Terry and the Pirates Comics

    (Harvey, 1947-1955)
™ and ©1948 Chicago Tribune-New York Daily News Syndicate, Inc.

Milton Caniff’s Terry and the Pirates ran as a newspaper strip from 1935 to 1946 (and continued for years under other hands), blazing a trail so influential that it has to stand as the supreme achievement of sequential art in the 20th century. Young Terry and his mentor Pat Ryan set off for adventure in the Far East in 1935, encountering memorable characters like the Dragon Lady, and finding danger at every turn. Terry grew up, joined the Air Force, and fought valiantly against the Japanese in World War II. Characters loved, lost, and died as the nation waited breathlessly for each new episode.

Caniff’s cinematic approach to storytelling combined an effortless mastery of angle, shadow, and characterization with an uncanny sense of timing and composition. Scenes throbbed with drama and tension, and exploded in action and excitement. Will Eisner, Alex Toth, and Frank Miller among others drew obvious inspiration from Caniff’s work.

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#3

  4/1/1947
  $0.10
  $350.00
No copies available
1st Appearance of The Dragon LadyMilton CaniffMilton Caniff

#4

  6/1/1947
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  $225.00
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 Milton CaniffMilton Caniff

#5

  8/1/1947
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  $280.00
2 copies available from $19.95
 Milton CaniffMilton Caniff, Bob Powell, Jack Keeler

#6

  10/1/1947
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  $32.00
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 Milton Caniff, Bob PowellMilton Caniff, Bob Powell

#7

  12/1/1947
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  $295.00
1 copy available for $40.00
 Milton CaniffMilton Caniff

#8

  2/1/1948
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  $120.00
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 Milton CaniffMilton Caniff

#9

  4/1/1948
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  $295.00
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 Milton CaniffMilton Caniff

#10

  6/1/1948
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  $265.00
1 copy available for $60.00
 Milton CaniffMilton Caniff

#11

  8/1/1948
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  $215.00
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 Milton CaniffMilton Caniff

#12

  10/1/1948
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  $130.00
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 Milton CaniffMilton Caniff

#13

  12/1/1948
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  $91.00
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 Milton CaniffMilton Caniff

#14

  2/1/1949
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  $130.00
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 Bob Powell, Milton CaniffBob Powell, Milton Caniff

#15

  4/1/1949
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  $165.00
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 Milton CaniffMilton Caniff

#16

  6/1/1949
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  $98.00
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 Milton CaniffMilton Caniff

#17

  8/1/1949
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  $90.00
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 Milton CaniffMilton Caniff, Lee Elias

#18

  10/1/1949
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  $90.00
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 Milton CaniffMilton Caniff

#19

  12/1/1949
  $0.10
  $165.00
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 Milton CaniffMilton Caniff, Lee Elias

#20

  2/1/1950
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  $16.00
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 Milton CaniffMilton Caniff

#21

  4/1/1950
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  $70.00
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 Milton CaniffMilton Caniff

#22

  8/1/1950
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  $59.00
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 Milton CaniffMilton Caniff

#23

  10/1/1950
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  $118.00
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 Milton CaniffMilton Caniff

#24

  12/1/1950
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  $140.00
1 copy available for $35.00
 Milton CaniffMilton Caniff, Lee Elias

#25

  2/1/1951
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  $60.00
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 Milton CaniffMilton Caniff

#26

  4/1/1951
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  $10.50
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#27

  8/1/1955
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  $53.00
1 copy available for $25.00
  George Wunder

#28

  10/1/1955
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  $55.00
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