X-9 (Hardcover)

Secret Agent Corrigan Volume 1

By Archie Goodwin, Al Williamson (Illustrator)

IDW Publishing, 9781600106972, 288pp.

Publication Date: September 21, 2010

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (2/12/2013)
Hardcover (4/12/2011)
Hardcover (7/3/2012)

List Price: 49.99*
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One of the classics of modern adventure comics! Al Williamson’s delicate line-work, coupled with a style both realistic and atmospheric, enhanced the no-nonsense story of Corrigan, the sophisticated action hero. Williamson and writer Archie Goodwin produced the strip from 1967 to 1980, updating the character created in 1934 by Dashiell Hammett and Alex Raymond.

Al Williamson's run on Secret Agent Corrigan from 1967 to 1979 stands as one of the artistic highlights in the history of the American comic strip. Williamson's delicate line-work, coupled with a style both realistic and atmospheric, enhanced the no-nonsense story of Corrigan.

This premiere volume in a multi-book series is the first-ever comprehensive collection what is arguably the last of the great adventure strips. We offer the complete chronological dailies from 1967 to 1969, printed from Al Williamson’s personal proofs in an oversized format that matches IDW’s exquisite Rip Kirby series by Alex Raymond.

About the Author

Archie Goodwin was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1937. In 1964, he went to work for Warren Publishing, where he became the head scriptwriter and eventually rose to the position of Editor-in-Chief. From the late 1960s until the late 1980s Goodwin moved back and forth between Marvel, DC Comics, and Warren, with occasional sojourns elsewhere. He helmed the launch of Epic Illustrated and was the Editor-in-Chief at Marvel from 1976 until 1978. He was inducted into the Eisner Hall of Fame in 1998. 

Al Williamson was born in New York City in 1931 and raised in Bogota, Colombia. After returning to New York, he studied at the Cartoonists and Illustrators School (later to become the School of Visual Arts), and in 1948, at the tender age of seventeen, embarked on a career in comics. He worked for several publishers, most notably EC Comics, the premier publisher of the early-to-mid-1950s. In 1966, Williamson realized a lifelong dream when he was chosen to illustrate a comic book version of Alex Raymond’s Flash Gordon. In the mid-1980s he would go on to win numerous Harvey and Eisner Awards.

Praise For X-9: Secret Agent Corrigan Volume 1

"The Secret Agent Corrigan collection is one more in an amazing run of titles published by IDW under their Library of American Comics imprint. With older comic strips such as Terry and The Pirates, Little Orphan Annie, and Dick Tracy already in their line up, Secret Agent Corrigan – as one of the last of the great adventure strips – becomes an appropriate bookend to the series." —The Christian Science Monitor