Camera-ready comic art drawing for Secret Agent X-9

Description (Brief)
This pen-and-ink drawing, prepared for the Secret Agent X-9 comic strip, shows a UFO about to enter Earth’s atmosphere. "Tracking Control" staff fear that it will be plainly visible to many people.
Robert "Bob" Lubbers (1922- ) began his career as a freelance cartoonist. In the 1950s and 1960s he contributed to strips such as Tarzan, Li’l Abner, Long Sam, and Big Ben Bolt. In 1960 he began work on Secret Agent X-9 under the pseudonym Bob Lewis. He left the strip seven years later and retired in 1989.
Secret Agent X-9 (1934-1996) was a detective strip, which began during a time when the public was frustrated with Prohibition-era crime and later government intrusion. Artist Alex Raymond and novelist Dashiell Hammett created and launched the strip. The character X-9 was a secret agent, but appeared as a typical private investigator.
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Lewis, Bob
King Features Syndicate
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 14.4 cm x 44.7 cm; 5 11/16 in x 17 5/8 in
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Cultures & Communities
Comic Art
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Comic Art
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Newspaper Comics Council, Inc., New York, NY

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