Terry
Terry and the Pirates debuted on October 22, 1934. For the next twelve years, Terry would weave a spell of exotic adventure, sex appeal, and humor as its creator, Milton Caniff, became the consummate storyteller who forevermore would be known as “The Rembrandt of the Comic Strip.” No cartoonist has so heavily influenced his medium as has Milton Caniff, and no comic strip has had more imitators than Terry and the Pirates.

EISNER AWARD WINNER: Best Newspaper Strip Reprint of the Year!


    Terry and the Pirates Vol. 1: 1934-1936

    by Milton Caniff
    Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney, Essay by Bruce Canwell Introduction by Howard Chaykin.

    This extraordinary graphic narrative introduces Terry Lee, Pat Ryan, their sidekick Connie, and an array of unforgettable brigands such as Captains Judas and Blaze, and the two toughest women to ever sail on the China Seas: the alluring Burma and the inimitable Dragon Lady. More than two years of strips, with the Sundays in gloriously-restored color.

    Oversized 11” x 8.5” full-color hardcover-with-dustjacket, 384 pp.with index,
    $49.99. ISBN: 978-1-60010-100-7.

    Terry and the Pirates Vol. 2: 1937-1938

    by Milton Caniff
    Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney, Essay by Bruce Canwell Introduction by Pete Hamill.

    Pat Ryan goes on trial for his life, Terry Lee needs all his resourcefulness to escape the twin menaces of Klang the Warlord and the master schemer, Hunter Yurk, while for the first and only time, Burma and the Dragon Lady share an adventure. All Sunday pages in lovingly-restored color.

    Oversized 11” x 8.5” full-color hardcover-with-dustjacket, 352 pp. with index,
    $49.99. ISBN: 978-1-60010-142-9.

    Terry and the Pirates Vol. 3: 1939-1940

    by Milton Caniff,
    Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney, Essay by Bruce Canwell

    April Kane has come to China and Terry Lee’s life will never be the same! Milton Caniff‘s newspaper classic shifts into high gear with stories featuring the villainous Sanjak, the outrageous Singh-Singh, and the mysterious Hu Shee. This volume also features the first appearance of pivotal character Raven Sherman. Containing over 100 color Sunday pages and more than 700 total comic strips.

    Oversized 11” x 8.5” full-color hardcover-with-dustjacket, 352 pp. with index,
    $49.99. ISBN: 978-1-60010-144-1.

    Terry and the Pirates Vol. 4: 1941-1942

    by Milton Caniff
    Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney, Essay by Bruce Canwell Introduction by Jeet Heer.

    America’s premiere adventure comic strip thunders to its pre-War crescendo in an October, 1941 storyline so powerful, creator Milton Caniff was forced to take to the radio airwaves to explain why he chose to shock the nation with the death of a major character. In the 1942 strips, the World War drives Terry Lee to join the military, where he meets nurse Taffy Tucker and Army flight instructor Flip Corkin, then gets into plenty of trouble investigating a spy ring! And then there’s the women—the strong, beautiful and independent Caniff women…

    Oversized 11” x 8.5” full-color hardcover-with-dustjacket, 352 pp. with index,
    $49.99. ISBN: 978-1-60010-195-3.

    Terry and the Pirates Vol. 5: 1943-1944

    by Milton Caniff,
    Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney, Essay by Bruce Canwell Introduction by Sgt. Russ Maheras (USAF Ret.).

    "If the ‘Greatest Generation’ had a cartoonist-in-chief, Milton Caniff was it," says Newsweek. Master storyteller Caniff brings 1943-44’s battles in the Pacific to life as Flight Officer Terry Lee earns his wings in a Sunday page so powerful, it was entered into the Congressional Record! In this fifth volume, old friends and foes cross paths with such new characters as Terry’s comrades-in-arms, Snake Tumblin and the inimitable Hotshot Charlie. There are new romantic interests Willow Belinda, Jane Allen, and Jane McGillicudy—and neither Madame Shoo-Shoo nor Captain Midi are exactly who they seem…

    Oversized 11” x 8.5” full-color hardcover-with-dustjacket, 352 pp. with index,
    $49.99. ISBN: 978-1-60010-247-9.

    Terry and the Pirates Vol. 6: 1945-1946

    by Milton Caniff,
    Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney, Essay by Bruce Canwell Introduction by R.C. Harvey.

    In the final volume, World War II comes to an end, and then Milton Caniff says goodbye to his greatest creation. Caniff gives curtain calls to many of his vivid, colorful characters. Readers will be sometimes delighted, sometimes shocked by their last visits with the Dragon Lady, Pat Ryan, Burma, Hu Shee, Snake Tumblin, Papa Pyzon, Tony Sandhurst, Baron de Plexus, Nastalthia Smythe-Heatherstone, Jane Allen, Deeth Crispin, and April Kane.

    Oversized 11” x 8.5” full-color hardcover-with-dustjacket, 352 pp. with index,
    $49.99. ISBN: 978-1-60010-348-3.

 

Born in Hillsboro, Ohio in 1907, Milton Caniff is one of the most honored cartoonists in history, with awards ranging from two Cartoonist of the Year “Reuben” awards from his peers in the National Cartoonists Society, to the Exceptional Service Award of the United States Air Force.

Terry and the Pirates was read by 31 million newspaper subscribers between 1934 and 1946.


"[As] newspaper comics are being collected into archive format and discovered by the public...there's no strip more worthy than the one that made Milton Caniff famous. Terry and the Pirates is all you could want in a comics collection: authoritative introduction with photos, Sunday strips in color and crisp, clear reproduction on the dailies."
-Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Don't take my word for it: Discover the strip for yourself in The Complete Terry and the Pirates...arguably the greatest of all adventure strips."
-washingtonpost.com

"In the last few years we've truly entered into a new Golden Age of comic strip reprint books, and Terry and the Pirates is the cream of the crop. This series of hardcover books is simply the best."
-Scoop Diamond Galleries

"[Caniff introduced] one colorful and memorable character after another-many of them romantic foils for Pat, including heiress Normandie Drake, the slippery and beautiful Burma, and perhaps the series' finest creation, the haughty, dangerous, and complex Dragon Lady, a pirate queen who sometimes threatens our heroes and sometimes fights alongside them.... Caniff's complete run on the strip is strongly recommended for all libraries."
-Library Journal

"Caniff visualized his setup with a cinematic flair that remains thrilling because it is played straight."
-The New Yorker

"Caniff's Terry and the Pirates... introduced a cinematic storytelling technique to the comics page, so early into the sound era that filmmakers like Orson Welles and Alfred Hitchcock told him they cribbed ideas from him for camera set-ups."
-Los Angeles Times

"If the ‘Greatest Generation' had a cartoonist-in-chief, Caniff was it. With the advent of World War II, Terry-originally a boy traveling in China with a freelance, ladykiller writer named Pat Ryan-matured and enlisted in the Army Air Corps. Terry and the Pirates became the unofficially official comic strip of U.S. forces in the Pacific theater."
-Newsweek

"The cast of characters in Milton Caniff's seminal Terry and the Pirates significantly altered and dominated the landscape of the newspaper comic strip. [His] work is notable for its reliance on character instead of plot to dictate the action. The other thing Caniff brought to the comic strip was sex. Terry's female characters practically oozed sexuality in a way that previous strips had never dared."
-The Harrisburg (PA) Patriot News

A SALON NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR
"Vivid characters, high-contrast blasts of light and shadow, and rocket-powered pacing that yanks the plot forward with a little cliffhanger every day.