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Rip Kirby, The Little Man Who Wasn’t (December 1950-April 1951)


Rip takes what seems like a simple embezzlement case and—shockingly—it turns out to be more.

A mild-mannered bank employee runs off with almost a million dollars and it’s up to Kirby to find him before the mobsters (looking for an easy score) locate him. Most of the storyline is action, which is too bad, since Greene and Raymond introduce one of their more interesting characters of late in it.

The Widow is one of the mobsters after the money. She’s got a rival mobster and certainly seems the more humane of the two but when the story gets so action-oriented… there’s just not enough time to really explore the character. She provides a fine Selina to Rip’s Bruce, actually.

Lots of shirtless Rip here (including some unnecessary tighty whitey shots).

The only real problem is Rip isn’t an active player in the narrative until the finish.


Writer, Ward Greene; artist, Alex Raymond; publisher, King Features.

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