“Milton Caniff invented the visual and textual language that defines the very vocabulary of all adventure and character based comic art,” wrote Howard Chaykin. “Terry is what I and many others consider the greatest adventure comic strip ever done.” ‘Nuff said, Howard!
The Terry and the Pirates Sunday page premiered eighty years ago this week — on December 9, 1934 (the daily began two months earlier). Here’s that very first Sunday page. Over the next week and a half we’ll present a December Sunday from each succeeding year of the strip. It’s a great capsule of the strip’s development. Enjoy!
Click on any Sunday to see a larger view.