Red Barry: Undercover Man Volume 1 by Will GouldRed Barry: Undercover Man Volume 1 by Will Gould

Red Barry: Undercover Man Volume 1

byWill GouldContribution byWill Gould

Hardcover | November 15, 2016

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A forgotten gem, this underrated competitor to Dick Tracy will astound new readers with its innovative style and delight vintage comics fans to no end.

Red Barry
was one of the most visually innovative adventure strips of the mid-1930s, combining fluid brushwork and noir shadows (in bold blues and purples) with figures that were constantly in motion, plus a level of violence that brought cries of protest from its syndicate. Red Barry and Secret Agent X-9 were King Features’ answers to the Tribune Syndicate’s popular Dick Tracy by Chester Gould. While X-9 continued for decades under hands of various quality, Red Barry by Will Gould (no relation to Chester) was an auteur’s vision that lasted less than four years (primarily because Gould couldn’t meet his deadlines). Regardless, it is today considered one of comics history’s great unsung masterpieces, one which famed mystery writer Anthony Boucher (Rocket to the Morgue, Nine Times Nine) said was "the only detectives strip…worthy of any consideration from my scholarly viewpoint."

This two-volume series reprints the complete dailies and color Sundays.
Will Gould (1911-1984) was a sports cartoonist when he created a pair of sports-related syndicated strips before Red Barry hit the national stage. He worked in Hollywood in the 1940s and was a cartoon editor in the 1960s.
Title:Red Barry: Undercover Man Volume 1Format:HardcoverDimensions:284 pages, 11.31 × 8.81 × 1 inPublished:November 15, 2016Publisher:IDW PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1631407228

ISBN - 13:9781631407222

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Editorial Reviews

“Red Barry is the one successful detective comic strip and the only one worthy of consideration, from my scholarly viewpoint.” —Anthony Boucher

“I will not tolerate such disgusting violence on my comics pages!” —William Randolph Hearst

“Why don’t you leave him alone? He knows what he’s doing. And it’s goddammed good stuff!”—Dashiell Hammett