Any Steve Canyon comic strip fans out there? I recently finished reading a book published in 2005 by Checker Book Publishing Company compiling all four 1951 comic strip adventures of Milton Caniff's popular aviation hero. This strip had a long, successful publication history in the newspapers (1947-1988). These four tales, dated two years before my birth, were an enjoyable read combining adventure, character development, and a small touch of humor. In "Operation Foo Ling", Steve Canyon and stage magician Foo Ling, are assigned to slip into Red China on a secret rescue mission. "The Duchess of Denver" is Steve's next assignment. The Duchess, Foo Ling's old show-business friend, is in need of rescue from an abusive husband running con games in Hong Kong. In "Operation Eel Island",Steve is assigned to a military base on Eel Island, where he re-encounters a past girlfriend, who is now married to the extremely jealous commander of the base. Can Steve foil the Red Chinese underground fighters in the area, rescue the kidnapped commander's wife, and survive the "help" from his friends, Fitch and Bucket? The last yarn, "Crisis on the Campus" is my favorite.Steve is assigned to an R.O.T.C. position at Maumee University back here in the States to protect a professor's secret project. By the way, the professor's secretary turns out to be the lovely widow of an old friend of Steve's. Romance blossoms between the two as a Communist espionage plot to steal the scientific breakthrough intensifies. Will our hero win this Cold War battle?; more importantly, will he win the girl as barriers to their future arise? All in all, all four stories provide exciting plots, exotic locales, and entertaining characters. I really wish that were were such action comic strips in the modern newspapers.