Brick Bradford #6

Brick Bradford #6

Brick Bradford, an iconic redheaded (later blond) aviator hailing from Kentucky, embodied the timeless spirit of adventure that would later reach its zenith in the exploits of Captain Kirk of television’s Star Trek fame. With his dashing looks and fearless demeanor, Brick bore a striking resemblance to contemporaneous comic characters like Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon, yet he carved his own path through the vast cosmos of imagination.

Published in July 1948 by Standard Comics, Brick Bradford #5 heralded the beginning of a brief yet unforgettable run. Despite its numbering, it was actually the inaugural issue of only five total releases by Standard Comics. Swiftly following its debut was Brick Bradford #6 in October 1948, adorned with a classic Schomburg robot cover. Among Brick’s adversaries was the formidable Avil Blue, mastermind behind a giant robot that posed a formidable threat to our intrepid hero.

Brick Bradford #5

Brick Bradford #5

These comics were reprints of the thrilling newspaper strip runs that enthralled audiences of the time. Brick Bradford also graced the pages of newspapers as a daily and Sunday comic strip, created by writer William Ritt, a Cleveland journalist, and artist Clarence Gray.  The Bradford saga began in the early 1930s and continued its captivating journey until April 25, 1987, a testament to its enduring popularity.

In addition to his daring exploits, Brick’s romantic entanglements added a layer of intrigue to his adventures. June Salisbury, Brick’s girlfriend and daughter of his ally Professor Van Atta Salisbury, was among his love interests. The Sunday strips introduced completely different characters and plots, often featuring Brick accompanied by Professor Horatio Southern and his daughter April, who also captured Brick’s heart. Later additions to the cast included Brick’s pugnacious sidekick Bucko O’Brien and the beautiful, black-haired bad girl Saturn Sadie, who, after reforming, ultimately married the stalwart hero.

Brick Bradford (serial)Brick Bradford’s adventures spanned a vast landscape of imagination, from encounters with dinosaurs to showdowns with interplanetary desperados, from battles with robots to voyages to extraterrestrial worlds. The evocative story titles, such as “The Fortress of Evil,” “The Duel to the Death,” “A Date With Doom,” and “A Feud With Fate,” reflect the thrilling nature of Brick’s escapades as he gallantly rescued damsels in distress.

“Watch out for Saturn Sadie,” Brick quips, “She’s got more tricks up her sleeve than Saturn has rings!”

 

 

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