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A Very Terry Breakfast


There’s something about pancakes and pure maple syrup for breakfast. Add some fresh-squeezed OJ in a 1976 Terry and the Pirates glass and coffee in an early 1950s Dick Tracymug…ah, it doesn’t get any better.

S’funny how in 1976 the Chicago Tribune-New York News Syndicate was still using Milton Caniff promo art when Caniff hadn’t drawn the strip in thirty years. Classics are classics, however, so who can blame them?

It’s a Caniff kind of day: once the breakfast is finished, today’s agenda includes starting design work on Steve Canyon volume 3, featuring Milton”s 1951-1952 strips that find him at the top of his game. The book will be winging its way to you next February.

Until then…what’s for lunch?


Just a month away


Next month we celebrate Steve Canyon’s 65th anniversary by releasing the first volume in our new series. Just a few more weeks, folks…

The Proof is in the…


The only thing more exciting than seeing the proof for a new book from the printer is receiving the actual book a month later. This week is proof-time for Steve Canyon. It arrived late yesterday; this morning I was proofing it overlooking the dock and palm trees (life can be tough sometimes) before heading into the office. As I’ve mentioned at other times, we still check everything by hand. Depending on which book it is, here at LOAC the proofing is done by me, Art Director Lorraine Turner, or Associate Editor Bruce Canwell. On the other coast, Justin Eisinger and Alonzo Simon proof their own copy at IDW headquarters. We’d like to think that between all of us, we catch mistakes before the books are printed. Usually. Fingers crossed and all that.

Time to grab that cup and finish my coffee.

Like You’ve Never Seen It Before!

I initially created the Library of American Comics in 2007 to publish my favorite comic strip of all time—Milton Caniff’s Terry and the Pirates—in a definitive hardcover archival edition, with the uncropped dailies and the Sundays in color. Our six-volume series won the Eisner Award and reviewers have kindly stated that we set the standard for all future archival collections.

As everyone knows, Milton Caniff quit Terry in 1946 in order to create Steve Canyon, a strip which he owned completely. While valiant efforts have been made by others to collect the completeCanyon, none of them were complete. Equally important, each used the cropped dailies and reproduced the Sundays in black-and-white.

We’re going to set the record straight by presenting Milton Caniff’s biggest-selling strip in the definitive edition—complete uncropped dailies and Sundays in color, using Caniff’s personal files of syndicate proofs (and in the few cases where proofs aren’t available, his tearsheets). We’re producing the series in a hardcover set to match Terry and the Pirates. As with Terry, Bruce Canwell is writing the historical essays, while I handle the edits and design. Each volume will contain two complete years. Everyone who enjoyed Terry won’t want to miss this sequel—in some ways, Terry volume seven—in which the horizons are truly unlimited. The first volume will be on sale January 16, 2012.


Here are a few examples of the dailies as presented in previous collections—and what you’ll see in our new series. I think you’ll agree that the uncropped dailies best display Caniff’s compositional talents. This really is Canyon like you’ve never seen it before!


Cropped version

Cropped version


Library of American Comics complete version


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Library of American Comics complete version


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Library of American Comics complete version


And if that’s not enough to make you reserve your copy today, here are two 1947 Sundays, reproduced from Caniff’s personal files of syndicate proofs.

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Steve Canyon…on Slide and Screen


When the Steve Canyon TV show starring Dean Fredericks hit the airwaves in 1958, Caniff’s agent Toni Mendez got busy. She lined up scores of licensees, producing everything from lunch boxes to jet helmets to puzzles. As part of our research for the artbook—Caniff…A Visual Biography—we uncovered some fascinating art connected with the Canyon Tru-Vue slides. Tru-Vue was manufactured by the same company that produced the better-known View-Master slides. Each “slide” contained seven pairs of stereoscopic images that were slid in a hand-held viewer, a modern version of the stereoscopic photographs that were produced at the turn of the 19th century.

Above is an example of the pencil rough for one of the Canyon slides. Below is the inked version.

TruVue_ink1Harry Guyton, Milton and Esther Caniff’s nephew, and John Ellis have been diligently overseeing the digital transfers of the TV episodes so we can all enjoy the show in the comfort of our homes. Check out the official Steve Canyon website to read about—and order—the DVDs. And look forCaniff…A Visual Biography in July.


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