SECRET AGENT X-9

Created as King Features answer to Dick Tracy, Secret Agent X-9 premiered in newspapers on January 22, 1934. Originally written by Dashiell Hammett and drawn by legendary artist Alex Raymond, a number of artists have illustrated the feature over the years. Most notably, Austin Briggs, Al Williamson and George Evans.

It was during Williamson's tenure, with Archie Goodman at the helm writing, that the strip was officially changed from Secret Agent X-9 to Secret Agent Corrigan. This was done for promotional reasons in order to sell the strip as a "new" feature to newspaper clients.

Discouraged by the modest returns payed by King Features, Williamson called it quits after thirteen years on the strip. He referred friend and colleague, George Evans for the position. Evans first daily hit newspapers on February 4, 1980. Evans continued on the strip for the next sixteen years. Maurice Horn lamented on King Feature's apathy in promoting the strip in his book, "100 Years of American Newpaper Comics":

"It is unfortunate that because of (Secret Agent Corrigan's) limited circulation, few people are able to read and appreciate one of the genuinely interesting action strips still extant, a strip carried on in dashing style by Evans."

Upon Evans' retirement from the strip in 1996, King Features discontinued the strip. The last daily saw print on February 10, 1996.

SECRET AGENT CORRIGAN
by George Evans
  1. Secret Agent Corrigan: 3/11/1992 - EC Style
  2. Secret Agent Corrigan: 10/31/1990 - Femme Fatale
  3. Secret Agent Corrigan: 5/20/1992 - Bail Out
  4. Flash Gordon: 1/21/2001 - Secret Agent X-9

 

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