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Brick Bradford was a science fiction comic strip created by writer William Ritt, a journalist based in Cleveland, and artist Clarence Gray. It was first distributed in 1933 by Central Press Association, a subsidiary of King Features Syndicate which specialized in producing material for small-town newspapers.

Ritt grew tired of Brick Bradford in the mid-1940s, and by 1948 he had turned over first the daily and then the Sunday to Gray, who did the strip by himself until his health problems increased. In 1952, Paul Norris (who had been working on King’s Jungle Jim) took over the daily. When Gray died in 1956, Norris took over the Sunday strip. Norris retired in 1987, and the strip was retired as well with the daily ending April 25, 1987 and the Sundays two weeks later.

“Brick Bradford” achieved its greatest popularity outside the United States. “Brick Bradford” was carried by both newspapers and comic books in Australia and New Zealand. In France, the strip was known as “Luc Bradefer” (Luke Ironarm), and was published in many newspapers. The strip was also widely published in Italy.

 

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The titular hero, Brick, was a redheaded aviator who continually encountered fantastic situations. Initially, the strip was focused on Earth-bound, aviation-focused adventures, in a similar manner to Skyroads. However, as the strip developed, Brick Bradford increasingly featured fantastic elements in the manner of Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon. Ritt was an admirer of science fiction writers H. G. Wells, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Abraham Merritt, and drew on some of their ideas when writing “Brick Bradford”. Brick Bradford now became more of a space opera/adventure story, with its tales of dinosaurs, lost civilizations, intergalactic villains, robots and subatomic worlds. By 1935, Brick Bradford’s popularity had greatly increased, and it arrived in the Sunday comics sections of major newspapers in 1933, followed by a weekend edition that began November 24, 1934. In the daily strips Brick kept company with his friend, Sandy Sanderson, scientist Kalla Kopak, and June Salisbury, Brick’s girlfriend and daughter of his ally, Van Atta Salisbury. The Sunday strips featured completely different characters and plots. Here Brick was often accompanied on his adventures by Professor Horatio Southern and his daughter April, who was Brick’s love interest . Brick’s enemies included Dr. Franz Ego, a spy; Avil Blue, inventor of a giant robot; and the “Assassins”, descendants of the Middle Eastern sect of the same name.

On April 20, 1935, the strip added a time machine, the Time Top, that traveled to both past and future, presaging Doc Wonmug’s device in Alley Oop four years later.

brick03Brick Bradford was reprinted in comic-book form as King Features began to expand into that genre, including King Comics (published by David McKay Publications), starting from April 1936 (along with Barney Google, Henry, Popeye and Bringing Up Father among others), as well as in Ace Comics from 1947 to 1949. As the old comics were reprinted, a new series starring Brick was published by Standard Comics, but the series was soon canceled after 4 issues.

Brick Bradford reappeared by 1966 in original comics published by King Comics. Brick Bradford stories appeared as back-up strips in The Phantom #26, 28 and Mandrake the Magician #5–7, 9, 10.

In the 1970s, the Pacific Comics Club reprinted several Brick Bradford stories in book form. Numerous Brick Bradford stories were reprinted in Italian and French booklets.

The strip also had a movie based on it, as well as a book series produced by Whitman Publishing’s Big Little Books.

Brick Bradford, a 12-chapter serial starring Kane Richmond, was produced by Columbia Pictures in 1947.

Brick Bradford was referenced in The Dick Van Dyke Show episode Uhny Uftz when Rob believe he has seen a flying saucer with the “Brick Bradford insignia” on it, which he describes as being like a lightning bolt.

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UPDATE 11-07-2020

22 weekly stories

Thanks to Ar and Marko Davidovic

Brick Bradford – S041 – Beyond The Stars.cbr
Brick Bradford – S042 – Iperspazio!.cbr
Brick Bradford – S043 – Forced Landing.cbr

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Brick Bradford – S044 – Meteor Rain.cbr
Brick Bradford – S045 – A Castle Of Papers.cbr
Brick Bradford – S046 – The Indians Of The Space.cbr
Brick Bradford – S080 – Mission to Makahabe.cbr
Brick Bradford – S085 – Haloes.cbr

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Brick Bradford – S086 – Untitled.cbr
Brick Bradford – S087 – Earth Bound.cbr
Brick Bradford – S088 – Lost.cbr
Brick Bradford – S089 – Strings Attached.cbr
Brick Bradford – S090 – Untitled.cbr
Brick Bradford – S091 – Untitled.cbr
Brick Bradford – S092 – The Treasure of Tropoleetz.cbr
Brick Bradford – S093 – The Botanist.cbr
Brick Bradford – S094 – Untitled.cbr
Brick Bradford – S095 – Power.cbr
Brick Bradford – S096 – Retaliation.cbr
Brick Bradford – S097 – Night Raiders.cbr
Brick Bradford – S098 – Astral Armageddon.cbr
Brick Bradford – S099 – Phools Folly.cbr

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UPDATE 19-06-2020

Brick Bradford Complete and better quality

Thanks to Ar and Buddy Lortie

Brick Bradford – D120 – Space Trace

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Brick Bradford – D131 – Search for Saturn Sadie

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Brick Bradford – D136 – Burawa Bondage

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Brick Bradford – D138 – The Save of Saturn Sadie

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UPDATE 11-12-2019

Brick Bradford – D052 – Man on the Moon

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UPDATE 03-09-2019

Brick Bradford – D060 – Adventure in the Aqua-Mole Upgrade

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Brick Bradford – D061 – The Proxima Centauri Run Upgrade

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Brick Bradford – D075 – The Radiant Ruins of Ramdan Upgrade

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Brick Bradford – D077 – Flight of Fantasy Upgrade

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Brick Bradford 07

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Brick Bradford 08

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Adventures of Brick Bradford 65 1951-02

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UPDATE 02-07-2019

Brick Bradford – D051 – The Search for Doctor Eastland

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Brick Bradford – D054 – Mission to Maga

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Brick Bradford – D055 – Steppingstone

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UPDATE 30-06-2019

Brick Bradford – D042 – Something Borrowed, Something Blue

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Brick Bradford – D044 – Return of Paul Bunyan

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UPDATE 29-06-2019

NP Brick Bradford – D040 – The Case of the Vicious Vines
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UPDATE 15-06-2019

Brick Bradford – D009 – On the Throne of Titania

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Brick Bradford – D010 – Beyond the Crystal Door

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Brick Bradford – D011 – The Queen of the Night

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Brick Bradford – D012 – The Witch Doctor of Wanchi

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Brick Bradford – D013 – The Strange Case of Captain Bold

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Brick Bradford – D014 – Lost Train in Tunnel

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Brick Bradford – D015 – The Prophet of Thorn

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Brick Bradford – D016 – The Colossal Fossil

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Brick Bradford – D017 – The Island of the Eye

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Brick Bradford – D018 – Smokeballs

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Brick Bradford – D019 – The Howling Face

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Brick Bradford – D020 – The Legacy of Low Lake

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Brick Bradford – D021 – Detour of Doubt

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Brick Bradford – D022 – Frame-Up

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Brick Bradford – D023 – Mesa Macabre

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Brick Bradford – D024 – Moon Maiden

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Brick Bradford – D025 – Shadow in the Sky

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Brick Bradford – D026 – The Six Seeds of Sibed

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Brick Bradford – D027 – Mr. Distance

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Brick Bradford – D028 – Condor Corridor

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Brick Bradford – D029 – Operation Back Burner

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Brick Bradford – D030 – Oroto Otoro

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Brick Bradford – D031 – Poet and Present

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Brick Bradford – D032 – Deadline Dilemma

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Brick Bradford – D033 – Frogman’s Folly

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Brick Bradford – D034 – Poet’s Revenge

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Brick Bradford – D035 – Honey ‘n’ Holly

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Brick Bradford – D036 – Temperamental Tessie

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Brick Bradford – D037 – Found and Profound

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Brick Bradford – D038 – Bauble’s Belle

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Brick Bradford – D039 – Silent Partners!

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Brick Bradford – D043 – Astral Assignment

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Brick Bradford – D047 – Eye of the Needle

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Brick Bradford – D048 – Return to Pura

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Brick Bradford – D049 – Deep Danger

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Brick Bradford – D050 – X-S-S-16

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Brick Bradford – D056 – Tattletale Tiros

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Brick Bradford – D057 – Silent Search

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Brick Bradford – D058 Bradford’s Bondage

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Brick Bradford – D062 Lady Loot

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Brick Bradford – D063 Adventure in Andromeda

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Brick Bradford – D064 Operation Chaos

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Brick Bradford – D065 Return to Panola

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Brick Bradford – D066 Cold Caper

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Brick Bradford – D067 Journey to Procyon

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Brick Bradford – D068 Saturn Sadie’s Side

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Brick Bradford – D069 Silverslinger

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Brick Bradford – D070 The Treasure of Toolee Tooee

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Brick Bradford – D078 – Solitary Journey

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Brick Bradford – D079 – Gathering at Gwaymus

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Brick Bradford – D080 – The Evil Enkar

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Brick Bradford – D081 – Galileo’s Ghost

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Brick Bradford – D082 – Revenge

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Brick Bradford – D083 – Tabbys Tantrums

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Brick Bradford – D084 – Return to Gwaymus

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Brick Bradford – D085 – The Treasure of Tarabagara

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Brick Bradford – D086 – Purple Pintar

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Brick Bradford – D087 – Search for Urubu

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Brick Bradford – D088 – Time and Trouble

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Brick Bradford – D089 – Tenacious Tempo

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Brick Bradford – D090 – Hoppy’s Re-Migration

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Brick Bradford – D091 – Tardy Tempo

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Brick Bradford – D092 – Double Trouble

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Brick Bradford – D093 – Stranded

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Brick Bradford – D094 – Phoenix Fever

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Brick Bradford – D095 – Going Home

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Brick Bradford – D096 – Then There Were Two

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Brick Bradford – D097 – Trail of the Tonabera

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Brick Bradford – D098 – Polar Poltergeist

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Brick Bradford – D099 – Long Way Home

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Brick Bradford – D100 – A Change of Plans

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Brick Bradford – D101 – A Flight of Ghosts

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Brick Bradford – D102 – Old Master

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Brick Bradford – D103 – Cygnus Two

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UPDATE 26-11-2016

080 pages/strips Brick Bradford – D051 – The Search for Doctor Eastland
103 pages/strips Brick Bradford – D052 – Man on the Moon
090 pages/strips Brick Bradford – D053 – The Sound
078 pages/strips Brick Bradford – D055 – Steppingstone

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132 pages/strips Brick Bradford – D059 – Botanical Warfare
023 pages/strips Brick Bradford – D060 – Adventure in the Aqua-Mole
033 pages/strips Brick Bradford – D061 – The Proxima Centauri Run

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6 stories

D001 – In the City Beneath the Sea
D002 – With Brocco the Buccaneer
D003 – On the Isles Beyond the Ice
D004 – Brick Bradford and the Lord of Doom
D006 – In the Fortress of Fear
D007 – Brick Bradford and the Metal Monster

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14 stories

D008 – Brick Bradford Seeks the Diamond Doll
D040 – The Case of the Vicious Vines
D041 – Stowaway
D042 – Something Borrowed, Something Blue
D044 – Return of Paul Bunyan
D045 – The Search For Kris Kreg
D046 – Time-Top Trials!
D054 – Mission to Maga
D071 – The Agrarians
D072 – Strange Sargasso
D073 – Search for a Samaritan
D074 – Destination Laza
D075 – The Radiant Ruins of Ramdan
D076 – Ardun’s Ark

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14 stories

D077 – Flight of Fantasy
D104 – Lore
D105 – Search for Succor
D106 – Rescue
D107 – Stronger Force
D108 – Holiday on Hokuku!
D109 – Sea of Secrets
D110 – The Folly of Petro Leur
D111 – Lore Revisited
D112 – Beyond Bucala
D113 – The Way Home
D114 – Eye Spy
D115 – Rescue
D116 – Dead End

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14 stories

D117 – Lost
D118 – Dolphins of Dahgara
D119 – Wild Wet World
D120 – Space Trace
D121 – Emigres’ Reversion
D122 – Web of Life
D123 – Two, Too Many
D124 – Runagate
D125 – Loose Ends
D126 – Iona Incursion
D127 – Solar Power Play
D128 – Time Trials
D129 – The Realm of Ram
D130 – Jeopardy

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12 stories

D131 – Search for Saturn Sadie
D132 – Prekarius Plot
D133 – Topaz
D134 – Beyond the Limits
D135 – The Penny Black
D136 – Burawa Bondage
D137 – Aggression at Agwon
D138 – The Save of Saturn Sadie
D139 – What Next
D140 – Mind Over Matter
D141 – Flight Tests
Brick Bradford Adrift in an atom

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  1. ar says:

    Thanks to delboj4, here is the complete link for Brick Bradford – D042 – Something Borrowed, Something Blue (19560514-19560804)

    https://www.mediafire.com/file/kjvo5az07ci90r8/Brick_Bradford_-_D042_-_Something_Borrowed%2C_Something_Blue_%2819560514-19560804%29.rar/file

    Still missing
    D120 – 23/11/1978
    D131 – 05/07/1982
    D136 – 03/11/1984 ; 04/04/1985
    D138 – 25/12/1985

    Till next one….

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  2. delboj4 says:

    No, you have in that link 04/04/1985.

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    • ar says:

      Sorry, my fault.

      The missing strips in Brick Bradford D136 are more exactly:

      03/11/1984 (03Nov) and 04/07/1985 (04Jul)

      And thank you for your kind work.

      PS: I am going to sent you mail with some more sunday BB’s

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  3. ar says:

    No.the one that is in the site (I sent in June 2019) is really D042 just replace it with the one I sent yesterday.

    The other ones will be sent when completed.

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  4. ar says:

    Good morning, everyone.
    At this time, I update the list of missing strips to complete all the
    141 daily Brick Bradford stories.

    D120 – 23/Nov/1978
    D131 – 05/Jul/1982
    D136 – 03/Nov/1984 ; 04/Jul/1985
    D138 – 25/Dec/1985

    I thank you in advance for your possible help in getting these missing strips.
    Thank you all very much.

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  5. Ar says:

    Finally, after a few months of searching and with the precious help of my friend Buddy Lortie I managed to complete the four stories where some strips were missing.

    So we have the complete collection of Brick Bradford’s 141 daily stories.

    Here are the links to update the ones on the site (note not only complete but with better quality and proper treatment)

    https://www.mediafire.com/file/j78lmbw2maxy6lg/Brick_Bradford_-_D120_-_Space_Trace.rar/file

    https://www.mediafire.com/file/xu1kgv3c5fgrnt3/Brick_Bradford_-_D131.rar/file

    https://www.mediafire.com/file/7axtn8c54tglp1p/Brick_Bradford_-_D136_-_Burawa_Bondage.rar/file

    https://www.mediafire.com/file/ja1qvjsfthombta/Brick_Bradford_-_D138_-_The_Save_of_Saturn_Sadie.rar/file

    A hug to all
    Ar

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  6. Henry Niño Hernandez says:

    Les agradezco permitir leer tan extensa recopilación de cómics, soy fanáticos de ellos. Felicitaciones

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  7. Dave Meyers says:

    I see you have added a lot of Alley Oops and Radio Patrol lately. I have I thing all of Mandrake and the Phantom (Many of which you do not have posted) an hundreds of other strips.

    Wolld you like them to post them

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    • boutje777 says:

      Thanks, sure it’s always great when others want to share what they have. You always can leave links for it in a comment and i make sure they will get their place at the blog when they are suitable.

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  8. Ar says:

    Hello, good morning.

    In a joint work of Marko Davidovic and mine, here are the Brick Bradford’s weekly stories already collected and worked.

    A hug
    Ar

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/t3mnbp3l82df6uj/S041_Beyond_The_Stars_%252805041958_%25E2%2580%2593_10121958%2529.rar/file

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/vjxo2c5d9ro2cyv/S042_Iperspazio%2521_%252810-19-1958_to_03-29-1959%2529.rar/file

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/je8v6jii6hzdbog/S043_Forced_Landing_%252804051959_%25E2%2580%2593_09131959%2529.rar/file

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/k8pus2z8950alhr/S044_Meteor_Rain_%252809201959_%25E2%2580%2593_02281960%2529.rar/file

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/c107ch3ze23i0ry/S045_A_Castle_Of_Papers_%252803061960_%25E2%2580%2593_05011960%2529.rar/file

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/6obu7frm91ruglj/S046_The_Indians_Of_The_Space_%252805081960_%25E2%2580%2593_07311960%2529.rar/file

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/ne5ob1qldr7cc1k/S080_-_Mission_to_Makahabe_-_%252806-18-1972_to_10-01-1972%2529.rar/file

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/8tkmvkcy45x5129/S085_-_Haloes_%252812-16-1973_to_05-05-1974%2529.rar/file

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/1086ynjdcm5x7u0/S086_-_untitled_%252805-12-1974_to_07-14-1974%2529.rar/file

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/nhc7n6a621ot4tf/S087_-_Earth_Bound_%252807-21-1974_to_12-08-1974%2529.rar/file

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/d4bf8xf0ua8nei4/S088_-_Lost_%252812-15-1974_to_04-27-1975%2529.rar/file

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/ggt480r07aptdev/S089_-_Strings_Attached_%252804-05-1975_-_21-12-1975%2529.rar/file

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/9wa2poql490oame/S090_-_untitled_%252812-28-1975_to_07-04-1976%2529.rar/file

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/dxkhrxs7113fpc6/S091_-_Brick_Bradford_%2528760711_761121%2529.rar/file

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/75soc66sljcwl9z/S092_-_The_Treasure_of_Tropoleetz_%252811-28-1976_to_04-03-1977%2529.rar/file

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/0err0e6n4rwtiri/S093_-_The_Botanist_%252804-10-1977_to_07-03-1977%2529.rar/file

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/70qlo64wfgemxe2/S094_-_untitled_%252807-10-1977_to_10-02-1977%2529.rar/file

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/odm66zwxdxb1vww/S095_-_Power_%252810-09-1977_to_01-15-1978%2529.rar/file

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/x7dgd6kjlp0szdn/S096_-_Retaliation_%252801-22-1978_to_05-07-1978%2529.rar/file

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/s86a6ms7d8rkk29/S097_Night_Raiders_%252805-14-1978_to_11-12-1978%2529.rar/file

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/c2fxe6qjrczqfbt/S098_Astral_Armageddon_%252811-19-1978_to_02-18-1979%2529.rar/file

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/69bvmq51qzywf74/S099_Phool%2527s_Folly_%252802-25-1979_to_05-20-1979%2529.rar/file

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  9. Manuel says:

    Thanks! Nice work.
    I found the size of some files too heavy, e.g. D011 some 500 Mb.
    I resized the strips using ImageMagick “mogrify -resize x280 *.jpg”, after extracting them from the .cbr. The result is quite good, 44.2 Mb. Moreover, now all the strips are the same height.
    Hope this is useful. Thanks again

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    • boutje777 says:

      Thanks, it’s challenging sometimes to upload such heavy files also, but i never alter scans before i place them on the blog, unless i have the permission of someone that scanned those.

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    • Ar says:

      @Manuel

      Hello
      When reading your information, will it be possible to get links to the conversions you have made?

      Your name seems to be Pt, is it?

      Thanks

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