Stony Craig of the Marines

“Stony Craig of the Marines (aka Sergeant Craig) started its career in the pages of the Boston Traveler in August 1937. Sergeant Stony Craig and his subordinates, the loud-mouthed Wise, the resourceful Fink, and the handsome Hazard, were U.S. marines stationed in the American settlement in Shanghai. They seemed to be busier fighting the Japanese and their allies than protecting the American administrative headquarters. The similarities with Caniff’s Terry and the Pirates are obvious (there is even a woman guerilla-fighter, half-Russian, half-Chinese, by the name of Tania). If anything, artist/creator Don Dickson was even more emphatically anti-Japanese than Caniff, and he (correctly) foresaw the coming hostilities with Japan as early as 1939. To prepare for the day, Craig and his cohorts, in collusion with Intelligence Service officer Jeremy Blade (who looked like Clark Gable), did their best to harass the Japanese, blowing up their convoys, hijacking their arms shipments, and lending help to the guerillas. In between there were a few romantic interludes involving Hazard and his army nurse love, the blonde and demure Helen. Obscure as it is, Stony Craig was an excellent (and prescient) action strip, well-plotted, straight-forwardedly written and drawn in a loose, punchy, and winning style.” ... Maurice Horn, World Encyclopedia of Comics. In 1940 (following the closing of all foreign settlements in China by the Japanese authorities) Craig and company returned to the United States to combat spies and fifth columnists. Dickson also left in 1940 to join the Marines. The strip was continued until 1944 by Gerry Bouchard. Bill Draut and Lin Streeter completed the run until 1946. The strip in credited to Frank Rentfrow, U.S.M.C., and he wrote the strip for most of its run. It was syndicated by the Bell Syndicate.

Available on Complete Inventory USB. Reprints strips from 3/1/43-10/31/43, 116 black & white pages.

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