Brick Bradford

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Clarence Gray's Brick Bradford (June 21, 1942)

Brick Bradford was a science fiction comic strip created by writer William Ritt, a journalist based in Cleveland, and artist Clarence Gray. It was first distributed in 1933 by Central Press Association, a subsidiary of King Features Syndicate.

Ritt grew tired of Brick Bradford in the mid-1940s, and by 1948 he had turned over first the daily and then the Sunday to Gray, who did the strip by himself until his health problems increased. In 1952, Paul Norris (who had been working on King's Jungle Jim) took over the daily. When Gray died in 1956, Norris took over the Sunday strip. Norris retired in 1987, and the strip was retired as well with the daily ending April 25, 1987 and the Sundays two weeks later.

Characters and story[edit]

Brick Bradford was a space opera/adventure story, resembling such comics as Skyroads, Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon with its tales of dinosaurs, intergalactic villains, robots and subatomic worlds. By 1935, Brick Bradford's popularity had greatly increased, and it arrived in the Sunday comics sections of major newspapers in 1933, followed by a weekend edition that began November 24, 1934. In France, he was known as "Luc Bradefer" (Luke Ironarm), and was published in many newspapers.

On April 20, 1935, the strip added a time machine, the Time Top, that traveled to both past and future, presaging Doc Wonmug's device in Alley Oop four years later.

Daily strips by Clarence Gray and William Ritt[edit]

D001 In the City Beneath the Sea (08/21/1933 – 06/30/1934) 270 strips

D002 With Brocco the Buccaneer (07/02/1934 – 05/18/1935) 276 strips

D003 On the Isles Beyond the Ice (05/20/1935 – 04/11/1936) 282 strips

D004 Brick Bradford and the Lord of Doom (04/13/1936 – 02/06/1937) 258 strips

D005 Adrift in an Atom [aka Voyage in a Coin] (02/08/1937 – 01/08/1938) 288 strips

D006 In the Fortress of Fear (01/10/1938 – 02/11/1939) 342 strips

D007 Brick Bradford and the Metal Monster (02/13/1939 – 03/16/1940) 342 strips

D008 Brick Bradford Seeks the Diamond Doll (03/18/1940 – 12/28/1940) 249 strips

D009 On the Throne of Titania (12/30/1940 – 06/12/1943) 765 strips

D010 Beyond the Crystal Door (06/14/1943 – 10/21/1944) 462 strips

D011 The Queen of the Night (10/28/1944 – 06/01/1946) 468 strips

D012 The Witch Doctor of Wanchi (06/03/1946 – 12/07/1946) 162 strips

D013 The Strange Case of Captain Bold (12/09/1946 – 07/19/1947) 192 strips

D014 Lost Train In Tunnel #10 (07/21/1947 – 05/01/1948) 246 strips

D015 The Prophet of Thorn (05/03/1948 – 03/19/1949) 276 strips

D016 The Colossal Fossil (03/21/1949 – 07/02/1949) 90 strips

D017 The Island of the Eye (07/04/1949 – 12/24/1949) 150 strips

D018 Smokeballs (12/26/1949 – 03/25/1950) 60 strips

D019 The Howling Face (03/27/1950 – 06/17/1950) 90 strips

D020 The Legacy of Low Lake (06/19/1950 – 10/07/1950) 96 strips

D021 Detour of Doubt (10/09/1950 – 12/30/1950) 60 strips

D022 Frame-Up (01/01/1951 – 03/31/1951) 90 strips

D023 Mesa Macabre (04/02/1951 – 08/11/1951) 114 strips

D024 Moon Maiden (08/13/1951 – 10/06/1951) 48 strips

D025 Shadow in the Sky (10/08/1951 – 02/16/1952) 102 strips

D026 The Six Seeds of Sibed (02/18/1952 – 05/10/1952) 96 strips

D027 Mr. Distance (05/12/1952 – 10/18/1952) 138 strips

Daily strips by Paul Norris[edit]

D028 Condor Corridor (10/20/1952 – 04/04/1953) 144 strips

D029 Operation Back Burner (04/06/1953 – 07/04/1953) 78 strips

D030 Oroto Otoro (07/06/1953 – 10/24/1953) 96 strips

D031 Poet and Present (10/26/1953 – 01/02/1954) 60 strips

D032 Deadline Dilemma (01/04/1954 – 05/01/1954) 102 strips

D033 Frogman’s Folly (05/03/1954 – 07/24/1954) 72 strips

D034 Poet’s Revenge (07/26/1954 – 10/09/1954) 66 strips

D035 Honey’n’Holly (10/11/1954 – 12/04/1954) 48 strips

D036 Temperamental Tessie (12/06/1954 – 01/29/1955) 48 strips

D037 Found and Profound (01/31/1955 – 04/30/1955) 78 strips

D038 Bauble’s Belle (05/02/1955 – 06/25/1955) 48 strips

D039 Silent Partners! (06/27/1955 – 10/08/1955) 90 strips

D040 The Case of the Vicious Vines (10/10/1955 – 12/31/1955) 72 strips

D041 Stowaway (01/02/1956 – 05/12/1956) 114 strips

D042 Something Borrowed, Something Blue (05/14/1956 – 08/04/1956) 72 strips

D043 Astral Assignment (08/06/1956 – 10/20/1956) 66 strips

D044 Return of Paul Bunyan (10/22/1956 – 01/26/1957) 84 strips

D045 The Search For Kris Kreg (01/28/1957 – 04/20/1957) 72 strips

D046 Time-Top Trials! (04/22/1957 – 09/14/1957) 126 strips

D047 Eye of the Needle (09/16/1957 – 11/16/1957) 54 strips

D048 Return to Pura (11/18/1957 – 02/22/1958) 84 strips

D049 Deep Danger (02/24/1958 – 06/07/1958) 90 strips

D050 X-S-S-16 (06/09/1958 – 09/13/1958) 84 strips

D051 The Search for Doctor Eastland (09/15/1958 – 01/24/1959) 114 strips

D052 Man on the Moon (01/26/1959 – 06/06/1959) 114 strips

D053 The Sound (06/08/1959 – 09/19/1959) 90 strips

D054 Mission to Maga (09/21/1959 – 01/23/1960) 108 strips

D055 Steppingstone (01/25/1960 – 09/24/1960) 210 strips

D056 Tattletale Tiros (09/26/1960 – 03/04/1961) 138 strips

D057 Silent Search (03/06/1961 – 10/07/1961) 186 strips

D058 Bradford’s Bondage (10/09/1961 – 11/25/1961) 42 strips

D059 Botanical Warfare (11/27/1961 – 04/28/1962) 132 strips

D060 Adventure in the Aqua-Mole (04/30/1962 – 09/15/1962) 120 strips

D061 The Proxima Centauri Run (09/17/1962 – 02/16/1963) 132 strips

D062 Lady Loot (02/18/1963 – 05/18/1963) 78 strips

D063 Adventure in Andromeda (05/20/1963 – 10/19/1963) 132 strips

D064 Operation Chaos (10/21/1963 – 12/28/1963) 60 strips

D065 Return to Panola (12/30/1963 – 05/16/1964) 120 strips

D066 Cold Caper (05/18/1964 – 10/24/1964) 138 strips

D067 Journey to Procyon (10/26/1964 – 01/23/1965) 78 strips

D068 Saturn Sadie’s Side Trip (01/25/1965 – 07/03/1965) 138 strips

D069 Silverslinger (07/05/1965 – 10/23/1965) 96 strips

D070 The Treasure of Toolee Tooee (10/25/1965 – 04/30/1966) 162 strips

D071 The Agrarians (05/02/1966 – 08/27/1966) 102 strips

D072 Strange Sargasso (08/29/1966 – 03/25/1967) 180 strips

D073 Search for a Samaritan (03/27/1967 – 08/12/1967) 120 strips

D074 Destination Laza (08/14/1967 – 09/23/1967) 36 strips

D075 The Radiant Ruins of Ramdan (09/25/1967 – 05/04/1968) 192 strips

D076 Ardun’s Ark (05/06/1968 – 07/06/1968) 54 strips

D077 Flight of Fantasy (07/08/1968 – 09/28/1968) 72 strips

D078 Solitary Journey (09/30/1968 – 12/07/1968) 60 strips

D079 Gathering on Gwaymus (12/09/1968 – 03/01/1969) 72 strips

D080 The Evil Enkar (03/03/1969 – 05/03/1969) 54 strips

D081 Galileo’s Ghost (05/05/1969 – 07/26/1969) 72 strips

D082 Revenge (07/28/1969 – 10/04/1969) 60 strips

D083 Tabby’s Tantrums (10/06/1969 – 12/13/1969) 60 strips

D084 Return to Gwaymus (12/15/1969 – 03/14/1970) 78 strips

D085 The Treasure of Tarabagara (03/16/1970 – 05/23/1970) 60 strips

D086 Purple Pintar (05/25/1970 – 08/29/1970) 84 strips

D087 Search for Urubu (08/31/1970 – 10/31/1970) 54 strips

D088 Time and Trouble (11/02/1970 – 01/30/1971) 78 strips

D089 Tenacious Tempo (02/01/1971 – 04/03/1971) 54 strips

D090 Hoppy’s Re-Migration (04/05/1971 – 06/12/1971) 60 strips

D091 Tardy Tempo (06/14/1971 – 09/04/1971) 72 strips

D092 Double Trouble (09/06/1971 – 11/13/1971) 60 strips

D093 Stranded (11/15/1971 – 01/08/1972) 48 strips

D094 Phoenix Fever (01/10/1972 – 04/08/1972) 78 strips

D095 Going Home (04/10/1972 – 07/08/1972) 78 strips

D096 Then There Were Two (07/10/1972 – 09/23/1972) 66 strips

D097 Trail of the Tonabera (09/25/1972 – 12/02/1972) 60 strips

D098 Polar Poltergeist (12/04/1972 – 03/03/1973) 78 strips

D099 Long Way Home (03/05/1973 – 06/23/1973) 96 strips

D100 A Change of Plans (06/25/1973 – 10/20/1973) 102 strips

D101 A Flight of Ghosts (10/22/1973 – 12/08/1973) 42 strips

D102 Old Masters (12/10/1973 – 02/16/1974) 60 strips

D103 Cygnus Two (02/18/1974 – 04/27/1974) 60 strips

D104 Lore (04/29/1974 – 08/03/1974) 84 strips

D105 Search for Succor (08/05/1974 – 10/05/1974) 54 strips

D106 Rescue (10/07/1974 – 12/28/1974) 72 strips

D107 Stronger Force (12/30/1974 – 02/22/1975) 48 strips

D108 Holiday on Hokuku! (02/24/1975 – 05/31/1975) 84 strips

D109 Sea of Secrets (06/02/1975 – 08/16/1975) 66 strips

D110 The Folly of Petro Leur (08/18/1975 – 12/27/1975) 114 strips

D111 Lore Revisited (12/29/1975 – 02/14/1976) 42 strips

D112 Beyond Bucala (02/16/1976 – 05/29/1976) 90 strips

D113 The Way Home (05/31/1976 – 10/09/1976) 114 strips

D114 Eye Spy (10/11/1976 – 01/29/1977) 96 strips

D115 Rescue (01/31/1977 – 04/23/1977) 72 strips

D116 Dead End (04/25/1977 – 08/27/1977) 108 strips

D117 Lost (08/29/1977 – 01/07/1978) 114 strips

D118 Dolphins of Dahgara (01/09/1978 – 04/22/1978) 90 strips

D119 Wild Wet World (04/24/1978 – 08/05/1978) 90 strips

D120 Space Trace (08/07/1978 – 12/16/1978) 114 strips

D121 Emigres’ Reversion (12/18/1978 – 04/07/1979) 96 strips

D122 Web of Life (04/09/1979 – 09/22/1979) 144 strips

D123 Two, Too Many (09/24/1979 – 01/19/1980) 102 strips

D124 Runagate (01/21/1980 – 06/07/1980) 120 strips

D125 Loose Ends (06/09/1980 – 10/25/1980) 120 strips

D126 Iona Incursion (10/27/1980 – 01/17/1981) 72 strips

D127 Solar Power Play (01/19/1981 – 04/18/1981) 78 strips

D128 Time Trials (04/20/1981 – 07/25/1981) 84 strips

D129 The Realm of Ram (07/27/1981 – 01/02/1982) 138 strips

D130 Jeopardy (01/04/1982 – 04/17/1982) 90 strips

D131 Search for Saturn Sadie (04/19/1982 – 09/18/1982) 132 strips

D132 Prekarius Plot (09/20/1982 – 04/16/1983) 180 strips

D133 Topaz (04/18/1983 – 09/17/1983) 132 strips

D134 Beyond the Limits (09/19/1983 – 12/31/1983) 90 strips

D135 The Penny Black (01/02/1984 – 05/19/1984) 120 strips

D136 Burawa Bondage (05/21/1984 – 08/03/1985) 378 strips

D137 Aggression at Agwon (08/05/1985 – 12/21/1985) 120 strips

D138 The Save of Saturn Sadie (12/23/1985 – 04/26/1986) 108 strips

D139 What Next? (04/28/1986 – 07/26/1986) 78 strips

D140 Mind Over Matter (07/28/1986 – 12/20/1986) 126 strips

D141 Flight Tests (12/22/1986 – 04/25/1987) 108 strips

Reprints[edit]

Brick Bradford was reprinted in comic-book form as King Features began to expand into that genre, including King Comics (published by David McKay Publications), starting from April 1936 (along with Barney Google, Henry, Popeye and Bringing Up Father among others), as well as in Ace Comics from 1947 to 1949. As the old comics were reprinted, a new series starring Brick was published by Standard Comics, but the series was soon canceled after 4 issues.

Brick Bradford reappeared by 1966 in original comics published by King Comics, in The Phantom #26, 28 and Mandrake the Magician #5-7,9,10.

Brick Bradford in other media[edit]

The strip also had a movie based on it, as well as a book series produced by Whitman Publishing's Big Little Books.

Brick Bradford, a 12-chapter serial starring Kane Richmond, was produced by Columbia Pictures in 1947.

Brick Bradford was referenced in The Dick Van Dyke Show episode Uhny Uftz when Rob believe he has seen a flying saucer with the "Brick Bradford insignia" on it, which he describes as being like a lightning bolt.

Time Top sculpture[edit]

Before his death from cancer, Canadian artist Jerry Pethick (1935 – 2003) conceived a large bronze sculpture in the shape of the Time Top as depicted in later installments of Brick Bradford. In 2004, his widow, Margaret Pethick, took over the project. It was submerged in sea water for two years while connected to an electrical source to accelerate barnacle and mineral accretion on its surface for an aged look. In August 2006, the sculpture was installed on its permanent site at False Creek, Vancouver, British Columbia.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Arts: "Time capsule"
  2. ^ http://app.vancouver.ca/PublicArt_NET/ArtworkDetails.aspx?ArtworkID=412 Time Top sculpture description and photo at City of Vancouver site

Sources[edit]

Paul Norris' Brick Bradford (January 27, 1955)

External links[edit]