As a famed hero of the mystery novels by Earl DerrBiggers, Inspector Charlie Chan reached even greater heights in a series ofpopular movies.
As actor Sidney Toler was preparing to replace Warner Oland asthe wily police detective in 1938, Alfred Andriola was tapped to create anewspaper strip version of the character. Andriola was secretary to Milton(Terry and the Pirates) Caniff and Chan would be his first cartooning effort,but with some friends in Caniff's orbit, Andriola succeeded in producing whatThe World Encyclopedia of Comics says is "among the best comic strips in the'Caniff school.'" The pride of theHonolulu Police Department uses his intellect more than his fists to solve casesof international intrigue, and the syndicate's initial promotion called CharlieChan "A new mystery strip, totally devoid of guns and gangsters" to separate itfrom Dick Tracy and his many hardboiled imitators.
Not that the strip is devoidof action and romanceChan's tall, handsome assistant, Kirk Barrow, shouldersthose "difficult" burdens with aplomb.
Featuring the first complete year ofdaily strips, from October 1938 to November 1939, this volume of LOAC Essentialsoffers readers exciting adventures, snappy dialogue, and arresting art, makingit a fascinating complement to Caniff's own efforts on Terry and the Piratesduring this period.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 328 pages
- Publisher: Idea & Design Works
- Publication Date: 23/07/2019
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9781684055067