I've been reading Steve Canyon strips from IDW's Library of American Comics collections, a month every day, for the last few weeks. I started with volume 2, since that's the volume I had. But now I'm flashing back to volume 1, and since there was some interest in a read-along, here goes!

January 1947.

This is a short month, as the strip began on January 13. Short synopsis: Rich vamp Copper "the Copperhead" Calhoun wants to hire Canyon's Horizons Unlimited air-transport business for a mysterious mission. Steve (and his secretary, Feeta-Feeta) are rude to Calhoun's underling, Mr. Dayzee. Calhoun tests Canyon's bravery and prowess b setting thugs on him, and then hires him, impressed. Dayzee plots with Calhoun's bodyguard, blackmailing him, to kill Canyon during the mission.

Elements of note:
I liked how Canyon isn't introduced until a week into the strip. Canniff spends a week with Feeta-Feeta being sassy to Mr. Dayzee as we wonder what the lead character is like. And then, on the first Sunday page, he appears... but not until after several incidental characters react to him while he's only partially on-panel.

Feeta-Feeta's unusual nickname is taken from the soldiers in American Samoa -- Fita is Samoan for soldier, and from what I can find online, the Fita Fita Guard was the Samoan Marine Reserve.

I like Copper Calhoun's hooded wrap -- it suggests cobra more than copperhead, but it definitely gets the idea of a snake across. 

New Characters of Note:
Steve Canyon, Feeta-Feeta, Copper Calhoun, Mr. Dayzee, Kroom

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I recorded it but haven't watched it yet.

Whoops, I didn't realize it was coming up! But it'll be on the TCM app for a month, so I might be able to catch it there. 

We watched The Best Years of our Lives last night, and this morning I read Bill Mauldin's Willie & Joe - Back Home. So, so many of Mauldin's panels are still relevant today. Whenever I read a collection of newspaper comics, I always tell myself I always should be reading some collection, but invariably drift away.

Somehow it had escaped me that TCM movies I haven't recorded and that aren't available on HBOmax are available on the TCM website for a period of time. Thanks to Rob's post, I was able to watch a couple of movies yesterday that I would have missed.

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

Whoops, I didn't realize it was coming up! But it'll be on the TCM app for a month, so I might be able to catch it there. 

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