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Rip Kirby is a popular comic strip featuring the adventures of the eponymous lead character, a private detective created by Alex Raymond in 1946. Displaying the talents of more than a dozen writers and illustrators, the strip had a long run, spanning five decades.

After World War II, Raymond did not return to work on any of his previous successful comic strips (Flash Gordon, Jungle Jim, Secret Agent X-9) but instead began work on a new strip in which ex-Marine Rip Kirby returns from WWII and goes to work as a private detective, sometimes accompanied by his girlfriend, fashion model Judith Lynne “Honey” Dorian. Her given name and nickname were borrowed from the names of Raymond’s three daughters.

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Rip Kirby was based on the suggestion by King Features editor Ward Greene that Raymond try a “detective-type” strip. First published on March 4, 1946, the strip was given a huge promotional boost, even including fully painted promotional art, a rarity in comic strip promotions. The strip enjoyed enormous success, and Raymond received the Reuben Award in 1949.

During Raymond’s years on the strip, the stories were initially written by Ward Greene and later, following Greene’s death, by Fred Dickenson. Some sequences were also written by Raymond. rip01

Comics historian Don Markstein noted how the character of Remington “Rip” Kirby broke away from the usual pulp detective archetype:

“Circulation rose steadily during the strip’s first few years — even tho Rip wasn’t the kind of private detective they were used to from pulp fiction. This one did more cogitating than fisticuffing, and smoked a leisurely pipe while he did it. He had a frail, balding assistant, Desmond (a former burglar), instead of a two-fisted sidekick. Instead of carrying on with an endless series of female clients, he had a steady girlfriend, Honey Dorian. If that wasn’t enough, he even wore glasses! Even Kerry Drake didn’t depart so far from the standard. If Rip was more sophisticated and urbane than the average fictional private eye, that’s okay, because he was very successful — both for himself and for the people who wrote, drew and distributed him.”

In 1956, Raymond was killed in a car crash. King Features quickly needed a replacement and found it in John Prentice.

Dickenson continued to write the series until the mid-1980s when he was forced to retire for health reasons. Prentice then took over the writing along with others. Prentice kept the strip going until his own death in 1999. The strip ended with Rip’s retirement on June 26, 1999. Prentice received the National Cartoonists Society Story Comic Strip Award for 1966, 1967 and 1986 for his work on the strip.

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UPDATE 14-06-2020

Rip Kirby – The Stuntman 7 june 1982 – 9 october 1982

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UPDATE 24-10-2019

Rip Kirby 104 – The Hades Hexagon
Rip Kirby 105 – The monkey’s secret
Rip Kirby 106 – The cherub locket
Rip Kirby 107 – Lost Empire
Rip Kirby 108 – Lethal Letters

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Rip Kirby 110 – Macho Mayhem
Rip Kirby 111 – Return of Dr. Destiny
Rip Kirby 112 – Cat Burglar
Rip Kirby 113 – The Death Cave
Rip Kirby 114 – Madama Casino and Joe Rimfire
Rip Kirby 116 -Shark and the Treasure

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Rip Kirby 117 – Dirty Business
Rip Kirby 118 – The Return of Mangler
Rip Kirby 120 – The Impostor

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Rip Kirby 121 – Kidders Treasure
Rip Kirby 122 – Back to Harmony
Rip Kirby 124 – The Tiger Hunter
Rip Kirby 129 – The Pickpocket

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UPDATE 03-09-2019

Rip Kirby 028 – In Freedom’s Cause
Rip Kirby 029 – Kismet

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Rip Kirby 032 – Turnabout Justice
Rip Kirby 037 – Misdirections
Rip Kirby 038 – Dangerous Deceptions

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Rip Kirby 039 – Casino Con
Rip Kirby 040 – Sirene
Rip Kirby 041 – The Fatal Photo
Rip Kirby 043 – Murderous Masquerade

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Rip Kirby 045 – A Date With Destiny
Rip Kirby 046 – Case of the Twin Who Didnt Exist
Rip Kirby 047 – Matches In The Telescope
Rip Kirby 048 – Ghost Town Showdown

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Rip Kirby 049 – Doom On The High Seas
Rip Kirby 050 – Fortunes Folly

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Rip Kirby 051 – Treasure Haven
Rip Kirby 052 – Honors Choice

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Rip Kirby 054 – Too Much Amour
Rip Kirby 055 – All For Love

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Rip Kirby 056 – Peril of the Poet Crook
Rip Kirby 058 – Ming The Merciless
Rip Kirby 059 – Sting of the Scorpion

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Rip Kirby 060 – Poison Pen Campaign
Rip Kirby 061 – Duelling Detectives
Rip Kirby 063 – Bond Hunt

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Rip Kirby 064 – Prettypetals Poison Plant Plan
Rip Kirby 066 – Past and Present
Rip Kirby 067 – Prims Plunder
Rip Kirby 069 – Deceiving Appearances

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Rip Kirby 070 – The Shape of Things To Come
Rip Kirby 071 – Hi Seas Hi-Jinx
Rip Kirby 073 – Too Much Amour Too

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Rip Kirby 075 – Desmonds Betrayal
Rip Kirby 076 – Hijacked

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Rip Kirby 079 – You Cant Judge A Book
Rip Kirby 080 – Treachery on Tanga

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Rip Kirby 082 – Kirby On Campus
Rip Kirby 083 – Immortal Mystery
Rip Kirby 084 – Dr. Datas Deadly Predictions

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Rip Kirby 085 – Ghost Town Death – Duel
Rip Kirby 086 – Femina Fatale
Rip Kirby 087 – Perils of Pierre

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Rip Kirby 090 – Paragon of Vice

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Rip Kirby 091 – The Counterfeit Countessa
Rip Kirby 092 – Case of the Mixed-up Missive

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Rip Kirby 095 – Tomb Terror
Rip Kirby 096 – Royal Double
Rip Kirby 097 – House of Mystery
Rip Kirby 099 – Conning the Con
Rip Kirby 100 – The Pillars of Destiny

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Rip Kirby 101 – The Rebel Queen
Rip Kirby 102 – Mangler’s Big Heist
Rip Kirby 125 – The Golds Curse

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Rip Kirby 126 – Desmond on the Run
Rip Kirby 127 – The Narkobarons Castle
Rip Kirby 128 – Gold from Heaven

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UPDATE 24-09-2018

Rip Kirby 020 – Hell Hath No Fury
Rip Kirby 022 – The Millbanks Murder Case
Rip Kirby 024 – International Incident

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Rip Kirby 033 – The Reluctant Heiress
Rip Kirby 036 – Elixir of Youth
Rip Kirby 044 – ESP Extortion

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Rip Kirby 062 – Fagins Folly
Rip Kirby 065 – A Prince in Peril
Rip Kirby 068 – The chameleon strikes

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Rip Kirby 072 – Fatal Fortunes
Rip Kirby 077 – The Almost Perfect Crime
Rip Kirby 078 – Whos Got Who

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Rip Kirby 089 – Precognition Peril
Rip Kirby 098 – Ghost ship
Rip Kirby 109 – Manhunt
Rip Kirby 119 – Dangerous Eyes
Rip Kirby 123 – Kidnapped

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UPDATE 23-02-2018

dailies 1955,1956

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5 stories

001 – The Chip Faraday Murder
002 – The Hicks Formula
003 – Liquid Murder
004 – Fatal Forgeries
005 – Past Imperfect

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3 stories

006 – Death in the Dolls House
007 – Bleak Prospects
008 – Terror on the Thames

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6 stories

009 – Major Mystery
010 – Family Fortune
011 – Second Chances
012 – Lost and Found
013 – Borrowed Trouble
014 – Correspondence Crisis

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5 stories

015 – Treasure Hunt
016 – Mystery of the Missing Songstress
017 – Unlucky Seven
018 – The Great You
019 – The Disappearance of Bijou Benson

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4 stories

021 – The Return of the Mangler
023 – The Treasure of Silas Stone
025 – Monkey Business
026 – Calendar Girl

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6 stories

027 – Grand Passion
030 – Carno’s Carnivores
031 – Hep-Cat Hijackers
034 – The Missing Key
035 – Zero Hour
042 – Into the Eyes of Monara

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3 stories

053 – The Town That Time Forgot
057 – The Unwilling Heir
074 – Hostile Takeover

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4 stories

081 – Rip Kirby Butler
088 – Revival
093 – Danger in the Devil’s Frying Pan
094 – Secret of the Shark

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4 stories

Rip Kirby 103 – The Power
Rip Kirby 115 – The Hunt for Cinderella
Rip Kirby The Beginning
Rip Kirby Unlucky Seven

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28 responses »

  1. dottedsun says:

    Great!, just Great!
    Thanks again, again and again!!
    Great job!!

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  2. Shivkumar says:

    I think I’m having 53 to 128. Give me your mail id, will upload and give links on coming Sunday.

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  3. snarasim123 says:

    stumbled upon this blog and found lots of missing dailies of comics i was looking for.
    thx a lot.
    I also happen to have some dailies which are not here.
    I will upload them and share the link here if anybody is interested.

    Here is the list of dailies i have which are not listed here.
    Rip Kirby 020 Hell Hath No Fury.cbr
    Rip Kirby 022 The Millbanks Murder Case.cbr
    Rip Kirby 024 International Incident.cbr
    Rip Kirby 033 The Reluctant Heiress.cbr
    Rip Kirby 036 Elixir of Youth.cbr
    Rip Kirby 044 ESP Extortion.cbr
    Rip Kirby 062 Fagin’s Folly.cbr
    Rip Kirby 065 A Prince in Peril November 30 1964 April 3 1965.cbr
    Rip Kirby 068 The chameleon strikes (1).cbr
    Rip Kirby 072 Fatal Fortunes.cbr
    Rip Kirby 077 The Almost Perfect Crime (March 18 1968 July 6 1968).cbr
    Rip Kirby 078 Who’s Got Who (July 8 1968 October 26 1968).cbr
    Rip Kirby 089 Precognition Peril.cbr
    Rip Kirby 098 Ghost ship.cbr
    Rip Kirby 109 Manhunt (Jan 10 1977 Mar 26 1977).cbr
    Rip Kirby 119 Dangerous Eyes.cbr
    Rip Kirby 123 Kidnapped (Jun 30 Nov 01 1980).cbr

    (I may have other miscellaneous rip kirby comics – unidentified / with possible missing pages/low quality. I can upload them if anybody is interested in those as well. )
    snarasim123

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  4. snarasim123 says:

    Here is the list of comic books.
    I will leave it here for a few weeks. If you need more time to copy/download, let me know.

    http://www.mediafire.com/folder/w8zpigpazt8az/missing_rk

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  5. snarasim123 says:

    I uploaded the files to sendspace and tried anonymous downloads.
    It worked for few files.
    Try this link
    https://www.sendspace.com/folder/fq2gtj

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  6. M.R.P.P says:

    Great work ,you have make an unbeatable site.Thanks a lot boutje777,snaraisam123 and all others who are helping for this site going on. Keep it up .Request fulfilled &received within time
    Comic fans please try to fill the all missing great comic sections at where necessary it will be very help full to all comic fans and children around the world.

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  7. M.R.P.P. says:

    Dear Boutje777
    ,It is still unable to download RIP KERBY , X19,GUNLaW comic sections.Please check.nothing can down load.
    thanks
    .M.R.P.P

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  8. duckbill says:

    Hi!
    Thank you for your blog!

    Rip Kirby #60 has 2 corrupted pages. Can you fix it?

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    • boutje777 says:

      You are welcome. I am afraid i can’t do anything about these pages, i have the same problem, when i extract the file it comes with 1 blank and one half page.

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  9. Ar says:

    Here is a link for the Rip Kirby D60 for the 2 corrupted pages.
    One is a good, the other not sp good

    https://www.mediafire.com/file/g4nys3w2c7asqhq/RKD60_2_pages.rar/file
    Ar

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  10. Ar says:

    Here’s another daily story, collected from various newspapers.

    RK The Stuntman (820607-821009)

    The link

    https://www.mediafire.com/file/i1fhxt7mrxg0ed6/RK_The_Stuntman_%28820607-821009%29.rar/file

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  11. Jojo says:

    It is extremely difficult downloading these files as the connection keeps dropping with server errors and I am on a 250 mbps. Can these be uploaded on to other networks please?

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    • boutje777 says:

      No, sorry, you have to be patience sometimes and try a few times or even the next day, the networks sometimes are overloaded because too many people are downloading. I have the same sometimes with uploading.

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