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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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Clarence Gray and William Ritt

Clarence Gray (November 14, 1901 – January 5, 1957) was an American comic strip artist, best known for drawing the science fiction adventure strip Brick Bradford for more than two decades. He also worked as a freelance illustrator for various magazines.

William Ritt (1901-1972) US cartoonist and author, whose best known Comic strip, Brick Bradford.

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D001 In the City Beneath the Sea (08/21/1933 – 06/30/1934)
D002 With Brocco the Buccaneer (07/02/1934 – 05/18/1935)
D003 On the Isles Beyond the Ice (05/20/1935 – 04/11/1936)
D004 Brick Bradford and the Lord of Doom (04/13/1936 – 02/06/1937)
D005 Adrift in an Atom [aka Voyage in a Coin] (02/08/1937 – 01/08/1938)
D006 In the Fortress of Fear (01/10/1938 – 02/11/1939)
D007 Brick Bradford and the Metal Monster (02/13/1939 – 03/16/1940)

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40s

D008 Brick Bradford Seeks the Diamond Doll (03/18/1940 – 12/28/1940)
D009 On the Throne of Titania (12/30/1940 – 06/12/1943)

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D010 Beyond the Crystal Door (06/14/1943 – 10/21/1944)

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D011 The Queen of the Night (10/28/1944 – 06/01/1946)

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D012 The Witch Doctor of Wanchi (06/03/1946 – 12/07/1946)
D013 The Strange Case of Captain Boldd (12/09/1946 – 07/19/1947)

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D014 Lost Train In Tunnel #10 (07/21/1947 – 05/01/1948)

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D015 The Prophet of Thorn (05/03/1948 – 03/19/1949)

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D016 The Colossal Fossil (03/21/1949 – 07/02/1949)
D017 The Island of the Eye (07/04/1949 – 12/24/1949)

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50s

D018 Smokeballs (12/26/1949 – 03/25/1950)
D019 The Howling Face (03/27/1950 – 06/17/1950)
D020 The Legacy of Low Lake (06/19/1950 – 10/07/1950)

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D021 Detour of Doubt (10/09/1950 – 12/30/1950)
D022 Frame-Up (01/01/1951 – 03/31/1951)
D023 Mesa Macabre (04/02/1951 – 08/11/1951)

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D024 Moon Maiden (08/13/1951 – 10/06/1951)
D025 Shadow in the Sky (10/08/1951 – 02/16/1952)

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D026 The Six Seeds of Sibed (02/18/1952 – 05/10/1952)
D027 Mr. Distance (05/12/1952 – 10/18/1952)

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Paul Norris

Paul Leroy Norris (April 28, 1914 – November 5, 2007) was an American comic book artist best known as co-creator of the DC Comics superhero Aquaman, and for a 35-year run as artist of the newspaper comic strip Brick Bradford.

50s

D028 Condor Corridor (10/20/1952 – 04/04/1953)
D029 Operation Back Burner (04/06/1953 – 07/04/1953)

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D030 Oroto Otoro (07/06/1953 – 10/24/1953)
D031 Poet and Present (10/26/1953 – 01/02/1954)
D032 Deadline Dilemma (01/04/1954 – 05/01/1954)

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D033 Frogman’s Folly (05/03/1954 – 07/24/1954)
D034 Poet’s Revenge (07/26/1954 – 10/09/1954)
D035 Honey’n’Holly (10/11/1954 – 12/04/1954)

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D036 Temperamental Tessie (12/06/1954 – 01/29/1955)
D037 Found and Profound (01/31/1955 – 04/30/1955)
D038 Bauble’s Belle (05/02/1955 – 06/25/1955)

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D039 Silent Partners! (06/27/1955 – 10/08/1955)
D040 The Case of the Vicious Vines (10/10/1955 – 12/31/1955)
D041 Stowaway (01/02/1956 – 05/12/1956) 114
D042 Something Borrowed, Something Blue (05/14/1956 – 08/04/1956)
D043 Astral Assignment (08/06/1956 – 10/20/1956)

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D044 Return of Paul Bunyan (10/22/1956 – 01/26/1957)
D045 The Search For Kris Kreg (01/28/1957 – 04/20/1957)
D046 Time-Top Trials! (04/22/1957 – 09/14/1957)
D047 Eye of the Needle (09/16/1957 – 11/16/1957)
D048 Return to Pura (11/18/1957 – 02/22/1958)

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D049 Deep Danger (02/24/1958 – 06/07/1958)
D050 X-S-S-16 (06/09/1958 – 09/13/1958)
D051 The Search for Doctor Eastland (09/15/1958 – 01/24/1959)

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D052 Man on the Moon (01/26/1959 – 06/06/1959)
D053 The Sound (06/08/1959 – 09/19/1959)
D054 Mission to Maga (09/21/1959 – 01/23/1960)

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60s

D055 Steppingstone (01/25/1960 – 09/24/1960)
D056 Tattletale Tiros (09/26/1960 – 03/04/1961)

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D057 Silent Search (03/06/1961 – 10/07/1961)
D058 Bradford’s Bondage (10/09/1961 – 11/25/1961)

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D059 Botanical Warfare (11/27/1961 – 04/28/1962)
D060 Adventure in the Aqua-Mole (04/30/1962 – 09/15/1962)

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D061 The Proxima Centauri Run (09/17/1962 – 02/16/1963)

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D062 Lady Loot (02/18/1963 – 05/18/1963)
D063 Adventure in Andromeda (05/20/1963 – 10/19/1963)

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D064 Operation Chaos (10/21/1963 – 12/28/1963)
D065 Return to Panola (12/30/1963 – 05/16/1964)

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D066 Cold Caper (05/18/1964 – 10/24/1964)
D067 Journey to Procyon (10/26/1964 – 01/23/1965)

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D068 Saturn Sadie’s Side Trip (01/25/1965 – 07/03/1965)
D069 Silverslinger (07/05/1965 – 10/23/1965)
D070 The Treasure of Toolee Tooee (10/25/1965 – 04/30/1966)

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D071 The Agrarians (05/02/1966 – 08/27/1966)
D072 Strange Sargasso (08/29/1966 – 03/25/1967)
D073 Search for a Samaritan (03/27/1967 – 08/12/1967)
D074 Destination Laza (08/14/1967 – 09/23/1967)
D075 The Radiant Ruins of Ramdan (09/25/1967 – 05/04/1968)
D076 Ardun’s Ark (05/06/1968 – 07/06/1968)
D077 Flight of Fantasy (07/08/1968 – 09/28/1968)
D078 Solitary Journey (09/30/1968 – 12/07/1968)

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D079 Gathering on Gwaymus (12/09/1968 – 03/01/1969)
D080 The Evil Enkar (03/03/1969 – 05/03/1969)
D081 Galileo’s Ghost (05/05/1969 – 07/26/1969)

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D082 Revenge (07/28/1969 – 10/04/1969)
D083 Tabby’s Tantrums (10/06/1969 – 12/13/1969)
D084 Return to Gwaymus (12/15/1969 – 03/14/1970)

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70s

D085 The Treasure of Tarabagara (03/16/1970 – 05/23/1970)
D086 Purple Pintar (05/25/1970 – 08/29/1970)
D087 Search for Urubu (08/31/1970 – 10/31/1970)

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D088 Time and Trouble (11/02/1970 – 01/30/1971)
D089 Tenacious Tempo (02/01/1971 – 04/03/1971)
D090 Hoppy’s Re-Migration (04/05/1971 – 06/12/1971)

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D091 Tardy Tempo (06/14/1971 – 09/04/1971)
D092 Double Trouble (09/06/1971 – 11/13/1971)
D093 Stranded (11/15/1971 – 01/08/1972)
D094 Phoenix Fever (01/10/1972 – 04/08/1972)

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D095 Going Home (04/10/1972 – 07/08/1972)
D096 Then There Were Two (07/10/1972 – 09/23/1972)
D097 Trail of the Tonabera (09/25/1972 – 12/02/1972)
D098 Polar Poltergeist (12/04/1972 – 03/03/1973)

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D099 Long Way Home (03/05/1973 – 06/23/1973)
D100 A Change of Plans (06/25/1973 – 10/20/1973)
D101 A Flight of Ghosts (10/22/1973 – 12/08/1973)
D102 Old Masters (12/10/1973 – 02/16/1974)
D103 Cygnus Two (02/18/1974 – 04/27/1974)
D104 Lore (04/29/1974 – 08/03/1974)
D105 Search for Succor (08/05/1974 – 10/05/1974)
D106 Rescue (10/07/1974 – 12/28/1974)
D107 Stronger Force (12/30/1974 – 02/22/1975)
D108 Holiday on Hokuku! (02/24/1975 – 05/31/1975)

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D109 Sea of Secrets (06/02/1975 – 08/16/1975)
D110 The Folly of Petro Leur (08/18/1975 – 12/27/1975)
D111 Lore Revisited (12/29/1975 – 02/14/1976)
D112 Beyond Bucala (02/16/1976 – 05/29/1976)
D113 The Way Home (05/31/1976 – 10/09/1976)
D114 Eye Spy (10/11/1976 – 01/29/1977)
D115 Rescue (01/31/1977 – 04/23/1977)
D116 Dead End (04/25/1977 – 08/27/1977)
D117 Lost (08/29/1977 – 01/07/1978)
D118 Dolphins of Dahgara (01/09/1978 – 04/22/1978)
D119 Wild Wet World (04/24/1978 – 08/05/1978)
D120 Space Trace (08/07/1978 – 12/16/1978)
D121 Emigres’ Reversion (12/18/1978 – 04/07/1979)
D122 Web of Life (04/09/1979 – 09/22/1979)
D123 Two, Too Many (09/24/1979 – 01/19/1980)

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80s

D124 Runagate (01/21/1980 – 06/07/1980)
D125 Loose Ends (06/09/1980 – 10/25/1980)
D126 Iona Incursion (10/27/1980 – 01/17/1981)
D127 Solar Power Play (01/19/1981 – 04/18/1981)
D128 Time Trials (04/20/1981 – 07/25/1981)
D129 The Realm of Ram (07/27/1981 – 01/02/1982)
D130 Jeopardy (01/04/1982 – 04/17/1982)
D131 Search for Saturn Sadie (04/19/1982 – 09/18/1982)

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D132 Prekarius Plot (09/20/1982 – 04/16/1983)
D133 Topaz (04/18/1983 – 09/17/1983)
D134 Beyond the Limits (09/19/1983 – 12/31/1983)
D135 The Penny Black (01/02/1984 – 05/19/1984)
D136 Burawa Bondage (05/21/1984 – 08/03/1985)
D137 Aggression at Agwon (08/05/1985 – 12/21/1985)
D138 The Save of Saturn Sadie (12/23/1985 – 04/26/1986)
D139 What Next? (04/28/1986 – 07/26/1986)
D140 Mind Over Matter (07/28/1986 – 12/20/1986)
D141 Flight Tests (12/22/1986 – 04/25/1987)

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Various Sunday

Clarence Gray, William Ritt, Paul Norris

1958-1979

S041 – Beyond The Stars
S042 – Iperspazio!
S043 – Forced Landing

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S044 – Meteor Rain
S045 – A Castle Of Papers
S046 – The Indians Of The Space
S080 – Mission to Makahabe
S085 – Haloes
S086 – Untitled
S087 – Earth Bound
S088 – Lost
S089 – Strings Attached
S090 – Untitled

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S091 – Untitled
S092 – The Treasure of Tropoleetz
S093 – The Botanist
S094 – Untitled
S095 – Power
S096 – Retaliation
S097 – Night Raiders
S098 – Astral Armageddon
S099 – Phools Folly

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  1. Ar says:

    Good evening boutje777 (and everybody)

    For some unexplained reason, when completing the daily Brick Bradford stories, I did not notice that the D05 story was incomplete on the site.

    Thanks to my friend Steve, who pointed it out to me, (I hope don’t exist anymore) follows the link to that story.

    On the site there are only 48 strips, when and from the list I have there are 288 strips.

    A hug

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/lsuy9u9skyph6rb/Brick+Bradford+-+D005+-+Adrift+in+an+Atom(02081937+–+01081938).rar/file

    Ar

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  2. Ar says:

    Hello Manuel

    Thank you very much for your explanations, some of them I have been learning from my own experience, and as my operating system is WXP, I have been using two programs especially for that operating system as an aid.

    With the Irfanview I do the strip trimming and reorientation, with the Photopad I put a smaller edge and I do the automatic adjustment to 1500 pixels with the maintenance of the “Aspect Ratio”. Quite honestly, I couldn’t find a size that is, sort to speak, Universal, but I was guided by the size of the strips published by CK.

    I had already done experiments with “mogrify” but in fact the easy way of the photopad, allowing automatism, where we only have to choose the length makes the situation a lot easier.

    Going back to the size of the strips, I think that was a good question to ask everyone.

    A hug and once again thanks for your words

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