Terry and the Pirates made Milt Caniff famous but not terribly rich — the strip was owned by the newspaper syndicate which originally commissioned it. After WWII Caniff abandoned Terry and created a new strip that he owned, Steve Canyon. The magnificent artwork continued but the story lines got less interesting and the strip’s protagonist, freelance pilot and soldier of fortune Canyon, had a stiff cardboard-patriot quality.
Orson Welles was one of many Caniff fans who found the new strip a terrible letdown, though it remained popular for many years. It’s entertaining enough for the most part and the artwork makes it worth one’s attention.
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