- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: IDW Publishing; 01 edition (20 Jan. 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1631401785
- ISBN-13: 978-1631401787
- Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 3.7 x 28.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Steve Canyon Volume 5: 1955–1956 (Steve Canyon Hc) Hardcover – 20 Jan 2015
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About the Author
Born in Hillsboro, Ohio in 1907, Milton Caniff is one of the most honored cartoonists in history, with awards ranging from two Cartoonist of the Year -Reuben- awards from his peers in the National Cartoonists Society, to the Exceptional Service Award of the United States Air Force.
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We start off with the conclusion of the storyline from the last volume, which has Colonel Index (who Canyon dealt with in a prior volume) being pressured by his wife Delta (a confidence woman whom Steve first meet in the first volume) to pilot a daring glider rescue in an attempt to get a promotion to a brigadier general. But things don't go as some planned, especially for Delta!
The next storyline ("In Formosa's Dire Straits") has Canyon return to the Far East, this time to protect a technical expert going to Formosa (Taiwan). It's Doe Redwood (from volume 2). Others from the past reappear. The Halls, whom Steve had meet in the previous volume, are also in Formosa, as Mr. Hall is now the US Consul there. Doe is targeted by Red agents, who grab Holly Hall by mistake. In rescuing her, Doe is injured. Another reappearance is Reed Kimberly, who was kind of Terry to Canyon's Pat Ryan back in volume 1 and 2. He is now a young Marine who winds up protecting Holly Hall and a romance is budding. But things go awry when Reed is accused of smuggling drugs.
We then shift to seeing how Summer Olsen is doing. As noted in the last volume, she has quit working for Copper Calhoun. She tries to get work, only to have Copper engineering her getting fired, as a way to force Summer to return to work for her. Strangely, she runs into the actor that Copper had hired previously to breakup Steve and Summer (volume 4), and the two fall in love and are about to get married. But Steve returns and puts the kabosh on this, and not in the way you'd expect. Summer's husband, Ollie (volume 2), has been found alive but incapacitated. Summer decides to care for him, but to do so, she has to return to work for Copper.
We then start the next storyline ("The Scarlet Princess") with the return of Happy Easter and his Chinese Hooligans, whom the State Department has brought back to the US to prevent them from causing an international incident. Happy is now richer, as uranium has been found on his land. He soon gets pulled into backing a Hollywood picture ("The Scarlet Princess"). and Steve is pulled in as Air Force liaison. Due to issues, he even steps into the film himself to cover for one of the main actors.
The next storyline ("Taps for 'Shanty' Town") is considered a classic. Written as a tribute to a real Air Force General, General "Casey" Vincent, who was also the model of a character in "Terry and the Pirates", Gen Town calls in Steve and other bachelor Air Force veterans of WWII to test out a dangerous new scheme of his. But over working and a weak heart kills him. We also get the return of another minor character in this storyline, but I'll let the reader find out more.
With the wrap up of that storyline, we get introduced to a new character to the strip: Steve's heretofore unknown cousin, Poteet Canyon, a rambunctious teen from Texas. While their relationship is not clear (not sure if this is ever resolved), Canyon does make her his ward. (not sure how long this runs, as I'm only aware of a couple of more years). Poteet goes along on Steve's next story, with him heading to an old airbase being expanded: Big Thunder. In someways this is similar to another story of a similar base Steve works to setup from a prior volume. The base has issues, as a new electronics plant is going up, offering high salaries, which means the base has problem getting labor, and everyone is raising their prices on the military personnel. Also, the mayor is not a supporter, so Steve has his work cut out for him.
The volume wraps up with an interlude where Steve has to decide what he will do, as with the success of "The Scarlet Princess", Hollywood is calling. But he will stay in the Air Force.
I look forward to the next volume, though I know most of the storylines as they were reprinted in the last 2 of KSP's Steve Canyon volumes. It will also be the last volume that has material I have read previously.