Captain Easy: Soldier of Fortune

If you blended the sexy and insouciant Han Solo, the disreputable, self-centered Charlie Allnut (Bogart's role in The African Queen), and noble Southern fighter John Carter of Mars, you might get the figure of Captain Easy, Roy Crane's flyboy adventurer who had a knack for finding lost kingdoms, beautiful women, treasures galore, and commensurate dangers. This first volume out of four reprints, at generous dimensions and with vibrant colors, the "world's first adventure newspaper strip," still as enjoyable as at its birth.

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