Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Secret Agent X9

"But there was somebody I don't want to hurt!
    Who was it?
       I... I can't remember !!"

As gripping as any 1930s movie serial but delivered six days a week, Mondays to Saturdays, Dashiell Hammett's newspaper strip begins by introducing his hero and racing through several plotlines over the first eighty episodes which eventually converge

It is from this point we join the story, when Hammett concentrates on the convoluted hunt by X-9, alias Dexter, for the mysterious criminal mastermind The Top and for the true inheritor of the recently deceased Tarlton Powers' fortune.

Hammett cuts loose with richer characterization and dialogue, admirably assisted by talented artist, Alex Raymond's lush faces and figures, many based on models, to create a sense of realism and glamour. 

Together they bring their cast to life, including rugged, relentless detective Dexter, colorful coward Sydney Carp, and the alluring but ambigous widow Grace Powers.

The story picks up as the conspires with Wily Alfred Hall, her lover...

Read here first 18 pages of "Secret Agent X-9" - it was originally published in July, 1934.

Pagan's Plight (67 MB)
Secret Agent X-9
  (Size: 12 MB)


  1. দাদা সুন্দর উপহারের জন্য অনেক ধন্যবাদ
    নতুন বাংলা বছরের শুভেচ্ছা নেবেন

  2. Looks like this strip is from 'the mammoth books of best crime comics'...Myself bought one copy recently majorly because of presence of a AGENT X-9 strip there,will read the story soon... As there is another book is coming on this agent,covering 1934-36/7 worth of strips,so this strip will be repeat there,but anyway 'mammoth...' is a good book,nothing very special but good...

    1. Got the old book "SECRET AGENT X-9" by Dashiell Hammett & Alex Raymond (Green edition - Nostalgia Press 1976) - will upload some of the story once I am done reading it.

  3. এইটা ফাটাফাটি লেগেছে। রহস্য রোমাঞ্চ এমনিতেই সবার খুব প্রিয় জেনার।