "Terror on the Thames" almost as if Raymond was spelled by an assistant while on vacation.

The stories are for the most part solid. The first two chapters are written as classic "whodunits" but that formula does not work particularly well in daily strip format and the remaining stories are straightforward crime dramas.

Characterization is also strong. Kirby and Desmond are likable and interesting while the villains are just great - ruthless and deadly. The only weak point is Kirby's girl friend Honey Dorian. She seems completely bland when compared to her competition, the mesmerizing Pagan Lee.

All in all, highly recommended to comic strip enthusiasts of all ages.
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa676a1a4) out of 5 stars Great classic, bad edition Feb. 4 2010
By Andoni Iturbe-Ormaetxe Kort - Published on Amazon.com
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"Rip Kirby" by Alex Raymond is one of the best daily strips ever published. His job, from 1946 to 1956, is amazing, beautiful, very good plots (with the help of Ward Greene and Fred Dickenson) and wonderful characters.
IDW, with extraordinary editions of "Terry and the Pirates" or "Scorchy Smith", has lost a great opportunity for make the best edition of this classic. Where are the pristine syndicate proofs? In my country, Spain, we have a better edition, with all the Raymond's work and the beginnig of Prentice. The definition of the strips is sometimes horrible. Please, WHERE ARE THE BEST POSSIBLE SOURCES? I don't understand. Sorry
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6d1dc90) out of 5 stars Disappointed first volume, but it gets better April 16 2014
By J. A. T. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I own a edition from Spain mostly equivalent to this (as to the material included), and most of the strip looks much better there. The line-work is much sharper. Not only that, many more lines show up in the panels. But it's printed at a smaller size.
I have to say that this problem is solved in following volumes, so the american collection would clearly be the way to go then. The spanish volumes are printed darker, not a problem in itself, but it is adding the too small size, when compared to the good-looking american volumes.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa70719c8) out of 5 stars Alex Raymond's RIP KIRBY vol 1 A Masterpiece Dec 1 2009
By Mustafa Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Alex Raymond's RIP KIRBY: The First Modern Detective - Complete Comic Strips 1946-1948 is the first volume in what will prove to be an exceptional collection. This first edition in this collection is magnificent. The book is formatted well and has a nice simple design structure. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone who loves great illustration and a great story.

Alex Raymond was one of the finest practitioners of the lost art of newspaper serial storytelling. His illustrations of handsome men, beautiful women and amazing settings are one of the reasons the period between 1935 and 1960 are considered by some as the Golden Age of newspaper serials.

I cannot express how pleased I am that IDG Publications has taken the time and effort to produce his amazing illustrator's work. This book along with Tom Roberts' ALEX RAYMOND: His Life and Art (ISBN: 9781886937789) are a must have for everyone who enjoys experiencing great art from a time when men like Mr. Raymond elevated the art of newspaper serials to high-art.

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