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Steve Canyon was a long-running American adventure comic strip by writer-artist Milton Caniff, published from January 13, 1947, after Caniff had retired from a popular previous strip Terry and the Pirates, through June 4, 1988, shortly after Caniff's death. Caniff won the Reuben Award for the strip in 1971. Look up adventure in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ... Milton Arthur Paul Caniff (February 28, 1907-May 3, 1988) was an American cartoonist most famous for Terry and the Pirates. ... January 13 is the 13th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ... Terry and the Pirates was an action-adventure comic strip created by cartoonist Milton Caniff. ... June 4 is the 155th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (156th in leap years), with 210 days remaining. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Reuben Awards, named for Rube Goldberg, are presented each year by the National Cartoonists Society. ...

The title character, circa 1950, by Milton Caniff.
The title character, circa 1950, by Milton Caniff.

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History

By 1946, Caniff had developed a worldwide reputation for his writing and art on Terry and the Pirates, the rights to which were owned by the Chicago Tribune newspaper syndicate. Seeking creative control of his own work, Caniff approached the Chicago Sun-Times with an idea for a strip he would own outright. Caniff's last episode for Terry and the Pirates appeared in December 1946, and Steve Canyon appeared a short time later, Jan. 13, 1947, in 168 newspapers throughout the country. Like many comic-strip creators, who employ uncredited assistants or ghost artists, Caniff in 1952 hired comic book artist Dick Rockwell as his assistant on the strip. A nephew of famed illustrator Norman Rockwell, Dick Rockwell penciled and inked secondary characters and backgrounds, while Caniff wrote, drew the main characters, and did finishing touches. Rockwell continued on Canyon until Caniff's death on May 3, 1988. The Chicago Tribune is a major daily newspaper based in Chicago, Illinois. ... // [edit] Etymology The word comes from French syndicat which means administrator especially in matters regarding a certain geographical area, from the Latin word syndicus which in turn comes from the Greek word σύνδικος (syndikos) which means caretaker of an issue, compare to ombudsperson or representative. ... The Chicago Sun-Times is an American daily newspaper published in Chicago. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... Action Comics Weekly #629 (Dec. ... Norman Rockwell Norman Percevel Rockwell (February 3, 1894 – November 8, 1978) was a 20th century American painter. ... In producing a comic book, the penciller (or penciler) draws the comic based on the script created by the writer. ... The inker is one of the two line artists in a traditional comic book, or graphic novel. ... May 3 is the 123rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (124th in leap years). ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Title logo
Title logo

The last syndicated Steve Canyon strip was a tribute to Caniff in two panels, one drawn by legendary cartoonist Bill Mauldin, the other containing the signatures of 78 fellow cartoonists. On June 23, 1997, an authorized Steve Canyon 50th anniversary comic strip was published by the Air Force Times, a civilian newspaper that covers the United States Air Force. Steve Canyon and the U.S. Air Force were created the same year, and the strip appeared as part of a 96-page insert, The First Fifty Years: U.S. Air Force 1947-1997. Drawn in the style of a Sunday strip, the story and art for the 50th anniversary commemoration strip were done by Air Force Master Sergeant Russ Maheras, with coloring by Carl Gafford. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (4200x1471, 679 KB) Fair use This image is a single panel from a comic strip or the interior of a single issue of a comic book and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (4200x1471, 679 KB) Fair use This image is a single panel from a comic strip or the interior of a single issue of a comic book and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the... William Henry Bill Mauldin (October 29, 1921 – January 22, 2003) was a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the United States. ... Air Force Times is a weekly newspaper serving active, reserve and retired United States Air Force and National Guard personnel and their families, providing career-related news and information as well as community and lifestyle features, educational supplements, and resource guides. ... Aircraft of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing and coalition counterparts stationed together at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, in southwest Asia, fly over the desert. ... See also Comic strip and Daily strip. ... Carl Gafford is a colorist who has worked in the comics industry. ...


Cast

Princess Snowflower
Princess Snowflower

Visually based on Gary Cooper[citation needed], Steve Canyon was an easygoing adventurer with a soft heart. Originally a veteran running his own air-transport business, the character returned to the U.S. Air Force during the Korean war and remained in the military for the remainder of the strip's run. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (500x943, 77 KB) Fair use This image is a single panel from a comic strip or the interior of a single issue of a comic book and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (500x943, 77 KB) Fair use This image is a single panel from a comic strip or the interior of a single issue of a comic book and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the... Gary Cooper (born Frank James Cooper May 7, 1901 – May 13, 1961) was a two-time Academy Award-winning American film actor of English heritage. ... Seal of the Air Force. ... Combatants United Nations: Republic of Korea  Australia  Belgium Canada  Colombia Ethiopia  France Greece  Netherlands  New Zealand  Philippines South Africa  Thailand  Turkey  United Kingdom United States Medical staff:  Denmark  India  Italy  Norway  Sweden Communist states: Democratic People’s Republic of Korea People’s Republic of China  Soviet Union Commanders Syngman Rhee...


Initially his buddies were former veterans, and romantic interest was provided by Copper Calhoon, a kind of capitalist version of the popular Dragon Lady character Caniff had created for Terry and the Pirates.


Eventually, however, Canyon developed a sometime-sidekick in crotchety millionaire adventurer "Happy" Easter, and a permanent love interest in Summer Olson, Calhoon's private secretary. The young, Terry-like Reed Kimberley also became a major character.

Single mom Summer Olson and adventurer Steve Canyon married in early 1970.
Single mom Summer Olson and adventurer Steve Canyon married in early 1970.

Caniff was famous for colorful villains and intriguing female characters, such as the lovely exiled ruler, Princess Snowflower. He was also intensely patriotic and with Canyon's return to the military the story began to revolve around Cold War intrigue and the responsibilities of American citizens. However, Caniff was able to maintain the picaresque quality of his stories, which ranged throughout the world. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (515x1000, 89 KB) Fair use This image is a single panel from a comic strip or the interior of a single issue of a comic book and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (515x1000, 89 KB) Fair use This image is a single panel from a comic strip or the interior of a single issue of a comic book and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the... The Cold War was the period of conflict, tension and competition between the United States and the Soviet Union and their allies from the mid 1940s until the early 1990s. ... The picaresque novel (Spanish: picaresco, from pícaro, for rogue or rascal) is a popular style of novel that originated in Spain and flourished in Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries and has continued to influence modern literature. ...


Other media

The strip was adapted into a filmed, half-hour television series on the NBC network in 1958-1959 (with reruns on ABC in 1960). Dean Fredericks played Canyon as a troubleshooter for the Air Force who travelled from base to base until mid-season, when he became stationed at the strip's fictitious Big Thunder Air Force Base in California. None of the supporting characters from the strip were used. A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... NBC (an abbreviation for National Broadcasting Company, its former corporate name) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ...


A statue to Steve Canyon was erected in Idaho Springs, Colorado, and a nearby mountain canyon was renamed "Steve Canyon". Happy Easter was reportedly modeled after an eccentric who lived in nearby Central City. Another statue, of Steve Canyon's ward Poteet Canyon, stands in the town of Poteet, Texas.


Collections

Kitchen Sink Press published Steve Canyon Magazine for 21 issues, until replacing it with trade paperback collections using the same numbering: Kitchen Sink Press was a comic book publisher in from the late 1960s until the late 1990s when it went out of business. ... A trade paperback can refer to any book that is bound with a heavy paper cover that is generally cheaper than the hardcover but more expensive than the regular paperback version. ...

  • Steve Canyon v.22 In Formosa's Dire Straits (1989, ISBN 0-87816-044-2, reprints Feb 8, 1955 to August 8, 1955)
  • Steve Canyon v.23 The Scarlet Princess (1989, reprints August 9, 1955 to April 11, 1956)
  • Steve Canyon v.24 Taps for 'Shanty' Town (1989, reprints April 12, 1956 to November 28, 1956)
  • Steve Canyon v.25 Damma Exile (1991, ISBN 0-87816-061-2, reprints Nov 29, 1956 to Sept 24, 1957)
  • Steve Canyon v.26 War Games (1992, ISBN 0-87816-066-3, reprints Sept 25, 1957 to April 7, 1958)

In 2006, Checker Book Publishing began releasing a year-by-year collection of Steve Canyon:

  • Steve Canyon: 1947 (ISBN 0-9710249-9-5)
  • Steve Canyon: 1948 (ISBN 0-9741664-1-3)
  • Steve Canyon: 1949 (ISBN 0-9710249-1-X, February 9, 1949 and February 18, 1950)
  • Steve Canyon: 1950 (ISBN 1-933160-51-9, reprints January 29 to October 7, 1950)
  • Steve Canyon: 1951 (ISBN 1-933160-10-1, reprints October 8, 1950 to Nov 14, 1951)
  • Steve Canyon: 1952 (ISBN 1-933160-55-1, reprints April 9, 1952 to May 14, 1953)
  • Steve Canyon: 1953 (ISBN 1-933160-57-8, reprints May 15, 1953 to August 5, 1954)

References

External link

  • Humorous Maximus: Steve Canyon (comic strips online)

  Results from FactBites:
 
Don Markstein's Toonopedia: Steve Canyon (636 words)
Steve Canyon's origin lay in a business decision by Milton Caniff, that he could no longer afford to work on a strip owned by the syndicate that distributed it.
In later years, different portions of the Canyon run were reprinted by The Menomonee Falls Gazette, Kitchen Sink Press (an underground comix publisher that had entered mainstream comics publishing with The Spirit), and Comics Revue magazine (modern-day America's premiere reprinter of newspaper comics).
Canyon hung on, however, sustained more by the tremendous force of Caniff's story-telling ability (recognized by the National Cartoonists' Society, which gave Caniff his second Reuben Award in 1971) than by any great affinity on the part of the American public for the type of stories he was telling.
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