Rip Kirby #4 - 1954–1956
(July 2011)

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Volume
4
Price
49.99 USD
Pages
288
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
IDW Publishing
Brand
The Library of American Comics; IDW
ISBN
978-1-60010-989-8 Search at WorldCat
Barcode
9781600109898 54999
Editing
Dean Mullaney; Bruce Canwell (associate editor); Tom Roberts (consulting editor)
Color
color cover; black & white interior
Dimensions
28.5 cm x 26 cm
Paper Stock
white matte
Binding
hardcover with dustjacket
Publishing Format
ongoing series

Issue Notes

The story titles listed here are taken from the titles used in this volume. However, the original strips referenced no titles so various reprint publications have used different titles for the same story strips.


Alex Raymond Rip Kirby (Table of Contents)

Rip Kirby / cover / 1 page (report information)


Genre
detective-mystery

Indexer Notes

Cover is simply the title in black letters on a red background. The attached cover scan is actually from the dust jacket.

Alex Raymond Rip Kirby (Table of Contents: 1)

Rip Kirby / insert or dust jacket / pages (report information)

Pencils
Alex Raymond
Inks
Alex Raymond

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Desmond; Pagan Lee; Honey Dorian; Rip Kirby

Indexer Notes

The attached cover scan is actually taken from the dust jacket. The back side of the dust jacket contains a couple of sample strips in addition to the promotional advertising. The inside front flap contains a brief description of the contents of this volume. The inside back flag contains a photograph and brief biography of Alex Raymond.

He Was Completely Absorbed With Rip And Seeking His Own Pleasures (Table of Contents: 2)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 11 pages (report information)

Script
Brian Walker
Pencils
Alex Raymond; John Prentice
Inks
Alex Raymond; John Prentice
Colors
?

Indexer Notes

Introduction is accompanied by illustrations from Raymond and Prentice in addition to photographs of Raymond, Prentice, Ray Burns and Stan Drake. Much of the introduction and many of the photographs focus on Raymond's fascination with sports cars.

Stark Night of the Soul (Table of Contents: 3)

Rip Kirby / comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script
Ward Greene; Alex Raymond
Pencils
Alex Raymond
Inks
Alex Raymond
Letters
Alex Raymond

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Byron Delight; Mr. Renshaw; Pagan Lee; Amy; Flora Holton; Rip Kirby; Honey Dorian; Noreen Stark; Captain Ferris
Synopsis
Ex-leading man Byron Delight wants to resurrect his acting career as part of a husband-and-wife team with Pagan Lee. But Delight's ex-wife Noreen and his secretary Flora are unhappy with his new romance. When Pagan's cottage is burned to the ground and a body is discovered inside, Rip investigates.
Reprints
  • from Rip Kirby daily (King Features Syndicate) 1954.4.19 - 1954.7.10 [72 strips]

Two Men and a Baby (Table of Contents: 4)

Rip Kirby / comic story / 48 pages (report information)

Script
Ward Greene; Alex Raymond
Pencils
Alex Raymond
Inks
Alex Raymond
Letters
Alex Raymond

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Desmond; Rip Kirby; Michael (the baby); Charmian (Michael's mother); Georges Maloventi; Prince Frederick (Michael's father); Honey Dorian; Nocolin; Vanya; Lieutenant Riskov; Dr. Slupkin; Dr. Slushkin
Synopsis
While Desmond is in the park, a frantic woman pushes a baby in his arms before being pursued. Rip and Desmond discover that the baby is of royal birth and is the target of a power play in his parents' home country of Mythania. Legally, Rip has to give the baby over to the authorities, but he, Desmond and the mother travel to Mythania and work with the underground to regain the baby's freedom.
Reprints
  • from Rip Kirby daily (King FeaturesSyndicate) 1954.7.12 - 1954.12.25 [144 strips]

The Eyes of Kismet Kildare (Table of Contents: 5)

Rip Kirby / comic story / 30 pages (report information)

Script
Ward Greene; Alex Raymond
Pencils
Alex Raymond
Inks
Alex Raymond
Letters
Alex Raymond

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Kismet Kildare; Rip Kirby; Desmond; Jasper "Uncle Twinkle" Canby; "The Arm"; Mrs. Rumley Harrison
Synopsis
Kismet wins Rip's affections so she can dump him in revenge for his role in sending her father to prison years ago. But after it is done, she finds that revenge is not sweet and apologizes to Rip. Rip investigates the old case and discovers that Kismet's father was framed by her family friend "Uncle Twink".
Reprints
  • from Rip Kirby daily (King Features Syndicate) 1954.12.27 - 1955.4.9 [90 strips]

Carno's Carnivores (Table of Contents: 6)

Rip Kirby / comic story / 26 pages (report information)

Script
Ward Greene; Alex Raymond
Pencils
Alex Raymond
Inks
Alex Raymond
Letters
Alex Raymond

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Desmond; Rip Kirby; Count Carno; Pert Carno; Snake Rattan; Mink; Slim
Synopsis
Carno has Desmond kidnapped for force Rip to help him stop a blackmailer who is threatening his daughter as Carno's jungle cat carnival act tours Europe.
Reprints
  • from Rip Kirby daily (King Features Syndicate) 1955.4.11 - 1955.7.9 [78 strips]

Hep to the Jive (Table of Contents: 7)

Rip Kirby / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script
Ward Greene; Alex Raymond
Pencils
Alex Raymond
Inks
Alex Raymond
Letters
Alex Raymond

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Ma Casino; Rip Kirby; Desmond; Hi Dellity; Fi Dellity; Lenore Lillis; Mindy
Synopsis
Big winners at Ma Casino's are being robbed as they leave and Ma hires Rip to stop the robberies without a lot of publicity. Rip goes undercover as a piano player in the lounge and discovers that band members are sending musical signals via radio broadcasts to their accomplices that identify the appropriate targets that have won big.
Reprints
  • from Rip Kirby daily (King Features Syndicate) 1955.7.11 - 1955.9.24 [66 strips]

The Laugh's on Giggles (Table of Contents: 8)

Rip Kirby / comic story / 18 pages (report information)

Script
Ward Greene; Alex Raymond
Pencils
Alex Raymond
Inks
Alex Raymond
Letters
Alex Raymond

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Giggles Magee; Salisbury; Joan Turner; Eddie Turner; Necktie; Rip Kirby; Desmond
Synopsis
TV comedian Giggles Magee wants to marry Joan, who is a dancer on his show, but she refuses. Joan's brother is in trouble with gambling debts and Giggles stages a fake robbery attempt so that Rip catches Eddie in the act. Giggles agrees not to press charges against Eddie if Joan will marry him and she reluctantly accepts. But Giggles' plans go awry when Eddie and Joan are kidnapped.
Reprints
  • from Rip Kirby daily (King Features Syndicate) 1955.9.26 - 1955.11.26 [54 strips]

Brain vs. Brawn (Table of Contents: 9)

Rip Kirby / comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script
Ward Greene; Alex Raymond
Pencils
Alex Raymond
Inks
Alex Raymond
Letters
Alex Raymond

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Brawn Adair; Rip Kirby; Desmond; Captain Sari Adair; Jonathan; Captain Marlin; Pedro
Synopsis
Ne-er-do-well Brawn Adair stands to inherit a fortune unless a late multi-millionaire's granddaughter is located and Rip is hired to find her. The girl's whereabouts are unknown, but clues lead Rip to the South Seas. The girl is now a grown woman, captaining her own schooner there. Meanwhile, Brawn has followed Rip to ensure Sari does not return to claim the inheritance.
Reprints
  • from Rip Kirby daily (King Features Syndicate) 1955.11.28 - 1956.2.18 [72 strips]

Double in Diamonds (Table of Contents: 10)

Rip Kirby / comic story / 26 pages (report information)

Script
Ward Greene; Alex Raymond
Pencils
Alex Raymond
Inks
Alex Raymond
Letters
Alex Raymond

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Mangler; Tola; Ernest Welles; Angela Welles; Martha; Crimper; Smiley
Synopsis
On safari with Ernest Welles, the Mangler learns that Welles previously sent a fortune in diamonds to his daughter that he hasn't seen in ten years for safekeeping. The Mangler kills Welles and uses his similar physical appearance to impersonate Welles to get the diamonds from the daughter. But when he can't come up with the password Welles had sent along with the diamonds, Angela gets suspicious and calls on Rip for help.
Reprints
  • from Rip Kirby daily (King Features Syndicate) 1956.2.20 - 1956.5.19 [78 strips]

Zero Tolerance (Table of Contents: 11)

Rip Kirby / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script
Ward Greene; Alex Raymond
Pencils
Alex Raymond
Inks
Alex Raymond
Letters
Alex Raymond

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Honey Dorian; Madame Zero; Monsieur Zero; Rip Kirby; Desmond; Shadow; Captain Carmody; Mr. Steadman
Synopsis
Madame Zero and her husband use Honey to smuggle microfilm in the rose of one of the gowns she is asked to take. But on the ship from Europe, Honey can't resist wearing the gown when invited to the Captain's table and she accidentally spills coffee on the rose. She replaces the rose on the gown and places the stained rose among some real roses in her apartment as a reminder of her poor judgement. Madame Zero's attempts to recover the microfilm ends up with Honey being kidnapped.
Reprints
  • from Rip Kirby daily (King Features Syndicate) 1956.5.21 - 1956.7.28 [60 strips]

Cat Amongst the Pigeons (Table of Contents: 12)

Rip Kirby / comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script
Fred Dickensen
Pencils
Alex Raymond; John Prentice
Inks
Alex Raymond; John Prentice
Letters
Alex Raymond; John Prentice

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Mavis Fulton; Nancy; Pancake Murgatroyd; Leon De Leon; Hettie Hilton; Underwood; Desmond; Rip Kirby; Peggy Nelson; Honey Dorian
Synopsis
An unemployed makeup man joins with a con-artist to try to swindle a rich old woman out of a million dollars. They engage a young, out-of-work actress and use make-up effects to demonstrate a 'fountain of youth' elixir. But the old woman's butler is friends with Desmond. Through Desmond, Rip learns of the scheme and puts a stop to it.
Reprints
  • from Rip Kirby daily (King Features Syndicate) 1956.7.30 - 1956.10.20 [72 strips]

Indexer Notes

Raymond was killed in a car accident before this story was completed. Prentice took over for Raymond, starting with the strip for October 1, 1956.

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. Alex Raymond Rip Kirby
    Rip Kirby
  2. 1. Alex Raymond Rip Kirby
    Rip Kirby
  3. 2. He Was Completely Absorbed With Rip And Seeking His Own Pleasures
  4. 3. Stark Night of the Soul
    Rip Kirby
  5. 4. Two Men and a Baby
    Rip Kirby
  6. 5. The Eyes of Kismet Kildare
    Rip Kirby
  7. 6. Carno's Carnivores
    Rip Kirby
  8. 7. Hep to the Jive
    Rip Kirby
  9. 8. The Laugh's on Giggles
    Rip Kirby
  10. 9. Brain vs. Brawn
    Rip Kirby
  11. 10. Double in Diamonds
    Rip Kirby
  12. 11. Zero Tolerance
    Rip Kirby
  13. 12. Cat Amongst the Pigeons
    Rip Kirby
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