Taking over after Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson’s run, George Evans’ first daily for Secret Agent Corrigan hit newspapers on February 4, 1980. He had ghosted for Williamson occasionally, but now he was at the helm as writer and artist. Evans continued on the strip for the next sixteen years.
I was first introduced to George Evans’ artistry while working on staff at King Features Syndicate. Ignorant of the huge body of work he had done, I was immediately drawn to the action-packed and beautifully illustrated job he was doing on the strip.
Striking up a correspondance with him, he was more than willing to try to assist a newcomer like myself that was just breaking into the field. The following is a Flash Gordon Sunday page I sent George for critique with the latter being his suggestions on tracing paper.
Because of the decline of adventure strips in newspapers, George Evans’ work on Secret Agent Corrigan didn’t reach the wider audience that would have appreciated it. Maurice Horn lamented this fact in his book, 100 Years of American Newpaper Comics:
- “It is unfortunate that because of (Secret Agent Corrigan’s) limited circulation, few people are able to read and appreciate one of the genuinely interesting action strips still extant, a strip carried on in dashing style by Evans.”
Upon Evans’ retirement from the strip in 1996, King Features discontinued the strip.
The last daily saw print on February 10, 1996.
It wouldn’t be the last time Evans drew Secret Agent. In the summer of 2000 I started a storyline where Secret Agent and Flash Gordon (two strips both drawn by Alex Raymond) would eventually cross paths. The climactic page where they meet I handed over to Evans.
For those interested, King is currently republishing my Flash Gordon run and this very storyline begins this Sunday (October 21, 2012). You can find it online at…
And no, I don’t get paid for that plug…
For more on George Evans I put together a web page (which I tapped for this post) where you can find out more about Evans and his work.
Also check out the following video from 1990 featuring Al Williamson, George Evans and Dave Stevens.
And last but not least, I’m not the only one blogging about George Evans.
Here’s just a sampling – enjoy…