*Vintage UK/Australian Reprints of US Material: Alex Raymond’s classic detective comic strip Rip Kirby ran for decades, but its zenith was the late 1940s to the early 1950s, and this undated World Distributors compilation, which from context we’ve placed in the 1950s, is a softcover collection of three separate Alex Raymond stories – “The Elixir of Youth”, “Model In Trouble”, and “Desmond Makes A Lucky Strike”. Gunplay, violence, snappy dialogue and shapely ladies on both sides of the law, this is a truly delightful vintage piece. The flyleaf is brown, but the rest of the pages have held up well, and the softcover’s cloth spine is sound with only minor wear at lower edge. Although there is light to moderate corner and edge wear, the cover scene is unimpaired, and overall eye appeal good. On sale at £20.