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Flash Gordon 8/6/2000 – George Evans

Today’s Flash Gordon page (11/25/2012) originally appeared August 6, 2000. Since it focuses on Secret Agent Corrigan and his team the first tier has a group shot with artwork by veteran Secret Agent artist, George Evans.

For a larger version, just click on the artwork. For more on Evans’ work on Secret Agent Corrigan check out my previous blog post for art and links aplenty:
George Evans – Secret Agent Corrigan


I really wanted to show that Dale wasn’t just a damsel in distress in this storyline – that she’d play an active role.

Today’s strip just emphasizes that fact – which will have ramifications for Corrigan later…


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Secret Agent Corrigan by George Evans

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.

Secret Agent Corrigan May 20, 1992
Secret Agent Corrigan March 11, 1992
Secret Agent Corrigan April 20, 1994

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.

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George Evans

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.

February 10, 1996
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 would eventually cross paths (the two strips both originally drawn by Alex Raymond). The climactic page where they meet I handed over to Evans.

And here’s how it appeared in print.

For more Secret Agent Corrigan by George Evans check out IDW’s Secret Agent Corrigan Volume 6. I highly recommend it!