Thursday Story Strip Day.
Having shown much of Ray Bailey's work (from Bruce Gentry to Tom Corbett to his many Caniff influenced comic books stories of the fifties and sixties) there was always one strip that escaped my collection efforts. Vesta West was drawn for the Chigaco Comic book sections a ready printed oblong half sized comic with all now comic booky strips along with a couple of older well known strips. This meant that there is no online microfilm version to be found and real life sections are scarce of expensive. So I was very plesed to find a set of strips from a private seller in Switzerland and although I had to bid heavily (I hope not against one of my regular visitors). So this week and the next I will be presenting tese rare and unique samples in an almost complete run of the first year of Bailey's involvement. The stip was started and drawn by Fred Maegher, but in 1943 Bailey took over. I don't know how much Milton Caniff (who was very generous in that sort of thing) was involved in Bailey gettig that job. Bailey was already assiting Caniff and it shows. Still, his own drafmanship is visble as well.