Official Press Release
DAYTON, Ohio: Checker Book Publishing Group has announced May 2004 publication of Milton Caniff's Steve Canyon -- 1949 (ISBN 0-9710249-1-X, $15.95 tpb), the third installment in its reprinting of the signature work by the "Rembrandt of Cartooning." The volume will contain Canyon strips published between February 9, 1949 and February 18, 1950.
The first two volumes in the series, published in 2003, have received considerable critical acclaim. Publishers Weekly said, "Any reader interested in graphic storytelling would do well to pick up this collection of all the daily and Sunday installments from... Caniff's legendary adventure comic strip." While the Washington Post noted, "Steve Canyon remains about as satisfying as an adventure strip can be."
Caniff earned worldwide acclaim at the helm of Terry and the Pirates in the '30s and '40s, but eventually rebelled against his syndicate's editorial oversight and ownership of copyright to his work. Leveraging his global reputation, Caniff launched Steve Canyon, which recounts the adventures of a war-hero-turned-freelance-adventurer, in 1947 under his own copyright and syndicated it himself. It was an instant success which ran continuously in syndication for 40 years, ending only upon Caniff's death in 1988.
Checker Book Publishing Group was established in 2000 to bring the absolute best of dormant, unpublished, and underpublished serial comics material back to print. A private concern, Checker fabricates complete, durable and affordable cartoon trade books for sale to such comic shops, bookstores and libraries as may require them for resale or public archiving. These endeavors are pursued with stalwart vigor by certain residents of Dayton, Ohio, in which city the press maintains its offices.