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. This first of two volumes presents the rare early dailies and the first two years of Gould’s remarkable color Sundays.
“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